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Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
April 18, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The growing threat of cyber-attacks and network hacking has reached the satellite-space sector, posing a growing challenge to the satellite operators. Because the satellite system are the critical components for the Nation to a modern military, they have become an attractive target of cyber attacks . A security firm uncovered a number of critical vulnerabilities, including hardcoded credentials, undocumented and insecure protocols, and backdoors in the widely used satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals, which are often used by the military , government and industrial sectors. By exploiting these vulnerabilities an attacker could intercept, manipulate, block communications, and in some circumstances, could remotely take control of the physical devices used in the mission-critical satellite communication (SATCOM). Once the attacker gained the access of the physical devices used to communicate with satellites orbiting in space, he can completely disrupt military ope

Edward Snowden obtained classified NSA documents by stealing Coworker's Password

Edward Snowden obtained classified NSA documents by stealing Coworker’s Password
February 13, 2014Swati Khandelwal
We are quite aware of the leaks that the Whistleblower Edward Snowden carried out against the US National Security Agency (NSA) and after reading every related update, watching every document that he provided to various news websites, you all are left with a question in mind that,  How he could carry out this whole operation without any helping hand? Yes, you are right! The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden allegedly managed to access thousands of the classified documents by stealing one of his coworker's passwords, according to an unclassified NSA memorandum obtained by the NBC News . Three Members, one NSA's civilian employee, an active duty member of the U.S. Military and a contractor were found involved in the actions that may have aided Snowden's operation; from which NSA 's civilian employee has been stripped of his security clearance and has resigned. Other two has been obstructed from accessing National Security Agency (NSA) facilities, th

NASA website Hacked; Protest by Hackers against US action on Syria and Brazil Spying

NASA website Hacked; Protest by Hackers against US action on Syria and Brazil Spying
September 10, 2013Mohit Kumar
Earlier reports based on Snowden 's documents revealed the existence of the NSA's PRISM program , and indicate that the National Security Agency spied on Brazilians. On other End, President Obama said that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its citizens and The United States may have to take military action against Syria. Against same issues, yesterday various pages on  NASA 's website were hacked by a Brazilian Hacker named " #BMPoC " and the visitors to the pages were first greeted with a pop-up window which reads "DO NOT ATTACK THE SYRIAN " followed by another reading " U.S. SPY STOP THE BRAZIL " before the deface page appears. The complete deface message on the page was: Stop spying on us. The Brazilian population do not support your attitude! The Illuminati is now visibly acting! Obama heartless! Inhumane! You have no family? The point in the entire global population is supporting you. NOBODY! We do not want

Pakistan Army site and Facebook pages compromised by Indian hacker Godzilla

Pakistan Army site and Facebook pages compromised by Indian hacker Godzilla
August 09, 2013Wang Wei
Pakistan Army site (pakistanarmy.gov.pk) and Three Facebook pages hacked by an Indian hacker 'Godzilla '. Hacker told ' The Hacker News ' that, using a CMS vulnerability they got access into the Pakistan army website using credentials i.e. Username: mag_admin password: #$%modern! .  Then they left a malicious PDF magazine document in their content management system of magazine portal for the Pakistan army, which was later clicked by the Administrator and that installed a piece of malware on the administrator's computer. " For security they have taken down the login page of content management but failed to remove my backdoor " hacker told The Hacker News. Using an infected system of the Administrator, he has also gained unauthorized access to three Pakistan Army Facebook pages. Pakistan Army Official Facebook Page ( www.facebook.com/OfficialPakArmy ) Pakistan Army Officers Club Facebook Page ( www.facebook.com/fb.paoc ) Pakistan Army Fan Facebook Page

Operation Troy espionage campaign : Hackers steal South Korean military secrets

Operation Troy espionage campaign : Hackers steal South Korean military secrets
July 09, 2013Anonymous
McAfee Lab researchers issued a report on the large scale cyber attacks against South Korea that appear to be linked to hackers also specialized in cyber espionage . The attackers behind these recent attacks against South Korean infrastructure are skilled professionals and they designed a specialized malware to steal military secrets from the South Korea and US military networks. The cyber espionage campaign dubbed as " Operation Troy ", due the numerous references into the source code analyzed to the city. McAfee said that in 2009, malware was implanted into a social media website used by military personnel in South Korea Ryan Sherstobitoff, a senior threat researcher at McAfee, started the investigation after the malware came into action in an attacks occurred on March 20th, known as the Dark Seoul Incident , in which tens of thousands of hard drives belongs to television networks and banks in South Korea were wiped completely. Versions of the code

Former NSA software developer can Hack Surveillance cameras remotely

Former NSA software developer can Hack Surveillance cameras remotely
June 18, 2013Mohit Kumar
A former NSA software developer is saying he has identified how major camera systems used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military could be hacked to freeze a frame and would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks. Craig Heffner, that there were zero day vulnerabilities in digital video surveillance equipment from firms, including Cisco Systems, D-Link and TRENDnet. He has discovered hundreds of thousands of surveillance cameras that can be accessed via the public Internet. " Somebody could potentially access a camera and view it. Or they could also use it as a pivot point, an initial foothold, to get into the network and start attacking internal systems. " Heffner said. Wrost thing, probably NSA is also aware of these vulnerabilities . They could use it as a pivot point, an initial foothold, to get into the network and start attacking internal systems. He said he doesn't plan on revealing the vulne

US Military approved iPhones and iPads for military networks

US Military approved iPhones and iPads for military networks
May 18, 2013Mohit Kumar
The US Department of Defense has cleared Apple's iPhone and iPad for use on its military networks, along with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry 10 devices, the agency said in a statement Friday. The entire DOD is much, much larger, of course, and mobile devices are increasing in importance for the military just as much as they are for we civilians. The report notes that out of more than 600,000 mobile devices used by the Defense Department, only about 41,000 of those are Apple products, with most of those not connected directly to the military's networks. But because these platforms have previously not been certified or cleared for use, such devices had not been connected to secure military networks, except for testing. The move was hardly shocking, but Samsung devices running the Knox security suite and BlackBerry 10 already trickling into the hands of Pentagon employees, the decision sets the stage for a three-way bout for military market supremacy. Offic

U.S. Department of Defense Officials are potential target of cyber espionage via social networking sites

U.S. Department of Defense Officials are potential target of cyber espionage via social networking sites
May 16, 2013Anonymous
In the recent months I had the opportunity to conduct an interesting study on the use of Social Media in the Military Sector, large diffusion of media platforms makes them very attractive for governments and intelligence agencies . Social media platforms reveal enormous potentiality that could be exploited also in critical sectors such as military and defense. Modern social media networks are actively used by every government, the US, China and Russia are the most active in this field, but also emerging cyber countries like Iran and North Korea demonstrates an increasing interest in the matter. The principal uses of social media for government are Psychological Operations (PsyOps) OSInt Cyber espionage Offensive purposes On May 10th the Illinois Air National Guard 183rd Fighter Wing published a notice in the monthly issue of a newsletter titled Falcon View. The notice, that seems to be authentic, dedicates a paragraph to the use of social networking sites for

Anonymous hackers launch massive cyber assault on Israel Cyberspace, #OpIsrael

Anonymous hackers launch massive cyber assault on Israel Cyberspace, #OpIsrael
April 07, 2013Mohit Kumar
A cyber attack campaign, dubbed #OpIsrael by hacking group Anonymous, targeting Israeli websites caused massive disruption to government, academic and private sites Sunday. Israeli media said small business had been targeted. Some homepage messages were replaced with anti-Israel slogans. Anonymous threatened to disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace in protest over its mistreatment of Palestinians. In response to the eight day assault that killed 133 Palestinians , Anonymous defaced thousands of Israeli sites and provided information for Gazans facing Internet and communications blackouts.  60 million hacking attempts were reportedly made. Most of the attacks have had little impact, and Israeli experts even say they welcome the attempts as ways of sharpening their defenses. Israel itself is accused of taking part in much more sophisticated cyber attacks against its enemies, particularly Iran. List of all hacked sites are available in following pastebins https://p

Former military adviser urged Obama to pardon Gary McKinnon

Former military adviser urged Obama to pardon Gary McKinnon
February 06, 2013Wang Wei
John Arquilla, a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and former military adviser has urged President Barack Obama to pardon the British computer hacker Gary McKinnon and to recruit master hackers to US Cyber Command. Gary McKinnon faced extradition for hacking into Pentagon and Nasa systems, and but they believe that he could encourage other hackers to become government cyber warriors. ' If the notion of trying to attract master hackers to our cause is ever to take hold, this might be just the right case in which President Obama should consider using his power to pardon, ' says Arquilla. China is widely thought to employ hackers, so the Pentagon aims to expand its cyber security personnel from 900 to 4,900 in the next few years and Hackers are frequently employed by security firms after serving sentences and Arquilla suggest Obama to do so. ' Today's masters of cyberspace are not unlike the German rocket scientists who, after World War II, were so ea

Hacker discloses vulnerabilities in dozens of Military and Pentagon websites

Hacker discloses vulnerabilities in dozens of Military and Pentagon websites
February 02, 2013Wang Wei
A hacker with handle name (~!White!~) today disclose SQL injection vulnerabilities in dozens of Military, United Nation and Pentagon domains. SQL Injection is one of the many web attack mechanisms used by hackers to steal data from organizations. Through a Pastebin note hacker announce more details about his findings in many sensitive websites, including Pentagon Defense Post Office Website, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Wiesbaden Military Community, NMCI Legacy Applications, Darby Military Community, Department of Economic and Social Affairs at United Nation and many more. SQL Injection is the hacking technique which attempts to pass SQL commands through a web application for execution by the back-end database. If not sanitized properly, web applications may result in SQL Injection attacks that allow hackers to view information from the database or even can wipe it out. Hacker also claimed to hack database of Pentagon.mil and other mentioned webs

Chinese Hackers hit New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Chinese Hackers hit New York Times and Wall Street Journal
February 01, 2013Mohit Kumar
The New York Times says Chinese hackers probably working for the military or Chinese government have carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems, breaking in and stealing the passwords of high-profile reporters and other staff members. For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times . On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal announced that it too had been hacked by Chinese hackers who were trying to monitor the company's coverage of China. It said hackers had broken into its network through computers in its Beijing bureau. " The hackers tried to cloak the source of the attacks on The Times by first penetrating computers at United States universities and routing the attacks through them " " Evidence shows that infiltration efforts target the monitoring of the Journal's coverage of China, and are not an attempt to gain commercial advantage or to misappropriate customer information, " the statement rea

Operation Red October : Cyber Espionage campaign against many Governments

Operation Red October : Cyber Espionage campaign against many Governments
January 15, 2013Anonymous
A new sensational discovered has been announced by Kaspersky Lab's Global Research & Analysis Team result of an investigation after several attacks hit computer networks of various international diplomatic service agencies. A new large scale cyber-espionage operation has been discovered, named Red October , name inspired by famous novel The Hunt For The Red October (ROCRA) and chosen because the investigation started last October. The campaign hit hundreds of machines belonging to following categories: Government Diplomatic / embassies Research institutions Trade and commerce Nuclear / energy research Oil and gas companies Aerospace Military The attackers have targeted various devices such as enterprise network equipment and mobile devices (Windows Mobile, iPhone, Nokia), hijacking files from removable disk drives, stealing e-mail databases from local Outlook storage or remote POP/IMAP server and siphoning files from local network FTP servers. Accordin

Hackers Hit Former U.S. Military Chief

Hackers Hit Former U.S. Military Chief
December 07, 2012Mohit Kumar
According to reports, the hackers targeted personal computers retired Admiral Mike Mullen , the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The FBI is hunting for foreign hackers. Mullen is currently teaching WWS 318: U.S. Military and National and International Diplomacy and will teach an unnamed graduate seminar in the spring. According to Mullen's aides, however, he did not save or view classified information on his personal computers. Agents from an FBI cyber-security unit contacted Mullen in late October or early November, and asked that he surrender his computers in connection with the ongoing inquiry. Mullen agreed, and in early November at least one FBI agent collected the computers at his office at the U.S. Naval Institute. One official said that evidence gathered by the FBI points to China as the origin of the hacking, and that it appeared the perpetrators were able to access a personal email account of Mullen. Officials said that Mr. Mullen has had acce

Bangladesh military Server and internal network Compromised

Bangladesh military Server and internal network Compromised
November 09, 2012Mohit Kumar
Indian Hacker  Godzilla aka G.O.D hacked into Bangladesh Army servers, belongs to domain  www.army.mil.bd and leak Internal Network Information via a note . Hacker also publicly posted their Cisco Router passwords and Mac-Address of all machines within the network. We talked with the hacker to know reason of hacking , and he reply, " Its Parade time for you, Bangladesh Army ! ! ! Even a municipal school website has better security than your website. You have time till December, secure it if u can.. Stop supporting terrorist organizations.. Put your best men at work now, we will come back in December. see you soon.. ./Peace is just what we want.. ./live and let others live. ." In his statement hacker threat to hack Bangladesh sites again by December, if they will not stop supporting terrorism. At the time of reporting this news, the official website of Bangladesh military is down because of cyber attack by Godzilla and Hacker advice that officials need to restart their se

Israel preparing their Cyber Army under Unit 8200

Israel preparing their Cyber Army under Unit 8200
November 05, 2012Mohit Kumar
The Israeli military has set plans to boost its cyber warfare capabilities with a better Cyber Army by expand its Unit 8200. " It has become clear that the demand for soldiers in this field is growing, which is why we're searching for solutions not only in Israel but abroad as well ," a top officer in the Manpower Directorate. Unit 8200, Israel's equivalent to the NSA, is undergoing a massive expansion. The U.S. Army ad slogan may be: " The Army needs a few good men ." But IDF Unit 8200′s slogan is: " The IDF needs a few good hackers ." Actually not a few, more like hundreds if not thousands. The disclosure comes amid recent reports that the Israeli army is working to enhance its cyber-warfare abilities. Military intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi is slated to invest 2 billion shekels (525 million U.S. dollars) to that end in the coming years. " The military officials are tasked to track "young computer geniuses" and persuade them to immigrate to Israel for
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