Authorities in the Philippines teamed up with the FBI to arrest four reputed hackers they believe were working for a terrorist organization.
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Was The Three Character Password Used To Hack South Houston’s Water Treatment Plant A Siemens Default?
Siemens said on Tuesday that it is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to investigate a cyber intrusion into a water treatment plant in South Houston, Texas, but couldn’t confirm that a default, three digit password hard coded into an application used to control the company’s SCADA software played a role.
Calling it a form of “electronic civil disobedience,” hacktivist group Anonymous took aim at a special agent from the California Department of Justice on Friday. The group spilled 38,000 e-mails containing “computer forensics techniques, investigation protocols as well as highly embarrassing personal information,” according to a press release on Pastebin.
The news last month was of the bust up of the biggest cyber crime ring in history, with 4 million victims and $14 million in losses. Now the FBI is hoping a few of those victims step forward to help with the prosecution.
In an e-mail interview with Threatpost, the hacker who compromised software used to manage water infrastructure for South Houston, Texas, said the district had HMI (human machine interface) software used to manage water and sewage infrastructure accessible to the Internet and used a password that was just three characters long to protect the system, making it easy picking for a remote attack.
When most people think of the Great Firewall of China, they think of government censors black holing the comments of political dissidents or conversations related to the long list of topics the governing Communist Party finds disruptive to political harmony. But in testimony before Congress, the head of a U.S.-based technology industry group said that the censorship is also taking an economic toll on Western Internet firms, as China steers Chinese consumers away from Western Web based services including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and Foursquare and toward domestic competitors.
The hacktivist group Anonymous, it seems, is bent on rehabilitating its image. In recent months, the anarchic hacking collective has moved from retaliatory attacks on enemies (like Aaron Barr) and outing “snitches,” to squelching out child pornography networks (Operation DarkNet, launched in October) and supporting the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Anonymous’s efforts to don the white hat AND the Guy Fawkes mask may take more than just picking different targets for its “Ops,” says Joshua Corman, the Director of Security Intelligence at Akamai Technologies. In a recent, exclusive interview with Threatpost, Corman told Threatpost editor Paul Roberts that the group’s cyber vigilantism itself is the problem and “rife with unintended consequences.”
Here’s a transcript of their talk, which took place October 26th.
Gamers who use the digital distribution network Steam were warned that their account information may have been exposed to hackers following a compromise of the company’s Web page and back end databases. The incident yielded a slew of sensitive customer information, including user’s passwords and encrypted credit card numbers, Steam said.
Online criminals registered far fewer Web domains for use in phishing attacks in the first half of 2011, in what may signal a decrease in phishing scams, according to a global phishing survey released this month by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).
The investor services company told Threatpost that an investigation has determined that data stolen by a rogue employee didn’t contain shareholder data. However, the company still hasn’t retrieved two USB drives containing company email and documents that outline some of Computershare’s closely held business plans.