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Muslim Cyber-Fighters Who Took Down U.S. Bank Websites Deny They Work for Iran

Bank of America, one of the victims of Operation Ababil (Screengrab)

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, who claimed credit for multiple DDoS attacks on American financial institutions like Bank of American and Suntrust, Inc., still steadfastly deny they were working for the Iranian government. Wired directs us to this interview with the hackers conducted in early November by researchers Flashpoint Global Partners, a security research firm.

The hackers always claimed in various Pastebin posts that their “Operation Ababil” was not motivated by a need to hurt the United States so much as they wanted to express outrage over the anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims.

In their interview with Flashpoint, the hackers repeated the same sentiment, stating that they targeted banks to do “something proportional to what has happened against us. In the system where… religion and sacred things are not honorable, and only material, money and finance have value, this seems a suitable and effective… act[ion] and can influence governors and decision makers.” Read More

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Just $700 Will Buy the Key to Stealing Any Yahoo Email Account

Yahoo!

Security expert Brian Krebs dropped a bomb on Yahoo email users last week, though his warning was probably lost in the roar of stories about Black Friday fistfights. According to Mr. Krebs, an Egyptian hacker using the screen name TheHell is selling a Yahoo Mail exploit that could allow an attacker to take over and control a victim’s email and browser activity. TheHell is only charging $700 for the information.

TheHell uploaded a video demonstration to prove he was serious. Mr. Krebs reproduced the video, which you can watch below. Read More

Law and Order

ICE Launches Project Cyber Monday 3, Knocking Sellers of Counterfeit Goods Offline

Website seized! (ICE)

Anyone searching for cheap, counterfeit sports memorabilia, media, clothing and jewelry today may be disappointed. In conjunction with other law enforcement agencies around the world, U.S. authorities have taken down 132 domain names as part of their Project Cyber Monday. This marks the third year for the project, which goes after sites identified as sources for fake, illegal goods.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement about the take-downs, which noted authorities targeted sites meant to fool unwitting consumers “into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season.” Read More

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Pro-Gaza Hackers Completely Dismantle Israeli Official’s Social Media

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Israel and Hamas may have agreed to cease hostilities on “land sea and air” but that may not stop the cyberwar. On Wednesday the ZCompany Hacking Crew (ZHC) hacked apart the online life of Israel’s Vice Prime Minister, Silvan Shalom. ZHC took over Mr. Shalom’s Facebook, Twitter account, his blog–just about everything. ZHC tweeted that their control was almost total: Read More

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Goatse Security’s Andrew Auernheimer Found Guilty Of Charges Related to Massive AT&T Hack

Not teen proof. (Photo: Apple)

Goatse Security hacker Andrew Auernheimer, age 26, has been found guilty on federal charges related to downloading the data of over 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T’s website. Wired reports that the jury that heard Mr. Auernheimer’s trial in a New Jersey federal court only took hours to reach a verdict, finding him guilty of identity fraud and conspiring to access a computer without authorization.

Mr. Auernheimer, using the Twitter handle @rabite, tweeted that he knew “there would be a guilty here” and he will appeal. Read More

Exit This Way

The Startup God of Wealth Destruction: Color Officially Shut Down

Mr. Nguyen

A day after we learned about a lawsuit alleging Color CEO Bill Nguyen inflicted “emotional distress” on an employee with a guy sporting a Glock, Color has announced it is shutting down. The news posted at the top of the company’s website is succinct: “Alert: We hope you’ve enjoyed sharing your stories via real-time video. Regretfully, the app will no longer be available after 12/31/2012.”

As PC Magazine notes, regardless of what kind of craziness went down in Color’s offices, the app held little interest for potential consumers: Read More

Parodies

Tech Blogger Jon Mitchell Claims He Is @NextTechBlog [Updated]

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ReadWrite‘s Jon Mitchell says he is @NextTechBlog, and he is “not stopping.”

@NextTechBlog is a funny Twitter parody of the most ridiculous aspects of tech blogging and it has been an understandable source of intrigue since it was created–just who the hell is behind all those dead-on tweets satirizing tech blogging’s sometimes endless cycle of hype and silliness, anyway?

Spencer Chen attempted to determine the author’s identity with some logical inferences based on thought process and tweeting style, but it turns out his guess, AllThingsD senior editor Mike Isaac, was probably wrong.

Not only will @NextTechBlog continue, Mr. Mitchell is doubling down: Read More

National Security

President Obama Authorizes Secret Directive to Fight Cyber-Attacks

President Barack Obama does not want Wikipedia to shut down again. (Photo: Wikimedia)

At some point in October this year, President Obama signed the slightly creepy-sounding and secret Presidential Policy Directive 20, a source tells The Washington Post. According to the Post, the directive gives the military license to “act more aggressively” when combating cyber-attacks directed at major U.S. networks.

In essence, anyone waging war on the country via the internet is on notice: Read More

Twitter War

Strange Twitter First: Israel’s IDF Tweets Announcement of Military Operation Against Hamas

The IDF's Twitter banner. (Screengrab)

In what is surely a weird moment for Twitter, bastion of cat-fights between tech bloggers and hashtag memes entirely devoted to stupid crap people do when they drink, Israel’s Defense Forces today announced a major operation against Hamas. As Fast Company noted, this “was the first confirmation made to the media of an official military campaign” via Twitter.

The IDF’s announcement is serious business. The tweets speak for themselves: Read More