Things About Which We Are Unsure

We’ve Got One Year Before The Internet Kills Us All

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Firms specializing in technology security make it their business to scare potential customers, but that doesn’t make an Internet Identity (IID) report predicting cyber doom in 2014, highlighted today by Ray Kurzweil’s Accelerating Intelligence, any less spooky.

According to IID, looming cybersecurity threats in 2013–more mobile malware, increasingly aggressive hacktivism, attacks on the cloud–are “well-anticipated and mundane.”

Those “mundane” threats are nothing next to the bleak wasteland of death and destruction IID expects in 2014: Read More

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Team GhostShell Finishes The Year With Megahack on Orgs Including NASA and Pentagon Defense Contractor

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Team GhostShell published their “last project” Monday, “Project WhiteFox.” The hacking crew again used their signature method of announcing the large-scale hack, hijacking numerous Twitter  profiles to link to their Pastebin page and notify tech blogs and writers who have covered them in the past.

On the page linking to data taken as part of Project WhiteFox, Team GhostShell explained some of their actions over the past year or so. They also revealed that “DeadMellox” was a ploy, writing that he “was a ghost to begin with.” Read More

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Anonymous Celebrates Guy Fawkes Day By Hacking ImageShack

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Guy Fawkes Day celebrations of a sort began online Sunday when hackers defaced multiple NBC web sites in addition to a fan page for pop singer Lady Gaga. Anonymous has disclaimed any association with the NBC hacks, but today, as part of an effort they’ve dubbed “Operation Vendetta,” the hacktivist collective has been tearing through several other high-profile sites. Hits include image host ImageShack and pages belonging to the Australian government.

Many media outlets reported a possible PayPal hack as well, however PayPal issued a denial, stating they had no evidence of a breach.

Additionally, credit for the Symantec hack may go to a hacker or group of hackers called HTP, not the larger de-centralized mass of Anons. Read More

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With Project BlackStar, Hacker Group Team GhostShell Declares Cyber-War Against Russia

He knows kung-fu.

Hacking group Team GhostShell, which recently hacked records from major universities around the world, has materialized again to announce a declaration of war against Russia. It calls the operation Project BlackStar and claims it already has “access to more russian files than the FSB (Russia’s answer to the CIA).”

Team GhostShell has a novel approach to promoting its ops–it uses mulitple hacked Twitter accounts, posting the same message directed at various tech blogs and writers on each one: Read More

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Anonymous Plans Worldwide Anti-Government Protests Dubbed Operation Vendetta [Video]

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Members of Anonymous in the United Kingdom are planning a public action for November 5, 2012 that may spread to other capital cities around the world. The protest has been dubbed Operation Vendetta, or #OpVendetta, after V for Vendetta, the film that inspired much of Anonymous’s ethos as well as the hacktivist collective’s adoption of Guy Fawkes masks.

#OpVendetta appears to have been in the planning stages for some time and as InfoSecurity reports, it has the potential to make governments everywhere a little nervous: Read More

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Hackers ‘Team GhostShell’ Leak 120,000 Records From 100 Major Universities

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Team GhostShell returned late Monday with Project WestWind: a leak of 120,000 records from 100 major universities around the world.

Team GhostShell is the hacking group behind Project Hellfire, which launched in August this year. Project Hellfire lifted 1 million accounts from 100 websites around the world, compromising data from the CIA and from Wall Street.

The hacked data leaked in Project WestWind does indeed appear to come from a who’s who of major learning institutions. They include Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Tokyo University, Cornell and New York University.

In their Pastebin announcement, Team GhostShell said Project WestWind was a serious effort to jump-start a dialogue on the state of higher education today. Apparently this hack wasn’t pranksterism for the lulz, but hacktivism for the greater good: Read More

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Anonymous Puts the Times on Notice With #OpNYT

No, seriously, you should expect this.

Anonymous has pretty much had all it can take of The New York Times’s bullshit and it’s not going to take it anymore. That’s the upshot of this “Anonymous Declaration of #OpNYT” posted on Pastebin sometime late yesterday. #OpNYT certainly sounds ominous, but as Gawker’s Adrian Chen noted in a tweet, “Anonymous’ press releases get somehow get longer-winded every time.”

This long-windedness makes it tough to parse what the eternally seething hacktivist collective is trying to say. In this instance Wikileaks, Stratfor and HBGary are all name-checked before the declaration segues into, inevitably, the Orwellian global surveillance system currently loathed by privacy activists everywhere, TrapWire. The Times’s minimal coverage of TrapWire (a system apparently controlled by the Cubic Corporation, which is referenced below) appears to have pushed Anonymous’s “epic invective” button: Read More