A Bitcoin transaction services company says that hackers broke into one of its brokerage accounts last week, nabbing more than $12,000 worth of the digital currency. That attack knocked Bitinstant offline over the weekend. The company says that while it lost Bitcoins, no customers were affected by the hack.The criminals were able to take control of Bitinstant’s internet domains by convincing its domain registrar, Site5, to hand over control of the company’s Domain Name Service.Read more »
Israel admitted Sunday that it uses cyberspace to attack its enemies. The confession came in a statement on the Israeli military's website. The website said it was "for the first time" revealing a document recently written by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Operations Department, detailing the goals and methods of its cyberwarfare. "The IDF has been engaged in cyberactivity consistently and relentlessly," said the statement.Read more »
Hackers release private FBI call about hackers. FBI states that a phone call wasn't hacked, it was "illegally obtained" :=)Read more »
The recent p.a.t.r.i.o.t. act extension was signed into law using a fake signature.Read more »
Lashing out against the "racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona," LulzSec has released their newest data dump: "hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement."Read more »
The US revealed its "International Strategy for Cyberspace" (PDF) yesterday. It's mostly blather about how terrific "cyberspace" is, but it gets more specific on a few key issues like national defense. Could our next war start because of a hack? The government says it's possible.Read more »
A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz’s website from January of 2009 to the present.Read more »
After election officials in Washington, D.C., egged on hackers to have a go at their new internet voting system, paid for in part with a $300,000 federal grant supposed to allow about 900 military personnel and overseas voters the ability to cast absentee ballots. A Michigan professor apparently “unleashed his students” on the system to get the win for Michigan; the result was Michigan’s fight song “Hail to the Victors” played to voters after they cast their ballots.Read more »
Early yesterday morning an electronic road sign along the Palmetto Expressway was hacked to read "No Latinos. No Tacos." Most local and national media outlets automatically jumped to the conclusion that it was a racist and offensive message. The Miami Herald called it "an anti-immigrant message." CBS4 said it was "offensive." Gawker was amazed that "Even Racists Can Hack Into Road Signs." But was it just a poorly worded statement in support of immigrants?Read more »
The attack also highlights the inability of the private sector -- including industries that would be expected to employ the most sophisticated cyber defenses -- to protect itself.Read more »
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