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Meet The Darpa-Backed Hackers Building A Google For Every Web Weakness. Meet Telecomix, The Hackers Bent On Exposing Those Who Censor And Surveil The Internet. HPVAC. Intelligence Gap: How a Chinese National Gained Access to Arizona’s Terror Center. Lizhong Fan’s desk was among a crowd of cubicles at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center in Phoenix.

Intelligence Gap: How a Chinese National Gained Access to Arizona’s Terror Center

For five months in 2007, the Chinese national and computer programmer opened his laptop and enjoyed access to a wide range of sensitive information, including the Arizona driver’s license database, other law enforcement databases, and potentially a roster of intelligence analysts and investigators. You Can Get Hacked Just By Watching This Cat Video on YouTube. Many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites.

You Can Get Hacked Just By Watching This Cat Video on YouTube

People also think that the NSA and its international partners are the only ones who have turned the internet into a militarized zone. You Can Get Hacked Just By Watching This Cat Video on YouTube. FBI’s Huge Hacker Bust Could Be Bogus. Hacktivists on Trial. Prosecutors are warping the law to throw activist hackers like Aaron Swartz behind bars for years.

Hacktivists on Trial

How Antisec Died — Notes from a Strange World. First, an introduction: I write about hackers, and for the past few years that has meant I write about Anonymous.

How Antisec Died — Notes from a Strange World

At the time of the Stratfor hack I was working for Wired covering Anonymous — notably the antics of Antisec anons much of the time. I had missed the Lulzsec period, which I spent under federal investigation myself. Meet The Hackers Who Sell Spies The Tools To Crack Your PC (And Get Paid Six-Figure Fees) Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits. A Saudi Arabia Telecom's Surveillance Pitch. Hack This Site! Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python. “Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python” teaches complete beginners how to program in the Python programming language.

Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python

The reader not only learns about several classical ciphers, but also how to write programs that encrypt and hack these ciphers. The full source code is given and explained line-by-line for ciphers such as the Caesar cipher, transposition cipher, simple substitution cipher, multiplicative & affine ciphers, Vigenere cipher, and hacking programs for each of these ciphers. The final chapters cover public key cryptography and the modern RSA cipher. Aaron Swartz. Jeremy Hammond. Statement From @ItsKahuna. iPad Hack Statement Of Responsibility. Editor’s note: Andrew Auernheimer, also known by his pseudonym weev, is an American grey hat hacker and self-described Internet troll.

iPad Hack Statement Of Responsibility

Follow him on Twitter @rabite. Teenage Hacker "Cosmo the God" Sentenced by California Court. “Cosmo the God” in a park near his home in Long Beach, California.

Teenage Hacker "Cosmo the God" Sentenced by California Court

Photo: Sandra Garcia/Wired The 15-year-old UG Nazi hacker known as Cosmo* or Cosmo the God was sentenced in juvenile court on Wednesday in Long Beach, California. According to Cosmo, he pleaded guilty to multiple felonies in exchange for a probation, encompassing all the charges brought against him, which included charges based on credit card fraud, identity theft, bomb threats, and online impersonation. On eve of incarceration, Anonymous hacker clears the air. When 22-year-old John Anthony Borell, a.k.a.

On eve of incarceration, Anonymous hacker clears the air

ItsKahuna of now-defunct Anonymous offshoot CabinCr3w, stood trial for hacking police department websites across the country—and even after he was sentenced to pay restitution of $227,736 and serve three years in prison—he was none too forthcoming about his crimes or motivations. But yesterday, just weeks away from his Dec. 6 incarceration date, he posted an open letter in hopes of somewhat clearing the air.

Borell still wasn’t interested in divulging his exact objectives in breaching municipal and law enforcement Web properties based out of Salt Lake City, Syracuse, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. He was, however, compelled to defend himself against rumors spread by his fellow hackers, many of whom believed that he worked with federal authorities to help bring down CabinCr3w member Higinio O. Unsafe at Any Bitrate News. MJM as Personified Evil Says Spyware Saves Lives Not Kills Them. In the secretive world of surveillance technology, he goes just by his initials: MJM.

MJM as Personified Evil Says Spyware Saves Lives Not Kills Them

His mystique is such that other security professionals avoid using wireless Internet near him. MJM himself suggests that those he meets allay their paranoia by taking batteries out of their mobile phones. How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking. In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. Hackers claim 12 million Apple IDs from FBI. Hacker Family Tree Charts Hacker Group Origins And Relations.

The hackers-and-activists Daily. Hackers Said to be Planning to Launch Own Satellites to Combat Censorship. Hackers reportedly plan to fight back against Internet censorship by putting their own communications satellites into orbit and developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with them. The news comes as the tech world is up in arms about proposed legislation that many feel would threaten online freedom. According to BBC News, the satellite plan was recently outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. Without Computer Security, Sources’ Secrets Aren’t Safe With Journalists. International hacktivists help Syrian citizens circumvent Internet censorship. Human rights groups and the international community are calling for an arms embargo and an end to government repression in Syria, which has resulted in almost 2,000 deaths since March. Like in Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year, Syria has responded to the uprising not only with violence, but also by putting its citizens under surveillance and censoring the internet.

What such regimes didn't count on was that international internet activists would step in and fight back. Since the Arab Spring began, hacktivists have been building ad hoc telecommunications systems all over the Middle East to help citizens get information on what's going on there out of these countries. When the government shut down the Internet, Telecomix helped Egyptians by getting them access to dial-up modems. Ghost in the Wires - By Kevin Mitnick - Book Review - NYTimes.com - Meet Dark Tangent, the hacker behind Black Hat and DEF CON. Jeff Moss founded the hacker conferences Black Hat and DEF CON, which take place this week in Las Vegas. Jeff Moss, aka Dark Tangent, founded DEF CON and Black Hat Both conferences are for hackers and computer-security professionals Moss says hackers can help make the Internet and computers safer.

U.S. government hankers for hackers. The NSA has its own team of elite hackers. DOJ Won't Ask Supreme Court to Review Hacking Case. The Justice Department has decided not to ask the Supreme Court to review a controversial federal appeals court decision that said employees may not be prosecuted under a federal anti-hacking statute for simply violating their employer’s computer use policy.

The 9-2 decision in April by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the Obama administration, which is invoking the same theory to prosecute alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning. The case concerns the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which was passed in 1984 to enhance the government’s ability to prosecute hackers who accessed computers to steal information or to disrupt or destroy computer functionality. U.S. Outgunned in Hacker War. Anonymous & LulzSec.