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A magazine subscriptions database which held personal information of members of the US armed forces has been hacked into, according to an American media company. The Gannett Government Media Corporation holds information about subscribers to Defense News, one of the world's most widely read publications on the military, and other publications aimed at serving US army, navy, air force and marines personnel. The company discovered the breach on 7 June and notified subscribers via email.
By IAN SHERR SAN FRANCISCO -- Lulz Security, a hacker group that has claimed attacks on corporations and government entities, released on Saturday a cache of allegedly stolen files in a move it says will mark the end of its nearly two-month spree of digital mayhem. "It's time to say bon voyage," the group, which also goes by the name LulzSec, wrote in a message posted on its website.
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— The No-Duh Headline of the Day has to be Reuters' " Hacker attacks threaten to dampen cloud computing's prospects ." There isn't a thing wrong with either the headline or the story except that it's too narrow.
The Tor relay system allows individuals to access the internet while protecting their privacy and anonymity. This is of crucial importance to those whose governments are blocking access to their internet resources.
Evidently corporate America needs to encourage a hacker culture to bounce back, and now local governments need hackers to help them solve their ever-increasing problems using their ever-decreasing budgets. Modeled after Teach for America , Doctors Without Borders and Architecture for Humanity , Code for America (CfA) officially launched on January 5, 2011. The brightest minds on the Internet frontier commit to an 11-month fellowship working with cities to use technology to build solutions for urban problems that are effective, cost-effective and can be duplicated in other cities around the country in the future. Could this be the beginning of a Gov 2.0 boom?
A self-proclaimed "hacktivist" is apparently taking some credit for the Internet attacks that shut down many pages on WikiLeaks.org today. The hacker, who goes by the name Jester, claims on his blog to have used distributed denial of service attacks to bring down websites in the past -- the same method WikiLeaks says it was hampered by on Sunday and today. Jester often claims responsibility for bringing down websites on his Twitter account using the phrase "tango down," which is used by the military to indicate that an enemy has been eliminated in a firefight.
A high-ranking Iranian official recently acknowledged that at least 30,000 computers belonging to classified "industrial units" have been infected and subsequently disabled by the enigmatic Stuxnet worm. The official, who is responsible for overseeing Iran's industrial computer servers, also confirmed that Stuxnet was coded to specifically target Siemens control systems and transfer classified data abroad. According to DebkaFile , Stuxnet is currently categorized as the "most destructive" virus ever designed to attack major industrial complexes, reactors and infrastructure. "Experts say it is beyond the capabilities of private or individual hackers and could have [only] been [developed] by a high-tech state like America or Israel, or its military cyber specialists," explained DebkaFile staff.
The security research world is oohing and ahhing lately at what may turn out to be the most sophisticated malware attack ever: Stuxnet . Stuxnet appears to be more than just another malware attack, and more than just another targeted attack. Many believe that it is a government-sponsored attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.