Who is Karim Baratov, the alleged Canadian Yahoo hacker?

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The FBI alleges that 22-year-old Karim Baratov, from Ancaster, Ont., was one of four men connected with a series of cyberattacks carried out on Yahoo that began in early 2014. But you wouldn’t know it from Baratov’s online persona. On Instagram, Baratov presents himself as a high-end car enthusiast. He has frequently posted pictures of Aston Martins, Audis, Mercedes and BMWs, among other… Read more »

Smart machines v hackers: How cyber warfare is escalating

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There is a gaping hole in the digital defences that companies use to keep out cyber thieves. The hole is the global shortage of skilled staff that keeps security hardware running, analyses threats and kicks out intruders.  Currently, the global security industry is lacking about one million trained workers, suggests research by ISC2 – the industry… Read more »

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

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Wikileaks recently released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the CIA to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions. Source: New York Times Date: March 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/europe/wikileaks-cia-hacking.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=64996424&pgtype=Homepage&smid=fb-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0 Discussion 1) “The WikiLeaks release said that the CIA has managed to bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services.”  Does this… Read more »

Dropbox Didn’t Actually Delete Your ‘Deleted’ Files

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Dropbox recently restored years-old “deleted” files for some customer accounts by accident, drawing attention to a potential privacy problem.  Files supposedly deleted by customers from the company’s servers were instead retained for as long as eight years, according to several reports over the past few weeks. The company apologized for what it has described as… Read more »

Canadian energy firms at risk from cyber, bomb attacks: CSIS

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Canada’s main spy agency last year warned energy companies about an increasing risk of cyber espionage and attacks on pipelines, oil storage and shipment facilities and power transmission towers using homemade explosives, according to a classified document obtained by Reuters.  The Canadian Security Intelligence Service warning last May highlights an additional risk for the energy… Read more »

The Dumb ‘Smart’ Gear That Someone’s Gonna Hack in 2017

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A collaboration between beauty company L’Oreal and generally solid tech upstart Withings, this Wi-Fi hair brush (yes, you read that correctly) has an onboard microphone (again, yep) that listens to hair as you brush to identify hair issues. Simultaneously, various sensors count brush strokes, measure brushing patterns, and determine how much pressure you’re applying to your… Read more »

‘Messenger always gets shot’: Hackers say the Canadian government doesn’t want their help

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In Canada, the government appears to still have no formal policy or public guidelines, which makes it difficult for those who do find flaws to know what to do, or how the government might respond.  “There’s no formal process,” says Imran Ahmad, a partner at the law firm Miller Thomson who works with clients on cybersecurity… Read more »

Yahoo: How do state hackers break in?

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Yahoo has revealed that login details for up to one billion accounts have gone missing.  The massive breach was discovered while it investigated a separate attack that had compromised data on about 500 million accounts. Yahoo said it suspected a state-sponsored attacker was involved in both thefts.  How can it be sure? Source: BBC Technology News Date: December… Read more »

Carleton University computers infected with ransomware

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Students at Carleton University are being warned that some of its computers have been infected by ransomware — a type of computer virus that uses encryption to effectively hold files hostage in exchange for payment.  “Any system accessible from the main network, that is Windows based, may have been compromised,” the school’s computing and communications services department wrote…. Read more »

Hackers hit San Francisco transport systems

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San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000 (£56,000 ; €66,000).  As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th,… Read more »