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Yahoo #hacker feels he’s ‘doing the #right thing’ after #pleading #guilty, #lawyer says

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

After eight months of maintaining his innocence in a massive data breach at Yahoo, Karim Baratov feels like he’s now, his lawyer says, doing the right thing by pleading guilty to charges stemming from his role as a hacker.

Baratov, who is from Hamilton, is scheduled for sentencing in February, after pleading guilty, in a U.S. court on Tuesday, to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and eight counts of aggravated identity theft.

“He’s feeling like he’s doing the right thing … he’s happy that he’s doing the right thing, he’s happy that he’s opening up, and he’s not holding back,” said Amedeo DiCarlo, one of Baratov’s lawyers. “I think that’s what the justice system expects of him.”

Authorities say the hack affected at least a half billion user accounts, and was directed by two Russian intelligence agents. U.S. law enforcement officials call the 22-year-old Baratov a “hacker-for-hire” and say he was paid by members of Russia’s Federal Security Service to access more than 80 accounts.

DiCarlo wouldn’t say if Baratov turned over information on the two Russians linked to the case, but did say he has been “very forthcoming with his information” and “very transparent.”

“He told them everything they needed to know,” DiCarlo said.

Another one of his attorneys, Andrew Mancilla, echoed that sentiment outside of court after the guilty plea was made. “He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” Mancilla said.

The Russian agents, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, used the information they stole from Yahoo to spy on Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses, according to prosecutors.

Dokuchaev, Sushchin and a third Russian national, Alexsey Belan, were also named in the indictment filed in February, though it’s not clear whether they will ever step foot in an American courtroom since there’s no extradition treaty with Russia.

Yahoo user accounts began being compromised at least as early as 2014. Prosecutors say Dokuchaev and Sushchin turned to Baratov after learning that one of their targets had accounts at webmail providers other than Yahoo.

After Baratov’s arrest, his parents said that their son was a “scapegoat.” DiCarlo said they are now finally seeing some sense of closure.

“It’s a big strain on everybody — it’s kind of like you’re biting your fingernails, waiting for the result. Now, here is a final result in their opinion … they see an end in the future.”

Baratov’s sentencing is set to happen in February, and the threshold for how much jail time he could face ranges from zero to 20 years, DiCarlo said — though he would not disclose what sentence the defence will submit as appropriate. It’s also not clear if Baratov would serve a sentence in Canada or the United States.

“We’ve got our ranges to work with, and that’s where the lawyering takes place,” DiCarlo said.

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Unthinkable! #Hackers Loot #Charity’s Funds #Right Before #Christmas Season

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hackers have done the unthinkable by making off with a charity’s funds right before the start of the 2017 Christmas season.

The Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities (UAID) first noticed something was wrong when it had not received any new email applications for help since 22 October. Typically, the charity gets numerous applications in preparation for the Christmas season. It’s when UAID buys and distributes gifts for between 1,200 and 1,400 adults who are intellectually disabled, who often don’t have family, and who live in assisted living facilities.

Suspicious of the lack of activity, UAID decided to look into the matter. Laura Henderson, who serves as vice president of the charity, says she realized the full extent of the hack shortly thereafter. As she told Good4Utah:

“As we investigating the email issue, I opened the bank statements and started seeing things that just weren’t right.”

According to their bank records, unauthorized individuals had used multiple apps and services to transfer or steal $5,000 from the charity. They also took over its PayPal account, opened new accounts, and seized control of its website and email. Even when Henderson and her staff attempted to reset the passwords for those compromised services, the hackers regained control in no time.

UAID co-founder Katherine Scott can’t believe someone would take from a charity that provides for individuals who mostly don’t receive anything else at Christmas. In her mind, the worst part is the seizure of the charity’s email. Without access, she can’t determine who needs assistance this year:

“That’s one of the things that’s making us real sad this year is we don’t know who needs help.”

It’s unclear how the hackers first struck UAID or what security measures the charity had in place at the time of attack.

Overall, charities can do more to ensure the resilience of their services. A 2016 survey of non-profit organizations conducted by US accounting firm CohnReznick found that nearly half of respondents had not performed a security risk assessment in the past year. Two-thirds also said they had no plans to increase their spending on digital security.

Ken Montenegro, IT director at advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice, tells Financial Times that’s not a good thing:

“That puts us in a precarious position because we’re not used to spending on something like a patch management tool that keeps our software up to date.”

Organizations of all sizes need to protect themselves against digital attackers by patching their systems. To learn how Tripwire’s solution can help safeguard your organization’s financial accounts and critical services, please click here.

In the meantime, UAID is asking for donations of money and clothes so that it can still serve people this holiday season. Anyone wishing to donate should call its main telephone number: 385-887-4145.

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Trump’s order to strengthen cybersecurity is a step in right direction

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More regulations are needed to ensure that software and hardware creators make their products as safe as possible before going to market. On May 11, 111 days after taking office, President Donald Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. When data…

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ICS Companies Are Worried About Cybersecurity, But Are They Worried About the Right Things?

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ICS Companies Are Worried About Cybersecurity, But Are They Worried About the Right Things?

Companies operating Industrial Control Systems (ICS) have a special set of challenges to deal with. Which is the state of the art? The equipment was expected to be installed and left alone for a long time. Pressures to reduce operating costs led to this equipment being connected, and the easiest…

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EU students swipe right on dating apps

Four years ago, the phrases “swipe right” and “swipe left” typically meant nothing. Now, they seem to be part of millennials’ common vernacular, as the rise of online dating apps have become prevalent. Before dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, most online dating services were occupied by those people who were typically older than 30 years old. However, according to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, the number of 18 to 24 year olds who use dating apps has nearly tripled since 2013. Read More….

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Swipe Right to Like Dating Apps Are Ruining all the Fun

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Why is there so much cyber ‘hacking’ going on right now? Computer Digital Forensics Expert says ‘look closer’.

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Why is there so much cyber ‘hacking’ going on right now? Computer Digital Forensics Expert says ‘look closer’.

Upon reading the attributed link labelled, “The evolution of hacking” – written by “The Guardian” and listed at the end of this article, Simon Smith, a real practicing certified expert White Hat Ethical Hacker and successful Senior forensic Private Investigator,

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