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#hacking | Facebook reportedly derailed Europe terror probe by alerting users of phone hack

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Facebook in October reportedly derailed an investigation into an Islamic State terror suspect by European law enforcement and an Israeli intelligence firm by warning users that their phones had been hacked.

The company’s massively popular messaging platform, WhatsApp, notified some 1,400 users, including the suspect, that an “advanced cyber actor” had gained access to their devices. The suspect, who was believed to be planning a terror attack during the holiday season, disconnected shortly after.

The officials in the unnamed Western European country had hacked the suspect’s phone with software developed by Israel’s NSO group, which they secured with a government contract and the approval of a judge, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The WhatsApp warning message to users said: “An advanced cyber actor exploited our video calling to install malware on user devices. There’s a possibility this phone number was impacted.”

The company was reportedly unaware of the security investigations.

A Western intelligence official told Channel 12 that the notification had been sent to both Islamic State and Al Qaeda suspects, calling the intelligence breach “a disturbing and dangerous fact,” according to a Sunday report.

The alert foiled investigations into some 20 cases, including into suspected terrorists and pedophiles, the official said.

Investigators breached suspects’ phones “surgically” using a loophole in the app, had been monitoring the suspects for a long time, and following the alert had to start the investigations anew, he said.

The investigation into the Islamic State suspect planning a holiday season attack had relied on the suspect’s phone for information on his activities and communications, and had only had access to the device for a few days — not enough time to complete the probe.

One European intelligence official said that the NSO technology had given his team information on a violent bank-robbing outfit and weapons dealers, which led to arrests. He said that officials in other countries in Western Europe had told him that over 10 investigations may have been thwarted by the WhatsApp message to users.

On October 29, the same day as the alert, WhatsApp sued NSO Group, accusing it of using the platform to conduct cyber-espionage on journalists, human rights activists and others.

The suit, filed in a California federal court, contended that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 “target devices” with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app.

WhatsApp said NSO Group’s hacking was illegal and that it was acting to protect its users.

NSO Group told The Wall Street Journal that its tools were “only licensed, as a lawful solution, to government intelligence and law-enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of preventing and investigating terror and serious crime.”

Most of its clients are Democracies in Europe that use its technology to fight crime and terror, NSO Group said.

NSO Group came to prominence in 2016 when researchers accused it of helping to spy on an activist in the United Arab Emirates.

Its best-known product is Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target’s phone camera and microphone, and access data on it.

The firm has been adamant that it only licenses its software to governments for “fighting crime and terror,” and that it investigates credible allegations of misuse, but activists say the technology has been instead used for human rights abuses.

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Security & Counter Terror Expo

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General Cybersecurity Conference

 March 6 – 7, 2018 | London, United Kingdom

Cybersecurity Conference Description 

Cyber-attacks are the newest and potentially most disruptive threat to national security. The NHS and Deloitte have recently been hit by cyber-attacks, threatening the security and infrastructure of these integral organisations. The National Cyber Security Centre reported more than 1,000 attacks in its first year of operation.

As the number of threats to cyber infrastructure increases, so does the vital need to secure and protect all communications, banking, personal information and documents transmitted online. The market is growing rapidly and is now estimated at £3.4 billion, opening the way for new innovation to protect against these threats.

Join over 1,000 leading experts, government, law enforcement, military and security leaders at SCTX 2018 at the UK’s fastest growing cyber security event.

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Fancy Bear #hackers are now #exploiting the #New York terror attack to #spread their #malware

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Fancy Bear #hackers are now #exploiting the #New York terror attack to #spread their #malware

As the US justice department forges ahead with its investigation into the Trump administration and any possible collusion with Russia, the Fancy Bear hackers continue refining their attacks against global targets. As part of their new phishing campaign, the hackers are capitalising on the recent New York terror attack, to trick users into clicking on malicious documents, which in turn infects systems with their malware.

The Kremlin-linked hackers first made headlines during the 2016 US presidential campaign and are now widely considered to have orchestrated the cyberattacks against the US Democratic Party. The cyberespionage group has since been actively involved in various campaigns over the past year, targeting organisations and individuals across the globe.

The Fancy Bears’ most recent campaign, uncovered by security researchers at McAfee, involves the use of a black malicious document, titled “IsisAttackInNewYork”, which when clicked drops the hackers’ first-stage reconnaissance malware dropper Seduploader. The implant collects basic data from infected PCs and profiles prospective victims. Once hackers determine some interest in the victim, the implant then drops Fancy Bears’ customised malware X-Agent or Sedreco.

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Man wanted to help ISIS and spread terror in Bay Area, indictment alleges

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He spoke of giving backpacks full of explosives to homeless people, federal authorities said. He talked about lacing cocaine with rat poison to distribute at nightclubs and setting fires to hills near Berkeley. For months, undercover federal agents interacted with Amer Sinan Alhaggagi — swapping text messages, emails and phone…

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A Cyber Agency for Cyber Terror

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A Cyber Agency for Cyber Terror

Cyber espionage in India is not a new concept but has been in existence for the last decade. It may be carried out by an insider or an outsider by exploiting the vulnerabilities in the cyber security of an organisation.

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Terror expert: U.S. vulnerable to any ‘hacker or cracker’

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Terrorism expert Harvey Kushner says the most sensitive U.S. assets are at the mercy of any “hacker or cracker,” and the next major attack against the country will likely come through cyberspace, but he is also also cautiously optimistic that America’s best minds will be able to thwart the sinister intentions of its enemies. During a recent appearance on WNYW-TV Fox 5 in New York City, Kushner offered a blunt diagnosis of the cyber threat facing the American people and the nation’s most sensitive national data. “Any hacker or cracker from his or her basement can get into our national grid and get into our military hardware,” said Kushner in the Fox 5 interview. Kushner, who is also director of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute at Long Island University, said this level of vulnerability is the price of rapidly advancing technology. “The advances occur almost on a daily basis. So just when you have something up and you have it somewhat protected, somebody is able to compromise the system and get into whatever it is you’re trying to protect,” said Kushner, who fears the next major attack that succeeds against the U.S. will come from hackers. “I do think […]

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Islamic State Terror Group Makes Alliance With Anti-Israel Hackers to Increase Cyber Attacks

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A number of Twit­ter accounts promoting the Islamic State terrorist group are col­lab­o­rat­ing with anti-Israel hack­ers in an effort to increase cyber attacks on behalf of the terror organization, the Anti-Defamation League reported on Thursday. The Alazm Cen­ter Twit­ter account posted a message on Jan. 13 asking hack­ers to con­tact them. Since then, a group of anti-Israel hack­ers called “Ter­ror­ists Team for Elec­tronic Jihad” has claimed respon­si­bil­ity for sev­eral attacks against Israeli web­sites in the name of the Islamic State. The hackers said they breached the web­site of a secu­rity con­trac­tor in Israel, a tour orga­nizer and other Israeli busi­nesses, according to ADL. Vis­i­tors are redirected to web­sites fea­tur­ing the name and flag of the Islamic State, along with the sig­na­ture of the hacking group. “Ter­ror­ists Team for Elec­tronic Jihad” declared their allegiance to the Islamic State in a video posted on YouTube on Nov. 29, 2014, ADL noted. They also have a Face­book page and a Twit­ter account that include mes­sages in sup­port of Islamic State terrorists. The group of hackers declared respon­si­bil­ity for the anti-Israel attacks in a state­ment posted on JustPaste.it, a file-shar­ing website the Islamic State uses to anonymously pub­lish its own state­ments. The message said, “Thanks to […]

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Line Dividing Hacker Cybercrime, State-Sponsored Terror Attacks MurkyNational Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – (MCT) NEW YORK — The lines between online thefts and all-out cyberwarfare continue to blur as hackers become more effective at attacks that threaten to cause serious economic damage, computer secur…

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Line dividing hacker cyber crime, state-sponsored terror attacks murky National Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – “It’s not a clear, bright red line,” Mitchell Silber, executive managing director of K2 Intelligence, a cyber security company based here, said at a daylong cyber warfare conference. “It really is …

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Line Dividing Hacker Cybercrime, State-Sponsored Terror Attacks Murky

The lines between online thefts and all-out cyberwarfare continue to blur as hackers become more effective at attacks that threaten to cause serious economic damage. Andrew Conte, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 7, 2014 Klaus Meinhardt

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