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'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea | PCWorld

'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea | PCWorld | Information wars | Scoop.it
A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.
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A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.

The "Icefog" hackers probed victims one by one, carefully copying select files and then exiting the systems, according to security vendor Kaspersky Lab, which released a 68-page report on the group Wednesday.

 

"The nature of the attacks was also very focused," Kaspersky wrote. "In many cases, the attackers already knew what they were looking for."

Over the past several years, security analysts have noticed an uptick in so-called:

 

"advanced persistent threat" (APT) attacks,

 

... where interlopers plant stealthy malware on networks for cyber spying.

"In the future, we predict the number of small, focused APT-to-hire groups to grow, specializing in hit-and-run operations, a kind of 'cyber mercenaries' of the modern world," the report said.

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Russia accused of clandestine funding of European parties as US conducts major review of Vladimir Putin's strategy

Russia accused of clandestine funding of European parties as US conducts major review of Vladimir Putin's strategy | Information wars | Scoop.it

Exclusive: UK warns of "new Cold War" as Kremlin seeks to divide and rule in Europe

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Retired SOCOM commander, LinkedIn chairman and Walter Isaacson join new Pentagon innovation effort

Retired SOCOM commander, LinkedIn chairman and Walter Isaacson join new Pentagon innovation effort | Information wars | Scoop.it
Retired Adm. Bill McRaven, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson were named.
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Résumé : ISIS - Inside the Army of Terror, revised and updated (Michael Weiss, Hassan Hassan) - Virginie Carriere

Résumé : ISIS - Inside the Army of Terror, revised and updated (Michael Weiss, Hassan Hassan) - Virginie Carriere | Information wars | Scoop.it

Revised & Updated ISIS – Inside the Army of Terror (Michael Weiss, Hassan Hassan) Cet ouvrage est essentiellement une ligne du temps détaillée représentant l’émergence, la croissance et l’ubiquité que le groupe armé État islamique (ÉI) a atteinte aujourd’hui. Hassan Hassan et Michael Weiss expliquent en profondeur les motifs et les objectifs du groupe, permettant ainsi une bonne compréhension globale de la situation. Ils expliquent plusieurs facteurs de réussite d’un tel groupe. Ils accordent également la parole à des acteurs clés, s’inscrivant dans des perspectives différentes du conflit...

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Canada’s electronic spies at the centre of beefed up ISIL intelligence effort

Canada’s electronic spies at the centre of beefed up ISIL intelligence effort | Information wars | Scoop.it
The Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic spy service, is set to play a more prominent role in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, The Canadian Press has learned. Multiple sources familiar with the plans, speaking on condition of anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter, say the government is … Continue reading "Canada’s electronic spies at the centre of beefed up ISIL intelligence effort"
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The Man Who Invented Sykes-Picot

The Man Who Invented Sykes-Picot | Information wars | Scoop.it
Monday, May 16 2016, is the presumed 100th anniversary of the “Sykes-Picot” accord. Many speak confidently of it, fewer have actually read it, fewer still understand its roots and how an obscure letter has become a prominent feature of discourse about the Middle East. To understand the roots of the letter and its deeper meaning,…
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Russia 'was behind German parliament hack' - BBC News

Russia 'was behind German parliament hack' - BBC News | Information wars | Scoop.it
Germany's domestic intelligence agency accuses Russia of being behind a series of cyber attacks on German state computer systems.
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Japan's Fighter Jets Intercepted Chinese Aircraft 571 Times in 2015

Japan's Fighter Jets Intercepted Chinese Aircraft 571 Times in 2015 | Information wars | Scoop.it
The number of sorties flown to ward off Chinese intrusions into Japan’s airspace has risen substantially.
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U.S. Cyberattacks Target ISIS in a New Line of Combat

U.S. Cyberattacks Target ISIS in a New Line of Combat | Information wars | Scoop.it
The military has been told to mount computer-network attacks against the group, which has proved effective at modern communications and encryption.
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How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History

How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History | Information wars | Scoop.it
China’s outsized latticework of global infrastructure is said to be rooted in a fierce competitiveness learned from 19th-century America.
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Russia’s Network-Centric Warfare Experiment in Syria

Russia’s Network-Centric Warfare Experiment in Syria | Information wars | Scoop.it

Russia experimented *network-centric warfare* and reflexive control  in Syria

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The ISIS Files: What Leaked Documents Reveal About Terror Recruits

The ISIS Files: What Leaked Documents Reveal About Terror Recruits | Information wars | Scoop.it
Files on more than 4,000 fighters provide a deeper understanding of who signed up for ISIS.
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Russian Disinformation for the Paranoid Modern Western News Consumer

Russian Disinformation for the Paranoid Modern Western News Consumer | Information wars | Scoop.it
     Bygone are the days of several standard bearing newspapers which brought a great deal of people their daily information. Modern traditional news agencies have multiple blogs, websites, and social
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The Essential 4GW reading list: Martin van Creveld

The Essential 4GW reading list:  Martin van Creveld | Information wars | Scoop.it
The central role of Professor van Creveld in the development of theory about modern war is difficult to exaggerate. He has provided both the broad historical context — looking both forward and back in time — much of the analytical work, and a large share of the real work in publishing both academic and general…
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The CIA Accelerates Innovation

The CIA Accelerates Innovation | Information wars | Scoop.it
The CIA’s newest directorate consolidates several technology business units into one hub organization focused on deeply embracing innovative approaches and capabilities throughout the agency.
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This Is How ISIS Uses The Internet

This Is How ISIS Uses The Internet | Information wars | Scoop.it
They talk on Telegram and send viruses to their enemies. BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel looks at how ISIS members and sympathizer
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Post-modernism, foreign affairs and narratives: "From Rove to Rhodes (to Ruin)..."

Post-modernism, foreign affairs and narratives: "From Rove to Rhodes (to Ruin)..." | Information wars | Scoop.it
Postmodern politicking didn’t start with the Obama Administration, but it has reached its apotheosis with Ben Rhodes.
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A look inside the Department of Homeland Security's cyberhub

A look inside the Department of Homeland Security's cyberhub | Information wars | Scoop.it
The building where the Department of Homeland Security tracks every cyber attack against the US is surprisingly bland. With its neutral exterior and circular drive, I wasn’t even sure we wer
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Here’s What Cyberwar Against ISIS Could Look Like

Here’s What Cyberwar Against ISIS Could Look Like | Information wars | Scoop.it

Pentagon officials have publicly said, in recent weeks, that they’re hitting ISIS not only with bullets and bombs but also with cyberoffensive operations. What does it mean?

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Game of Thrones in the Middle East

Game of Thrones in the Middle East | Information wars | Scoop.it
It is hard to think of a less compatible group of countries than Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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U.S. Navy Developing Fleet Of Drone 'Mother Submarines' That an Release Smaller Robots To Lay Mines Or Launch Missiles To Counter China Threat In The South China Sea - Unmanned, Underwater Drones, ...

U.S. Navy Developing Fleet Of Drone 'Mother Submarines' That an Release Smaller Robots To Lay Mines Or Launch Missiles To Counter China Threat In The South China Sea - Unmanned, Underwater Drones, ... | Information wars | Scoop.it

U.S. Navy Developing Fleet Of Drone ‘Mother Submarines’ That an Release Smaller Robots To Lay Mines Or Launch Missiles To Counter China Threat In The South China Sea — Unmanned, Underwater Drones, The Next Big Leap In Drone Warfare

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Snowden: The Wages of Treason, Irresolution and Ingratitude

Snowden: The Wages of Treason, Irresolution and Ingratitude | Information wars | Scoop.it
Amid ongoing debate over encrypted communications, hinging, as it does, on striking a balance between the need to defend America and the need to ensure that in so doing we do not undermine the principles that are America, it is worth recalling where this all began.  And it all began with treason.  Whatever Edward Snowden’s intent when he started stealing classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2012, the direction of his flight the following year, first to China and then on to Russia, should leave no doubt that he is a traitor to his country.  Yet, in
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