Researcher Chris Vickery claimed on Reddit that he had managed to obtain a copy of 2014 version of the World-Check confidential database, which is being used by banks, governments, and intelligence agencies worldwide to scope out risks including suspected terrorists.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Attorney General of the United States, asking the court to declare a section of a 1980s-era anti-hacking law as "unconstitutionally overbroad."
In the case, known as Sandvig v. Lynch, the ACLU argues on behalf of First Look Media Works and four professors who want to deploy bots and fake profiles to study possible racial discrimination in online advertising for housing and employment. The researchers haven't been able to proceed because they're afraid of being sued or prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Ghost Squad Hackers (GSH) made their entry a few months ago by conducting Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Black Lives Matter websites. The group then took part in Anonymous‘ linked operation OpIcarus against banking and financial institutions but the latest attack shows the hackers have graduated to a whole new level.
Last week, the Democratic National Committee had its servers compromised, and swaths of files - including opposition research on Donald Trump, and reports on key Republican presidential candidates - were released anonymously to several media outlets, including Gawker.
The DNC said an initial assessment concluded the attack came from Russian hackers. But days later, an ostensibly lone hacker known only as 'Guccifer 2.0' claimed responsibility for the attack, and in a statement rife with broken English and syntax errors, said he did it alone.
"Worldwide known cyber security company CrowdStrike announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers had been hacked by 'sophisticated' hacker groups," said a statement posted on the Guccifer blog. "I’m very pleased the company appreciated my skills so highly))) [sic] But in fact, it was easy, very easy."
Like newspapers, Twitter has become a crucial and integral part of our democracy. It gives everyone a voice, even a number of people who we all wish didn’t have one—like the current presumptive Republican nominee. It drives news. It is a mirror of what is happening in the real world at this very moment. I don’t see a world in which Twitter ever follows other social networks, like Friendster and MySpace, into the valley of death.
Vermonters’ personal information may have been stolen from the state’s Fish and Wildlife online license purchasing system in two separate attacks in December and January, according to an independent forensic computer auditor’s report.
Two groups of Russian hackers, working for competing government intelligence agencies, penetrated computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to emails, chats and a trove of opposition research against Donald J. Trump, according to the party and a cybersecurity firm.
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