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Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
The spear-phishing email contained a link directing the employees to a malicious, faux-Google website that would request their login credentials and then hand them over to the hackers. The NSA identified seven “potential victims” at the company. While malicious emails targeting three of the potential victims were rejected by an email server, at least one of the employee accounts was likely compromised, the agency concluded. The NSA notes in its report that it is “unknown whether the aforementioned spear-phishing deployment successfully compromised all the intended victims, and what potential data from the victim could have been exfiltrated.”

VR Systems declined to respond to a request for comment on the specific hacking operation outlined in the NSA document. Chief Operating Officer Ben Martin replied by email to The Intercept’s request for comment with the following statement:

Phishing and spear-phishing are not uncommon in our industry. We regularly participate in cyber alliances with state officials and members of the law enforcement community in an effort to address these types of threats. We have policies and procedures in effect to protect our customers and our company.
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Culture Machine Review - Platform #Politics, Vol 14 | #cyberculture #Memory

Culture Machine Review - Platform #Politics, Vol 14 | #cyberculture #Memory | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Journal of Culture and Theory
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Articles:

 

- Introduction:  Politics, Power and ‘Platformativity’ - Joss Hands 


- The Research Politics of Social Media Platforms - Ganaele Langlois, Greg Elmer 


- Social Computing as a Platform for Memory - Neal Thomas 


- Software Tunnels Through the Rags 'n Refuse: Object Oriented Software Studies and Platform Politics - Paul Caplan 


- Immaterial Civil War: The World Wide War on the Web - Harry Halpin 


- Platform Infomediation and Journalism - Eugenia Siapera 


- Platform Communism - Joss Hands 


- Red Plenty Platforms - Nick Dyer-Witheford 


- Information as Politics - Tim Jordan 


- Death Proof: On the Biopolitics and Noopolitics of Memorializing Dead Facebook Users - Tero Karppi 


- Critically Engineered Wireless Politics - Jussi Parikka 


- Giving What you Don’t Have: Interviews with Sean Dockray and Dmytri Kleiner - Cornelia Sollfrank.

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US #CyberWarriors battling Islamic State on Twitter | #trolling #strategies

US #CyberWarriors battling Islamic State on Twitter | #trolling #strategies | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

Via Ángel G. de Ágreda
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The US-managed Twitter accounts are also not squeamish about reproducing images distributed by jihadists depicting mass executions, drawing historic parallels between Islamic State militants and the Nazis.

 

One post showed armed Islamic State fighters standing over a ditch filled with executed people, alongside another almost identical image of Nazis killing people in similar circumstances.

 

"Then & Now: Nazis – like ISIS – murdered out of intolerance, hatred, zeal," read a comment alongside the two images.

 

Satire is also used to undermine militants, with one re-tweeted cartoon referring to the "ISIS bucket challenge" featuring a participant named as "the civilized world" being drenched by a bucket of blood.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-cyber-warriors-islamic-state-twitter.html#jCp

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