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Gigabytes of user data from hack of Patreon donations site dumped online

Gigabytes of user data from hack of Patreon donations site dumped online | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The inclusion of source code and databases suggests breach was extensive.
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Hacking and publishing user data for fun and profit continues to erode trusted networks. This time, it was Patreon, a crowdfunding service used by artists, journalists, etc.

 

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Hackers have published almost 15 gigabytes' worth of password data, donation records, and source code taken during the recent hack of the Patreon funding website.

At least passwords were encrypted with 2048-bit RSA, hashed via bcrypt, and salted.

The data has been circulating in various online locations and was reposted here by someone who said it wasn't immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the data. Security researcher Troy Hunt has since downloaded the archive file, inspected its contents, and concluded that they almost certainly came from Patreon servers. He said the amount and type of data posted by the hackers suggest the breach was more extensive and potentially damaging to users than he previously assumed.

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Hackers reportedly stole more than a billion private records last year

Hackers reportedly stole more than a billion private records last year | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Most of them from large data breaches in the United States.
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The latest findings of the Breach Level Index (BLI), published by digital security company Gemalto, reveal a 49 percent increase in data breaches overall. More than half of the 1,500 breaches measured were motivated by identity theft, overshadowing all other categories, including access to financial data.

The majority of data breaches, or 55 percent, occurred due to a “malicious outsider.” Accidental loss accounted for 25 percent, “malicious insiders” for 15 percent, state sponsored hacks for 4 percent, and hacktivism for only 1 percent.

One-third of the most severe breaches were also motivated by identity theft, Gemalto reported.

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Last chance for European Parliament Cyber-Security negotiations? (video)

Last chance for European Parliament Cyber-Security negotiations? (video) | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Cyber-crime is a growing threat to information networks and the global economy. But would Member State collaboration limit or increase risks of attacks? We ask MEP Andreas Schwab.
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An EuroparlTV interview with MEP Andreas Schwab.

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Cyber theft: A hard war to wage - FT.com

Washington is angry. Really angry. It is just not sure what to do about it.
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"Washington is angry. Really angry. It is just not sure what to do about it. US officials have accused Chinese hackers of stealing corporate trade secrets since the mid-2000s but during the past few months the outrage has reached a political tipping point. cyber security has been thrust to the top of the agenda in US-China relations.

The Obama administration, members of Congress and the think-tanks that advise them have cast around for ways to punish hackers from China and elsewhere. Washington is considering a series of unilateral trade and other sanctions against Chinese entities and individuals."

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Cosmo, the Hacker 'God' Who Fell to Earth | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Cosmo, the Hacker 'God' Who Fell to Earth | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"With his group, UGNazi (short for “underground nazi” and pronounced “you-gee” not “uhg”), Cosmo took part in some of the most notorious hacks of the year. Throughout the winter and spring, they DDoS’ed all manner of government and financial sites, including NASDAQ, ca.gov, and CIA.gov, which they took down for a matter of hours in April. They bypassed Google two step, hijacked 4chan’s DNS and redirected it to their own Twitter feed, and repeatedly posted Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s address and Social Security number online. After breaking into one billing agency using social-engineering techniques this past May, they proceeded to dump some 500,000 credit card numbers online. Cosmo was the social engineer for the crew, a specialist in talking his way past security barriers. His arsenal of tricks held clever-yet-idiot-proof ways of getting into accounts on Amazon, Apple, AOL, PayPal, Best Buy, Buy.com, Live.com (think: Hotmail, Outlook, Xbox) and more. He can hijack phone numbers from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and your local telco."

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State-sponsored cyber espionage projects now prevalent, say experts

Former military officer says every Middle Eastern country now has Stuxnet-like malware.
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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"Security software companies Symantec and McAfee are touting inflated cybercrime numbers—no doubt good for business.

There is little doubt that a lot of cybercrime, cyberespionage and even acts of cyberwar are occurring, but the exact scale is unclear and the financial costs are difficult to calculate because solid data is hard to get. Relying on inaccurate or unverifiable estimates is perilous, experts say, because it can tilt the country's spending priorities and its relations with foreign nations. The costs could be worse than the most dire estimates — but they could be less, too."

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Massive cyber-attack discovered

Massive cyber-attack discovered | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs told the BBC they believed the malware, known as Flame, had been operating since August 2010.
The company said it believed the attack was state-sponsored, but could not be sure of its exact origins.
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The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.
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by Joshua Bearman

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How Ransomware Works, and Why You Should Be Afraid | MIT Technology Review

How Ransomware Works, and Why You Should Be Afraid | MIT Technology Review | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Thousands of people will have their personal files held hostage this year, by software that uses virtually unbreakable encryption.
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After infecting a computer, perhaps via an e-mail attachment or a malicious website, ransomware automatically encrypts files, which may include precious photos, videos, and business documents, and issues an electronic ransom note. Getting those files back means paying a fee to the criminals who control the malware—and hoping they will keep their side of the bargain by decrypting them.

 

The money that can be made with ransomware has encouraged technical innovations. The latest ransomware requests payment via the hard-to-trace cryptocurrency Bitcoin and uses the anonymizing Tor network. Millions of home and business computers were infected by ransomware in 2014. Computer crime experts say the problem will only get worse, and some believe mobile devices will be the next target.

 

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Interesting read..

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A dark prophecy of our cybercrime future

A dark prophecy of our cybercrime future | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Attacks on medical implants. Cyber gang warfare. Mood scramblers and brain hacking. Our future sure sounds grim.
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The report presents an assessment of the coming years in tech and cybercrime.

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MI5 and industry join forces to fight cybercrime - The Guardian

MI5 and industry join forces to fight cybercrime - The Guardian | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
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MI5 and industry join forces to fight cybercrime
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Cyber-security experts from industry are to operate alongside the intelligence agencies for the first time in an attempt to combat the growing online threat to British firms.
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Qatari Gas Company Hit With Virus in Wave of Attacks on Energy Companies | Threat Level | Wired.com

Qatari Gas Company Hit With Virus in Wave of Attacks on Energy Companies | Threat Level | Wired.com | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The Qatari natural gas company commonly known as RasGas has been hit with a virus that shut down its office computers, according to news reports.
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US National Security Agency boss asks hackers to make internet more secure

US National Security Agency boss asks hackers to make internet more secure | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
General Keith Alexander stresses common ground between US officials and hackers at Def Con gathering in Las Vegas...
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Google to warn users of 'state-sponsored' hacking

Google to warn users of 'state-sponsored' hacking | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Search giant says it will alert Gmail users about targeted attacks, in move that could aid human rights campaigners.
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