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Real Phone Hacking

Interesting glimpse into the real world of phone hacking–not the amateurish stuff we’ve been absored by in the UK–by Sharmine Narwani: In Lebanon, The Plot Thickens « Mideast Shuffle. First off, there’s the indictment just released by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which, in the words of Narwani, appears to be built on a simple premise: the “co-location” of cellular phones — traceable to the accused four — that coincide heavily with Hariri’s whereabouts and crucial parts of the murder plot in the six weeks prior to his death. Indeed, the case relies heavily on Call Data Record (CDR) analysis. Which sounds kind of sophisticated. OrContinue readingReal Phone Hacking

Libya’s Stuxnet?

A group of security professionals who have good credentials and strong links to the U.S. government have outlined a Stuxnet-type attack on Libyan infrastructure, according to a document released this week. But is the group outlining risks to regional stability, or is it advocating a cyber attack on Muammar Gadhafi? The document, Project Cyber Dawn (PDF), was released on May 28 2011 by CSFI – the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, which describes itself as non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, NE and in Washington DC with a mission “to provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist theContinue readingLibya’s Stuxnet?

“One Technician Unplugged The Estonian Internet”

In all the hoo-ha about the Arab Revolutions some interesting WikiLeaks cables seem to be slipping through the net. Like this one from 2008 about Estonia’s view of the cyberattack on Georgia. Estonia had learned some tough lessons from Russia’s cyberattack on its defenses the previous year, so was quick to send cyber-defense experts to “help stave off cyber-attacks emanating in Russia”, according to the Baltic Times at the time. The cable, dated Sept 22 2008, reports on meetings with Estonian officials on both the lessons from its own experience and some candid commentary on Georgia’s preparedness and response. Here are some of the points:Continue reading“One Technician Unplugged The Estonian Internet”

Singapore Details ‘Waves’ of Cyberattacks

Officials and delegates from APEC economies were targeted ahead of last year’s Singapore meeting with malware-laden emails faked so they appeared to have been sent by Singapore government officials on the Organising Committee. Singapore officials have said the attacks were not the first on the country. Although Singapore regularly highlights threats to national security—including Islamic terrorism—the admission that it has been the victim of cyber attacks is, according to the Straits Times, its most detailed account. Although it’s hard to read too much into the statements made to judge who may have been behind the attacks, it’s interesting that Singapore is drawing attention to this—notContinue readingSingapore Details ‘Waves’ of Cyberattacks

Virus Hits British Defences

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how KL’s airport information system had been infected by a virus. I shouldn’t have gotten so het up. Turns out that the UK’s air force and navy have bigger problems. ITV News reported on Friday that the Ministry of Defence’s computer network has been shut down “because of a mysterious virus that is causing wholesale disruption of MoD sites.” Among those affected were Royal Navy ships including the Ark Royal and RAF [Royal Air Force] bases including Brize Norton. The Register quotes a statement from the “MoD that [s]ince 6 Jan 09 the performance of the MODContinue readingVirus Hits British Defences

Some Early Lessons from The Georgian Cyberwar

illustration fron Arbor Networks There’s some interesting writing going about the Georgian Cyberwar. This from VNUnet, which seems to confirms my earlier suspicion that this was the first time we’re seeing two parallel wars:  “We are witnessing in this crisis the birth of true, operational cyber warfare,” said Eli Jellenc, manager of All-Source Intelligence at iDefense. “The use of cyber attack assets in conjunction with kinetic military operations in the current crisis now stands among the most significant developments ever seen in the field of information security or cyber conflict studies.” Others suggest that in fact there are examples of earlier parallel conflicts: Kosovo, amongContinue readingSome Early Lessons from The Georgian Cyberwar

Cyberwar, Or Just a Taste?

Some interesting detail on the Estonian Cyberwar. This ain’t just any old attack. According to Jose Nazario, who works at ARBOR SERT, the attacks peaked a week ago, but aren’t over: As for how long the attacks have lasted, quite a number of them last under an hour. However, when you think about how many attacks have occurred for some of the targets, this translates into a very long-lived attack. The longest attacks themselves were over 10 and a half hours long sustained, dealing a truly crushing blow to the endpoints. There’s some older stuff here, from F-Secure, which shows that it’s not (just) aContinue readingCyberwar, Or Just a Taste?

Cyberwar On The World SMS Capital?

I don’t know how often this happens, but if true, it must be a worry. It’s either a hoax, a script kiddie adventure, or the first bit of post-US election cyberwar. According to Filipino news website INQ7.net (no live URL available), a group of hackers today “breached the short messaging service (SMS) servers of both Smart Communications and Globe Telecom”. It quoted a posting on the blog of a concerned hacker, Hacker PI_Flashbulb, who appears to be a regular commentator on security issues and claims to have alerted the government to several holes in their security. What’s intriguing is that the story has since been removed:Continue readingCyberwar On The World SMS Capital?

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