The Anonymous group AntiSec has claimed to have mined around 12 million Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) from a FBI laptop, after the hack was claimed to have been part of a Java vulnerability. News has been booming with Java vulnerabilities lately, so this is a very believable story. AntiSec published their list to prove the group had the data. The data is used as identifiers for iPhone and iPad devices.
AntiSec’s reason stated includes that it wanted to expose the FBI’s tracking of Apple device users.
However, the FBI has came back with a press release statement:
The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.
Therefore, all this was just a tactic to draw attention to themselves.
- FBI: We Weren’t Hacked, Never Had Apple Device IDs (mashable.com)
- AntiSec Claims to Steal Apple UDIDs from Gov. Laptop, FBI Says No (dailytech.com)
- FBI denies AntiSec’s Apple UDID database claims (h-online.com)
- FBI calls out AntiSec, claim they had nothing to do with stolen Apple IDs (slashgear.com)
According to ThreatPost, the attack that Hussain admitted to being involved with was a breach of the email account of one of Blair’s former advisers. Hussain, who used the handle “TriCk”, pleaded guilty in early July to the attack and was sentenced Tuesday in England to six months in prison for the attack. He was arrested in April.
According to Sophos’s Naked Security, members of the TeaMp0isoN hacking gang then published the hacked information online, sparking security fears about the safety of the former Prime Minister, his friends and associates.
A time in prison at the start of your adult life is no easy undertaking. Hope the young lad learned his lesson.
The cybersecurity bill discussed in congress earlier this Spring is now revised with newer details. The revision to the originally democratic bill is more based on disallowing the government to absolutely standardize new cybersecurity bills. The idea is for those with critical infrastructured networks get fully secure (as required). The new SECURE IT bill restricts the government from retaining and using information about cyberthreats.
According to Computer World: SECURE IT, backed by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), will allow companies to legally share real-time cyberthreat information from their networks with other industry stakeholders, law enforcement agents and government officials.
The restriction of the use of such information about cyberthreats is to help combat the ability of hackers from discovering the information and getting quicker revision time for their threats.
The mere investment in to tools to combat cybersecurity threats is crucial to American infrastructure, and infrastructure all around the world even!
The biggest deal is watching how cyberthreat information is shared. Programs like CISPA are not going to function very well. Which means cyberthreat information should be held between private parties for a temporary time, and once a mitigation is made, destroy the data.
Corporate and government systems are not immune to cyberattacks by hackers.
Mr Assange, 40, whose conditions included staying at his bail address between 2200 and 0800 BST, spent Tuesday night at the embassy.
Last week he failed to reopen an appeal against his extradition to Sweden.
Mr Assange, wanted for questioning in Sweden over rape and sexual assault allegations, denies any wrongdoing.
Ecuador had said it was “studying and analysing” Mr Assange’s request for asylum.
By Jay Pfoutz – Opinion Article
Google has published Transparency Report, which is indeed helpful, because it allows users to see how Google’s operations run. Particularly in the bounds of censorship. Some of the data is aggregated below, but is taken from the Transparency Report.
Governments all across the world find data, videos, pictures, that might be offensive to the nature of their country. Therefore, they make requests to Google for removing such content, or at least removing it from view. This data is dated from July to December 2011.
Some of the governments are lenient, and some are just plain ridiculous, in my opinion.
Here are the most ridiculous governments (namely countries):
- Brazil – Mainly because of Orkut, Google received 128 requests for removal of content. 😛
- United States – Mainly because of YouTube videos denoting harassment (some 1,400), Google received 117 requests for removal of content. :O
Copyright removal was another form of requests (data in past month)…here are the ridiculous ones from that list:
- Microsoft Corporation with 448,236
- NBCUNIVERSAL with 217,449
- BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) with 150,063
- RIAA member companies with 77,767
Top Potential Copyright Violation Sites (Oh no…SOPA/PIPA would be on this):
And that’s not close to all of them.
Check out the full Transparency Report for more interesting data: google.com/transparencyreport/removals
- Google alarmed by rise in govt. censorship requests (panarmenian.net)
- EYE-BALL Opinion on – Google Report on Political Censorship (bleyzie.wordpress.com)
- Google Reports Rise In Removal Requests (rferl.org)
- Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments (guardian.co.uk)
- Prison Planet.com ” Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments (gunnyg.wordpress.com)