Information Crisis - Special Reports

40 Days Later: What Can the Financial Sector Learn from WannaCry?

WannaCry or Wcry represents the latest version of a growing threat called Ransomware – a tailored piece of malware designed to exploit specific vulnerabilities in the operating systems of its victims’ computers. The Importance of Employee Screening in Financial Services
2017-06-21 14:06 | BUSINESS, Money Matters, Oman | AlBawaba

Qatar: QNA hacking linked to countries boycotting Doha

Attorney general says evidence shows cyberattack on state-run news agency is linked to states that cut ties with Qatar.
2017-06-21 00:06 | News | Aljazeera

Watching You While You Browse: How the CIA Has Been Hacking Your Router

Wi-Fi routers typically sit in dusty corners of homes and offices, quietly transmitting internet accessibility to computers, tablets and phones in its immediate vicinity. However, these unpretentious devices are a goldmine for hackers – and were specifically targeted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the latest Wikileaks release has revealed.
2017-06-16 13:06 | Tech | SputnikNews

A Planet’s Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In her first interview since President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence and she was released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Chelsea Manning explained to Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang why she leaked documents about America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We’re getting all this information from all these different … Continue reading "A Planet’s Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children" The post A Planet’s Future Threatened
2017-06-16 04:06 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Throw a party to support Chelsea Manning’s appeal!

Courage can help you host a party to raise funds for Chelsea Manning's vital legal appeal; TransCyberian's first party in Berlin on 16 June will feature live music and crypto workshops, with proceeds going to Chelsea's fund
2017-06-14 20:06 | News | CourageFound

GCC Businesses Are Facing a Major Cybersecurity Deficit

As the WannaCry ransomware spread across 150 countries last month, the Middle East held its breath. While Saudi Telecom Co.
2017-06-14 10:06 | BUSINESS, IT and Technology, Main headlines | AlBawaba

The Kremlin’s Newest Hybrid Warfare Asset: Gangsters

Russia and other states have taken to hiring street gangs and thugs to do the sort of dirty work that even spies don't want to touch.
2017-06-12 15:06 | Argument, Cyber, cyber espionage | ForeignPolicy

Chelsea Manning: Seeing Victims of US War As 'People' – Not 'Statistics' – Compelled Leaks

Andrea Germanos, staff writer U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has given her first interview since being released from prison last month in which she explains her motivations for making public thousands of military documents. Excerpts of her interview with ABC 's "Nightline" co-anchor Juju Chang aired Friday on the network's "Good Morning America." Asked about why she leaked the trove of documents, she says, "I have a responsibility to the public
2017-06-09 17:06 | News | CommonDreams

Headlines for June 9, 2017

British Conservatives Lose Parliamentary Majority as Labour Surges, Ousted FBI Director Comey Tells Senate Panel Trump Lied, White House Accuses Comey of Lying to Congress, House Votes to Repeal Financial Regulations of Dodd-Frank Act, Yemen: More Than 100,000 Infected as Cholera Epidemic Spreads, Four Yemeni Civilians Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike, Qatar: Al Jazeera TV Network Says It Thwarted Massive Cyberattack, Somalia: 70 Dead After Al-Shabab Fighters Storm Army Base, Louisiana: New Law to Reduce Sentences, Trim Prison Population, Georgia:
2017-06-09 12:06 | News | DemocracyNow

Al Jazeera media platforms under cyberattack

Website and digital platforms of entire Doha-based network undergoing 'systematic and continual hacking attempts'.
2017-06-08 18:06 | News | Aljazeera

Reality Winner, Accused NSA Leaker, To Enter Not Guilty Plea

Winner's lawyer would not confirm that his client was the source of the bombshell leak of a report about efforts by Russian military intelligence to cyberattack American election software.
2017-06-07 22:06 | News | NPR

Campaigners Begin Legal Challenge Against UK Spies Over Hacking

Campaign group Privacy International, June 7, began their latest legal challenge against the UK government arguing that intel agency GCHQ has no clear authority under UK law to conduct hacking operations, with such activities being a subsequent violation of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
2017-06-07 12:06 | Europe | SputnikNews

What We Know About Reality Winner, Government Contractor Accused Of NSA Leak

Winner, a 25-year-old Air Force veteran, is accused of mailing classified material to an online news outlet. A report Monday in The Intercept details a Russian cyberattack on U.S. election systems.
2017-06-06 15:06 | News | NPR

NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposé Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016 Election

A military intelligence contractor has been arrested and charged with leaking a top-secret NSA report to the media that reveals Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days before last November's presidential election. The charges were announced after The Intercept published part of the NSA report on Monday. It is the first criminal leak case under President Trump. We speak with security technologists Bruce Schneier and Jake Williams, who is a former
2017-06-06 12:06 | News | DemocracyNow

Headlines for June 6, 2017

Contractor Charged with Leaking Top-Secret Doc on Russian Cyberattack, After Intercept Exposé, White House Will Not Block James Comey's Testimony to Senate Committee, NYT: Nearly 60,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdose in 2016, Trump Announces Plans to Privatize Air Traffic Control, Afghanistan: Death Toll from Kabul Bombing Rises to 150, Making It Deadliest Attack Since 2001, London Mayor Calls for Trump's State Visit to Britain to Be Canceled, London Police Name 3 Men Allegedly Behind Saturday's Attack, Syria: U.S.-Backed Forces
2017-06-06 12:06 | News | DemocracyNow

Report: Russia Launched Cyberattack On Voting Vendor Ahead Of Election

Russia's GRU intelligence agency targeted an American provider of election services, The Intercept says; a U.S. intelligence contractor was charged with revealing a secret report about the scheme.
2017-06-05 23:06 | News | NPR

NSA's Report Claims Russia Attempted Hacking US Voting Systems

A top-secret document by the US National Security Agency (NSA) claims that Russia conducted a cyberattack against a voting software supplier while also attempting to hack more than 100 election officials several days before the US presidential election in November, US media reported on Monday.
2017-06-05 21:06 | Tech | SputnikNews

China to Implement Its First Law on Internet Security After Ransomware Attack

In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware incident, China plans to implement a special law to enhance the protection of internet security, Economic Information Daily reported. The law, set to go into effect on June 1, is the first of its kind in China.
2017-06-01 00:06 | Asia & Pacific | SputnikNews

WannaCry Attack Showed Need for Global Cyberthreats Analysis Center - Sberbank

Global ransomware WannaCry attack demonstrated that the world needs to have a single global center for the analysis of cyberthreats, Stanislav Kuznetsov, the deputy chairman of the executive board of Russia's largest bank Sberbank, told Sputnik on Wednesday, ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
2017-05-31 16:05 | Tech | SputnikNews

No More Tears: Three Security Lessons From the WannaCry Cyber Attack

As the most devastating cyber-attack of 2017 to-date, the WannaCry attack has had a colossal impact on organisations around the world. The exploit infected over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, crippling everything from hospitals to logistics firms. While it will take months for forensic investigators to sift through the fallout, in the short term the attack has provided a timely wake-up call to businesses in every industry about the importance of security.
2017-05-30 12:05 | BUSINESS, Tech Trends, International | AlBawaba

Moreno says Julian Assange can stay on in embassy

Moreno criticises Assange as a 'hacker' but says the WikiLeaks founder can remain at Ecuadorian embassy in London.
2017-05-30 10:05 | News | Aljazeera

Makes Me WannaCry: US Finger Pointing Lame Attempt to Shift Blame From NSA

In an interview with Sputnik, Russian expert Leonty Bukshtein commented on allegations by US cybersecurity specialists that the WannaCry ransomware attack may have originated in southern China; by doing so, they are evidently trying to throw off suspicions, he said.
2017-05-29 14:05 | Tech | SputnikNews

Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Amy Goodman on Climate Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks & More

In this Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with the world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky. In a public conversation we had in April, we talked about climate change, nuclear weapons, North Korea, Iran, the war in Syria and the Trump administration's threat to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and his new book, "Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power."
2017-05-29 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

US Cybersecurity Consultant Claims WannaCry Hackers From Southern China

A new analysis of the ransom note included with the global WannaCry Microsoft Windows malware hack earlier this month suggests that it may have originated in southern China.
2017-05-28 23:05 | Tech | SputnikNews

Deep Six the Deep State

You won’t read about this in what passes for the “mainstream” media, but newly declassified documents reveal that the Obama administration was violating its own rules and spying on Americans with such frequency that even the normally compliant FISA court scolded them: “The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy […]
2017-05-26 06:05 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Cyberattack against Qatar puts fake news in focus

Despite denials of comments falsely attributed to Qatari emir, Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya ran discredited stories.
2017-05-25 20:05 | News | Aljazeera

Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald: Criminalizing WikiLeaks is a Threat to Journalists Everywhere

Swedish prosecutors recently dropped the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has always denied the allegations, which he calls a pretext for his ultimate extradition to the U.S. to face prosecution under the Espionage Act. Since 2012, Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. It's not clear whether he will emerge any time soon. Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed that the U.S. has prepared a warrant for Assange,
2017-05-25 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

Kenya: About 19 Companies Affected By #WannaCry Attack

[CIO] The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) through the National Kenya Computer Incident Responce Team (National KE-CIRT) anounced on Friday that about nineteen companies in Kenya had been affected by the global WannaCrytor ransomware attack.
2017-05-24 14:05 | News | AllAfrica

Symantec says ‘highly likely’ North Korea group behind ransomware attacks

CYBER security firm Symantec Corp said on Monday it was "highly likely" a hacking group affiliated with North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyber attack this month that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide and disrupted operations at hospitals, banks and schools across the globe. The post Symantec says ‘highly likely’ North Korea group behind ransomware attacks appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
2017-05-23 00:05 | News, North Korea, cybercrime | AsianCorrespondent

Africa: Be Ready for the Next Global Cyberattack

[ISS] On 12 May, more than 150 countries were attacked by ransomware with over 200 000 computers infected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts a computer's data until a ransom is paid. In this case, $300 worth of the cryptocurrency bitcoin was demanded for infected computers.
2017-05-22 10:05 | News | AllAfrica

Getting Julian Assange

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and “rendition”. Had Assange not […]
2017-05-22 00:05 | Australia, Barack Obama, Espionage/\Intelligence\ | DissidentVoice

Ecuador Asks UK To Give Assange Safe Passage

Ecuador’s government has asked Britain to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage to the South American country to allow The post Ecuador Asks UK To Give Assange Safe Passage appeared first on Eurasia Review .
2017-05-21 23:05 | 1, Social Issues, World News | EurasiaReview

Nigeria: WannaCry Attack - Technology Agency Urges Sustained Cybersecurity Awareness

[Premium Times] The management of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would like to bring to the attention of Nigerians that the recent WannaCry or WannaCript ransomware attack has been contained and Nigeria was largely spared from the attack due to the massive enlightenment campaign, awareness and proactive measures put in place to swiftly deal with any reported incident. The efforts of all stakeholders in the IT industry are highly commendable and appreciated.
2017-05-21 18:05 | News | AllAfrica

North Korea’s cyber spy unit may be behind WannaCry attack, has Malaysian links

NORTH KOREA's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts. The post North Korea’s cyber spy unit may be behind WannaCry attack, has Malaysian links appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
2017-05-21 02:05 | Bangladesh, Malaysia, News | AsianCorrespondent

Sweden drops rape charges against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder says ‘I cannot forgive terrible injustice’

A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange welcomed the decision of Swedish prosecutors today to drop a seven-year rape investigation against him, saying it was the “end of his nightmare”. “We have been waiting a long time for this decision,” Christophe Marchand, a member of Assange’s Brussels-based legal team, told AFP. “Julian Assange has been […] Sweden drops rape charges against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder says ‘I cannot forgive terrible injustice’
2017-05-19 17:05 | Politics, World, Ecuadorian embassy | JantaKaReporter

WannaCry attack is good business for cyber security firms

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For Kris Hagerman, chief executive of UK-based cyber security firm Sophos Group Plc, the past week could have been bad. The WannaCry "ransomware" attack hobbled some of its hospital customers in Britain's National Health Service, forcing them to turn away ambulances and cancel surgeries.
2017-05-19 16:05 | businessNews | Reuters

Sweden Drops Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange, But Threats in US, UK Remain

Andrea Germanos, staff writer Though Julian Assange 's advocates welcomed the news Friday that Swedish prosecutors dropped their seven-year investigation of sex crimes allegations into the WikiLeaks founding editor, they expressed continued concern over the threats he still faces from the U.S. and U.K..
2017-05-19 15:05 | News | CommonDreams

Video of Julian Assange Speaking After Sweden Halts Rape Investigation

Julian Assange called the Swedish decision "an important victory for me." But, he added, "it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge." The post Video of Julian Assange Speaking After Sweden Halts Rape Investigation appeared first on The Intercept .
2017-05-19 15:05 | Robert Mackey | TheIntercept

Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

UK police say Assange will still be arrested for 'minor offence' if he left Ecuadorian embassy where he is holed up.
2017-05-19 13:05 | News | Aljazeera

Sweden drops investigation into Julian Assange – Courage statement

Julian Assange’s asylum must be respected and WikiLeaks staff must be protected from political persecution. Sign the open letter
2017-05-19 12:05 | News | CourageFound

Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange is "Long Overdue Decision"

Swedish prosecutors have dropped an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has denied the allegations, which he calls a pretext for his ultimate extradition to the U.S. to face prosecution under the Espionage Act. Since 2012, Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. It's not clear whether Assange will emerge any time soon. "This is a small victory, but in this long road to free Julian Assange and all the people
2017-05-19 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy

The Trump administration has vowed to prosecute Assange for publishing documents, and the U.K. police still vow to arrest him. The post Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy appeared first on The Intercept .
2017-05-19 12:05 | Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, Uncategorized | TheIntercept

Headlines for May 19, 2017

Swedish Prosecutor Drops Sex Crimes Investigation of Julian Assange, President Trump Denies Ordering James Comey to Call Off Flynn Probe, House Democratic Leader Questions Special Counsel's Independence, Deputy AG Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey Before Writing Memo, Trump to Announce $110 Billion Saudi Arms Deal in First Trip Overseas, Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Dead at 77, FCC Vote Advances Bid to End Net Neutrality, Reporter "Manhandled" by FCC Security Guards for Asking Question, In Video, Turkish President
2017-05-19 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Of Julian Assange — But He's Not In The Clear

The WikiLeaks founder has been at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition. Swedish prosecutors halted the probe, but London police quickly said they'd still enforce their arrest warrant.
2017-05-19 10:05 | News | NPR

Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

Sweden has dropped its investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange. The country's Director of Public Prosecutions, Marianne Ny, made the announcement in Stockholm on Friday.
2017-05-19 10:05 | News | TheAge

Ethiopian institutions hit by global cyber attacks

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle May 17, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - A number of Ethiopian institutions were affected by a global cyber attack which hit some 155 countries, Ethiopia Information Network Security Agency (INSA) disclosed on Thursday. INSA, a government body tasked to defend threats against country's Information Technology (IT) infrastructures said various government owned and private institutions were hit by a computer virus called "WannaCry Malware" or "Decrypt WannaCry". The state-run Telecom (...) - News / Ethiopia
2017-05-19 04:05 | News | SudanTribune

Headlines for May 18, 2017

DOJ Names Robert Mueller Special Counsel in Russia Investigation, NYT: Michael Flynn Told Trump Transition Team of Federal Probe, Reuters: Michael Flynn Had 18 Previously Undisclosed Russia Contacts, McClatchy: Flynn Executed Turkish Policy Goal as Unregistered Agent, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Calls on Congress to Impeach President Trump, Three House Republicans Raise Possibility of Trump Impeachment, President Trump Assails Media over Mounting White House Scandals, Islamophobic Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Pens Trump Speech on Islam, Chelsea Manning Celebrates "First Steps
2017-05-18 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

Headlines for May 18, 2017

DOJ Names Robert Mueller Special Counsel in Russia Investigation, NYT: Michael Flynn Told Trump Transition Team of Federal Probe, Reuters: Michael Flynn Had 18 Previously Undisclosed Russia Contacts, McClatchy: Flynn Executed Turkish Policy Goal as Unregistered Agent, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Calls on Congress to Impeach President Trump, Three House Republicans Raise Possibility of Trump Impeachment, President Trump Assails Media over Mounting White House Scandals, Islamophobic Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Pens Trump Speech on Islam, Chelsea Manning Celebrates "First Steps
2017-05-18 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The Plot Thickens

According to the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, the nation’s capital reported 135 homicides last year. One of those homicides, the killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich on July 10, 2016, continues to make news ten months later. Who killed Seth Rich, and why? We may never know for sure. On the […]
2017-05-18 06:05 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Post-WannaCrypt, US government moves to weaken NSA secret-keeping

A bill proposed in US Congress would require the National Security Agency to inform representatives of other US government agencies about security holes it finds in software like the one that allowed the recent ransomware attacks.
2017-05-18 02:05 | News | TheAge