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Another Palestinian-American Deported: the Case of Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh is either on an airplane out of her country. Or she’s in a federal holding cell in Detroit or New York awaiting deportation from the USA. Odeh’s departure marks the end of a bizarre life, one that can evoke admiration. As a young Palestinian, Odeh fought against Israeli oppression. Now after a valiant More
2017-08-22 08:08 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

3 Questions About A Pro-Russia Congressman's Meeting With Julian Assange

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., met in London with Julian Assange — and has a secret message from Assange for President Trump.
2017-08-18 09:08 | News | NPR

‘Russia-gate’ Hoax About To Be Exposed?

There’s an exciting new development in the “Russia-gate” investigation, one that has the potential to blast apart what is arguably the biggest hoax in the history of American politics. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) has met with Julian Assange – the first US congressman to do so – and returned with some spectacular news:. The Hill … Continue reading "‘Russia-gate’ Hoax About To Be Exposed?" The post ‘Russia-gate’ Hoax About To Be Exposed? appeared
2017-08-18 04:08 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

WikiLeaks Turned Down Leaks on Russian Government During U.S. Presidential Campaign

The leak organization ignored damaging information on the Kremlin to focus on Hillary Clinton and election-related hacks.
2017-08-17 19:08 | Report, Elections, presidential election | ForeignPolicy

5 years since Ecuador’s courageous decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange

Five years ago today, Ecuador invoked international law and recognised the political persecution of Julian Assange
2017-08-16 11:08 | News | CourageFound

Come With Me If You Want to Leak: Assange Dumped DNC Emails Using Math Algorithm

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed he developed an algorithm - "Stochastic Terminator" - to randomly select which internal Democratic party emails to release prior to the 2016 US presidential election, in order to make it more difficult for Hillary Clinton's campaign to respond effectively to the disclosures.
2017-08-15 13:08 | Tech | SputnikNews

British Cybersecurity Expert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Malware Charges

Before these allegations, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was known for his role in finding the kill switch to the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack last May. He is accused of creating a malware scheme.
2017-08-14 22:08 | News | NPR

Security Lessons From The Latest HBO Hack

Guest written by: Alex Manea, Security Director, BlackBerry Early last week HBO suffered a massive cyberattack, with hackers stealing 1.5 terabytes of data from inside their network, including upcoming episodes of shows like Ballers and Room 104 and thousands of internal documents. But the crown jewel of the hack was the script to this past Sunday’s episode of the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. The network’s chairman and CEO Richard Plepler confirmed the hack and called the recovery
2017-08-10 05:08 | Entertainment, Expert Speak, Security | ReviewCentralMe

US judge sets bail for UK researcher in malware case

Marcus Hutchins is accused of creating malware - unrelated to the ransomware attack he was credited with halting in May.
2017-08-06 19:08 | News | Aljazeera

US Arrests Cyber Expert Who Stopped ‘WannaCry’ Attack

A cyber security researcher widely credited with helping to neutralize the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack earlier this year has been
2017-08-05 06:08 | 1, Technology, World News | EurasiaReview

US Prosecutor Claims Expert Who Halted WannaCry Admits to Creating Kronos Trojan

A US prosecutor has claimed that the British cyber expert who halted the WannaCry global malware attack has confessed to writing a banking trojan.
2017-08-05 03:08 | Tech | SputnikNews

Hacker who helped end global cyberattack arrested in US

British researcher arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malware designed to collect bank-account passwords.
2017-08-04 03:08 | News | Aljazeera

Feds Arrest Man Credited With Helping To Stop Ransomware Attack

The Justice Department alleges Marcus Hutchins, who is said to have short-circuited WannaCry's global attack, created another malware program. His supporters say DOJ couldn't be more wrong.
2017-08-03 21:08 | News | NPR

WikiLeaks Releases Docs on 'Dumbo' CIA Tool Allowing Control of Webcams

WikiLeaks released new documents on Thursday within the Vault 7 documents, which contain information on CIA's hacking tools from the Dumbo project.
2017-08-03 09:08 | Tech | SputnikNews

Beware the Mother of Dragnets? HBO Hack Worse Than Sony Data Disaster

HBO has officially upped its game against rival Sony: it just lost a whopping 1.5 terabytes of material in the latest cyberattack on the entertainment industry, far surpassing the 200 gigabytes of data Sony was relieved of back in 2014.
2017-08-03 00:08 | Tech | SputnikNews

Explosive Lawsuit: White House & Fox Peddled Seth Rich Conspiracies to Distract from Russia Probe

An explosive lawsuit filed by a former Fox News contributor is alleging that his former network fabricated quotes and worked directly with the White House to push a fake news story to prop up conspiracy theories linking the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich last year to WikiLeaks. Rich was an aide at the Democratic National Committee who was fatally shot in Washington, D.C., in July 2016. In May of this year, Fox News published a piece titled "DC Murder
2017-08-02 12:08 | News | DemocracyNow

Phone Companies Introduce Non-Removable Batteries After Edward Snowden Warning

In 2014 US whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency and GCHQ could turn on smartphones remotely, even when they were switched off. Now, three years later, several smartphone manufacturers have started introducing non-removable batteries. Is it a coincidence?
2017-08-01 15:08 | Military & Intelligence | SputnikNews

Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign?

The “Russia hacking” flap has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with hacking. The story is basically a DNC invention that was concocted to mitigate the political fallout from the nearly 50,000 emails that WikiLeaks planned to publish on July 22, 2016, just 3 days before the Democratic National Convention. That’s what More
2017-08-01 08:08 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

British Hacker Known As 'Spiderman' Sentenced Over Cyberattack

The 29-year-old man was given a suspended sentence of one year and eight months in an attack that reportedly knocked out Internet for nearly 1 million people in Germany in November.
2017-07-28 18:07 | News | NPR

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Tools for Stealthy Hacking of Apple's Operating System

WikiLeaks released new documents on Thursday as part of Vault 7 release, which contain information on three CIA hacking tools from the Imperial project, the Achilles, the Aeris and the SeaPea.
2017-07-27 10:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Authors of Petya Ransomware Made Businesses Invest in Cyberdefense - Qiwi CTO

The authors of the Petya ransomware managed to draw public attention to the problem of the information security and made the businesses invest in solving it.
2017-07-27 08:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Bolivian Pres. accuses US of backing separatists in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the United States of funding opposition groups with at least US$4 million to destabilize his government, according to telesur website. During the 30th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the country’s anti-narcotics special forces on Tuesday, Morales said, “According to e-mails, between 2006 and 2009, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) poured at least four million dollars into separatist movements” in four of the nine regions of Bolivia. In 2008, four out of
2017-07-26 14:07 | News | AbrarOnline

The Iranian Cyberthreat Is Real

As Trump increasingly boxes in Tehran, U.S. allies should be worried about the potential for a devastating cyberattack from the Islamic Republic.
2017-07-26 14:07 | Argument, Cyberwar, Iran | ForeignPolicy

The Iranian Cyberthreat Is Real

As Trump increasingly boxes in Tehran, U.S. allies should be worried about the potential for a devastating cyberattack from the Islamic Republic.
2017-07-26 14:07 | Argument, Cyberwar, Iran | ForeignPolicy

Safeguarding financial data against ransomware

The key advice for a ransomware defence is to always be in a position where you don’t even need to consider paying the ransom
2017-07-23 08:07 | News | GulfNews

Qatar says cyberattack 'originated from the UAE'

Planning and hacking of official media started as early as April, with IP address linked to the attack traced to UAE.
2017-07-20 18:07 | News | Aljazeera

WikiLeaks Releases CIA-Raytheon Analyses of Suspected Russian, Chinese Malware

WikiLeaks released documents by its "technology scout" analyzing suspected Chinese and Russian malware.
2017-07-19 12:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

FedEx still working on recovery from cyberattack at TNT unit

FedEx says cyberattack will have 'material' financial effect on its TNT Express unit in Europe, causing lost revenue and higher costs
2017-07-17 20:07 | News | NewsDay

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Hacking Tool Able to Intercept, Redirect SMS on Android

The WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform released on Thursday new documents from the so-called Vault 7 plan, which contained information on a CIA project that targets SMS messages sent and received on Android devices.
2017-07-13 11:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Israel’s Ever-More Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore up a Sense of Victimhood

When Israel passed a new counter-terrorism law last year, Ayman Odeh, a leader of the country’s large minority of Palestinian citizens, described its draconian measures as colonialism’s “last gasp”. He said: “I see … the panic of the French at the end of the occupation of Algeria.” The panic and cruelty plumbed new depths last week, when Israeli officials launched a $2.3 million lawsuit against the family of Fadi Qanbar, who crashed a truck into soldiers in Jerusalem in January, killing
2017-07-13 08:07 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Israel’s Ever-more Sadistic Reprisals Against Palestinians Help Bolster its Victim Image

When Israel passed a new counter-terrorism law last year, Ayman Odeh, a leader of the country’s large minority of Palestinian citizens, described its draconian measures as colonialism’s “last gasp”. He said: “I see … the panic of the French at the end of the occupation of Algeria.” The panic and cruelty plumbed new depths last […]
2017-07-12 00:07 | Colonialism, Crimes against Humanity, Genocide | DissidentVoice

Report Casts Doubt on Russian Government Control of Hacks on US Targets

Allegations that the Kremlin directed a series of cyberattacks on US targets may be misplaced given the presence of freelance hackers that dominate Russia’s ability to penetrate US computer systems, according to the Rand Corporation think tank.
2017-07-05 21:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

New Ransomware Similar to WannaCry Appeared in China

A new ransomware type similar to WannaCry malicious software has been discovered in China, China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported, citing a Chinese mobile tools provider Cheetah Mobile.
2017-07-05 05:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Kiev Detected Second Wave of ExPetr Cyberattacks – Interior Minister

The Ukrainian police has detected and managed to block the second wave of ExPetr ransomware spreading following massive cyberattacks on country’s private and governmental sector last week, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Wednesday.
2017-07-05 01:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Danish Shipping Giant May Face Millions in Losses After Major Cyberattack

The revenues of a Danish shipping giant that handles one out of seven containers shipped worldwide, could take a multi-million-pound hit due to the recent cyberattack.
2017-07-04 15:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Ransomware May Make You 'WannaCry,' Yet Makes Up Less Than 1% of Cyber Threats

Ransomware, which refers to a type of malicious software that blocks access to the victim's data and threatens to publish or delete it until a ransom is paid, has been in the headlines a lot recently. However research claims that despite their aggressive nature, these attacks are not as widespread as some may think.
2017-07-04 12:07 | Tech | SputnikNews

Are You Still Running the First Version of Windows 10? Time to Update!

Windows 10 saw its first public release almost two years ago to date. Since then, the OS has been through three major updates – with a planned “Fall Creators Update” coming later this year. In a recent blog post, John Cable, Director of Program Management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, announced that users still running the initial version of Windows 10 (version 1507) will begin receiving desktop notifications prompting them to update their OS. Cable explained that since version 1507 has
2017-07-03 07:07 | News, Operating Systems, Software | ReviewCentralMe

Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say

Although the virus that spread through government and commercial computers Tuesday looked like ransomware, cyber experts say it was a "wiper" intended to erase data and disrupt business.
2017-06-30 20:06 | News | NPR

‘Nuclear 17’: Hackers Believed to Have Breached US Nuclear Power Plant Network

Federal officials have launched an investigation into a cyber intrusion in which a group of hackers reportedly breached at least one US nuclear power plant. The source of the attack, and whether it’s related to the “Petya” ransomware infection launched earlier this week, are not yet clear.
2017-06-29 20:06 | Tech | SputnikNews

Massive Ransomware Attack Boosts Cybersecurity Stocks

Cybersecurity stocks are soaring as a vicious new form of malware has left thousands of computers grounded, according a CNBC report. Many cybersecurity companies saw their stocks rally Wednesday as the “Petya” ransomware program immobilised more than 12,000 computers from companies around the world in order to extort money from their owners, according to numbers from Microsoft.
2017-06-29 11:06 | BUSINESS, IT and Technology, Main headlines | AlBawaba

WikiLeaks Cable Reveals UAE Crown Prince Asked US to Bomb Al Jazeera in 2003

UAE's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan called on the US military to bomb the Doha-based Al-Jazeera channel headquarters during the US invasion of Afghanistan and ahead of the Iraq war, a leaked diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks revealed. The comments were given as part of Mohammad bin Zayed's efforts to foster onto the US administration the importance of "reigning in" the Al-Jazeera netwo
2017-06-29 08:06 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Qatar | AlBawaba

Petya Attack: Cybercrime or Test-Run for Government Warfare?

Institutions in the US and Europe have been crippled by the Petya ransomware attack, affecting shipping and food companies, legal firms and even hospitals. Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear spoke with NSA whistleblower Bill Binney about the attack and the role the NSA plays in leaving the country vulnerable to cyberattacks.
2017-06-28 23:06 | US | SputnikNews

How can cyberattacks be stopped?

Thousands of computers go down in yet another large-scale cyberattack targeting companies around the world.
2017-06-28 20:06 | News | Aljazeera

Major cyberattack sweeps globe, cripples computers

Malicious software paralyses thousands of business around the world and shut downs government agencies.
2017-06-28 19:06 | News | Aljazeera

Cyber attack hits global businesses

A ransomware attack that has hit global businesses just a month after the WannaCry hacking appears smaller in scale but has companies asking themselves whether they did enough to upgrade their security after the first breach, the FT's Sam Jones and Aliya Ram tell Siona Jenkins.
2017-06-28 16:06 | News | FT

Ransomware Doesn't Pay: Email Company Ensures Petya Files Stay Scrambled Forever

German email provider Posteo has extinguished the last flicker of hope that victims of the Petya global ransomware attack might get their files back.
2017-06-28 15:06 | Tech | SputnikNews

Cyber attack sweeps globe, researchers see ‘WannaCry’ link

A major global cyber attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers. The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers, who have shown they are capable of shutting down critical infrastructure and crippling corporate and government networks. It included code known as “Eternal Blue,” which
2017-06-28 14:06 | News | AbrarOnline

'Petya' Ransomware Hits At Least 65 Countries; Microsoft Traces It To Tax Software

An updated version of the malware has the ability to worm through computer networks, gathering passwords and credentials and spreading itself.
2017-06-28 13:06 | News | NPR

New Ransomware Attack Hits Companies, Economic Institutions Across the World

Dozens of European companies and institutions witnessed consecutive electronic attacks by a new ransomware virus called Petya, which is said to be locking computers that are infected and encrypting files on them. The new cyber attack is similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.
2017-06-28 12:06 | BUSINESS, IT and Technology, Main headlines | AlBawaba

Petya Ransomware Highlights Issues of Cybersecurity in Global Banking

The most recent global cyberattack has revealed the emerging risks to business activity and economic growth across the globe, as private-sector enterprises are facing a new liability in the form of heightened cybersecurity expenditures.
2017-06-28 12:06 | Tech | SputnikNews