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New Leaks Confirm: CIA Posed as ‘Russian Hackers’


All allegations of "digital fingerprints" left behind by Russian hackers must now be dismissed as either fake or meaningless: http://russia-insider.com/en/new-leaks-confirm-cia-posed-russian-hackers...

To keep Tor hack source code secret, DOJ dismisses child porn case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have dropped all charges against a man accused of accessing Playpen, a notorious and now-shuttered website.

The case, United States v. Jay Michaud, is one of nearly 200 cases nationwide that have raised new questions about the appropriate limitations on the government’s ability to hack criminal suspects. Michaud marks just the second time that prosecutors have asked that case be dismissed.
READ MORE: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/doj-drops-case-against-child...

Hackers hold MILLIONS of voice recordings to ransom after creepy CloudPets teddy bears leak private data of parents and children

'Smart' teddy bears that listened to the voices of children and parents have leaked 2 million recorded messages online - and hackers are now holding them for ransom.

The company that makes the 'CloudPets' toys also leaked the user details of 800,000 accounts, including email addresses and passwords.
READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4267276/Toys-leak-2MILLIO...

HAARP lives! US military weapon reactivated 'for experiment to create and study artificial auroras'

This week at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) about a half dozen scientists are running experiments, including Chris Fallen, Assistant Research Professor with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

Over the course of four nights, Fallen has been attempting to create and study the artificial aurora.

"The more we understand about the artificial aurora, it helps us understand the natural aurora and vice versa," says Fallen.
READ MORE: https://www.sott.net/article/343431-HAARP-lives-US-military-weapon-react...

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

A substantial number of Gmail users have been affected by a potential but unconfirmed hack of unknown origin or purpose.

El Reg learnt of the issue following a tip from a self-described "very security conscious" IT professional who got locked out of his Gmail account. This happened after one of his security phone numbers was changed.
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/24/gmail_hack_fears/

Stolen NSA "Windows Hacking Tools" Now Up For Sale!

The Shadow Brokers who previously stole and leaked a portion of the NSA hacking tools and exploits is back with a Bang!

The hacking group is now selling another package of hacking tools, “Equation Group Windows Warez,” which includes Windows exploits and antivirus bypass tools, stolen from the NSA-linked hacking unit, The Equation Group.

For those unfamiliar with the topic, The Shadow Brokers is a notorious group of black-hat hackers who, in August 2016, leaked exploits, security vulnerabilities, and "powerful espionage tools" created by The Equation Group.
READ MORE: http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/nsa-windows-hacking-tools.html?m=1

Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things. Should you be free to tinker with a combine harvester?

Silicon Valley’s desire to open up the software that controls heavy vehicles has come under criticism from industry experts.

This week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) renewed its call for the legal protection that manufacturers use to safeguard automotive software to be relaxed.

For three years, farm machinery maker John Deere has found itself in a fight against the EFF, Silicon Valley’s most reliable proxy group, over the right to control its own intellectual property. Auto manufacturers use a variety of legal mechanisms to stop people tinkering with their gear willy nilly, and one of them is copyright.
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/23/should_you_able_to_tinker_with_a...

Simple Bug allows Hackers to Read all your Private Facebook Messenger Chats

A security researcher has discovered a critical vulnerability in Facebook Messenger that could allow an attacker to read all your private conversation, affecting the privacy of around 1 Billion Messenger users.

Ysrael Gurt, the security researcher at BugSec and Cynet, reported a cross-origin bypass-attack against Facebook Messenger which allows an attacker to access your private messages, photos as well as attachments sent on the Facebook chat.

To exploit this vulnerability, all an attacker need is to trick a victim into visiting a malicious website; that’s all.
READ MORE: http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/hack-facebook-messenger-chats.html?m=1

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