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Next up, convicted bank robbers securing vaults of Barclays…
Security Experts Have Successfully “Hacked” Maritime Computer Systems. Created Non-Existing Ships And RoutesPosted: 2013/10/16 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Also intercepted data communications
Dutch language news article:
Could Or SHOULD Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Telcos Or Internet Exchanges Have Noticed Massive Data Slurping By NSA?Posted: 2013/10/15 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Network Security, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
- The volume of NSA contacts collection is so high that it has occasionally threatened to overwhelm storage repositories, forcing the agency to halt its intake with “emergency detasking” orders. Three NSA documents describe short-term efforts to build an “across-the-board technology throttle for truly heinous data” and longer-term efforts to filter out information that the NSA does not need.
- During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.
“You need the haystack to find the needle”
- “We have neither knowledge of nor participation in this mass collection of web-mail addresses or chat lists by the government,” said Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick.
- At Microsoft, spokeswoman Nicole Miller said the company “does not provide any government with direct or unfettered access to our customers’ data,” adding that “we would have significant concerns if these allegations about government actions are true.”
- Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth said that “we did not know and did not assist” in the NSA’s interception of contact lists.
- It is unclear why the NSA collects more than twice as many address books from Yahoo than the other big services combined. One possibility is that Yahoo, unlike other service providers, has left connections to its users unencrypted by default. Suzanne Philion, a Yahoo spokeswoman, said Monday in response to an inquiry from The Washington Post that, beginning in January, Yahoo would begin encrypting all its e-mail connections.
Meanwhile, videos of Obama’s earlier comments on the NSA’s data collection procedures have not only been removed from YouTube, but also from Vimeo.
A new version can be found here:
Sorry Obama, The NSA Collected Thousands of Non-Terrorism-Related Communications. And Not Only METADATA
Surprise! (Not Really) PRISM Also Provided Access To Contents Of Communication, Not “Only” Metadata
Google Removes YouTube Video Of Obama Addressing NSA’s Practices. On Copyright Grounds. Also Kills YouTube Channel
Obama Struggling To Explain Implications Of Eavesdropping Scandal In U.S. Uses Arguments Of Advertising Industry (Video)
NSA’s data collection depends on SECRET arrangements with foreign telecommunications companies or ALLIED intelligence services in control of facilities that direct traffic along the Internet’s main data routesPosted: 2013/10/15 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Network Security, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
NSA is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world.
The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.
Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.
During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.
Each day, the presentation said, the NSA collects contacts from an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on live-chat services as well as from the inbox displays of Web-based e-mail accounts.
The collection depends on secret arrangements with foreign telecommunications companies or allied intelligence services in control of facilities that direct traffic along the Internet’s main data routes.
Although the collection takes place overseas, two senior U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged that it sweeps in the contacts of many Americans. They declined to offer an estimate but did not dispute that the number is likely to be in the millions or tens of millions.
AMS-IX Wants To Expand To U.S. While At Same Time Dianne Feinstein Accidentally Confirms That NSA Tapped The Internet Backbone
Amsterdam Internet Exchange Takes Controversial Step To Expand Operations To U.S.
Amsterdam Internet Exchange: The Dutch Police Has Two “Gigabit Ports” To Intercept Data Traffic From ISPs
Operation Creative involves contacting registrars whose domains have been identified as being involved in facilitation of criminal copyright infringementPosted: 2013/10/12 in Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Anonymous no more: Twitter engineer, UConn security analyst among 13 indicted for ‘Operation Payback’Posted: 2013/10/10 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Q&A Between Dutch MP and Minister Of Justice About The Fact That 25% Of 720 Million Porn Websites Are Hosted In The NetherlandsPosted: 2013/10/08 in Blocking, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Very free translation of a ‘sorry I don’t give a damn’ type of response by the Dutch Minister of Justice in relation to pornography online and the protection of children both as viewers and as victims… It’s clear that proactive action at the (very lucrative) source of all evil would have vast economic consequences for The Netherlands…
Dutch language source: https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/ah-tk-20132014-137.html
Q: Do you know that there are so many porn sites hosted in NL?
Q: What’s the reason for this?
A: The Dutch kick ass when it comes to our hosting capabilities
Q: Yeah but wouldn’t this incentivize activities and circumstances that are undesirable?
A: Well, the stuff is not illegal you know, and we act as soon as we receive information regarding child pornography
Q: OK, but are you in any way taking any proactive measures to thwart stuff like that?
A: Nah, we have Notice and Take Down agreements you know…
Q: OK, and how about protecting kids against the presence of porn on the net?
A: Yeah, you know we have a law somewhere that addresses that, and you know, it’s really up to the parents to deal with this…
Q: Ehr…shouldn’t porn websites at least check the ages of their visitors?
A: Ehr….the stuff is basically legal you know, and such measures can be really costly…and would probably not be effective as well…
Q: Alright, back to those laws then, are you gonna enforce those laws to protect kids?
A: Hah, well you know, the law requires one to pinpoint the victim involved you know. And the sites we’re hosting in The Netherlands are really offered to a global audience. And the Dutch hosting providers are merely a conduit you know…So it’s gonna be really difficult to enforce that law methinks…
Q: OMG, can’t you at least kill a couple of domain names then???
A: Well, if you have any complaints about domain names you can file a complaint with http://www.sidn.nl (hehehe, he doesn’t know that that only applies to .nl domains, hihi)….
Q: Well….ehr…I think I know where you’re coming from…but ehr…how about making a plea for better enforcement with the European Commission?
A: Is it that late already?? I really have to go now. But please do realize we’re not gonna enforce on any material that is basically legal dude!!!
LeaseWeb, the hosting provider who hosts MegaUpload, is also hosting oron.com and we found bestiality and kiddie porn on there and reported it to the Dutch police and little is done
Cyberlocker Oron said it needed to pay its hosting company, Netherlands-based LeaseWeb, $75,000 by last evening plus an additional payment of $280,000 by next Monday
Oron is not a legitimate file storage company and has no such characteristics,” the suit says. “Its website is a pornographic website which showcases images of an erotic nature to users of any age.
Dutch Police: Effect Of Leaseweb’s Upload Filter Against Child Abuse Images Is Negligible. No Contribution To Fight Against Child Abuse. Did Make For Good PR Though
Robert Mikelsons Case Generated 440 New Investigations Into Pedophiles All Over The World
Kaspersky’s ‘Gift’ To Dutch Minister Of Justice: 17 Percent Of All Malware In The World Is Being Distributed From The Netherlands. Small Country Now Ranking 3rd, After Russia And U.S.
Smaller Hosting Providers Push The Netherlands To Top Of The List Of Countries Hosting Malware Contaminated Websites
Dutch MP Sharon Gesthuizen asks Minister of Justice for more stringent regulatory climate for hosting provider activities, in an attempt to combat cybercrime in/from the Netherlands
The Netherlands, after the U.S. and Canada, appeared to be the third country in regards of initial seeders of torrent files published on The Pirate Bay
Dutch Internet Provider Greenhost Offers WordPress Plug-in To Circumvent Pirate Bay Blockade
The Netherlands Was Center Of One Of The World’s Largest Spam Botnets: The Grum Botnet
The Netherlands In Top 6 Countries Responsible For Cybercrime Activities
Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg Not Eager To Walk The Plank. Authorities Are Now Targeting The Pirate If They Can’t Have The ShipPosted: 2013/10/06 in Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation, Network Security, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm (aka Anakata) has sent an open letter to the Danish Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior, pleading his innocence. In Denmark, Gottfrid is accused of downloading a large number of files, including police records, from the mainframe of IT company CSC. Last month the Swedish Court of Appeal cleared the 28-year-old of a similar hack, and Gottfrid believes that this ruling also clears him of the Danish charges.
http://vrritti.com/?s=anakata&submit=Search and http://vrritti.com/?s=gottfrid
UPDATE: The link to phrack.efnet.ru on archive.org has been rendered dysfunctional after publication of this post. The original link was: web.archive.org/web/20030527053509/http://phrack.efnet.ru/. Please find a copy of the original page here: http://vrritti.com/backup-copy-of-httpweb-archive-orgweb20030527053509httpphrack-efnet-ru/
The homepage of LeaseWeb, one of the worlds largest hosting providers, has been defaced by the KDMS Team.
“Who Are You ? Who is but the form following the function of what and what are you is a hosting company with no security,” is the message visitors to Leaseweb.com now see.
The hackers suggest that in addition to defacing LeaseWeb’s homepage, the security breach also affects the hosting provider’s customers.
“Do You Know What That Means ? We Owned All Of Your Hosted Sites. Index On Your Site Is The Prove ;)”
The deface doesn’t show up for everyone. Through Google DNS the regular LeaseWeb site still appears, which might mean that the hack is DNS related.
TorrentFreak sent LeaseWeb counsel Alex de Joode a request for comment via email, but we received a “550 No Such User Here” error in reply. This suggests that the hack may have affected Leaseweb’s email server as well.
It’s unclear whether the data of Leaseweb’s customers, which includes many file-sharing sites, has indeed been compromised.
More detailed information is available here:
Dutch language news article:
Those Who Hacked Adobe, LexisNexis, Dunn & Bradstreet And Kroll Have Successfully Targeted More BusinessesPosted: 2013/10/06 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Dutch Rabobank Wants To Protect Itself Against FOIA Requests About Their Cyber Security Coop With The Dutch GovernmentPosted: 2013/10/04 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Network Security, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
It therefore may go and sue the Dutch State, asking the judge to prevent FOIA requests targeted at the Dutch government’s cyber security platform NCSC from exposing the bank’s dirty laundry sensitive or confidential information and activities…
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