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July 23, 2019
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard  
Vigilante Hacker Phineas Fisher Denies He Works for Russian Government, U.S. Intel Source and Italian Government Say He’s a Hacktivist

The vigilante hacker known as Phineas Fisher, who four years ago broke into the servers of notorious cybersecurity company Hacking Team and put all of its data online, says he’s not a Russian state hacker, as cybersecurity journalist Joseph Menn reports in his book “Cult of the Dead Cow.” A source close to the US intelligence community told Motherboard that the US government is actually convinced Phineas Fisher is indeed a hacktivist. In addition, Italian government investigators that looked into the Hacking Team breach have reached a similar conclusion, writing in a court document obtained by Motherboard that the “motive behind the commission of the crime was certainly of political and ideological nature.”

July 24, 2019
Joseph Menn, Jack Stubbs / Reuters

Joseph Menn, Jack Stubbs / Reuters  
Russian Defense Contractor Sanctioned for 2016 Presidential Election Interference Has Developed Spyware Called Monokle Used to Spy on Android Phones

A Russian defense contractor, St. Petersburg-based Special Technology Center (STC), accused by the United States of supporting cyber-attacks has developed sophisticated surveillance software dubbed Monokle used to spy on smartphones, researchers at Lookout Security say. STC  developed code that has been aimed at a small number of targets, including those interested in a rebel militia in Russian-allied Syria, according to Lookout’s report. The report says the firm discovered the malware aimed at phones running Google’s Android almost a year ago. The malware can be operated remotely and communicated with an Internet Protocol address that was also used to send commands to defensive software made by STC. Monokle can be installed on victims’ devices in multiple ways, including through corrupted versions of popular apps and in some cases installed certificates that allowed it to intercept encrypted internet traffic. It has also attempted to capture user codes for unlocking devices. Special Technology Center was sanctioned by the U.S. Government in connection with interference in the 2016 US presidential elections

June 18, 2019
InSecurity

InSecurity  
Joseph Menn: Cult of the Dead Cow

Matt Stephenson talks with best selling author Joseph Menn on his latest blockbuster book, Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World. It’s been over 30 years, but Joe spoke with the original punk rock hacking collective about what they did and how they changed the world.

July 1, 2019
KQED Forum

KQED Forum  
Joseph Menn’s ‘Cult of the Dead Cow’ Portrays the Lasting Influence of Early Hackers

A lonely, code-savvy kid calling himself Grandmaster Ratte’ created a group of friends with a mutual interest in hacking back in ’80s Lubbock, Texas. Remaining anonymous until recently, group members have been credited with the hacktivist movement, where technology is used to further a political agenda. Journalist Joseph Menn talks about the history and evolution of this renowned group that called themselves the Cult of the Dead Cow.

June 27, 2019
Christopher Bing, Jack Stubbs, Joseph Menn / Reuters

Christopher Bing, Jack Stubbs, Joseph Menn / Reuters  
Hackers From Western Spy Agencies Broke Into Russia’s Yandex to Deploy Rare Regin Malware to Spy on Developers, Sources

Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian Internet search company Yandex, known as “Russia’s Google,” in late 2018 deploying a rare type of malware called Regin in an attempt to spy on user accounts in the company’s research and development unit, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Regin has been known to be used by intelligence agencies in the Five Eye countries, which is composed of the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The sources said the hackers appeared to be searching for technical information that could explain how Yandex authenticates user accounts, which could help spy agencies impersonate a Yandex user and access their private messages. Yandex spokesman Ilya Grabovsky acknowledged the attack but said it had been neutralized at an early stage and caused no damage.

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June 26, 2019
JACK STUBBS, JOSEPH MENN and CHRISTOPHER BING / Reuters

JACK STUBBS, JOSEPH MENN and CHRISTOPHER BING / Reuters  
Years-Long ‘Cloud Hopper’ Hacking Campaign Tied to Chinese Government Hit Eight of World’s Largest Technology Service Providers, Attacks Emanated to Waves of Clients

Eight of the world’s biggest technology service providers were hacked by teams of spies connected to the Chinese Ministry of State Security in an elaborate and years-long campaign called Cloud Hopper, a Reuters investigation discovered. Cloud Hopper was the subject of a U.S. indictment in December that accused two Chinese nationals of identity theft and fraud. At that time, prosecutors described an elaborate operation that victimized multiple Western companies but stopped short of naming them, although Reuters was able to identify two of them, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM. The remaining six companies are Fujitsu, Tata Consultancy Services, NTT Data, Dimension Data, Computer Sciences Corporation and DXC Technology. Waves of clients of these eight companies were also victims, including Ericsson, Sabre, and shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries, although it is impossible to say how many clients of the service providers were compromised.

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