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ISIS Has Allegedly Doxed 100 US Military Personnel

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Normally, when a hacker doxes an individual, it is to make them uncomfortable or in some cases to shame them, as in the case of exposing the secretive e-mails of public officials or corporations. It has traditionally not been done with the express intent of getting someone killed. There have been cases where a snitch has done so much damage that some hackers feel there is no other way to stop them from harming more, as in the case of the occasional death threats against Adrian Lamo.

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Now ISIS, which has recently been employing either independently supportive or directly connected hackers to take down websites and compromise social media accounts, as well as other online activities, has reportedly doxed roughly 100 US military personnel with the express intent of getting them killed. By the time we got to the story, all of the data dumps had been removed from the hosting services used to post them, and the Twitter account which had linked to them had been suspended. However, an archive of one of the Pastes was still available. In part, it said:

While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.

You’ll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now.

We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.

U.S. soldiers! We’re watching you!

It then linked to no longer active data dumps which the Pentagon is reportedly investigating. The validity of the documents is in question, and no names have yet been named as to who is at risk. The ranks of the soldiers in question have also not been disclosed, if they have in fact been doxxed – that is, are these high-ranking officials in the military?

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Also unknown is how recent the data is. Soldiers move around a lot, and most of them do not serve the full 20 years to retirement. This writer, for instance, did a three-year enlistment as an Infantryman and deployed to Iraq, long before ISIS was a well-known entity at all.

Via the NSA’s mass surveillance program, it can be presumed that if the social media accounts and Internet connections linked to the #CyberCaliphate movement were based in the US, they’d already be located. It can be further be inferred that if they were communicating with servers based in the United States, then the agency would have the means to know a great deal about them through the same program. But so far the government surveillance programs have proven ineffective at preventing attacks or providing real data to the agencies that could make use of it, leading to criticism even from the biggest proponents of looser interpretations of constitutional privacy protections.

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  1. c4p0ne

    March 23, 2015 at 9:44 am

    More western pro-war propaganda. Yawn.

    • JC

      March 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      The US just needs to leave these people alone, they’ve been meddling long enough and it needs to stop. Things certainly aren’t getting any better. Let them have their Islamic state, Reagan did want them to have their ‘religious freedom’ after all. Maybe they’ll stop retaliating because they’ll no longer have us to blame anymore.

      • Barracuda1337

        March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

        Bear in mind most Islamic organizations chief’s are Western tools
        while their fools militants are not aware of their manipulation, they’re
        just bunch of uneducated emotional religious nuts who’re so easy to
        direct and redirect as their wishes. it wont be easy to let them ruling
        their ruthless ideology, more likely it will be chaos in Arab countries,
        they’re just draconian like many Caliphates before, the politicians
        knows more about history than you and most of the sheep’s around the
        world, we know for example Caliphate Hajaj Ibn Youcef massacred
        thousands of Muslims. actually Muslims are able to manage their own
        countries due to their primitive culture and not well developed.
        Probably you’re Muslim and you knows nothing about history. btw this
        site is about Cyber security and not about politics.Have nice day.

      • Barracuda1337

        March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Bear in mind most Islamic organizations chief’s are Western tools
        while their fools militants are not aware of their manipulation, they’re
        just bunch of uneducated emotional religious nuts who’re so easy to
        direct and redirect as their wishes. it wont be easy to let them ruling
        their ruthless ideology, more likely it will be chaos in Arab countries,
        they’re just draconian like many Caliphates before, the politicians
        knows more about history than you and most of the sheep’s around the
        world, we know for example Caliphate Hajaj Ibn Youcef massacred
        thousands of Muslims. actually Muslims are not able to manage their own
        countries due to their primitive culture and not well developed.
        Probably you’re Muslim and you knows nothing about history. btw this
        site is about Cyber security and not about politics.Have nice day.

  2. Barracuda1337

    March 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    They’re not ISIS at all, just some sympathizers operating from Ageria
    called DZ Team, I been monitoring their activities on Twitter long time
    ago. Most of ISIS militants have 0 background knowledge about Cyber
    attacks.mosty are uneducated except religion, Algerian DZ
    Team been responsible of many attacks against Western Companies with
    anonymous tools such Tor Network, is hard to detect their activities as
    their real IP address is hidden by giving any another location
    such Tunisia, Egypt or Saudi Arabia, they just bunch of University
    Students using DDOS attacks, SQL injection and Trojans.

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Coincheck Hackers Launder 40% of Stolen NEM Funds, Experts Say

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The hackers behind Coincheck’s massive NEM heist have successfully offloaded 40% of the stolen funds, according to new research by Tokyo-based consultancy group L Plus. The successful money laundering campaign highlights the ongoing challenges authorities face in bringing cyber criminals to justice.

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Hackers Launder NEM

Analysts at L Plus believe that roughly 200 million NEM tokens, worth $79 million, have already been laundered through the dark web. However, the hackers likely pocketed a much smaller amount amid ongoing efforts to blacklist the tokens.

Nikkei Asian Review reported Monday that Coincheck was targeted with “suspicious traffic” for weeks leading up to the Jan. 26 heist. Citing a person close to the investigation, Nikkei said the attackers hacked an employee email and stole a private key needed to transfer the NEM tokens to the desired accounts. L Plus indicated that the attacker must have repeatedly accessed the Coincheck server to obtain the private key.

When the hack took place, the stolen NEM tokens were worth more than $400 million. Today, they are worth less than half that amount. The identity of the attackers remains unknown to this day. However, authorities have speculated that North Korea may have been responsible for the attack.

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Coincheck plans to resume operations this week following a government-mandated freeze on all trading activity.

Japan Boosts Oversight

The attack has prompted Japan’s financial regulators to step up their oversight efforts of the cryptocurrency market. Last week, regulators penalized seven exchanges after deeming their internal controls insufficient to deal with a cyber attack.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) slapped two exchanges – FSHO and Bit Station – with month-long suspensions. The remaining five exchanges – Bicrements, Coincheck, GMO Coin, Mr. Exchange and Tech Bureau – were given business improvement orders.

The FSA began conducting on-site inspections in late January following the Coincheck attack. Regulators have uncovered several issues, including a lack of customer protection measures and insufficient anti-money laundering controls.

Japan remains one of the most welcoming jurisdictions for cryptocurrency trading, but repeated attacks may prompt regulators to reconsider their relatively lax approach. Digital currency exchanges in Japan and elsewhere face a growing threat from cyber criminals looking to capitalize on the rising value of digital assets.

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Skepticism Grows Over BitGrail’s Supposed $167 Million Hack

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A relatively unknown cryptocurrency exchange by the name of BitGrail has informed its users of a coordinated cyber attack targeting Nano (XRB) tokens. However, the incident does not appear to be holding up to scrutiny after the founder of the exchange made an odd request to the developers of Nano shortly after discovering the alleged theft.

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BitGrail Exchange Allegedly Compromised

The Italian exchange issued a notice to its clients last week informing them that 17 million XRB tokens were compromised in a cyber attack. The XRB token, formerly known known as Raiblocks, is valued at $9.80 at the time of writing for a total market cap of $1.3 billion. That puts the total monetary loss of the supposed heist at nearly $167 million.

Parts of the notice have been translated into English from the original Italian by Tech Crunch, a media company dedicated to startups and technology news. According to the agency,  BitGrail has stated the following:

“… Internal checks revealed unauthorized transactions which led to a 17 million Nano shortfall, an amount forming part of the wallet managed by BitGrail… Today a charge about those fraudulent activities has been submitted to the competent authorities and now is under police investigation.”

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The notice indicated that all transactions have been put on hold until authorities complete their investigation.

Very little is known about BitGrail, as it is not listed among the 183 exchanges whose volume is ranked by CoinMarketCap.

Suspicion Grows

Unlike other crypto heists, the circumstances surrounding the alleged BitGrail attack have been met with widespread suspicion. As David Z. Morris of Fortune rightly notes, this isn’t the first time BitGrail has suspended Nano withdrawals. The same thing happened in early January when the exchange halted not only Nano, but Lisk and CryptoForecast transactions as well.

The suspension was followed by an announcement that the exchange was taking measured steps to verify users and enforce anti-money laundering requirements. It was around this time that users became suspicious that BitGrail was going to cut and run with their tokens.

BitGrail founder Francesco Firano made an unusual request to the developers of Nano following the alleged attack: he asked them to fork their record, a move that would essentially restore the stolen funds.

Nano officially rejected the request on Friday, the day after Firano supposedly discovered the stolen coins. In a post that appeared on the Nano Medium page, the team said:

“We now have sufficient reason to believe that Firano has been misleading the Nano Core Team and the community regarding the solvency of the BitGrail exchange for a significant period of time.”

Last month, hackers made off with more than $400 million worth of NEM tokens stolen from Coincheck, a Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange. The coins have yet to be recovered and the perpetrators remain at large. In 2014, a cyber heist brought down Mt Gox, which was the world’s largest exchange.

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Coincheck Hackers Are Trying to Sell Their Stolen NEM Coins

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The hackers behind the biggest crypto heist of all time are attempting to sell their stolen coins, according to an executive at the NEM Foundation. The revelations are the latest in a four-day saga that has authorities still struggling to identify perpetrators or locate the account in receipt of the stolen funds.

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Hackers Try to Profit

Jeff McDonald, Vice President of the NEM Foundation, said Tuesday that his organization had traced stolen XEM coins to an unidentified address. It was here that the thief tried to unload the stolen funds onto six online exchanges for the purpose of selling them. McDonald said the exchanges have since been notified.

It was not immediately apparent how many of the stolen coins were spent or even the whereabouts of the account. A spokeswoman at the NEM Foundation later said the attacker sent the cryptocurrency to several random accounts in 100-token increments.

Last Friday, the attackers made off with more than $400 million worth of NEM tokens from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck. The monetary value of the heist has fluctuated several times over the past four days, reflecting regular price moves in NEM’s native XEM token. However, Coincheck said it would reimburse account holders at a rate of 81 U.S. cents per token, which reflects the average price between Jan. 26 and 27.

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Coincheck has been fined administrative penalties for failing to secure client funds. It was later revealed by the executive management team that the exchange failed to implement basic security features, such as multi-signature capability and cold storage. Rather, the XEM tokens were held in accounts connected to the internet.

Although the NEM Foundation is trying to prevent the liquidation of stolen funds, MacDonald said the attackers will likely get away with some of the money. However, the likelihood that they spend all of it is virtually zero given the market’s underlying liquidity constraints.

NEM Price Volatility

News of the heist on Friday triggered significant volatility in the price of XEM and the broader cryptocurrency market. Following a brief recovery, XEM has declined steadily over the past three days, with prices reaching new six-week lows on Tuesday. The coin touched a session low of 79 cents on volumes of more than $32 million. At press time, the coin was worth a little more than 80 cents.

Even with the decline, NEM held on to tenth spot in the global cryptocurrency rankings based on market cap. The coin’s overall value remains well north of $7 billion, according to CCN.

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