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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.

With Intent To Kill

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It then linked to no longer active data dumps which the Pentagon is reportedly investigating.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?

Developing Story

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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Crypto-Security Testnet Surpasses Key Milestones

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Security and has been combined with micro-compucomputing are a combination which ascended to greatly relevant, both economically and financially, since the early days of commercial internet technology, the John McAfee associated era of anti-virus software, and fears of ‘millennium-bug’ (‘Y2K’)-induced societal meltdowns.

As a market player, ‘cybersecurity‘ is hailed for its continuedvalue and growth, with recent implementations advancing in tandem with technological development. With ‘blockchain’ having become a key buzzword in recent years, it comes as little surprise that digital security providers have been attempting to identify and provide protection against cryptocurrency related scams.

Examples of these include ‘malware‘ AKA ‘malicious software’. They are often created with the aim of illicitly subvert the processing power of the victim’s device for use towards the mining of cryptocurrencies, or lock and potentially delete highly sensitive data (such as Ransomware’).

Cybersecurity and Blockchain

Crypto attacks can affect almost any person or institution: from private wallets and exchanges, to cryptocurrency operators, and even sometimes unsuspecting users of internet browsers with no relation to blockchain based services.

In an article published at CCN in August 2018, I wrote about the large prolificity and news coverage of cyber-attacks carried out against cryptocurrency organisations: with a majority of them involving the theft of high-value quantities of tokens or sensitive data.

Key points raised in the piece include the identification of wallets and exchanges as high-value targets for potential thieves, as well as a discussion surrounding a study of over 1000 participants in which none of the top exchanges were “lauded for security”.

As cybersecurity has been exposed as a fatal flaw in the unauthorised access / theft access of finances and data, it has also drawn a spotlight on the various methods employed by the companies which suffer these attacks.

Middleware, Wear and Tear

Some teams attempt to protect their data and finances through the creation and implementation of their own proprietary cybersecurity solutions whilst others seek the tender of others,

‘Middleware’ is nothing new and has long been utilised as a means of implementing third-party solutions as a means of shifting professional a legislative liability regarding essential functions of a brand technology.

It’s a creation by third party product / service providers that sits between external and internal code in order to facilitate functions or protections.

Decentralized Security Testnet

REMME is a project harnessing blockchain technology to create a distributed cybersecurity solution for enterprises.

Its now-released testnet has already demonstrated the efficacy of storing hashed Public Key Infrastructure certificates on the blockchain, and with 300 pilot program participants signed up, REMME isn’t short of applicants eager to trial its distributed identity and access management solution.

‘Distributed Identity and Access management’ (IAMd) and ‘Public Key Infrastructure’ requests (PKId) count amongst two of the primary features of the proprietary REMChain testchain network infrastructure. Both claims of which have come from CEO Alex Momot, who additionally praised “The interoperability of the public blockchain and sidechains”.

Additional features include the ‘REMchain block explorer’ – ‘node monitoring’ (connected to five nodes worldwide) – REMME WebAuth demo application.

While a pilot program reportedly attracting over 300 global enterprise applicants, REMME feels confident about the future of their long terms plans: which include full integration existing enterprise systems (ERP, CRM, Accounting software etc.).

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MyEtherWallet Compromised in Security Breach; Users Urged to Move Tokens

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Popular cryptocurrency service MyEtherWallet (MEW) is urging users to move their tokens after the platform succumbed to its second cyber attack of the year. As the company reported earlier, hackers targeted MEW’s popular VPN service in an attempt to steal cryptocurrency.

Hola VPN Users Compromised

Rather than target MEW directly, hackers took control of the Hola VPN service, which claims nearly 50 million users. For the next five hours, MEW users who had the Hola chrome extension installed and running on their computer were exposed.

MEW took to Twitter to urge users to move their funds immediately.

“Urgent! If you have Hola chrome extension installed and used MEW within the last 24 hrs, please transfer your funds immediately to a brand new account!” the company said. It added the following message shortly thereafter:”We received a report that suggest Hola chrome extension was hacked for approximately 5 hrs and the attack was logging your activity on MEW.”

At the time of writing, MEW’s Twitter feed had no further updates.

MyEtherWallet is used to access cryptocurrency wallets, where users can send and receive tokens from other people.

The company reportedly told TechCrunch that the attack originated from a Russian-based IP address.

“The safety and security of MEW users is our priority. We’d like to remind our users that we do not hold their personal data, including passwords so they can be assured that the hackers would not get their hands on that information if they have not interacted with the Hola chrome extension in the past day,” MEW said, as quoted by TechCrunch.

It’s not yet clear how many users were compromised in the attack or how much, if any, was stolen from their wallets. MEW suffered a similar incident in February after a DNS attack wiped out $365,000 worth of cryptocurrency from users’ accounts.

Cyber Attacks on the Rise

The attack on MEW came less than 24 hours after Hacked reported another major cyber breach involving Bancor, a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange. The security breach compromised roughly $23.5 million worth of digital currency, including Ethereum, NPXS and BNT, Bancor’s native token.

Last month, a pair of South Korean exchanges fell prey to cyber criminals, prompting local regulators to expedite their approval of new cryptocurrency laws.

It has been estimated that a total of $761 million has been stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges in the first half of the year, up from $266 million in all of 2017. That figure is expected to rise to $1.5 billion this year.

CipherTrace, the company behind the estimates, told Reuters last week that stolen cryptocurrencies are mainly used to launder money and aid criminals in concealing their identities.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Mt. Gox vs. Bithumb: That Was Then, This Is Now

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Bithumb now shares something in common with the Tokyo-based shuttered bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox — both suffered a hack on about the same date, June 19. It’s a club that no exchange wants to belong to and that Bithumb happened on the seven-year anniversary of Mt. Gox’s maiden attack has to be more than an eerie coincidence.

It’s a stark reminder of the risks involved with keeping funds on an unregulated exchange, vulnerabilities that cost South Korea’s Bithumb some $36.6 million in digital cash and Mt. Gox $450 million in hacked bitcoin and its future. The Mt. Gox theft unfolded over a series of hacks that culminated in 2014. Though it’s still early on in the Bithumb hack, it appears the South Korean exchange will recover from the security breach. So what do we know now that we didn’t on June 19, 2011?

Then vs. Now

Former Coinbase official Nick Tomaino, who is also the founder of crypto fund 1 confirmation, reflected on the Mt. Gox hack in what proved to be a prescient tweet given the Bithumb attack that was about to surface.

The thing to note about Mt. Gox is that the Japan-based exchange in 2011 controlled most of the BTC trading volume, approximately three-quarters of it by average estimates — more if you ask Tomaino. Since bitcoin fever caught on in 2017, there are more than 500 cryptocurrency exchanges on which trading volume is shared. Binance boasts the highest trading volume and captures nearly 15% of bitcoin trading. It’s much less than Mt. Gox days but still a little high.

The other thing to note is that the Mt. Gox hack or actually hacks, as there were multiple attacks on the exchange over several years, was a mysterious event that was shrouded in controversy and mistrust of a key executive. Bithumb, on the other hand, confronted the hack seemingly right away on Twitter and has not let any grass grow under its feet in the interim, which is a key difference in the way Mt. Gox was handled.

Also, the bitcoin price didn’t tank in response to the Bithumb hack. It traded lower for a while, but less than 24 hours it was back in the green, which is a reflection of the fact that bitcoin trading is no longer dependent on a single exchange.

Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin (LTC), the No. 6 cryptocurrency by market cap, was among the first to respond to the Bithumb hack. He tweeted:

Indeed, Bithumb does expect to be able to cover the losses via their reserves.

Crypto Security

It’s still early on in Bithumb’s security breach, and more details are sure to emerge in time. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to use the hack as an opportunity to examine the security of your cryptocurrency investment portfolio. There are several hardware wallet options out there for you to choose from — whether it’s Trezor or Ledger Nano S, to name a couple — and as Charlie Lee advised, “only keep on exchange coins that you are actively trading.”

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