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It then linked to no longer active data dumps which the Pentagon is reportedly investigating.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

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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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Uber Is Paying Hackers to Keep Quiet

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Uber Technologies Inc. has reportedly paid hackers to delete scores of private data stolen from the company in a security breach that was concealed for over a year. The revelation provides further confirmation that, when it comes to cyber security, crime does pay.

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Massive Data Breach

According to Bloomberg Technology, hackers retrieved the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers at some point last year. Nobody heard about it because the rideshare company paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet. A purge at the front office of Uber also ensured that the massive cyber breach was kept under wraps.

The compromised data was from October 2016 and included the names, phone numbers and addressed of 50 million Uber riders globally. About seven million drivers had their personal information accessed as well.

At the time of the cyber attack, Uber was inundated with a slew of legal issues stemming from alleged privacy violations. Rather than shine even more negative spotlight on the company, Uber executives decided to pay hackers to stay quiet.

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“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO in September, said in a statement that was published by Bloomberg. “We are changing the way we do business.”

Hackers have done a masterful job infiltrating companies and governments in recent years. As a reminder, recent cyber attacks levied against Yahoo!, Target Corp and Equifax Inc. dwarf Uber’s 57 million compromised accounts.

Various reports indicate that cyber attacks are bleeding the global economy dry. One report, issued by the World Economic Forum, suggests that cyber crime cost the world economy $445 billion in 2016. If cyber crime were its own market cap, it would exceed Microsoft Inc., Facebook Inc. and ExxonMobil Corp

The Fall of Uber?

Uber revolutionized the ride-hailing business over the span of seven years by giving more power to the consumer. Several missteps later, the company finds itself in legal hot water, with its future appearing less certain than it did just one year ago.

The rideshare company faces at least five U.S. probes ranging from bribes to illicit software and right up to unethical pricing schemes. According to another Bloomberg report, Uber is under investigation for violating price transparency regulations, not to mention the alleged theft of documents for Google’s autonomous cars.

Some governments are sensing weakness in the ride-hailing service, and are moving toward banning the Uber app entirely. London is the most prominent example of a city that has taken definitive steps to outlaw the service over a “lack of corporate responsibility.”

Even with its legal troubles, Uber is a revolutionary technology that has influenced a bevy of other innovations aimed at improving the human experience.

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Ethereum Notches Two-Month High as Bitcoin Offspring Triggers Volatility

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Digital currency Ethereum climbed to a two-month high on Monday, taking some of the heat off Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which have slumped since the weekend.

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Ethereum Forges Higher Path

Concerns over Bitcoin created a favourable tailwind for Ethereum (ETH/USD), which is the world’s No. 2 digital currency by total assets. Ether’s price topped $340.00 on Monday and later settled at $323.54. That was the highest since June 20.

At its peak, ether was up 10% on the day and 70% for the month of August.

The ETH/USD was last down 2.2% at $315.02, according to Bitfinex. Prices are due for a brisk recovery, based on the daily momentum indicators.

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Fractured Bitcoin Community

Bitcoin and its offshoot, Bitcoin Cash, retreated on Monday following a volatile weekend. The BTC/USD slumped at the start of the week and was down more than 3% on Tuesday, with prices falling below $3,900.00. Just last week, Bitcoin was trading at new records near $4,500.00.

Bitcoin Cash, which emerged after the Aug. 1 hard fork, climbed to new records on Saturday, but has been in free-fall ever since. The BTH was down another 20% on Tuesday to $594.49, according to CoinMarketCap. Its total market value has dropped by several billion over the past two days.

Analysts say that a “fractured” Bitcoin community has made Ethereum a more attractive bet this week. The ether token has shown remarkable poise over the past seven days, despite trading well shy of a new record.

Other drivers behind Ethereum’s advance are steady demand from South Korean investors and growing confidence in a smooth upgrade for the the ETH network. The upgrade, which has been dubbed “Metropolis,” is expected in the next several weeks. Its key benefits include tighter transaction privacy and greater efficiency.

Ethereum Prices Unaffected by ICO Heist

Fin-tech developer Enigma was on the receiving end of a cyber-heist on Monday after hackers took over the company’s website, mailing list and instant messaging platforms. The hack occurred three weeks before Enigma’s planned Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for September 11.

In addition to defacing the company’s website, the hackers pushed a special “pre-sale” ahead of the ICO. While many users realized it was a scam, 1,492 ether tokens – valued at $495,000 – were directed into the hackers’ cryptocurrency wallet by unsuspecting backers.

The irony in all this is that Engima is a cryptography company that prides itself on top-notch security protocols. The company issued a statement that its servers had not been compromised.

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Ethereum Prices on Track for 35% Monthly Drop

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It has been a difficult month for ethereum. The world’s No. 2 digital currency has lost a third of its value over the past 30 days following a series of cyber breaches targeting vulnerable wallets and ICOs.

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Ethereum Struggles to Regain Momentum

Ethereum (ETH/USD) was trading near $197.00 Sunday at 6:30 BST, according to Bitfinex. That represents a decline of around 5%. At current values, ethereum’s market cap was $18.4 billion.

The ETH/USD exchange rate has struggled throughout July, with prices briefly falling below $160.00. The decline, which amounted to a 60-day low, lured bargain-hunters back into the market. After surging back toward $250.00, the ETH/USD has consolidated below the $220-mark, which continues to offer strong resistance. On the opposite side of the spectrum, major support is located at $180.00.

A price recovery may prove elusive in the short-term, with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Stochastic indicator signalling weak underlying momentum.

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Despite its recent decline, ethereum’s value has surged more than 2,200% this year.

Cyber Attacks, SEC Weigh on Market

The ethereum network suffered a large-scale cyber breach earlier this month resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars. A community of ethical hackers quickly banded together to “rescue” hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tokens.

Blockchain-based trading platform Coindash was also hijacked during an initial coin offering (ICO). The breach exposed Coindash’s ether wallet address, resulting in the loss of $7 million worth of ether.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also taken an interest in the ethereum-based ICO market. Last week, the regulator concluded that a certain multi-million dollar token sale last year violated securities law. Although ICOs have been compared to crowd-sourcing, the SEC maintained that some tokens were in fact securities.

Analysts say the SEC ruling could impact the future of ICOs, although it remains unclear how the regulator is pursuing this market. The SEC’s July 25 press release cautions investors about ICOs in general.

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