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New York Times: Russian Intelligence Hackers Targeted Us

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In a report late Tuesday, the New York Times revealed that it’s Moscow bureau was the target of a cyberattack from Russian hackers, earlier this month.

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Although details are currently scarce, the New York Times’s Moscow bureau was, according to the publication, the target of an attempted cyberattack this month.

A spokeswoman for The Times insisted that there was no evidence to show that the cyberattack was successful.

We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” Eileen Murphy stated. She added, “We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised.”

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The New York Times is one among other US news organizations targeted with cyberattacks, CNN reported earlier, citing US officials as sources while not naming the other news agencies.

The officials revealed that investigations so far point to Russian intelligence as the instigators of the attacks. The news network also hinted that The Times’ email network may have been among the targets of the cyberattack, while noting that Times employees’ email services are outsourced to Google.

Private investigators involved in earlier investigations which saw hackers breach the networks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) point to two of Russia’s intelligence agencies behind the incidents. They maintain with “high confidence” that the now-infamous attack on DNC servers was the doing of two Russian intelligence agencies, the F.S.B and the G.R.U. The former is notably the successor to Russia’s K.G.B while the latter is the country’s leading military intelligence unit.

Since the DNC hack, the FBI has also widened the net of its investigation, covering other recent breaches including that of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fund-raising arm of the Democratic party.

Russia intelligence alleged involvement in United States’ affairs, particularly during a time when the latter is gearing up toward the Presidential elections, is gaining notoriety and attention from all corners. Indeed, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump infamously asked Russian hackers to dig up rival Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Once the FBI’s investigation is complete, senior US administration officials claim that US President Obama will have to make a decision. If Russian culpability is far too strong with the evidence presented, the NYT reports that economic sanctions, quiet warnings toward Russia or even a cyberespionage counterattack, is entirely within the realms of possibility.

Meanwhile, cyberespionage is a practice that most governments engage in, according to comments from US National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper Jr, last year. He remarked that the much-publicized OPM breach was not an attack and rather a form of “theft or espionage.”

“We, too, practice cyberespionage,” Clapper Jr stated,”…we’re not bad at it.”

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  1. Kerouac

    August 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    These are coming left and right, back and around, up and down, all the time. NYT isn’t innocent, nor are the Russians, Obama administration, or so-called “alt media” sell-outs to the big-name dirty-tricks! Am I the only one who just doesn’t care anymore if this is true? I mean, Clinton overplaying it, Trump downplaying it, I just think I’ve become indifferent to stuff. Trump may be semi-cozy with Putin, but it ain’t some conspiracy theory, and Clinton is just distracting sh*t from her scandal, then Breitbart does what these NYT/AP/CNN type shams do by blaming her crime on a tool which isn’t even perfect, instead of focusing on the fact, neither candidate is perfect, and the media usually lies for Clinton, but as much as I prefer alt-media, usually more of Old-Right affiliation, there are some doing this sh*t on that side, too. I’m sad to say, I have no more sympathy for hacks like this – if that makes me a sociopathic traitor, so-be-it. I’m American and I’m pissed at both sides and everything in between! This just means more news for me and their humiliation as well as any dirt this can dig up on ’em! Government controls the media and the government is its own corporation, virtually indistinguishable from the monopolies who front the show below them! They’re all guilty! What we need is more freedom, transparency, none of the f*cking back-and-forth…you get that from people who like crypto and not guns or guns and not crypto, or who race-bait on both sides. Research is valuable, screw any such accusations, but it ain’t right to fan the flames and then get that big media show and its drama, and it also needs to be said what you take away from someone else can be taken away from you, especially when companies or the populace advocate such tyrannical centralization. I value my crypto, I value my right to bear arms, if NYT or Fox, CNBC, etc., can’t understand that by picking either sides when they’re all the same, then good luck, this stupid sell-out willingness just produces more like-minded people as me who couldn’t care less when I have more important things to worry about like my ability to pay bills, these taxes, college debt, while the Federal Reserve, DoJ, NSA, IRS, State Dept and White House f*ck all our lives up on behalf of gaining their leverage through publications like this, then play the victim-game!

  2. Kerouac

    August 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Trump ain’t innocent, but he didn’t “ask” them to dig more up on her. Firstly, he was trolling and the MSM picked up on it – left and right – aka establishment and establishment. Secondly, they didn’t need to, they were in the systems before, they already have the data and that’s been proven. And it’s funny because the Obamacrats such as Clinton and even RINOs like Jeb push for stricter surveillance to supposedly “prevent” this sh*t, when we all know it’s to, #1: cover-up actions of the federal government, #2: take away both our crypto and gun rights – which are of the same vein and should be treated as such, and #3: win elections by distracting the media from the real scandal which is what the emails contained in the first place (bleachbit ain’t perfect, FBI is almost always corrupt; don’t turn a blindeye to it just because you may dislike the “cleared” dumba** who was “under investigation,” because corruption is corruption and it’s no need to pollute the media with hyped drama). I’m not going to advocate foreign intervention by Russia anymore than I’d advocate our involvement over this type of crap-drama, but all I’m saying is: the establishment acts as though it’s the victim when it perpetrated several felonies and got away with it, externally blames it, outright perjors, when it does the same against other nations and that’s “justified,” even though Arab Spring led to not-so-better tyranny replacement in Egypt, the rise of Islamic terror organization, ISIS in Syria, cozying up with Iran, or even picking sides in the Crimean crisis when let’s face it, both Russia AND Ukraine are corrupt. But the fact we’d pretend Ukraine is innocent when they do the same dirty sh*t we call Putin out for doing, to protect a dying disorder named the European Union, is pitiful!

    While there is evidence to show Russians were behind DCLeaks, keep in mind they also leaked RNC emails which is a no-no if they were sabotaging in favor of Trump rather than just sabotaging us, period, and 2nd: the people behind DCCC were Slavic, but they very likely could’ve been Moldovan which would make a lot of sense. TAO “hack” was obviously faked to look as though the Russians did it. While I don’t trust Putin who’s an authoritarian, there ain’t no conspiracy between him and Trump subverting the election by conspiring some hack. Further, let’s face it: Trump, Clinton, Putin – not much different. proud a**, a** who plays victim and silences any challengers, a** who’s surely authoritarian but also loved by his own people.

    No one’s innocent here. Who got shafted as always? The citizens who’ve gotta pay for the ISIS “refugees,” hand over their liberties either crypto or firearms, privacy, 1st amendment, etc., in order to feed a hungry leviathan led by a two-headed monster feigning rivalry in a hopeless contest charaded as being “OUR” choice. The people in power get away with it. Comey and the other charlatons in office are just headed by Loretta – another fraudulent SoB, who wanna take away your 4th amendment in the name of so-called “security,” but none really know what it means. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson did! It’s a lost art. We deserve security, but good gawd man, government ain’t your deity anymore than f*cking corporations are! The government IS a monopoly, and the sooner we get them and their bend-over lobbyists out of power, the better! Until then, we see this war on common sense and a penchant for sensationalist “media,” from either corrupt side. And think that Gary Johnson’s any better? He sold out just like everyone else! We’re supposed to proudly wave the Gadsden, not become a tool of the centralized dictatorship that is D.C. Pride in your country is very important, but that means respecting the liberties we are supposedly guaranteedd under our founding principles, because without them, there’s no reasonable sense of pride by anyone who valued what we once were. Until we hold the aristocrats responsible for their crimes, instead of painting them into a portrait of victimhood while demonizing anyone who dares rebel against uselessly ill-conceived “laws,” we don’t have a Consttitutional Republic! The cultist culture of selling-out one’s own values makes me sick and I see it in Shrilldebeast fanatic circles just as I do in Trumpkin circles! I’d rather take an a** who shows his a**holery, than one who vigorously hides it, but in the end, no matter which side wins, we’re all gonna be f*cking doomed! In such a sensible, educated world, this would be recognized as realism, but most others see it as pessimism. Meh, give it names, IDC, it’s my opinion and I’m gonna come right out and say it!

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The Pirate Bay is Hijacking PCs to Stealth-Mine Cryptocurrency

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For the second time in as many months, The Pirate Bay has been caught mining cryptocurrency on your computer without consent. The torrent platform was actually test-driving cryptocurrency mining in your browser – no doubt a lucrative revenue stream.

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The Pirates Are At It Again

The Pirate Bay has been caught using software called Coinhive, a JavaScript library that essentially serves as a cryptocurrency miner. It basically connects to visitors’ computers to mine Monero, one of the world’s most profitable cryptocurrencies.

The news was later confirmed by Bleeping Computer, which reported that,”The Pirate Bay, the internet’s largest torrent portal, is back at running a cryptocurrency miner after it previously ran a short test in mid-September.”

Estimates indicate that the scheme has earned the pirates a total of $43,000 over a three-week period.

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Users had no way to opt their computers out of being test-driven by the torrent network. Back in September, The Pirate Bay got away by telling people it was just a test. The site’s owners cannot use the same excuse this time around.

CoinHive advises websites to let their visitors  know their browser is being used to mine cryptocurrency.

“We’re a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate CoinHive into their pages without disclosing to their users what’s going on, let alone asking for their permission,” the company said.

The good news is most ad-blockers and antivirus programs will block CoinHive, given its recent abuses. That means not all visitors of The Pirate Pay were being used as a conduit for mining Monero.

Monero Joins Global Crypto Rally

The value of Monero (XMR) shot up nearly 8% on Friday, and was last seen trading at $94.17. With more than 15.2 million XMR tokens in circulation, the total market cap for Monero is $1.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That’s enough for ninth on the global cryptocurrency list.

Twelve cryptos have now crossed the $1 billion valuation mark. A handful of others have made their way north of $500 million.

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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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Spotting a Well-Made Investment Scam

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For every reasonably safe investment, there are 1000 scams and 10,000 reasonably toxic investments. Self-served advertising via social media and search engines exacerbates the problem – people sometimes click ads they think were search results, or, as humans are intended to, simply consumes the content on the screen instead of paying attention to where they’re being redirected to.

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In this article we will review a recent example of a well-executed investment scam.

The intended victim, who did not actually get scammed but alerted this author to the hustle, was led to believe that the above image was redirecting to a CNN news article. This is the actual URL the link went to:

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http://cnn.com-cat.press/anonymous-is-going-after-global-stock-market/?aref=http%3A%2F%2Ftrck.anony.trade%2Fsite%2Fredirectpage%3Fsid%3D99462%26hv%3Dgjalu5988de395a461839785307%26hid%3D264193#!

Now if you visit com-cat.press, all you see is a directory listing. This site’s entire purpose is to make people believe they are visiting legitimate .com websites, when in fact they are visiting others. It doesn’t always have to be a scam, sometimes it is simple an advertisement, but often enough it is a definite funnel to a scam. In this case, here’s where you wind up, at a place that looks an awful lot like CNN Money:

Again, this is not a real article on CNN. This is promotion for 10Markets.eu.

10Markets.eu is extremely professional looking. The platform looks to capture your details even just for demo trading. Most traders expect hurdles, so one can imagine tons of phone numbers and e-mail addresses entered:

The demo trading screen never loaded for this analyst, but the phone number is fake anyway. Took it from a coffee shop in Germany. Funnily, it appears the German exchange code is 030 in the first place, but you can’t edit that part. They also don’t allow you to visit the site at all if you’re in North America.

The tipster was clever enough to find out if 10Markets.eu was a registered broker or not. They’re not. According to ForexBrokerz.com:

10Markets is a forex and CFD broker that is headquartered in Scotland [sic] and supports the popular MetaTrader 4 platform. It is not licensed by any authority and there is not much information about the trading conditions on its website. What is worse, this broker is present in the warning lists of UK’s FCA, Australia’s ASIC and Cyprus’ CySEC, so we don’t recommend doing business with 10Markets.

There are review websites which help. Regarding 10Markets, we came up with this one.

The tipster happens to have been our own Jonas Borchgrevink. He is equipped with years of experience in website publishing, and this is why he quickly noticed that he was not reading a CNN article. The sad fact is that a high percentage of people who read that article believe it to be real, and a percentage of those people end up getting scammed. As such, here is a checklist for new trading outfits that you haven’t used or heard about before:

  • Always try to get phone support right away. Before creating an account. If no one answers or there is anything suspicious, this is a scam.
  • Always search for “[EXCHANGE NAME]” + “scam,” and read carefully any results that come up. Most scams could stop at one person if others listened to that one.
  • In the US, you can use FINRA to check the legitimacy of an exchange or broker. In the UK, you have FCA. Many countries have sites like these, and it’s important to check the one from the country where the broker does business.
  • Use ad blockers at least when legitimately searching for financial solutions.
  • Check the URL! For every legitimate exchange website, there are a few fake ones designed to steal your account information.

In The Event That You Spot A Scam

Tattle! Spread the word far and wide, not just so others don’t get scammed, but also to give authorities the jump on the thieves. Otherwise, they may exit and get away with all the money before anyone stops them.

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