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October 15, 2016

US Reportedly Planning An “Unprecedented” Cyberattack Against Russia

According to several news outlets citing current and former US government officials, the White House is in the planning stages of a massive, unprecedented cyberattack on the Russian government in retaliation for Russian meddling in the US presidential race. The goal of such an attack is to “harass and embarass” the Russian government. The CIA has been directed to gather options and deliver them to the White House, and according to former intelligence officers, agents have already gathered documents which will expose tactics employed by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Joe Biden told the NBC news program “Meet the Press” that the US is “sending a message” and that it will be [...]

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October 27, 2015

WikiLeaks and CIA Chief Brennan’s Emails; The Roundup So Far

The fallout from the social-engineering hack of CIA chief John Brennan’s personal email account continues. WikiLeaks has released a third batch of personal emails. Among information such as an “unidentified Brennan Group,” a detailed dossier of an FBI agent and insight into geopolitical world politics, CIA Director Brennan’s email contacts list included a certain “hottie _200518 @”

Less than a week ago, it was revealed that teenage hackers gained access to the CIA Director’s personal email through a simple social engineering hack. At the time, the incident had conflicting reports, which while amusing at first quickly turned into an embarrassment when the hack was [...]

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October 20, 2015

Teen Hackers Socially Engineered Way Into CIA Director’s Private E-Mail

The federal government is sure to be looking for a teenage hacker and two of his friends now that they’ve gone public with a rather embarrassing fact: by pretending to be a Verizon employee, they were able to get personal information about CIA Director John Brennan.

This personal information, such as the last four digits of his credit card, were useful in resetting the director’s AOL account password. Against all reason, this AOL account contained highly sensitive government documents the director had forwarded to himself from work.

Speaking to Wired Magazine, the hackers said of their Verizon social engineering attack, “[W]e told them we work for Verizon [...]

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October 2, 2015

The CIA Pulled Spies from Beijing after OPM Breach

A number of CIA officers were taken out of Beijing as a precautionary measure and a direct consequence of the massive data breach involving the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year.

The Central Intelligence Agency evacuated officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China after the data breach involving tens of millions of federal employees’ and contractors’ personal details earlier this year, the Washington Post reports.

According to government officials, no employee records from the CIA were among the OPM breach. However, that hasn’t deterred the CIA from pulling “a number of officers” from Beijing, specifically because their names weren’t included [...]

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