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 [...]
At the RSA conference, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson addressed hundreds of security professionals, delivering a message that was perhaps not well-received.
There were two very important notes in the speech. One, that DHS will be building a satellite office in somewhere near the San Francisco valley, “to strengthen critical relationships in Silicon Valley and ensure that the government and the private sector benefit from each other’s research and development.” And two, that encryption back doors are high on the DHS’ agenda.
The Department of Homeland Security has both the cybersecurity mission and a law enforcement/counterterrorism [...]