FBI Investigate the Possibility of Russian Hack of Democratic Party Staffer Cell Phones
“Possible attacks by Russian hackers causing fear among the states as voting season comes into view”
Several members of the Democratic National Committee have been asked for their cell phones for further examination after news of a potential hack on their devices has come to light through members of the party. Officials are asking for those called upon to ‘mirror’ their devices in search of malware and other breaches of security.
The news comes as the heat up of the presidential election begins. When leaks of DNC servers broke back in June, now Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and then Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz shifted their blame to Russian hackers shortly after, with the explanation of the influence of the election as their primary objective. Because of the increased paranoia of Russian cyber-attacks, 18 states have requested assistance from the federal government in beefing up security in their voting systems for the upcoming presidential election.
Ransom Demanded for WestPark Capital Hack
“Hacking group TheDarkOverlord strikes hard against LA Bank”
Hacking group TheDarkOverlord, naming itself after a comic book villain, has released several company files to the public from WestPark Capital Bank because “CEO Richard Rappaport spat in our face after making our signature and quite frankly, handsome business proposal and so our hand has been forced.”
Information released includes private information such as background checks and social security numbers of firm employees, contracts, NDA’s and more. TheDarkOverlord claims to have more information that it will release if a ransom demand remains unanswered.
European Commission Seeks to Tighten Cyber-Security Export Rules
“Measures proposed by European Commission that aim to limit dangerous sales in cyber surveillance tech”
The European Commission of the European Union has made public several of its new proposals that would put more thorough controls on the exports of goods that enhance or allow the surveilling of persons through cyber space. The intended goal of these new regulations would be to protect “risks to security and human rights,” as it is becoming more vital that the current system has not been fully evolved to meet current threats.
Also addressed was the overburdening of industries involved in the manufacturing of these technologies. It is widely felt that the administrative regulations in place at the moment are lacking in legal clarity, thus the updated controls would also serve largely to simplify and streamline transfers of sensitive technologies while still providing safeties to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.
AP4V Increasingly Sought by Spammers
“ARIN IP addresses targeted most often”
Because spammers ruin the reputation of the IP addresses they use quickly, a consistent flow of new ones are necessary for their operations. Spamhaus has recently shown light on the fact that spam users have been “hijacking existing IP address ranges from under the noses of the legitimate owners and ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers),”and that these are largely the intended targets for new spammers.
However, this issue is far from new. In January many directed blame at Verizon for routing over 4 million IP addresses that cybercriminals had already established themselves on. At that time ISP was not processing routing requests very closely, essentially allowing misusers to use hijacked IP addresses at will.