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Saudi Arabian spy worked as a Twitter SRE
and Twitter didn't find out until the CIA told them. The spy who had root
root  spies  twitter  saudi-arabia  privacy  espionage  cia 
7 weeks ago by jm
BAD TRAFFIC: Sandvine’s PacketLogic Devices Used to Deploy Government Spyware in Turkey and Redirect Egyptian Users to Affiliate Ads?
This report describes our investigation into the apparent use of Sandvine/Procera Networks Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices to deliver nation-state malware in Turkey and indirectly into Syria, and to covertly raise money through affiliate ads and cryptocurrency mining in Egypt. 


Shame on these vendors.
egypt  espionage  infrastructure  turkey  syria  procera  dpi  malware  hacking  sandvine 
march 2018 by jm
Wired on "Regin"
The researchers have no doubt that Regin is a nation-state tool and are calling it the most sophisticated espionage machine uncovered to date—more complex even than the massive Flame platform, uncovered by Kaspersky and Symantec in 2012 and crafted by the same team who created Stuxnet.

“In the world of malware threats, only a few rare examples can truly be considered groundbreaking and almost peerless,” writes Symantec in its report about Regin.

Though no one is willing to speculate on the record about Regin’s source, news reports about the Belgacom and Quisquater hacks pointed a finger at GCHQ and the NSA. Kaspersky confirms that Quisqater was infected with Regin, and other researchers familiar with the Belgacom attack have told WIRED that the description of Regin fits the malware that targeted the telecom, though the malicious files used in that attack were given a different name, based on something investigators found inside the platform’s main file.
regin  malware  security  hacking  exploits  nsa  gchq  symantec  espionage 
november 2014 by jm
Romania believes rival nation behind MiniDuke cyber attack | Reuters
"It is a cyber attack ... pursued by an entity that has the characteristics of a state actor," [Romanian secret service] SRI spokesman Sorin Sava told Reuters [...]. "Our estimations show the attack is certainly relevant to Romania's national security taking into account the profile of the compromised entities." [...]

In this case, computer experts say an attacker from the former Soviet Union could be more likely. "MiniDuke" in some ways resembles a banking fraud Trojan dubbed "TinBa" believed to have been created by Russian criminal hackers.
ireland  malware  attacks  pdf  security  espionage  romania  miniduke 
march 2013 by jm
The MiniDuke Mystery: PDF 0-day Government Spy Assembler 0x29A Micro Backdoor - Securelist
By analysing the logs from the command servers, we have observed 59 unique victims in 23 countries: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.
miniduke  pdf  malware  attacks  ireland  espionage 
march 2013 by jm
Irish government attacked using 'MiniDuke' PDF malware
although I haven't seen a word of it in the Irish media yet -- wonder if the government have noticed?
Cyber criminals have targeted government officials in more than 20 countries, including Ireland and Romania, in a complex online assault seen rarely since the turn of the millennium. The attack, dubbed "MiniDuke" by researchers, has infected government computers as recently as this week in an attempt to steal geopolitical intelligence, according to security experts.
ireland  malware  attacks  pdf  security  espionage  romania  miniduke 
march 2013 by jm
Stuxnet Worm Used Against Iran Was Tested in Israel - NYTimes.com
some amazing details of Stuxnet's apparent background. 'By the accounts of a number of computer scientists, nuclear enrichment experts and former officials, the covert race to create Stuxnet was a joint project between the Americans and the Israelis, with some help, knowing or unknowing, from the Germans and the British.'
security  iran  israel  usa  stuxnet  politics  espionage  nytimes  testing  from delicious
january 2011 by jm

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