The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military command were suspended for a few hours after being hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State. One message on Centcom's Twitter feed said: "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back." It was signed by Isis, another name for the Islamic State. Some internal military documents also appeared on the Centcom Twitter feed. Centcom said it was "cyber-vandalism" and not a serious data breach. In a statement, it said there was no operational impact and no classified information was posted. "We are viewing this purely as a case of cyber-vandalism," it said. Later on Monday, its Twitter feed became visible again, although not active. Embarrassingly, the hack happened as President Barack Obama was giving a speech on cyber-security. Reflecting on major breaches like a recent hack of Sony Pictures, Mr Obama said in his speech the US had been reminded of "enormous vulnerabilities for us as a nation and for our economy". His spokesman … [Read more...] about US Centcom Twitter account hacked
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China-based hackers may target Internet-based e-mail, data storage and other services provided overseas by such companies as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to spy on the U.S., a congressional commission found. The Chinese government wages "a large-scale cyber espionage campaign" and "has successfully targeted the networks of U.S. government and private organizations," the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission concludes in its annual report to Congress released yesterday. The commission for the first time said cloud computing, which connects Internet services, "represents a potential espionage threat." The report fails to cite any examples of the Chinese government using the technology in attacks. "Our focus has been on making sure that Defense Department or State Department data, or other government information, is secure," William Reinsch, chairman of the commission, told reporters before the report's release. "To the extent those entities use the cloud as well, we think … [Read more...] about Chinese hackers seen exploiting cloud to spy on US
(VOVworld) – The US has confirmed that the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military’s Central Command (Centcom) that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by individuals claiming to be supporters of the Islamic State. The background and profile photo of the Twitter account were both changed to a gunman wearing a hijab and the phrases “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you isis”. The AP reported a message on Centcom's Twitter feed: "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back." A list of names, mobile numbers, and email addresses of American generals was published. The YouTube account featuring videos of air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq was hacked to add two IS videos. Centcom confirmed the hacking and said it is taking appropriate measures to address the matter. … [Read more...] about US Central Command’s Twitter, Youtube accounts hacked
A top security expert said a website hacked into thousands of private security camera feeds to warn people to remain vigilant in their use of the devices. Ngo Tuan Anh, deputy chair in charge of internet security at the BKAV IT company, made the announcement after website insecam.com began streaming live footage being recorded by 935 CCTV camera at homes and businesses across Vietnam. The website said it sought "to demonstrate the importance of paying attention to one's security settings" and has also broadcast live feeds from hundreds of foreign CCTV camera owners who neglected to reset the default passwords on their cameras. Most of those cameras came with the password “admin” or “12345”. Many were put up in kindergartens, shops and factories throughout Vietnam. Anh said BKAV is attempting to warn the owners of the hacked CCTV cameras by reaching out to them through their IP address. “The company is expected to launch a support tool to spot cameras being … [Read more...] about Hackers put almost 1,000 CCTV feeds online in Vietnam
A video clip showing Prince William and his father Prince Charles calling on the world to unite to save wildlife has recently gone viral among Vietnamese netizens. The reason why it drew such attention in Vietnam is that the message was spoken in six different languages, including Vietnamese. It was not the first time foreigners used Vietnamese to convey a message or a warning targeting Vietnamese people. In 2012, a Vietnamese tourist took and posted online a photo of a notice at a buffet restaurant in Thailand. Written in Vietnamese, the notice asked customers not to take excessive foods, or they would be fined if leaving leftovers. Last year the photo of a notice in Vietnamese about petty thefts in Japan also drew a great deal of attention among local netizens. It is obvious why the Vietnamese language was chosen for such notices: many Vietnamese must have been caught doing such shameful acts abroad. This was also the reason for Prince William’s Vietnamese message. … [Read more...] about What have we done to our country’s public image?