mm_twitterThis past weekend Twitter users were subjected to a Chinese phishing scheme that stole many users Twitter login credentials. Apparently, the hackers used GroupTweet, so humorous links began appearing in individual tweets as well as many public feeds. The widespread reach of this virus has caused concerns for Twitter users.

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sw-hackerThe websites of two Boulder, CO, synagogues were recently hacked into and defaced with anti-Semitic messages. The hacker responsible for this attack associated the Jewish community with a terrorist organization and claimed that his name was Waja (Adi Noor).

“This is not all that different from painting a swastika on the wall of a building” said Jeff Finkelstein, owner of the the Boulder-based company Customer Paradigm that designed and maintains the websites.

All together, it took about 5 hours to remove the anti-Semitic messages and restore the websites back to their original state. Security is being increased on the websites, while the hosting company sorts  through the server logs hoping to find some type of clue that may lead them to the hacker.

It appears that the hacker did a pretty good job covering his tracks, and even left a URL that was traced to Mexico, somewhere thatFinkelstein does not believe is the origin of the attack.

“Even bad hackers can do a good job of covering their tracks” Finkelstein said.

A complete report will be submitted to the Anti-Defamation League who plans to work with the FBI to investigate the attack, Finkelstein said.

(Via elpasotimes)

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mr-bean Spain’s official website for its presidency of the European Union has been recently hacked. The  hacker was a prankster that was poking fun at Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who has an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Bean, the bumbling slapstick character, played by British actor Rowan Atkinson, and has been a running joke in Spain for years.

An official at Mr. Zapatero’s office confirmed a security breach had affected the page set up, but no information on the site had been affected, making it probably just a harmless joke by some hacker to mark Spain’s six-month presidency of the EU. Aside from putting up the picture of Mr. Bean, the page also greeted visitors with the character’s cheerful voice saying “Hi there!”

(Via ABC)

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cyber-armyAt around 10 pm on Thursday, Twitter’s website was down, and the home page replaced with a page saying that it was hacked by the “Iranian Cyber Army”. They also left a message saying:

Iranian Cyber Army

THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY

iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM

U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But They Don’t, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples To….

NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?
WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST ;)
Take Care.

The search result from Google were also changed for Twitter by the hackers, and read:

“In the name of God, as an Iranian this is a reaction to Twitter’s interference sly which was U.S. authorities ordered in the internal affairs of my country…”

google-hack

Twitter is now back to normal, but what was done is not exactly sure. It is now under investigation to find out who is responsible for this hack, and is suggested that if you use the same password on Twitter as you do with other accounts it would be a good idea to change those passwords.

(Via TechCrunch)

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