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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gmail-security-issue-300x300Google’s Gmail has become the target of an industry-wide phishing scam. Phishing is when hackers create fake websites in an attempt to get voluntary information like e-mail or bank account passwords. Although this particular phishing scheme originally targeted Hotmail accounts, BBC News has seen lists detailing more that 30,000 Gmail accounts that have been hacked into and posted online.

A Google spokesperson stated “We recently became aware of an industry-wide phishing scheme through which hackers gained user credentials for web-based mail accounts including Gmail accounts. As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts. We will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when we become aware of them.” The company spokesperson stressed the fact that the attack was “not a breach of Gmail security.”

Google discovered the scam after a list of 20,000 victims emerged containing Hotmail, Aol, Yahoo, and Gmail accounts. Though some of the accounts are unused or fake, it has been confirmed that several of the accounts are real and are in use daily. A spokesperson for Microsoft stated that phishing was an “industry-wide problem.” A Yahoo spokesman urged customers to “take measures to secure their accounts whenever possible, including changing their passwords.”

The biggest risk according to a study by Sophos Security firm, was the fact that 40% of people use their e-mail passwords for every other website they have an account with, making hacking almost easy. Carole Theriault, a Sophos employee, told BBC News “Getting access to one password can give someone access to lots of things. People need to see a difference between an online bank account and booking cinema tickets online.” It is important for computer users to install and continually download updates for their security systems to help protect against scams like these. Users should also be wary of the links given to them in e-mails from people they don’t know and even the ones they do.

(Via BBC News)

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The Prime Minister's Government Web Site

Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd’s website was recently hacked. Rudd’s website www.pm.gov.au were both attacked and brought down at around 7:20pm (AEST). Along with the Prime Minister’s site, the Australian Communications and Media Authority site was also hacked and attacked. Fortunately, both websites were up and running just an hour after the attacks took place.

A post was made on the Inquisitor Blog by the group Anonymous, claiming that they were responsible for the hack. The web attack was a direct response to a Federal Government proposal that would make internet filtering mandatory. The group’s post claims that by making internet filtering mandatory, the government would be blocking legal internet content and would be effectively creating censorship levels such as those seen in China.

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