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Iranians Hacked NY Dam: Officials

And that's only beginning of stream of hacks against US infrastructure

(Newser) - Iranian hackers who targeted American financial institutions two years ago were also apparently curious about a small dam in upstate New York—and officials are worried what this means for the security of US industrial infrastructure overall, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hackers reportedly infiltrated the controls for the... More »

China, Russia Comparing Hacks to Flush Out US Spies

Foreign governments can use compromised info to blackmail US intelligence agents

(Newser) - The "high-level snooping" foreign spy agencies have been carrying out on US computer networks isn't simply a matter of trolling for state secrets. It's also a way to expose US spies—as well as contractors who provide tech support—who can then be blackmailed and even recruited,... More »

China Snooping in Top US Officials' Emails Since 2010: NSA

And the intrusion is still happening, senior US intelligence official says

(Newser) - For those who've been wondering why such a big deal has been made about Hillary Clinton's private email server, this could add some context. A senior US intelligence official, as well as a "top-secret" NSA document from 2014, indicates that China has been reading the private emails... More »

The NSA Just Got Sued by a Whole Bunch of Groups

Wikimedia, ACLU, Amnesty on same side of suit vs. 'dragnet surveillance'

(Newser) - The NSA and the Justice Department made an impressive and diverse list of enemies this morning, via a lawsuit filed over its spying. Not surprisingly filing the suit: the ACLU. But as Reuters reports, it filed Wikimedia v. NSA on behalf of: Amnesty International, the Global Fund for Women, Human... More »

After 3 Months, Hackers Still Plaguing State Dept.

Malware keeps getting tweaked, insiders say

(Newser) - The hackers that got into the State Department's unclassified email system three months ago are still there, and they seem to be harder to get rid of than bedbugs, insiders say. Investigators believe the hackers first got into the network through an infected link in an email that spread... More »

FBI Charges NOAA Worker With Swiping Data on Dams

Sherry Chen's arrest raises security concerns

(Newser) - A worker at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been arrested and charged with stealing data on US dams, which Dayton Daily News reports carries "deep security implications" for the nation's power grid. Xiafen "Sherry" Chen has also been accused of lying to federal officials about... More »

Iran Spies Built Fake News Site to Trick US Targets

Hackers also used bogus Facebook accounts, says security firm

(Newser) - Iranian hackers savvy with social media created a fake news site and false Facebook credentials to spy on top-ranking officials in the US and elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cybersecurity firm iSight Partners uncovered what it says is the most elaborate such scheme it has ever seen, reports Reuters... More »

Playing Offense: US Had 231 'Cyber-Operations' in 2011

Washington Post has details on growing cyberwar strategy, from Snowden documents

(Newser) - The Washington Post 's latest reveal from documents provided by Edward Snowden puts the government's rapidly expanding cyberwar program in concrete terms: 231. As in, that's the number of "cyber-operations" conducted in 2011 by various government intelligence agencies. The vast majority of these were against targets... More »

US: Obama Pushed China on Cyberspying

President, Chinese leader Xi Jinping wrap up 2-day summit

(Newser) - President Obama pushed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to address the online theft of US intellectual and other property coming from his country and said the hacking is "inconsistent with the kind of relationship we want to have with China," a top White House aide said.... More »

China's Spies Have Seen Our Top Weapon Designs

Hackers have accessed info on missile defense, aircraft, ships, more: report

(Newser) - Chinese hackers have managed to access the designs for dozens of America's most advanced weapons systems, according to a confidential report from the Defense Science Board obtained by the Washington Post . The designs accessed include the heart of the Pentagon's missile defense shield for Asia, along with combat... More »

China Hackers Have Hit Majority of Washington: Experts

Rare to find 'network that hasn't been breached'

(Newser) - Just how widespread is Chinese hacking against the US? Well, it's hit pretty much every Washington institution, experts tell the Washington Post . "The dark secret is there is no such thing as a secure unclassified network," says one. "Law firms, think tanks, newspapers—if there’s... More »

China at Heart of Sweeping Cyberspying War on US

Economic espionage is costing America billions

(Newser) - The past five years have seen a mammoth international effort to spy on the computer systems of US businesses and other institutions, an intelligence report finds—and China is by far the biggest threat. The goal: to gather economic information to benefit the spying countries, the Washington Post reports. Targeted... More »

China Tech Giants Threaten US Security: Lawmakers

Huawei, ZTE secretly work for Communist Party: report

(Newser) - A House intelligence committee report gives a stern warning about two Chinese telecommunications giants that have been trying to expand their business in the US, and cautions that China could use their devices to spy on Americans. Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Inc. say the claims are "baseless" and... More »

Dharun Ravi: 'I'm Very Sorry About Tyler'

Tyler Clementi's roommate gives his side of the story

(Newser) - Dharun Ravi says he did something a lot of college kids do: He unthinkingly pranked an awkward, less-cool roommate. But that prank was spying on a homosexual hookup via webcam, that roommate was Tyler Clementi, and Ravi has a hate-crime conviction to show for what he says was a moment... More »

Foreign Firms Helped Gadhafi's Online Spies

Phone, online monitoring aided by advanced tech

(Newser) - As the Arab Spring swept around the Middle East in February, Moammar Gadhafi's regime stepped up its online spying of Libyan citizens thanks to a lot of technical support from Western companies, reports the Wall Street Journal . On February 15, the day uprisings started in Benghazi, Libyan officials met... More »

Rutgers Students Didn't See Any Sexual Contact

And what they did see was never broadcast, attorneys claim

(Newser) - Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei are finally breaking their silence, through their lawyers, about what happened the night they allegedly spied on Tyler Clementi’s sexual encounter in his Rutgers dorm room. Despite their new reputation as bullies who broadcast the encounter to the Internet at large, attorneys claim... More »

Tyler Clementi's Parents: Let This Be a Lesson in 'Human Dignity'

Parents of Rutgers freshman say support is 'deeply moving'

(Newser) - Tyler Clementi's parents say they hope his death will make a difference: "Regardless of legal outcomes, our hope is that our family's personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy and human dignity," said Jane and Joe Clementi in a statement. They also said the outpouring... More »

Dharun Ravi, Molly Wei: The Kids Behind the Suicide

Hate crime charges are a possibility in Tyler Clementi suicide

(Newser) - Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were old pals who came to Rutgers University together—and classmates can’t fathom how the friends went from the socially tolerant halls of their New Jersey high school to a controversy in which they are accused of recording and broadcasting Tyler Clementi ’... More »

Body in Hudson ID'd as Rutgers Freshman

Tyler Clementi is the fourth gay teen suicide in a month

(Newser) - The body pulled from the Hudson River is indeed that of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi , reports ABC News , and the death has been ruled a suicide. Clementi is the teen who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly posted a video online of him with another man. His is... More »

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