The White House is looking into a cyber breach after what appeared to be a scan of first lady Michelle Obama’s passport was posted online.
The fresh disclosures, which included emails to and from White House staff, raised further concerns about the security of sensitive systems following a string of breaches affecting government agencies, private companies and the Democratic National Committee. Though officials declined to say whether the disclosures were authentic, there were no immediate reasons to suspect they were not.
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- Detailed account of the Hacking Team data breach by FinFisher. From Softpedia. Hacking Team is a Milan-based IT company that sells offensive intrusion and surveillance capabilities to governments, law enforcement agencies and corporations. On July 5, 2015, the Twitter account of the company was compromised by an unknown individual who leaked links to over 400 gigabytes of data, including alleged internal e-mails, invoices, and source code. This article explains how that breach was conducted.
- Dump Adobe QuickTime, Department Of Homeland Security tells Windows users. From Krebs On Security. Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. They will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. Furthermore, there are two new, unpatched vulnerabilities which could be used to remotely compromise Windows computers.
- More US commandos, choppers and bases are hacking ISIS. From Daily Beast. Three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that US cyber operations against ISIS have moved beyond mere disruption and are entering a new, more aggressive phase that is targeted at individuals and is gleaning intelligence that could help capture and kill more ISIS fighters.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology is poised to deliver new cybersecurity guidance, according to NIST fellow Ronald Ross. From HealthcareITNews. “We can build and deploy systems that we can trust, too, in a hospital environment, so the systems can better withstand cyberattacks, are more penetration-resistant, and limit the damage an adversary can do if an attack comes through the perimeter,” Ross said.
- Indian political party accused of hacking Facebook. From Economic Times. An internal email communique allegedly from the AIADMK IT Wing president to his team informing that they have hacked Facebook for making posts about their party “go viral” has leaked and the mail itself has gone viral.