cyber-terrorism

New Zealanders live in an “incredibly benign strategic environment”?

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A New Zealand man has been named on an Islamic State (IS) “kill list”, leaked by hackers overnight.

The group, who call themselves the Islamic State Hacking Division, released personal information of hundreds of members of the military and government – mostly from the United States.

The information says the man in question lives in Auckland, but his father says that is incorrect.

He says his son currently lives overseas and was shocked to see his name on the list.

“Yes I am [worried]… more so for the fact that he’s got absolutely no connection to the military.” Read more »

Is hacking just a bit of a lark, or should we take it more seriously?

Having been at the wrong end of a number of people who hacked and stole my data, I’m clearly not someone who thinks hacking is just a bit of a lark.  In fact, when used against companies and governments, these attempts to disrupt are classified as cyber terrorism and cyber war.

Unknown hackers have inflicted ‘serious damage’ to a German steel mill this year by breaking into internal networks and accessing the main controls of the factory, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) revealed in its annual report.

The report says that the intrusion into the mainframe system caused significant damage to a blast furnace as the attackers managed to manipulate the internal systems and industrial components, causing outages that disrupted the controlled manner of operation.

The BSI’s didn’t mention which plant was targeted nor gave any reference to the time of the attack. The Office did note the “very advanced” capabilities of the hackers.

To penetrate the security, the intruders used a “sophisticated spear phishing” method to gain access to the core networks of the plant. Using this method, which involves targeting specific individuals within an organization, the attackers first penetrated the office network of the factory. From there, they managed their way into the production networks.

The bottom line is that if there is a sophisticated and sustained attack to get into a system, there is no way it can be kept truly safe.   There are small elements of luck, but more of then than not, access is achieved eventually. Read more »

Watch The Leaked Kim Jong-Un Death Scene From ‘The Interview’

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The part of ‘The Interview’ the North Koreans didn’t want you to see, but now can because it has been leaked.

Sony caved to the terrorists but the Streisand Effect is now in effect.

Mashable gives some background.

You won’t be seeing The Interview anytime soon, but the 28 seconds that most enraged North Korea, and may very well have doomed the film to oblivion, hit the Internet on Thursday. Though dozens of websites embedded the clip early, they began coming down by late afternoon.

The scene is the film’s climax, and it’s funnier if you know the background: Earlier in The Interview, James Franco’s character Dave Skylark bonds with Kim Jong-un over their mutual love of Katy Perry — particularly the song “Firework” — as they drive around in the supreme leader’s personal tank.

But Skylark later comes to realize that the dictator is truly evil and, in the midst of a chaotic showdown, jumps in the tank as a means to escape. With Kim’s military helicopter bearing down on him, Skylark takes aim at the aircraft from the tank’s turret. As he lets the shell fly, we hear dramatic strains of “Firework” firing up.

And that’s where the 28-second clip, in extreme slow-motion, picked up. We saw Kim Jong-Un leaning out the door of his helicopter, watching the shell pierce the side of the aircraft and explode in a ball of fire. With his mouth agape, the Supreme Leader is slowly engulfed in fire until his head, obscured by the flames, explodes.

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