Ie: 3,000 email accounts compromised by hackers
Conall O Fátharta of Irish Examiner reports:
Up to 3,000 Irish people have had their email accounts compromised by international hackers, it has emerged.
The hackers managed to access the private emails of thousands of individuals whose details were then put on an Arabic website.
A number of Irish banking institutions, county councils, universities, the HSE and anti-virus software company Symantec were also on the list.
[From the article:
It is thought that hackers were accessing the accounts by tracing passwords.
People signing up to websites often use the same password for their email account.
By finding a vulnerable website, hackers can then trace the passwords back to an email account which can then be accessed.
… Mr Fleming said the hacker then contacted his girlfriend through the email account asking for personal and financial details.
"When he was in, he made attempts to get at my PayPal details. He reset my Facebook password, my LinkedIn password, pretty much every account under the sun that I have.
It's easy actually. When the SPAM flag goes up, check each e-mail for a pre-existing relationship (have you been spammed before and replied?) and block any mail that fails the test. Fortunately(?) NSA already knows who everyone talks to)
US Military Looks For Massive Spam Solution
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday May 15, @02:46PM from the always-declaring-war-on-something dept.
Several users have pointed out a recent request to technology companies from the Defense Information System Agency for ideas on how to build an e-mail defense system to catch spam. The solution would have to scan about 50 million inbound messages a day across some 700 unclassified network domains.
"Defense currently scans e-mails for viruses and spam coming into systems serving the military services, commands or units. DISA wants to extend the protection to the interface between the Internet and its unclassified network, the Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network. The agency also wants the ability to scan all outbound e-mails from the 5 million users. [...] DISA's request ties in with recommendations that the Defense Science Board issued in April that said Defense is more vulnerable to cyberattacks because of its decentralized networks and systems. The board envisioned a major role for DISA in developing the architecture for enterprise-wide systems."
New Technique’s Gonna Find Out Who’s Spammy or Nice
By Lizzie Buchen Email Author May 15, 2009 5:30 pm
I'm gonna look up Harry Truman...
KGB Material Released By Cold War Project, Available Online
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday May 15, @05:44PM from the fewer-redactions-than-a-foia-request-about-yourself dept. Government Politics
"The Cold War International History Project just released the 'Vassiliev Notebooks.' The notebooks are an important new source of information on Soviet intelligence operations in the United States from 1930 to 1950. Though the KGB's archive remains closed, former KGB officer turned journalist Alexander Vassiliev was given the unique opportunity to spend two years poring over materials from the KGB archive taking detailed notes — including extended verbatim quotes — on some of the KGB's most sensitive files. Though Vassiliev's access was not unfettered, the 1,115 pages of densely handwritten notes that he was able to take shed new and important light on such critical individuals and topics as Alger Hiss, the Rosenberg case, and 'Enormous,' the massive Soviet effort to gather intelligence on the Anglo-American atomic bomb project. Alexander Vassiliev has donated his original copies of the handwritten notebooks to the Library of Congress with no restriction on access. They are available to researchers in the Manuscript Division."
Inevitable? The problem will be people who write Harry Potter books and call them science...
New Science Books To Be Available Free Online
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday May 15, @01:08PM from the free-as-a-business-model-not-dead dept. The Internet The Almighty Buck
"Bloomsbury Publishing, best known for the Harry Potter books, has announced a new series of science books that will be available for free online. Bloomsbury thinks they can make enough money off of hard-copy sales to turn a 'small profit.' The online version will be covered by a Creative Commons license which allows free non-commercial use. They've already had some success with the one book they've published this way, Larry Lessig's 'Remix: Making Art and Commerce thrive in the Hybrid Economy.' The series, 'Science, Ethics and Innovation,' will be edited by Sir John Sulston, Nobel prize winner and one of the architects of the Human Genome Project."
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