Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said.
At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials.
Russian-speaking hackers have breached 97 websites, mostly dating-related, and stolen login credentials, putting hundreds of thousands of users at risk.
Many of the websites are niche dating ones similar to Ashley Madison, according to a list compiled by Hold Security, a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in analyzing data breaches. A few are job-related sites.
The information includes a list of websites and their software vulnerabilities, along with some notes written in Russian, said Holden, a native Russian speaker. All of the websites were breached since July 4 through about a week ago, he said.
IDG News Service has seen the full list but is not identifying the websites.
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The Military Intelligence (MI) investigations over leakage of sensitive military information over Facebook by some serving Army officers has zeroed in on three officers of the rank of Colonel, Major and Lieutenant. These officers have been found to be giving out locations of Army units in exchange for sexually explicit conversation with a woman.
In a letter issued on August 11 and addressed to all Command Headquarters of the Army along with Strategic Forces Command and Integrated Defence Staff, the MI Directorate has said that involvement of more personnel indulging in such activities cannot be ruled out and has said that these acts are detrimental to security as well as in clear violation of exiting orders and instructions which have been issued as form of advisories from time to time.