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Reefa posted a topic in Security & Privacy NewsA notorious pro-Palestinian hacking group behind a series of embarrassing hacks against United States intelligence officials and leaked the personal details of 20,000 FBI agents, 9,000 Department of Homeland Security officers, and some number of DoJ staffers in 2015. Believe or not, the leader of this hacking group was just 15-years-old when he used "social engineering" to impersonate CIA director and unauthorisedly access highly sensitive information from his Leicestershire home, revealed during a court hearing on Tuesday. Kane Gamble, now 18-year-old, the British teenager hacker targeted then CIA director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano, as well as other senior FBI figures. Between June 2015 and February 2016, Gamble posed as Brennan and tricked call centre and helpline staff into giving away broadband and cable passwords, using which the team also gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran. The teenager also taunted his victims and their families, released their personal details, bombarded them with calls and messages, downloaded and installed pornography onto their computers and took control of their iPads and TV screens. He also made hoax calls to Brennan's home and took control of his wife’s iPad. At one point, Gamble also sent DHS secretary Johnson a photograph of his daughter and said he would f*** her, phoned his wife, leaving a voicemail message which said: "Hi Spooky, am I scaring you?," and even managed to get the message "I own you" on the couple's home television. Gamble was arrested in February 2016 at his council home in Coalville and last October he pleaded guilty to 8 charges of "performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access" and 2 charges of "unauthorised modification of computer material." Gamble said he targeted the US government because he was "getting more and more annoyed about how corrupt and cold-blooded the US Government" was and "decided to do something about it." Gamble's defence said he was technically gifted but emotionally immature and has an autistic spectrum disorder, at the time of his offending, he had the mental development of a 12 or 13-year-old. Also, the defence said, at no point did Gamble attempt to profit from his actions. Out of 10 counts, Gamble previously admitted 8 charges of performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access. The teenager will be sentenced when the hearing resumes at a later date. Two other members of Crackas With Attitude hacking group, Andrew Otto Boggs and Justin Gray Liverman, were arrested by FBI in September 2016 and had already been sentenced to five years in federal prison. source
straycat19 replied to Matsuda's topic in Security & Privacy NewsWhy did CIA create a bogus software upgrade? To steal data from FBI, NSA The CIA didn't trust its security service partners to share biometric information with it, so it created a bogus software upgrade to steal the data. The data-stealing Trojan was created as part of a CIA project called ExpressLane, a piece of software installed by CIA Office of Technical Service (OTS) agents under the guise of upgrading the CIA's biometric collection system. This biometric system is installed at the 'liaison services' or partners such as the NSA, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI, according to WikiLeaks, which released the ExpressLane documents as part of its Vault 7 collection. The CIA installed the biometric system at partner offices around the world and expected them to voluntarily share biometric data with the CIA. Just in case they didn't, it installed ExpressLane to "verify that this data is also being shared with the Agency." It also had a feature to cut-off the liaison's access to the system if it didn't provide the CIA with access. "The systems are provided to Liaison with the expectation for sharing of the biometric takes collected on the systems. Some of these biometric systems have already been given to the Liaison services. OTS/i2c plans to revisit these sites with the cover of upgrading the biometric software to perform a collection against the biometric takes," it noted in one document. So that OTS agents could install the Trojan in the presence of partner agents, ExpressLane included a "splash screen with a progress bar" to look like an authentic Windows install. OTS agents would install the software with a USB stick and could set the installation time of the update as well as a kill date before visiting the target. Once installed the Trojan collects relevant files and stores them in a secret partition on a specially watermarked thumb drive that an OTS agent inserts during a subsequent maintenance visit. The biometric system itself was provided by US identity management firm CrossMatch. It specifically didn't want the update to reference CrossMatch software. It's unlikely this specific version of ExpressLane is still supported given the documents are dated 2009 and describe functionality for Windows XP. Article