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South Korea’s Largest Travel Agency Breached, Hacker Demands Bitcoin Payment

Last month, Hanatour, South Korea’s largest travel agency suffered a major security breach, as hackers stole the personal information of over one million users. According to local news publications, hackers have demanded that Hanatour pay a one-time ransom payment in Bitcoin but the amount remains undisclosed.

According to South Korean travel associations and independent research firms, Hanatour has consistently been considered South Korea’s largest and most reputable travel agency when measured on revenue, client base and reviews. Since 2007, the company has aggressively moved into new international markets, establishing offices in popular tourist destinations including Japan and China.

According to recent reports, more than one million users have been affected. The company has notified its clients and the public that employee’s computers were targeted by hackers using sophisticated phishing attacks and malware, which allowed an unknown group of hackers to access

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Hacking the mind of a hacker: ET decodes the psychology of a cyber criminal

Alok (name changed on request) is in his early teens, not the age when he should be making thousands of dollars. Alok is a hacker who lives on the dangerous by-lanes of the internet—the dark web. Accessible only through browsers designed to promote anonymity and confuse law enforcement, the dark web is where the nefarious elements of the internet hang out.

The baby-faced Alok has been working with a hacker collective on the dark web for nearly three years now. In those three years, he has been party to several instances of theft and trading, particularly of credit card information, on the dark web and its marketplaces. He was never a leader, but one of the foot soldiers, yet he managed to earn bitcoins that are now worth thousands of dollars. Alok hides his wealth from his parents.

These days, Alok is

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Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects. Intelligence officials say the break was significant, although the Australian government insists that only low-level data was taken. The identity of the cyber criminal is not known.

The virtual break-in saw cyber thieves take illustrations of a major Australian naval project. About 30GB of data was stolen. Details about new fighter planes, submarines and Australia’s largest warships were also compromised. The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate, a domestic spy agency, was not alerted until November. Intelligence officials say the hack, which targeted a private defence contractor in South Australia state, was – in their words – ‘extensive’ and ‘extreme.’

But the government is insisting there was no threat to national security.

Australia’s Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, says

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Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data – VOA News

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects. Intelligence officials say the break was significant, although the Australian government insists that only low-level data was taken. The identity of the cyber criminal is not known.

The virtual break-in saw cyber thieves take illustrations of a major Australian naval project. About 30GB of data was stolen. Details about new fighter planes, submarines and Australia’s largest warships were also compromised. The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate, a domestic spy agency, was not alerted until November. Intelligence officials say the hack, which targeted a private defence contractor in South Australia state, was – in their words – ‘extensive’ and ‘extreme.’

But the government is insisting there was no threat to national security.

Australia’s Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, says

Read more at: https://www.voanews.com/a/mystery-hacker-steals-australian-defense-data/4070280.html

Hacker codenamed ‘Alf’ from Home and Away stole secret data on …

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October 12, 2017 10:55:37

A F-35B joint strike fighter in flight is seen from above
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A US Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter jet conducts manoeuvres over the Atlantic. (Reuters: US Marine Corps)

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of an Australian soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s warplanes and navy ships from a Defence subcontractor.

About 30 gigabytes of data was stolen, including information on Australia’s $17 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, and $4 billion P-8 surveillance plane

Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-11/hacker-stole-data-from-defence-subcontractor/9040906

Hacker codenamed ‘Alf’ from Home and Away stole secret data on Joint Strike Fighter jets and surveillance planes

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October 12, 2017 13:23:49

Alastair MacGibbon speaks about defence subcontractor hacking (Image: Reuters/US Marine Corps)Video: Alastair MacGibbon speaks about defence subcontractor hacking (Image: Reuters/US Marine Corps)

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A mystery hacker who was given the alias of an Australian soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s warplanes and navy ships from a Defence subcontractor.

About 30 gigabytes of data was stolen, including information on Australia’s $17 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, and $4 billion P-8 surveillance plane project.

As first reported by ZDNet, the hacker infiltrated the system July 2016 and authorities were only alerted

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Mother of Brit teenager hacker ‘blew £1.6million jackpot’ | Daily Mail …

The mother of the British teenager who faces jail for trying to hack top US officials including the CIA director ‘blew a £1.6million Lotto jackpot on doomed property deals,’ it has been reported. 

Kane Gamble, 18, from Coalville, pleaded guilty to ten hacking charges at Leicester Crown Court yesterday and was warned he could face jail.

Gamble, who lives in a small terraced house in north-west Leicestershire, had a hit list containing top names from the FBI, CIA and Obama administration in 2015 and 2016.

Using his computer at home his hacking targets included John Brennan, the then director of the CIA, and the former deputy director of the FBI, Mark Giuliano. 

Kane Gamble, 18, has today (pictured) admitted trying to hack US government officials

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Combatting The New Hacker

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Cyber security continues to evolve. And while the tools and techniques used by threat actors continue to change, the most important shift has been in the nature of the bad guys. In the past, many hackers were in it for the thrills and for political reasons. But criminal gangs and organised crime have realised cybercrime is a relatively low risk and lucrative business. law enforcement experts MK Palmer from the FBI, Dr Ronald Layton from the US Secret Service and Michael who is formerly from the Department of Homeland Security discussed this at the recent NetEvent Media and Analyst Summit. Continue reading

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Rising hacker threat will trigger boom in cyber crime insurance, Tryg says

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Insurer Tryg (TRYG.CO) expects 90 percent of its corporate customers to buy cyber crime insurance within five years as the threat from hackers and viruses to crucial data and IT systems grows.

Tryg, Denmark’s biggest insurer, has sold 5,000 cyber crime insurance policies since the turn of the year when it launched a new product providing assistance in restoring data and getting systems up and running if a firm is hit by a cyber attack.

“There are no corporate clients today that don’t have insurance on their buildings or cars, but I think that within a very few years it will be just as evident that you should insure against cyber crime,” chief executive Morten Hubbe told Reuters on Wednesday.

The initial rise in demand for cyber insurance was prompted by the ransomware attack, named “Wannacry”, that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide in May.

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Rising hacker threat will trigger boom in cyber crime insurance, Tryg …

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Insurer Tryg (TRYG.CO) expects 90 percent of its corporate customers to buy cyber crime insurance within five years as the threat from hackers and viruses to crucial data and IT systems grows.

Tryg, Denmark’s biggest insurer, has sold 5,000 cyber crime insurance policies since the turn of the year when it launched a new product providing assistance in restoring data and getting systems up and running if a firm is hit by a cyber attack.

“There are no corporate clients today that don’t have insurance on their buildings or cars, but I think that within a very few years it will be just as evident that you should insure against cyber crime,” chief executive Morten Hubbe told Reuters on Wednesday.

The initial rise in demand for cyber insurance was prompted by the ransomware attack, named “Wannacry”, that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide in May.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tryg-cyber/rising-hacker-threat-will-trigger-boom-in-cyber-crime-insurance-tryg-says-idUSKCN1C91MV