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Lawmakers slam DoD secrecy; FBI cyber-crime actions plummet; Syrian rebels mount a counterattack; Taiwan’s military …

Lawmaker: Increased Pentagon secrecy has been “catastrophic” for the bigger-budget push. In a remarkable address at a naval-themed conference on Wednesday, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., upbraided Navy and defense leaders for telling their people to say less in public over the past year. “I don’t mean to single out the Navy here, I understand there was similar guidance from [the Office of the Secretary of Defense] across the services as well,” said Gallagher, a first-term Congressman and retired Marine who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. “But I cannot emphasize how catastrophic a mistake I think that is.”

How so? “Gallagher said that by throttling back the stream of information, the Navy and other services haven’t cut off adversaries — only the American public. Constituents who don’t hear about grounded jets and colliding ships can’t write letters, clog voicemails, and visit congressional offices. So lawmakers interested in funding a 355-ship

Read more at: http://www.defenseone.com/news/2018/01/the-d-brief-january-11-2018/145127/

FBI adds two Syrian Electronic Army hackers to Cyber Most Wanted list

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is famous for spearphishing well-known brands and news outlets.

Over the past 5 years, the group has launched attacks against targets including the White House, Harvard University, Reuters, the Associated Press, NASA, CNN, Time, the Washington Post, The Onion and Microsoft, among others.

The SEA’s attacks have included compromising the Twitter account of the Associated Press in April 2013, to post a bogus tweet that the White House had been bombed and that President Barack Obama had been

Read more at: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/03/24/fbi-adds-two-syrian-electronic-army-hackers-to-cyber-most-wanted-list/

FBI grows “Cyber Most Wanted” list with Syrian Electronic Army members

The FBI today added two members of a Syrian hacker group to its Cyber Most Wanted list offering a reward of up to $100,000 each for information that leads to their arrest.

+More on Network World: The FBI this week warned carmakers and owners that they need to pay much closer attention to automotive cybersecurity+

According to the FBI, the new cybercriminals Amad Umar Agha22, known online as “The Pro,” and Firas Dardar,27, known online as “The Shadow,” engaged in a multi-year conspiracy that began in 2011 to collect usernames and passwords that gave them the ability to deface websites, redirect domains to sites controlled by the conspirators, steal e-mail, and hijack social media accounts. To obtain the login information they spear-phishing, where they tricked people who had privileged access to their organizations’ websites and social media channels into volunteering sensitive information by posing as a legitimate entity.

According to the FBI

Read more at: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3047172/security/fbi-grows-cyber-most-wanted-list-with-syrian-electronic-army-members.html

FBI grows “Cyber Most Wanted” list with Syrian Electronic Army …

The FBI today added two members of a Syrian hacker group to its Cyber Most Wanted list offering a reward of up to $100,000 each for information that leads to their arrest.

+More on Network World: The FBI this week warned carmakers and owners that they need to pay much closer attention to automotive cybersecurity+

According to the FBI, the new cybercriminals Amad Umar Agha22, known online as “The Pro,” and Firas Dardar,27, known online as “The Shadow,” engaged in a multi-year conspiracy that began in 2011 to collect usernames and passwords that gave them the ability to deface websites, redirect domains to sites controlled by the conspirators, steal e-mail, and hijack social media accounts. To obtain the login information they spear-phishing, where they tricked people who had privileged access to their organizations’ websites and social media channels into volunteering sensitive information by posing as a legitimate entity.

According to the FBI

Read more at: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3047172/security/fbi-grows-cyber-most-wanted-list-with-syrian-electronic-army-members.html

Two From ‘Syrian Electronic Army’ Added to Cyber’s Most Wanted

Three members of a Syrian hacker collective that hijacked the websites and social media platforms of prominent U.S. media organizations and the U.S. military were charged today in federal court with multiple conspiracies related to computer hacking.

In two criminal complaints unsealed in the Eastern District of Virginia, Amad Umar Agha, Firas Dardar, and Peter Romar were charged with criminal conspiracies related to their roles targeting Internet sites—in the U.S. and abroad—on behalf of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers that supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The affected sites—which included computer systems in the Executive Office of the President in 2011 and a U.S. Marine Corps recruitment website in 2013—were deemed by SEA to be antagonistic toward the Syrian government.

According to the charges, Agha, 22, known online as “The Pro,” and Dardar, 27, engaged in a multi-year conspiracy that began in 2011 to collect usernames

Read more at: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/two-from-syrian-electronic-army-added-to-cybers-most-wanted