06/12/13

Government use of Cyber Weaponized Exploits

gAtO rEaD- The government is buying hackers exploits – not to stop these sophisticated cyber exploits but to use these tools against it’s own people- they are using the tools to infiltrate computer networks worldwide, leaving behind spy programs and cyber-weapons that can disrupt data or damage systems.network

The core problem: Spy tools and cyber-weapons rely on vulnerabilities in existing software programs, and these hacks would be much less useful to the government if the flaws were exposed through public warnings. So the more the government spends on offensive techniques, the greater its interest in making sure that security holes in widely used software remain unrepaired. So your computer is vulnerable and the governments knows it and will not disclose this information, but use it against you to place cookies,RAT’s or other spyware into your computer -maybe- I trust our government don’t you?

If you got nothing to hide, you should not be worried… right????

So our Tax dollars are going to Hackers and cyber criminals that sell these exploits all over the world. As a tax payer I don’t like this part at all. But the worst part is by us taking the lead of cyber offensive cyber tools -example.. Stuxnet – it is a plan book for other countries to do the same. So what we do in cyberspace has become socially acceptable to do in cyberspace and then we bitch about China. I don’t get it – mEoW

Officials have never publicly acknowledged engaging in offensive cyber-warfare, though the one case that has beenmost widely reported – the use of a virus known as Stuxnet to disrupt Iran’s nuclear-research program – was lauded in Washington. Officials confirmed to Reuters previously that the U.S. government drove Stuxnet’s development, and the Pentagon is expanding its offensive capability through the nascent Cyber Command.

Then you have the Prism disclosure and PoW- US Cyber Agents Disrupt Publication of Popular Al Qaeda Magazine – This means that Obama’s cyber military is potentially capable of more targeted attacks, specified at damaging particular pieces of information or infrastructure. I wonder where they got those vulnerabilities? maybe some bad guys—/Nato_cyber_plat

What worries me is as the U.S engages in these attacks our enemies are learning what is acceptable in cyberwar. So we must be careful not to lose the fact that everyone is watching what we do and how we treat cyberspace and others governments will follow, defensive and offensive, they are learning from the best the U.S. Government -gAtO oUt

ref: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/10/us-usa-cyberweapons-specialreport-idUSBRE9490EL20130510

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-cyber-agents-disrupt-inspire-magazine-2013-6

 

 

02/3/13

Offensive Cyber Capabilities

Companies Need Offensive Cyber Capabilities

gAtO hEaR - about banks seek U.S Help on Iran Cyberattack’s. We hear about cyber attacks in the financial sector, the oil and energy sectors, then Leon Panetta warned perpetrators to cease hacking the US while we have all kinds of sanctions against Iran -/ this is insanity. Your telling unknown hackers (we suspected Iran) to  just stop, or what. What can we do to prevent them from launching cyber attacks against America.

So Iran has only 3 NAT-access points and 1 submarine cable (Al-Faw, Iraq submarine cable)

 

Then you have all these security people putting up defenses without building a firewall so bad-ass that they cannot do business. If we keep building these defenses it will get to a point where it defeats the purpose of the Internet. So what is the logical next move, offensive cyber weapons and capabilities. We can find these attacks and pinpoint the IP of where they are coming from then all we need is offensive tools to find them and do a seal-team 6 extraction of something like that and get the word out that we will find you and hunt you down.

One little hacker can keep a bank tied up for days in the middle of the desert. They could go after our traffic system, our rail system we know that SCADA is so messed up and in some cases open with defaults passwords. So we beat our chest like some mad gorilla and hope to scare these hackers.

My friends we must take initiative and find ways to counter these attacks no more just defense and I don’t mean a Ddos attack that can be circumvented. We need to plant Bot-nets on these people’s machines and monitor them and if we have to go physical and bring them to justice. Forget about Iran and let’s just talk about Chinese hacker attacks of our intellectual property. They just denied it and go about planning the next attack. We seen Skynet were thousands of computers were given a disk wipe and the blue screen of death. Why don’t we do the same to these hackers going after our infrastructure.

We must change our tactics and be a little more aggressive and become real cyber warriors not just defenders but attacking them and destroying their machines, their servers and routers. How about we just monitor the 1 submarine cable and 3 access points in Iran that should lead us to some of these people. The US monitors our own people then we stand by and allow other hostile countries to go and hack us. This is cyber insanity - gAtO OuT

 

11/16/12

White Hat Bot-Nets

gAtO wAs - reading Bloomberg BusinessWeek “ The Hacker of Damascus” Karin a 31-year-old doctor had spent the previous months protesting against the government of Damascus, he refuse to give up his friends names.

Before the arrest-/ before the torture/- they found a simple vulnerability thru Skypes they also got into his hard drive and as Karin said they arrested his computers data first them him. So now we see the black hats, spammer, cyber criminal tricks against people from their own governments. Is this the way it’s going to happen, we see the news today about 2 ladies and their General boy toys and WOW -mEoW.

In Georgia detains ministry for using malware to access opposition leaders computers – This is just another example of governments using criminal cyber tactics to gain intelligence from it’s own people.

 

 

The other side of the cyber struggles in Syria is Anonymous and their role in all this: On the other side, the hacktivist group Anonymous has infiltrated at least 12 Syrian government websites, including that of the Ministry of Defense, and released millions of stolen e-mails.  

Cyberspace and it’s tools (weapons) like Facebook, Twitter – can be used by both sides  in this evolving landscape of digital warriors. That is why gATo is sadden by how basic normal Internet tools can become killers and liberators. I guess I see the fog of cyberwar thru gATO eYe’S we have only seen defensive cyber tools so far Suxnet and others are only the beginning and the new economies that had no choice but a digital path into their infrastructure need to look at their own security a wee bit more close. DId Huawei (China’s Telecom Giant accused of having backdoor ) sell you those Network infrastructure pieces at a very cheap price -(lowest bidder (or a no-bid)contract) -well guess who is watching you…

SCADA cyber controls security SUCKs = infrastructure things (energy/transportation/communication/water/air) = fix them NOW

Since no Cyber Bill has gone before congress -President Obama after a major election went and signed  a-

US secret CYber Law singed by Pres. Obama -Nov 15, 2012

Rather, the directive establishes principles and processes for the use of cyber operations so that cyber tools are integrated with the fully array of national security tools we have at our disposal. It provides a whole-of-government approach consistent with the values that we promote domestically and internationally as we have previously articulated in the International Strategy for Cyberspace.

This directive will establish principles and processes that can enable more effective planning, development, and use of our capabilities. It enables us to be flexible, while also exercising restraint in dealing with the threats we face. It continues to be our policy that we shall undertake the least action necessary to mitigate threats and that we will prioritize network defense and law enforcement as the preferred courses of action. The procedures outlined in this directive are consistent with the U.S. Constitution, including the President’s role as commander in chief, and other applicable law and policies. http://killerapps.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/14/the_white_houses_secret_cyber_order

So now even 31-year-old doctors need to worry what they do and who they talk to and WHAT they talk about -/ also- in Facebook, Skype or any other web-App-  By the way —>These basic vulnerabilities can be found and exploited in any web-app – So this person may of worked at the water plant – or the electric plant what could these White Hat Bots have obtained?? These little White Hat BotNets may go rouge or may be captured this is about virtual digital world with a click of a mouse I GOT YOU!!! -PWN

Will this become the standard? The good and bad guy’s do it NOW- plant a virus suck up your disk / then check it out – BUT “if you got nothing to hide” well it’s OK then — right - gAtO oUt

09/10/11

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Releases Tool To Hijack Twitter Trending Topics

Anonymous has released a tool that aims to help others hijack trending topics on Twitter and tweet perhaps unrelated messages using them. The Twitter version of the U.R.G.E. tool (which stands for Universal Rapid Gamma Emitter) was launched to make it easier for anyone to hijack trending topics faster without having to copy and paste the trending topic manually into tweets.

Members of the group say that they are tired of constantly seeing trending topics that are redundant or related to pop culture and created this tool to help create more attention for topics that may have a wider meaning or different kind of impact on other Twitter users. In a statement, members say that, “This is not a hacking tool nor is it an exploit tool.”

via Hacktivist Group Anonymous Releases Tool To Hijack Twitter Trending Topics.