It’s A Cruel Summer

The Cruel Summer the title of this post refers to, is not the famous ’83 pop hit by Bananarama, but just a brief summary of what is happening on Information Security, most of all for those companies and istitutions falling among the target of Anonymous.

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Italian Anonymous Owned

It looks like the CNAIPIC Hack is really a never ending story… I wonder why each event occurring in Italy, however dramatic, must always have an ironic twist. I already discussed about the shadows surrounding the Italian Cyber Police Hack: few hours ago the latest episode of the farce, an hacker called evil18 defaced the Italian Anonymous Blog with an image of His Holiness Benedictus XVI, who fools the Italian Anonymous for the doubts surrounding the event:

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Anonymous Claims ManTech, Another FBI Contractor, Hacked

Event quite common in the last times, it looks like another FBI contractor has been hacked, as a consolidated tradition, on Friday. This time the victim is ManTech and the hack has been claimed by Anonymous with a preview twitted by the AnonymousIRC account:

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And The Winner Is…

The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community.

The awards are given out once an year. The fifth annual ceremony will take place on Aug 3rd, 2011 in Las Vegas at the BlackHat USA security conference.

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Anonymous Denies Paternity For the CNAIPIC Hack

The CNAIPIC Hack is becoming paradoxical. Yesterday Italian Security Professional (and Italian Newspapers) are literally gone crazy in analyzing the event, divided between those who claimed a huge and real damage (in terms of image and substance) for Cyber Italian Police, and those who raised doubts on the event, supported by the few details provided concerning the incident, together with the uncertain identity and origin of the attackers.

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Tweets Like Weapons

Thanks to Andrea Zapparoli Manzoni for suggesting the original concept of Consumerization of Warfare and this update.

If the Cyberspace is the fifth domain of war, social media are likely destined to became the major sub-domain.

In a previous post we defined “Consumerization of Warfare” the growing use of consumer technologies such as Social Networks and Mobile for Military purposes (such as propaganda or espionage).

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The Hand of The Lulz Boat For the CNAIPIC Hack?

After the initial surprise more details are being divulged about the CNAIPIC Hack disclosed this morning. CNAIPIC stands for Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche) and in practice corresponds to Italian Cyber Police.  The event was so resounding to deserve ample space on foreign press as well, starting from BBC, which shows that it has not a mere technical meaning.

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Italian Cyber Police Hacked?

Update: Anonymous Italy posted the content of the statement in Italian, meanwhile BBC and Gizmodo suggest an internal origin for the hack.

This morning the Anonymous tweets are particularly loud in Italy. It looks like a splinter cell of Anonymous hacked the Italian Cyber Police (CNAIPIC) releasing an image previews, two preview archives and a structure of the file archive (links are currently working). According to the related pastebin the content of the whole leak should amount to 8 Gb of data.

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AnonPlus Hacked (Again) by Syrian Group

Update August 9: Anonplus defaced once again by Syrian Hackers!

There is no peace for AnonPlus the alternative Social Network established by the Infamous Hacking Group. Only a couple of days after the defacement made by a Turkish Hacking Group, Anonplus, the alternative Social Network established by Anonymous after their account was banned from Google+ has been defaced again by a couple of Syrian Hackers (Th3 Pr0 & SaQeR Syria) in name of the Syrian Electronic Army:

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The Two Faces of Hacking

My colleague Massimo Biagiotti suggested me this interesting matrix from IEEE which originally indicated some of the biggest and best stories assessed along two dimensions: innovation and impact.

Actually I cleaned it up a little bit in order to show only some of the events happened in 2011, which were inserted in the original matrix. As a reference I left some events of the previous years (inserted in the original matrix as well) in order to have a kind of normalization. They include the infamous Ufo Hacker, the Greek Cellphone Caper, and finally the Palin’s Email Hacking.

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