WikiLeaks’ ‘Dark Matter’ Dump Shows CIA’s iPhone, MacBook Hacks

CIA documents published by WikiLeaks Thursday reveal hacks used by the agency against Apple cellphones and computers. Dubbed “Dark Matter,” the documents, a new addition to WikiLeaks’ ongoing “Vault 7” dump, detail hacks leveraged against iPhones and MacBooks as far back as 2008. “These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware,” a WikiLeaks press release says. By targeting the firmware, CIA hackers can remain in control of an infected device even if the target wipes the data and re-installs the operating system. One such tool, known as “Sonic Screwdriver,” is, according to the CIA, a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting…” By providing a target with a compromised peripheral device such as an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter, which stores “Sonic Screwdriver” […] Read More

If You Use Tor Browser, The FBI Just Labeled You a Criminal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a rule change that would allow a federal magistrate judge to issue a search and seizure warrant for any target using anonymity software like Tor to browse the internet. by Nadia Prupis Absent action by U.S. Congress, the rule change (pdf) will go into effect in December. The FBI would then be able to search computers remotely — even if the bureau doesn’t know where that computer is located — if a user has anonymity software installed on it. The rule changes, which the FBI said were necessary to combat cyber crime, come amid escalating tensions between the intelligence community and technology and privacy advocates, and just a day after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill that would require the government to obtain a probable cause warrant from a judge before seizing data stored with tech companies such as […] Read More

Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond kept in solitary confinement without explanation

Jeremy Hammond, who is in prison for hacking servers of the private intelligence company Statfor and leaking its information to WikiLeaks, has been held in solitary confinement for more than six weeks and will stay there pending a prison investigation. Hammond entered a segregated housing unit (SHU) in mid-July based on a disciplinary infraction incurred while serving time at the Federal Correction Institution in Manchester, Kentucky. He was scheduled to spend 45 days there, with his release date expected to be around August 20. In a letter dated August 18, Hammond told his support network that he was still in the SHU and had no insight into how long he will stay there, according to FreeJeremy.net. Hammond, who has yet to be charged for the disciplinary issue, said he was informed by prison officials that he would stay in the SHU “pending SIS investigation,” by an internal prison police […] Read More

Ashley Madison: The Internet’s Greatest COINTEL PRO Honey Pot?

21st Century Wire says… Finally, the real reason why professional hackers have lifted the data of 37 million users from the fashionable ‘infidelity’ website Ashley Madison. Anyone employed by the state who was stupid enough to join this site should by now realize that this whole hacking affair was a staged exercise in mass entrapment, and blackmail. The media are making a big deal about how this hack is somehow a “goldmine” for cyber criminals, but do not dare mention that, besides a public hack, what this kind of information could do in the hands of the deep state via covert agencies like the NSA, the FBI or the CIA, Canada’s CSIS, or overseas spook houses like Britain’s MI5, or Israel’s Mossad. Easy pickings, all in one place. Much has been made of the not-so-bright conclave of 15,000 US gov’t and military personnel with .gov and .mil addresses – […] Read More

Security expert allegedly told FBI he hacked & steered airliner mid-flight

A computer security expert, who was recently detained and questioned by the FBI over his hack-a-plane joke on Twitter, had earlier revealed to the agency that he accessed aircraft control systems on up to 20 occasions, according to a search warrant. The founder of One World Labs, Chris Roberts, was detained for questioning and had his hardware confiscated in April by federal agents after exiting a United flight from Chicago to Syracuse, New York following his tweet suggesting he might attempt to hack into a flight’s entertainment system. The FBI addressed the tweet urgently and with great seriousness because previous encounters with Roberts revealed that he was capable of such activity. In a search warrant application, obtained by APTN National News, Roberts previously claimed to have told agents that during his research he used his skills and equipment to gain access to an in-flight aircraft entertainment console, or the […] Read More

Guess Who Wasn’t Invited to the CIA’s Hacker Jamboree?

Apple, that’s who. Or Microsoft, or any of the other vendors whose products US government contractors have successfully exploited according to a recent report in the Intercept. While we’re not surprised that the Intelligence Community is actively attempting to develop new spycraft tools and capabilities—that’s their job—we expect them to follow the administration’s rules of engagement. Those rules require an evaluation under what’s known as the “Vulnerabilities Equities Process.” In the White House’s own words , the process should usually result in disclosing software vulnerabilities to vendors, because “in the majority of cases, responsibly disclosing a newly discovered vulnerability is clearly in the national interest.” Nevertheless, the Intercept article describes an annual CIA conference known as the Trusted Computing Base (TCB) Jamboree 1 at which members of the intelligence community present extensively on software vulnerabilities and exploits to be used in spying operations. At the 2012 TCB Jamboree, presenters […] Read More

Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Say Police Aren’t Solving Case Where Girl Was Burned To Death So They Will

Police not doing their job is hardly something new… But now the hacktivist group Anonymous has said that they will do the job of law enforcement investigators for them, since they are apparently unwilling or unable to make an arrest in the Jessica Chambers murder case. The case of Jessica’s murder horrified Mississippi’s after the young girl was found burned alive near her vehicle, nearly two weeks ago. Ben Chambers, the father of the 19-year-old Mississippi girl said he wants the killer or killers locked in solitary confinement, saying that “I promise as long as I have breath in me I can talk to people and make sure they’re not comfortable in there.” On December 6th, Jessica was found walking away from her burning vehicle. She had burns covering over 98% of her body. No arrests have been made yet, and Anonymous says that this is because the small, […] Read More