INTELDROP 14 April 2016 [Cyber]


Cyber Technology and Security Correspondent – Max Kobrak

U.S. Launches Cyberwar Against ISIS

 13 April 2016

The Hill (WASHINGTON D.C.) – U.S. Cyber Command launched a cyberwar campaign against ISIS, targeting online propaganda tools and delivery mechanisms. Its aim is to reduce the terrorist organization’s internet presence and limit its ability to communicate, conduct financial transactions, and radicalize westerners. Experts from the Brookings Institute warned attacks on ISIS social media sites could stifle the flow of valuable intelligence obtained from them. Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

Cyber Criminals Using Increasingly Sophisticated Attacks

 12 April 2016

NBC News (NEW YORK) – Cybersecurity company Symantec released its Internet Security Threat Report on recent cyber-crimes and attacks. The report concluded cyber criminals are stealing money and information at an ever greater scale using increasingly sophisticated methods. The report also tracks the growing use of Ransomware (software which holds computer data hostage) and the exploitation of Zero-day vulnerabilities (unknown flaws in software) to commit cyber-crimes. Source:  (Reliability: High)

Cyber Attack Targets Lithuanian Parliament

 12 April 2016

EurActiv (BRUSSELS) – On 11 April 2016, unknown cyber entities launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the Lithuanian parliament’s website, interrupting a live-stream of the World Congress of Crimean Tartars. The congress was meeting to discuss human-rights violations in Russian-occupied Crimea. A DDoS attack uses a large number of infected computers to overwhelm a target’s bandwidth, cutting users off from the website. Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

U.S. Scientist Attempted Cyber-Attack On The NRC

 12 April 2016

PHYS.ORG (U.S.) – Charles Eccleston, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) scientist, received a sentence of 2 ½ years in prison after he attempted to download a virus onto an Energy Department network. He obtained the decoy virus from undercover FBI agents and the Energy Department and NRC networks suffered zero damage. The NRC fired Eccleston in 2010.  Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

U.S. Electrical Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

 11 April 2016

Fox News (NEW YORK) – The DHS and FBI launched a cyber-threat awareness campaign on 31 March 2016. The goal of the campaign is to educate U.S. utility companies on cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and prevention measures. The campaign launched after the declassification of documents detailing the cyber-attacks and strategies used against Ukraine’s electrical grid. The campaign comes three months after the DHS released a report downplaying vulnerability of U.S. infrastructure.  Source:  (Reliability: Moderate)

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