On June 21st, the Defence Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that the previous day the Pentagon suffered a digital intrusion into a US Defence Department mail server, prompting authorities to take 1500computers offline.
Gates declared that “Elements of the OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense) unclassified email system were taken offline yesterday afternoon due to a detected penetration,” also adding that “A variety of precautionary measures are being taken. We expect the system to be online again very soon.”
Three different DDoS attacks temporarily took Zone-H offline for some days, preventing Zone-H team to publish news and to update our Attacks Archive. Now that all Zone-H activities have been restored we point out some important digital events that affected both companies and governmental websites during last weeks .
One of the most worth noticing attack was carried out by a Turkish defacer against AOL’s website, based in Puerto Rico.
Today, June 21st 2007, a strict regulation integrating Europe’s ecommerce laws with British Terrorism Act has come into law . According to this regulation, the Electronic Commerce Directive, in some cases a foreign company can be brought to justice in the UK over blog postings that encourage terrorism.
In the Terrorism Act, already introduced in 2006, it is pointed out that specific police constables can ask a blog’s operator to remove those posts, remarks, comments which are considered as potentially inciting to committing terrorist acts.
The latest technologies and gadgets make it incredibly easy for your data to be stolen from right under your nose, unless you take steps to protect it.
Much of our personal and professional lives nowadays are heavily influenced by technology. Everything’s going digital, from the cassette player to the picture frame. And whether a technology is designed to help us communicate, to take pictures, or to listen to music or watch a movie, every gadget that we carry has the ability to store large amounts of data in digital form.The ability to move massive amounts of information between traditional PCs and portable storage devices means that it’s now incredibly easy for confidential data to be taken from companies without knowledge or consent.
Watching TV on Sunday morning , while still in bed, could be very relaxing. For example, if you are in Czech Republic you can watch a TV transmission on idyllic landscapes accompanied by soft, classical music: a sort of mind-yoga. But what could you think about if, instead of lawns, fields or mountains, you see on the screen the typical mushroom shape produced by a nuke explosion?Such view could be seen last Sunday morning, during live Panorama show on Czech TV, Channel CT2 (watch it here ).
Nuclear war? No, just a hacking attack: as it was said later in Czech TV-journals, those pictures were fake, and the transmission had been hacked.
The whole action was prepared by the art group Ztohoven, whose website went soon offline because of the massive number of visitors.