Newsweek Twitter Feed broken by Hacker Claiming Link to Islamic State Militants

Newsweek Twitter Feed broken by Hacker Claiming Link to Islamic State Militants

On Tuesday, Newsweek’s Twitter feed was briefly taken over by someone claiming allegiance to Islamic State militants, sending out several messages with screenshots the hacker claimed were taken from secure U.S. military networks.

“While the US and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside,” the hacker posted in a statement on Newsweek’s feed. It said it had obtained “confidential documents from the US National Cybersecutiry [sic] Center.”

There is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security called the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, though none of the tweets offered by the hacker seemed to have any connection to that bureau.

Instead, the Newsweek account briefly tweeted out a military organizational chart, two Pentagon computer or counterintelligence training program diplomas, and some names and addresses of a number of people who appear to have connection to the military. Another tweet directed at first lady Michelle Obama said the hacker was “watching you, you [sic] girls and your husband!”

After roughly 30 minutes, Newsweek regained control of the Twitter feed and the tweets were deleted. Newsweek’s Twitter account has roughly 2.5 million followers.

“We can confirm that Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account,” a Newsweek spokesperson said. “We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward.”

The Newsweek hack comes a few weeks after similar messages were posted on thehacked Twitter account of the military’s U.S. Central Command.


Source : The wall street Journal

Forbes Website has been used to Hack readers

Forbes Website has been used to Hack readers

Users of Microsoft’s flagship Internet browser who visited on the four days following Thanksgiving were open to be hacked, two cybersecurity firms said Tuesday.

The companies, iSight Partners and Invincea, said hackers who appear to be linked to China had reprogrammed Forbes’ “Thought of the Day” widget to send malicious computer code to readers’ computers.

The site appears to have been compromised from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, the firms said. They said they did not know how many Internet users may have been affected.

Forbes, which had not previously disclosed the incident, confirmed it Tuesday. In a statement, a spokeswoman said Forbes learned of the hack, and its duration, on Dec. 1. “Forbes took immediate actions to remediate the incident,” she said.

The episode could mark one of the most brazen incidents in which cyberspies put much of the Internet at risk to target a few individuals. is the 62nd most popular website in the U.S., and said it counted more than 31 million visitors in November. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser accounts for more than half the global market.

But analysts suspect the attackers were interested in select targets.

Invincea said it responded to a hacking incident at a defense contractor in late November, and traced the malware to employees visiting Forbes. Working with iSight, which has close ties to official Washington, the two firms also found evidence of malware from the Forbes site on computers in the American financial services sector.

The links to China are indirect. ISight says it has linked the Forbes hack to the malware and tactics used in a string of intrusions at defense contractors, a Hong Kong think tank and the Nobel Peace Prize website shortly after the award went to a Chinese dissident in 2010.

The Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cybersecurity experts say the average Forbes reader wasn’t at risk.

“It’s not their M.O. to infect tens of millions of people,” said Stephen Ward, an iSight spokesman.

The cybersecurity firms said the hackers were able to get in by exploiting previously unknown holes in both Adobe Flash and Internet Explorer.

For investigators, that’s another clue. Hackers generally only use previously unknown software vulnerabilities on high value targets. The reason: Once a bug is exposed through an attack, software companies can patch it and it becomes much less useful.

Adobe patched the flaw in Flash in December. Microsoft released an Internet Explorer patch Tuesday.

Source : The wall street Journal

Intel says ARM-based Macs are much slower

Intel says ARM-based Macs are much slower

Intel’s talking a lot of smack about ARM lately. Around a month ago, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that he wasn’t worried about Apple ditching Intel for ARM chips. And today, Intel’s chief financial officer, Stacy Smith, is openly scoffing at the possibility, saying Intel’s way ahead of ARM when it comes to performance.

Smith’s comments were made in an interview with Business Insider late last week, when asked whether or not Intel was feeling the pinch from ARM.

“Our leadership over the rest of the industry is extending,” Smith said. “We’re not delayed relative to the industry. We’re actually ahead of the industry.”

“For a customer like Apple you’d have to take a big step off performance to step off our architecture,” Smith said. “That is what in essence enables us to win across different customers.”

As I’ve argued before, the drawbacks of Apple shifting from Intel to ARM for the Mac platform would be great. Although our iPhones and iPads feel speedy, Intel chips are significantly more powerful than ARM chips, at least as it stands. Apple would effectively be taking a technological step back, and it would have to re-engineer all OS X software to work on the new chipset.

That said, Apple might do it. It likes controlling its own technology, and with ARM, Apple can design its own desktop chips. It’s also worth noting that reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that an ARM-based Mac isn’t a matter of if, but when. He’s usually right. That should make Intel very worried.

Source Business Insider