Washington Post Site Hacked After Successful Phishing Campaign (Krebs on Security)
The Washington Post acknowledged today that a sophisticated phishing attack against its newsroom reporters led to the hacking of its Web site, which was seeded with code that redirected readers to the Web site of the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group. According to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity, the hack began with a phishing campaign launched over the weekend that ultimately hooked one of the paper’s lead sports writers.
The Syrian Electronic Army, just days after targeting the New York Post, has compromised Outbrain.com, a content recommendation platform, and used their access to target readers of the Washington Post, CNN, and Time with pro-Assad propaganda.
ATO Warns of New Email Scam (The Age)
Email scammers are taking advantage of tax time to swindle Australians, the tax office has warned. Several official-looking phishing emails are circulating that offer recipients a tax refund if they fill out an online form. The form is designed to steal personal information including tax file numbers, passwords and credit card information. Clicking the link can also infect computers with malicious software that can monitor web browsing and steal personal information.
National Security Agency: “Can’t Search Its Own Emails” (Muncie Voice)
The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.
5 Most Dangerous Email Scams (Business 2 Community)
Scams are really nothing new. For as longs as people have been interacting with each other, there have been unscrupulous individuals attempting to dupe others out of what is rightfully theirs. However, with the advent and subsequent worldwide proliferation of the internet, the sheer volume of scams has increased a thousandfold.