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Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

In Tech, World News on January 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

By BBC

The scheme was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

The project’s organisers said the Hackerspace Global Grid will also involve developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with the satellites.

Longer term they hope to help put an amateur astronaut on the moon.

Hobbyists have already put a few small satellites into orbit – usually only for brief periods of time – but tracking the devices has proved difficult for low-budget projects.

The hacker activist Nick Farr first put out calls for people to contribute to the project in August. He said that the increasing threat of internet censorship had motivated the project.

“The first goal is an uncensorable internet in space. Let’s take the internet out of the control of terrestrial entities,” Mr Farr said.

Beyond balloons

He cited the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) in the United States as an example of the kind of threat facing online freedom. If passed, the act would allow for some sites to be blocked on copyright grounds.

Whereas past space missions have almost all been the preserve of national agencies and large…

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IMF hack opens door to global market fraud

In Tech on June 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

By IB Times

The IMF security breach is bearing hallmarks of a sophisticated and targeted cyber-attack, putting sensitive global financial data at risk that may be used to manipulate markets.

The International Monetary Fund collects sensitive information about the financial systems of its 187 member nations.

If leaked, some data in IMF computer systems could be used to manipulate or profit from bonds and currencies around the world.

Tom Kellermann, a former cybersecurity specialist at the World Bank who has been tracking the incident, told the “Wall Street Journal” that the infiltration involved significant reconnaissance before the actual attack and code written specifically to penetrate the IMF.

“This isn’t malware you’ve seen before,” he said.

 It was much more difficult to detect and the concern was hackers intended to gather information…

Data breach at security firm linked to attack on Lockheed Martin

In Americas, Tech on June 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

By The New York Times

Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest military contractor, has battled disruptions in its computer networks this week that might be tied to a hacking attack on a vendor that supplies coded security tokens to millions of users, security officials said on Friday.

The SecurID electronic tokens, which are used to gain access to computer networks by corporate employees and government officials from outside their offices, are supplied by the RSA Security division of the EMC Corporation.

RSA acknowledged in March that it had sustained a data breach that could have compromised some of its security products. Executives in the military industry said Friday that Lockheed’s problems appeared to stem from that data breach and could…

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