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Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

Apple supplier Foxconn hit by hackers

Feb. 9, 2012

A group of hackers known as Swagg Security is taking credit for a breach of Foxconn network security, resulting in the theft of usernames, passwords, and other private information.

In a series of Twitter posts yesterday, the group boasted that it publicly released the information on the Pirate Bay Web site as well as on Pastebin. The attack grabbed the credentials of every Foxconn employee, according to 9to5Mac, including Terry Gou, CEO of parent Hon Hai Industries.

Beyond damaging Foxconn internally, the stolen information could also create trouble for some of the company’s technology partners.

“The passwords inside these files could allow individuals to make fraudulent orders under big companies like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Intel, and Dell,” Swagg Security said on its Pastebin page. Be careful ; )”

In response, Foxconn has taken down a Web site (Google cached version) explaining the services it provides to some of its key partners, including Apple, HP, Cisco, and Acer.

The group apparently was able to sneak past Foxconn’s security by taking advantage of vulnerabilites in an outdated version of Internet Explorer used by one of the company’s workers. Swagg Security even warned its intended victim on January 26 to make sure its browsers were up-to-date though it didn’t name Foxconn as that victim.

Accessing some of the log-in information, 9to5Mac confirmed that the usernames and passwords did provide access to several Foxconn servers, most of them hosting intranet sites for company clients.

Full Article Here – http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57373821-83/apple-supplier-foxconn-hit-by-hackers/

LAPD Pioneers High-Tech Crime-Fighting ‘War Room’

CBS News
Feb. 8, 2012

The LAPD is fighting crime from a high-tech war room that gives it eyes all over the city. The surveillance hub is now a model for police forces around the world and KCAL9 got an exclusive tour inside from Chief Charlie Beck.

“We are targets on our own soil,” says Beck. “We have to be ready.”

What began as a grass roots idea following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is now a state-of-the-art real-time analysis critical response center. It’s called RACR, and it’s located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

“This is a system that cuts through the red tape, that gets information to the people that need it,” says Chief Beck. He calls it “the brains of the department, twenty-four/seven.”

Police in the activity center monitor live feeds of city and traffic cameras, counter-terrorism information, and real-time crime mapping, with cutting edge software.

“If we didn’t have that we would be operating blind,” says Capt. Sean Malinowski, the Commanding Officer at RACR. “Essentially we’re always activated here.”

RACR is a critical crime-fighting tool at the center of every high profile incident in the City of Los Angeles.

“We have some real-time tools that help us analyze crime as it’s happening,” says Malinowski. “And then we feed that information out to the geographic areas and to patrol divisions.”

RACR is relied upon during events like dignitary visits from the Royals and President Obama, as well as the recent Occupy LA showdown and arrests.

“We had eyes on that, both through video cameras that the city owns, and also through video streams that were provided by the actual Occupy LA protesters,” says Malinowski.

Full Article Here – http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/02/08/lapd-pioneers-high-tech-crime-fighting-war-room/ 

Canada’s use of torture data sparks outcry

Feb. 9, 2012

OTTAWA — Human rights groups and opposition leaders in Canada were in uproar after the nation’s public safety minister this week defended the use of information extracted through torture “if Canadian lives are at stake.”

According a directive obtained by Canadian media through an access to information request, Ottawa ordered its spy service in 2010 not to discard information gleaned from torture abroad, after it had publicly insisted it would not use “tainted” information.

Opposition MPs on Tuesday seized on the policy reversal to suggest that the Conservative government was turning a blind eye to torture.

“You are indirectly supporting torture, encouraging torture,” said opposition New Democratic Party MP Jack Harris.

Amnesty International also condemned the new policy.

To this, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews responded in the House: “Information obtained by torture is always discounted. However, the problem is whether one can safely ignore the information if Canadian lives and property are at stake.”

Canada’s public broadcaster CBC, citing the documents, said the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was directed by the minister to “make the protection of life and property its overriding priority.”

Full Article Here – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g6c60FtIf3W6CnxI8yzIILbgH5iw?docId=CNG.68c93602852ad8b407f8a989b93e71f2.1f1