Hackers just helped NASA save a treasure trove of climate data from an uncertain future

  • Roughly 200 programmers congregated Saturday in the Doe Library at the University of California, Berkeley, to take part in a hackathon focusing on NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy.
  • Wired reported the group of coders had the common goal of saving data that could be deleted or otherwise tucked away under Trump.
  • Using web-crawler scripts and patching together data sets, the hackers were able to successfully preserve 8,404 web pages onto the Internet Archive — a digital library with a plethora of screenshots from websites — and download 25GB of data from 101 public datasets. Read more (2/14/17 3:06 PM)

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Hackers have been targeting US nuclear power facilities since May, according to new report

  • A joint report from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI reveals hackers have attempted to breach multiple United States nuclear power plants.
  • According to the New York Times, the hacking operation has been underway since May, and carries an “urgent amber warning.”
  • The motivation for the hacking efforts — be it espionage or terrorism — remains unclear, and the Times reported officials are still unsure whether hackers were ultimately able to penetrate facilities’ operating systems.
  • The hacks largely targeting individuals working at the nuclear power facilities via emails containing fake resumes coded with malware.
  • While the Times doesn’t name any suspects, Bloomberg reported that “three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks” said Russia is the chief suspect. Read more (7/7/17)

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Hackers Release 'Game Of Thrones' Episodes After HBO Hack

Originally posted by petyrsbae

The hacker, going by the name “LittleFinger66,” claims in an email that they hacked HBO, and 1.5 TB of sensitive data and films is in their hands. The message continues, “We release the leak gradually every week.”

One-point-five TB, or terabytes, could hold hundreds of hours of video. There are reports LittleFinger66 has released upcoming episodes of shows including “Ballers” and “Insecure.”

But it’s too soon to know if all of the hacker’s claims are true, says Avivah Litan, a security analyst with Gartner.