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Vladimir Putin ordered attempt to influence US election, declassified report says

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an intelligence report declassified and made public Friday.
  • The report, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” noted that Moscow has for years attempted to meddle in American politics, but 2016 operations “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort.” Read more
  • Afterward, Trump said in a statement that cyberattacks had no impact on the integrity of his victory. Read more
Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, U.S. officials say
A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe was detected.

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.

While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underlines the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. Officials in government and the utility industry regularly monitor the grid because it is highly computerized and any disruptions can have disastrous implications for the country’s medical and emergency services.

American officials, including one senior administration official, said they are not yet sure what the intentions of the Russians might have been. The incursion may have been designed to disrupt the utility’s operations or as a test to see whether they could penetrate a portion of the grid.

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Anonymous declares new war on ISIS after Brussels

Anonymous is not taking Tuesday’s terror attacks on Belgium lying down. Sky News reported Wednesday the hacktivist collective has released a new video in which it once again takes aim at ISIS. The video explains how Anonymous has successful hurt ISIS before and plans do it again.

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Anonymous successfully declares war on Angola

After 17 youth activists in Angola were sentenced to jail on Monday for allegedly rebelling against President José Eduardo dos Santos, Anonymous retaliated like they usually do by declaring an online war. Anonymous viewed the sentencing as an affront to democracy, with the collective’s Portuguese branch announcing its hacking spree via Facebook. This time, their attack worked.

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Members of Anonymous attack Israel every year on April 7 — and Israel is ready

Every year, Anonymous threatens to attack Israel in the name of Palestine and wipe them off the internet. This year, like each year before, Israel is ready. The attack happens every year on April 7, starting in 2013, when it occurred on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. For the first couple of years, Anonymous was somewhat successful in taking down a few government sites. This year might be a challenge.

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The Panama Papers may actually have been a hack

Right now, the world is in the midst of the largest leak in history: the Panama Papers, a treasure trove of information about how the world’s wealthy elites hide their money away from taxation, leaked by a do-gooder who couldn’t stand to see corruption go unchecked.

But Mossack Fonseca, the firm at the center of the documents, is calling foul. They say that the leaker wasn’t an insider, but an outside hacker. That makes a huge difference.

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Anonymous’ fight against ISIS may hurt real online counterterrorism

After the Paris attacks, 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts went down. But not because of Anonymous. The ISIS campaign can actually be attributed to GhostSecGroup an online counterterrorism squad of elite hackers unaffiliated with Anonymous that works closely with U.S. government agencies. Ghost Sec fights ISIS by finding and reporting social media accounts, but also infiltrating and spying on Daesh communication channels. Their leadership told Mic that while Anonymous is well intentioned, they could be costing innocent lives.

Here’s how President Obama is punishing North Korea for hacking Sony 

North Korea is getting sanctioned — and that’s just the beginning.

In an executive order, President Barack Obama has authorized the Treasury to impose additional sanctions on North Korea as “the first aspect” of a response to North Korea’s alleged hacking of Sony, which the White House views as part of “ongoing provocative, destabilizing and repressive actions and policies,” according to a statement.

Will these sanctions have any effect?

The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber-warfare space to blow up those citadels. … Fighters for justice including [Sony hacker group] Guardians of Peace … are sharpening bayonets not only in the U.S. mainland but in all other parts of the world.

North Korea National Defense Commission in a statement posted by state-run news agency KCNA

North Korea warns U.S. of damage “thousands of times greater” than Sony hack

Newsweek becomes the latest victim of an Islamic State Twitter hacking 

At around 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time, the magazine’s Twitter account was briefly compromised by as-yet unidentified hackers claiming to be the “CyberCaliphate” and posted threatening messages aimed at first lady Michelle Obama and tweeted out pictures of supposedly confidential government documents.

Personal threat they made against the Obama family