The Department of Justice secretly obtained phone records for reporters and editors who work for the Associated Press news agency, including records for the home phones and cell phones of individual journalists, according to the AP, in what the agency characterized as “serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”
The Pentagon pointed an accusing finger at China today in its annual report to Congress, saying the country and its government are trying to gain insight into U.S. secrets.
Specifically, the report says China wants to improve its own technology and is also looking to get a read on how the U.S. government feels about China internally, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s a strong statement for the Pentagon, which is very direct about the use of hacking in its report.
A zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 let hackers compromise a U.S. Department of Labor website linked to a database used by former Energy Department employees who had worked with nuclear weapons or uranium. That database was also used by Labor Department claims examiners.
Security firm Invincea, which reported the attack, has advanced the possibility that the hackers were compromising one U.S. government department in order to attack another.
An Algerian man accused of helping to develop and distribute the SpyEye computer virus has been extradited from Thailand to the US to face criminal charges, the US Department of Justice announced.
A Chinese man who was suspected of spying on NASA was pulled off a plane with a stolen laptop. But instead of the expected state secrets, the laptop was packed full of porn.
Bo Jiang was headed for China with a NASA laptop which counterintelligence spooks expected to contain spectacular details on "huge thrusters," "rings around Uranus" and the "conquest of the outer rim".