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The Latest Wave of Cyberattacks On the West Is Coming From the Middle East 56

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "A hacker group from the Middle East known as Molerats attacked a wide range of major public sector organizations over April and May, including the BBC and a smattering of European governments, researchers revealed today. The latest attacks, which sought to establish espionage operations on targets' digital infrastructure, took place between 29 April and 27 May, according to security technology vendor FireEye. The Molerats' actions have added weight to concerns around growing cyber capability stemming from the Middle East. Yet researchers are somewhat perplexed as to the motivation of the perpetrators, whose targets included both Israel and Palestine, as well as Turkey, Slovenia, Macedonia, New Zealand and Latvia. The hackers also went after government bodies in the U.S. and the UK."
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The Latest Wave of Cyberattacks On the West Is Coming From the Middle East

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  • by Irate Engineer ( 2814313 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @12:15AM (#47152355)

    The non-American world is happily sitting at keyboards and attempting to hack the evil U.S. to pieces. Is this really a surprise to anyone?
  • Whatever (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cowwoc2001 ( 976892 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @12:30AM (#47152387)

    Let me be the first one to congratulate them. So long as those idiots stick to keyboard attacks instead of suicide bombings I think we are moving in the right direction.

    If anyone is dumb enough to connect nuclear power plants to the internet ... well, let's just say we'll learn that lesson and never make that mistake again.

  • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @01:05AM (#47152475) Journal

    Hey, c'mon man. Hackers... cyberattacks! Isn't that relevant?

  • by ruir ( 2709173 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @07:13AM (#47153545)
    I was considering not answer, but then some idiot moded down my answers because he does not agree with it. What is propagandistic? For starters, it is a company in interesting in spreading FUD for their own benefit - take it with a pinch of salt on both hands if you may. Than it is the political fearing-mongering of the partner that is always licking the arse of USA. We are already very fed up with that shit - oh my chinese and middle-easterners are so bad, bad guys, they manufactured Windows and Cisco routers, and they have backdoors on it, and sold printers with damaged firmware to Iraq, and wrote stuxnet, and are always invading countries...oh wait... That is utter bullshit. Most cyber attacks come either from USA or Chinese domestic machines that have not properly secured their machines. Add to that a mentality of the Chinese if it works, dont fix it, and you have a lot of old XP machines laying around without any kind of maintenance and full of virus. Oddly enough, the UK also has the same mentality, however they are much smaller in numbers. Id worry more about Russian bots or Nigeria 419 scammers...
  • by MRe_nl ( 306212 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @07:54AM (#47153725)

    According to security technology vendor FireEye.
    According to security technology vendor FireEye.
    According to security technology vendor FireEye.
    According to security technology vendor FireEye.

    Brainwashing through repetition really works.

    "Yet researchers are somewhat perplexed as to the motivation of the perpetrators": So the entire team is composed of sociopaths?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @09:43AM (#47154533)

    The US has more or less made themselves fair game for this. And quite frankly, so have all of the "5 eyes".

    You can't say "it is our sovereign right to hack into anything we want because we say so", and then turn around and expect that others won't more or less do the same to you.

    If you start global surveillance and spying, you can't suddenly act like it's not fair for someone else to do it.

    So all you people who keep saying "well, we don't care if the NSA is doing that, that's what they're supposed to do". Well, bad-guy hackers are doing what they're supposed to do in their eyes.

    At the end of the day, the 'legitimacy' of it is one group saying they're entitled to do something, and another disagreeing. If your NSA has decided it is their right to hack into anything they see fit because that's their mandate, you have zero right to assume it won't happen to you. In fact, you should expect it.

    And, expanding that logic a little ... if you decide it's your right to bomb civilians in order to get to who you want, then you have no right to assume that someone else won't decide that your civilians are also fair targets. Because once you decide civilians are expendable in pursuing your goals, that's the standard you've set. Just because you believe your civilians are more valuable doesn't make it so.

    As much as Americans like to think "of course we can, because we're the US of Fucking A", it's no more legitimate than anybody else saying "well, we can too".

    By their own logic, the US pretty much deserves what they get. If you act like the wishes of other countries and people is totally irrelevant, well, you more or less deserve for them to decide that what you want is equally irrelevant.

    And then it just devolves into a vicious cycle of nobody remembering who shot first.

    So if you want to take some form of moral high ground, make sure you're actually staying there. Otherwise, you're just being hypocritical assholes. And, that seems to be a strong suit of Americans.

    As long as Americans have the attitude that whatever they do is OK simply because they're Americans, they're always going to have to understand that anybody else can decide the same damned thing.

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.