Daily Archives: May 15, 2017

WikiLeaks offered $100,000 on Friday for the “Trump-Comey” ‘tapes’ – Trump warned Comey in a tweet about possible ‘tapes’ of their conversations [VIDEO]

 

Published on May 15, 2017

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | Carter for the gateway pundit reports, WikiLeaks offered $100,000 on Friday for the alleged “Trump-Comey” ‘tapes’, which are now at the center of the Comey-firing media hysteria. Trump warned Comey in a tweet about possible ‘tapes’ of their conversations.

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Microsoft blames US intelligence for WannnaCry virus that took down hospitals

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Microsoft on Sunday said a software vulnerability stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency has affected customers around the world, and described the spread of the WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware on Friday in many countries as yet another example of the problems caused by the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments.

Referring to the attack as a “wake-up call,” Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith wrote in a blog post that governments have “to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits.”

The ransomware, also called WannaCry or Wana Decryptor, works by exploiting a vulnerability in some older versions of Windows. It has been suspected for some time now that the malware came from a cache of hacking tools reportedly stolen by hacking group Shadow Brokers from the NSA and leaked on the internet. WannaCry is said to take advantage of a NSA hacking tool, called EternalBlue, that can make it easy to hijack unpatched older Windows machines.

[ Further reading: How the new age of antivirus software will protect your PC ]

Microsoft is now confirming that the WannaCrypt exploits used in the attack on Friday were drawn from the trove of exploits stolen from the NSA. “Until this weekend’s attack, Microsoft declined to officially confirm this, as US Gov refused to confirm or deny this was their exploit,” wrote NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in a tweet.

On March 14, the company had released a security update to patch the vulnerability. “While this protected newer Windows systems and computers that had enabled Windows Update to apply this latest update, many computers remained unpatched globally,” Smith wrote. “As a result, hospitals, businesses, governments, and computers at homes were affected.”

On Friday a number of agencies and businesses around the globe, including the U.K.’s National Health Service, were disrupted by the malware, which is estimated to have hit over 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol, the European law enforcement agency, told ITV.

Microsoft rolled out over the weekend a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8, which are operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support.

There are apprehensions that a second wave of the attack may arrive Monday as employees return and switch on affected computers. The attackers could also hit back with a variant of the malware that does not have a provision for the “kill switch” found by a researcher to stem the first round of attacks. “Version 1 of WannaCrypt was stoppable but version 2.0 will likely remove the flaw. You’re only safe if you patch ASAP,” wrote the researcher on Twitter.

Microsoft called in February for a “Digital Geneva Convention” laying down the rules for the protection of users from state cyber attacks, including a requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them. “We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world,” Smith wrote.

Exploits in the hands of governments have repeatedly leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage, wrote Smith, who compared the leaks of CIA and NSA vulnerabilities to the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. “This most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action,” he added.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3196523/security/microsoft-blames-us-stockpiled-vulnerability-for-ransomware-attack.html

WikiLeaks publishes “AfterMidnight” and “Assassin”, two CIA malware frameworks for the Microsoft Windows platform.

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12 May, 2017

Today, May 12th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes “AfterMidnight” and “Assassin”, two CIA malware frameworks for the Microsoft Windows platform.

“AfterMidnight” allows operators to dynamically load and execute malware payloads on a target machine. The main controller disguises as a self-persisting Windows Service DLL and provides secure execution of “Gremlins” via a HTTPS based Listening Post (LP) system called “Octopus”. Once installed on a target machine AM will call back to a configured LP on a configurable schedule, checking to see if there is a new plan for it to execute. If there is, it downloads and stores all needed components before loading all new gremlins in memory. “Gremlins” are small AM payloads that are meant to run hidden on the target and either subvert the functionality of targeted software, survey the target (including data exfiltration) or provide internal services for other gremlins. The special payload “AlphaGremlin” even has a custom script language which allows operators to schedule custom tasks to be executed on the target machine.

“Assassin” is a similar kind of malware; it is an automated implant that provides a simple collection platform on remote computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Once the tool is installed on the target, the implant is run within a Windows service process. “Assassin” (just like “AfterMidnight”) will then periodically beacon to its configured listening post(s) to request tasking and deliver results. Communication occurs over one or more transport protocols as configured before or during deployment. The “Assassin” C2 (Command and Control) and LP (Listening Post) subsystems are referred to collectively as” The Gibson” and allow operators to perform specific tasks on an infected target..

MORE:  https://wikileaks.org/vault7/#AfterMidnight

EXCLUSIVE – Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée reveals her doubts about his suicide: She says his final note was ‘a little odd’ and the handwriting could have been ‘easily duplicated’

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez told Dr Phil she has doubts that her fiance Aaron Hernandez took his own life when he was found hanging in his jail cell in April 

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez told Dr Phil she has doubts that her fiance Aaron Hernandez took his own life when he was found hanging in his jail cell in April

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez says the way the former Patriots star addressed her in his suicide note was unusual for him

  • She added that while the handwriting was similar, it could have been duplicated 
  • Shayanna is speaking for the first time in an interview with Dr Phil to air Monday
  • The mother-of-one expressed doubts that Hernandez killed himself in his jail cell
  • She said in their final phone call the night before he was found, he never gave any indication of suicidal thoughts 

 

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez told Dr Phil in an interview set to air Monday that while she thought 'it was a note of love', the way he addressed her in his final letter was unusual 

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez told Dr Phil in an interview set to air Monday that while she thought ‘it was a note of love’, the way he addressed her in his final letter was unusual

MORE:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4506118/Aaron-Hernandez-s-fianc-e-reveals-doubts-suicide.html


 

REPOST FROM APRIL 20, 2017:

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer suggests the disgraced NFL player was murdered as former agent says there was ‘absolutely no chance’ he would have taken his own life

Aaron Hernandez's lawyer Jose Baez (above with him at his trial in February) cast doubt over his suicide on Wednesday and announced his family's plan to launch an investigation into it 

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez (above with him at his trial in February) cast doubt over his suicide on Wednesday and announced his family’s plan to launch an investigation into it

  • Jose Baez called for a ‘transparent investigation’ into Hernandez’s death 
  • He said there were no signs the 27-year-old was planning to take his own life 
  • Hernandez’s former agent Brian Murphy said there was ‘absolutely no chance’ he committed suicide
  • One former New England Patriots teammate told ESPN anonymously: ‘I’m not buying it’ 
  • The disgraced star was found hanging in his single unit cell on Wednesday morning at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts 
  • He left no suicide note but had a bible verse scribbled in blood on his forehead  
  • He was acquitted of double murder last week but was still serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd 
  • Hernandez planned to appeal that conviction, which he has always contested  

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4426320/Aaron-Hernandez-lawyer-casts-doubt-suicide.html#ixzz4enRcmJyV