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U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets ‘obscene and sick’ calls after hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday his is awash with "obscene and sick" calls and text messages to a ...


U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets 'obscene and sick' calls after hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday his is awash with “obscene and sick” calls and text messages to a hacker linked to Russia posted personal contact information online for her and hundreds of other Democratic lawmakers and followers .

Pelosi a letter to colleagues warning them to take precautions and said that she changed her phone number to a hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” placed to the personal mobile phone numbers and email addresses on Friday.

posted appeared received information in the electronic breaking the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee, the fundraising and campaign arm of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Other Democratic campaign groups, including the Democratic National Committee, also targeted by the cyber attack, made public late last month.

“on a personal note, I was in the air flying from Florida to California then broke the news. Upon landing, I have numerous mostly obscene and sick calls, voice mails and receive text messages,” Pelosi has her colleagues, encouraging them to keep their cell phones and incoming SMS-messages away from their family and children.

“It’s a sad state of affairs, not only for us, but more importantly for our country,” said Pelosi, who earlier in the week Russia to blame for the cyber attack and called it ‘a’ electronic Watergate “similar to the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters, which eventually brought down Republican President Richard Nixon.

John Ramsey House chief information security officer, has a memorandum to lawmakers and followers whom information is publicly encourage their passwords for all changes to their accounts and to consider changing their non-house e-mail addresses.

He said the hacker has a spreadsheet loaded with a mixture of house and personal e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers for “almost every” House Democrats and “a different number of Republicans,” and similar information for hundreds employees.

“Together with the Excel file,” Guccifer 2.0 ‘pictures documents that took the bill and passwords for a variety of subscription services used by the included DCCC. Initial analysis to identify home addresses some members, together with the name of their spouse, marital status, and religion, “said the note.

US intelligence officials have concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is a working individual or group or for the GRU, Russian military intelligence. Russia has denied involvement in the offense.

The potential Russian involvement in the cyber attack has a fiery campaign debate fired, with Democrats accusing the Russians are trying to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

But US officials suspect that the operation and another that focuses on the DNC, Democratic presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton were more likely an attempt to e-mail chains seek to classified networks or seeking national security information than to influence the november 8th US elections.

“Russia’s assumption is probable that it does not matter much who wins the election, because Wall Street and other powerful lobbying really run the country,” said one of the officials Saturday, talk like the other to discuss the condition of anonymity to intelligence assessments.

“The old Soviet faith not quite blurred when it comes to foreign policy,” the official said.

(Additional reporting by John Wolcott; Editing by Paul Simao)

Key player in Silk Road successor site gets eight years in U.S. prison


Key player in Silk Road successor site gets eight years in U.S. prison

(Reuters) -. A Washington state man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for his role in helping to manage the successor website Silk Road, an online swart mark which sold illegal drugs and other goods

Brian Farrell, who prosecutors say was a staff for Silk Road 2.0, was sentenced by US District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle to plead guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to distributed heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Farrell, 27, was arrested in January 2015 as a pilot under way in the case of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the original Silk Road, which authorities say Ulbricht has under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Ulbricht, 32, was sentenced in May 2015 to life in prison after convicted a federal jury in Manhattan on charges of, inter alia, the distribution of drugs.

Silk Road 2.0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities the original Silk Road website cruel and arrested Ulbricht.

Like the original site, Silk Road 2.0 users are allowed to buy and sell drugs anonymous, computer hacking tools and other illegal items, using the digital currency Bitcoin, the authorities said.

in November 2014 announced the federal authorities in Manhattan that she closed Silk Road 2.0 and arrested his alleged operator Blake Bent Hall, who prosecutors say active website called “Defcon”.

prosecutors said Farrell was a key aide Bent Hall, and was part of a small staff of online administrators and forum moderators, using the nickname “doctorclu.”

In court documents, prosecutors said that during a search of his residence in Bellevue, Washington, in January 2015, Farrell said he worked as Defcon right hand man.

A lawyer for Farrell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

<. p> The case is US v Farrell, US District Court, Western District of Washington, No. 15-MJ-00016

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York. Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Bangladesh gets FBI help on bank heist, cyber expert missing


Bangladesh gets FBI help on bank heist, cyber expert missing

Dhaka (Reuters) – Bangladesh police have an officer of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Dhaka on Sunday to try to locate offenders in a bid to $ 951 million cyber-heist of the central bank of the country

The first investigations are aimed at the creation of an identifying transfer order for $ 81 million by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are from Bangladesh Bank account there casinos in the Philippines, a senior police officer said.

The transfer, one of the largest cyber raids in history, was one of 35 requests that unknown hackers made for payments from the bank account of the New York Fed in early February.

Other requests from the account transfer, which Dhaka used for international settlements, believes blocked.

The former Finance Secretary Fazle Kabir took over yesterday as head of the central bank, after the former governor Atiur Rehman resigned amid complaints from the government that they just learned of the robbery a month later from the media.

Also on Sunday, the wife of a cybercrime expert, he said after he disappeared kidnapped an auto rickshaw in the early morning hours of Thursday. He met yesterday the police and the media he uses three user IDs for the robbery.

Senior police officer Mirza Abdullahel Baqui said after the meeting with the FBI agent criminals in six countries believe was involved in the robbery.

“It’s the biggest transnational organized crime have seen in Bangladesh and so we searched both technical and human assistance (FBI),” he said.

The officials also discussed how to proceed with their investigation, he added.

a public inquiry headed by former central bank governor, Mohammad Farash Uddin began his investigation into the raid on Sunday. “This is a call,” he said of the unprecedented breach in computer security of the bank.

A pilot Philippines Senate last week said that $ 30 million from $ 81 million in the distance delivered money to an ethnic Chinese casino dice gown gent operator in Manila. The remainder was transferred to two casinos in the Philippines.

According to his wife, was cybercrime expert Tanveer Hassan ZOHA blindfolded by unidentified people in plain clothes early Thursday before being taken away in a vehicle.

He went yesterday with a special police force to the central bank, where they spend a few hours. Afterwards he told reporters that he knew three of user IDs involved in the robbery.

Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury, ZOHA’s wife, said to investigate the police refused disappearance of her husband and she has to help the government appeals to release him. The police were not available for comment.

“We do not know why he picked up,” she told Reuters.

(Reporting by Serajul Quadir; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

U.S. computer hacker gets three-and-a-half years for stealing iPad user data


U.S. computer hacker gets three-and-a-half years for stealing iPad user data

hacker was sentenced Monday to three years and five months in prison to steal the personal information of users of Apple Inc. iPad about 120,000, including the mayors of large cities, a newscaster and TV network bosses Hollywood movie.

Auernheimer Andrew, 27, was sentenced in November by a jury in Newark, New Jersey, to one count of conspiracy to AT & T Inc servers without authorization and one count of identity theft.

The sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark was at the top of the 33 – to 41 months range that the U.S. Department of Justice

prosecutors asked.

told a prison sentence would deter hackers from invading the privacy of innocent people on the internet.

Among the victims of the activities were Auernheimer ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, according to the indictment.

“When it became clear that he was in trouble, he invented the fiction that he was trying to make the Internet more secure and that everything he did was walk through an open door,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. “The jury did not buy it, nor the sentencing court.”


early probation. ‘S Attorney stated that no password has been hacked and that a long prison sentence was not justified because the government has recently asked six months for a defendant in a case involving “facts much more intrusive.”

lawyer, Tor Ekeland, said his client would appeal. He said that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act clearly not determine if unauthorized access.

“If it is criminal, while tens of thousands of Americans commit cybercrime every two days,” Ekeland said in an interview. “There was really no harm.”


was handcuffed at some point during the trial, the lawyer said. He said his client was “beep” on his phone, and the U.S. Marshals prevail.


is also an important advocate for Matthew, a deputy editor of Social Media at Thomson Reuters Corp. suspended with pay on Friday.


charged California last week on federal charges of complicity in the collective Anonymous hackers by giving access pirate Tribune Co. systems in December 2010.

The facts before keys began to work on the site Reuters.com. Ekeland said Friday Keys “his innocence protested” and “looks forward to challenge these baseless accusations.



Auernheimer a” hacker known Internet ‘trolls’, who along with co-defendant Daniel Spitler and Goatse Security group tried to disrupt online content and services.

The two men were accused of using a “Slurper account” designed to provide the e-mail ID for iPad users agree and implement a “brute force” attack to information about users who accessed the Internet via AT & , T servers retrieve.

This information has then been stolen website Gawker, which an article naming famous people whose e-mails were published compromised, prosecutors said.

Spitler pleaded guilty in June 2011 with same costs which Auernheimer was convicted and is awaiting trial.

Gawker has not been charged in this case. In his original article, Gawker told Goatse obtained the data through a script on the website of AT & T, that was accessible to all users. Gawker also says in the article that the authenticity of the data by two people by the names. A spokesman for Gawker on Monday refused to work.

AT & T has partnered with Apple in the United States for wireless services on the iPad. After hacking the function that allowed to obtain email addresses.

The case is U.S. v. Auernheimer, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, No. 11-00470.

LinkedIn’s 4Q gets rave reviews from investors


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â?? Online professional networking site LinkedIn quarter performance has a new line to his sterling resume as a limited company.

results’ s unbroken streak exceeded analysts LinkedIn Corp. Thursday extended forecasts for both revenue and gains. It was the seventh consecutive quarter since LinkedIn IPO in May 2011 that the company has pulled it off, much to the delight of investors.

series of surprises is one of the reasons why this file is LinkedIn tripled from its initial offering price of $ 45. shares jumped November 71 dollars, or 9.4 percent, to $ 135.80 in extended trading after the results were released.

In addition to an increase of 66 percent of sales in the previous year, the last quarter was characterized by an influx of 15 million accounts to the total number of members of LinkedIn drift than 200 million. Visitors to the website LinkedIn viewed 67 pages per cent over the previous year, an indication of the company’s efforts to increase new business and career advice to add for executives of companies to bear fruit.

embrace Wall Street LinkedIn contrast to the response to cold of other Internet services to the public over the past few years. Most of them are trading below their IPO price.’s most notable Facebook Inc., whose shares worth about 25 percent lower than it was when it debuted on the market in May

Although both sites

term dedicated to connecting people with common interests, LinkedIn and Facebook are aimed at different audiences. focuses on FaceBook friends and family good time to let the stories and of the swap, while LinkedIn focuses on helping people to move and help companies fill positions.

Facebook, based in Menlo Park, is the largest of the two services, with more than 1 billion active users and $ 5.1 billion sales last year. LinkedIn, based in Mountain View, California, has 202 million accounts and a turnover of $ 972 million in 2012.


LinkedIn is growing rapidly, partly because it is less dependent on advertising as Facebook and most Internet services. fourth quarter, advertising accounted for 27 percent of revenue on LinkedIn. The rest comes from the various tools it sells to recruit employees to help gather more ideas from information that users may post on its website.

As a result of his conviction that the data members worth more, LinkedIn said Thursday that he intends to raise prices this year. Creation of a user profile is free. Higher prices reflect the additional information the company has built up the membership has more than doubled in less than two years, according to Steve Sordello, CFO LinkedIn. Society has no information on the increases.

LinkedIn earned $ 11.5 million, or 10 cents per share , in the course of the last three months of last year. Which compared to $ 6.9 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier.

If not for the cost of the compensation of employees and certain other costs , LinkedIn said it would have earned 35 cents per share. This was well above the average estimate of 19 cents per share among analysts polled by FactSet.

Sales increased by 81 percent last year to 304 million â € 24,000,000 dollars higher than analysts ‘expectations.

LinkedIn income outlook for the current quarter and all of 2013 were roughly in line with analysts’ estimates, paving the way for the company to financial barriers to detect again.

management forecasts for annual sales of $ 1.4 billion this year seems sensible, because it would lead to an increase of about 45 percent last year. In 2012, the annual income LinkedIn grew by 86 percent.

“We try a conservative approach to use the year-on-year growth, “he told analysts during a conference Sordello analysts.