John McAfee Explains How He’d Hack the Pentagon

John McAfee, paranoid billionaire hacker and future President of the USA, is at it again. Not content with boasting about how easy it would be for him to hack an iPhone, McAfee has decided to crank it up a notch, telling Tech Insider not only that he could hack the Pentagon, but explaining exactly how he would do it.

“You want to find the weakest link,” McAfee said in a phone interview with Tech Insider. “You’re in and out, and you have everything.”

On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that it would be inviting hackers to test its systems for security. McAfee claims that, given the opportunity, that he could compromise the intelligence organisation’s systems within a month.

“I would exclusively use social engineering,” he said. “I would most likely use an ‘audit authorization letter’ on [Department of Defense] letterhead.”

“This technique seldom fails,” he added.

McAfee’s plan to hack the Pentagon relies less on coding and more on hustling, pulling a Danny Ocean-esque confidence trick. He envisions himself bluffing and sweet-talking his way into the building, supported by fake IDs and hacked phone lines, following weeks of surveillance to identify the ideal marks and copy official ID badges.

The caper itself begins with McAfee himself, suited up, entering a Pentagon data centre with an official-looking letter.

“The last thing on your mind is going to be ‘Can I see your credentials?’” McAfee explains, “Because what credentials [am I] going to have? [We] are going to have this letter and say ‘Call the general.’

“The people you hand this letter to are terrorized,” he adds. “Why? Because they know they fucked up. They know that they have problems. They know that they have flaws in the system.”

“If they do call the number, it’s even worse. The operator,” who is a plant, according to McAfee’s plan, “says, ‘Yes, this is extraordinarily important. Tell them they’re late and they better get [the audit report] in now. You have no idea how pissed off the general is.'”

Sadly, John has blown his load by revealing his plan in public. But maybe it’s a double-bluff, or he’s so confident that he thinks he can pull the heist off anyway. Either way, I can’t wait until the “Hack the Pentagon” initiative begins this April.

Teen Hacker is Back and Hit the Director of National Intelligence

This is pretty much what I’d normally call a burn, and it is a big one. Back in October last year, a group of teenage hackers broke into the CIA director’s email account and now one of them is back. His latest victim is the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, a man that should know a thing or two about keeping your privacy private. Okay, I’ll be honest right here as we always got the comment haters due to the terminology ‘hacking’. This wasn’t technically a hack, but more social engineering skills. But then again, almost every large-scale hack that happens, started with social engineering. So technically it isn’t wrong either.

Back to the story at hand, where the teenage hacker who calls himself Cracka, and who claims he’s a member of the group Crackas with Attitude, targeted none less than the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. This should theoretically be one of the toughest targets with that position, but that wasn’t the case at all. Crackas didn’t just gain access to an email inbox this time, he went a little further and also had some fun with it.

With access to Clapper’s email, he could easily break into a series of accounts connected to Clapper, including his home telephone and internet connection, his personal email, and his wife’s email. Just dumping or stealing information is boring, so while Cracka was in control, he went into Clapper’s Verizon FiOS account and changed the settings to make every call to his house get forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement instead.

Cracka originally contacted Motherboard with the story, probably to brag a bit. After all, it is a pretty nice accomplishment. “I’m pretty sure they don’t even know they’ve been hacked,” he told. Later a spokesperson for the Director confirmed the hack.

Michael Adams, a former information security expert in the US Special Operations Command, said that it was insane that Clapper didn’t do more to hide his personal details, making it as easy as it was. “If I’m the Director of National Intelligence of the United States of America nobody is going to know where the fuck I live, nobody is going to have my goddamn phone number or address,” Adams told Motherboard.

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‘Copyright Infringement’ Notice With Trojan Software Hits 30,000 Users

Cybercriminals are targeting users with an email that looks like a copyright warning from popular music and movie studios, but instead has an attached Trojan designed to infect users.

It might look like an email from music labels Sony or EMI – or movie studios Paramount and Dreamworks – but it’s not a legitimate email.  Instead, Internet users in Germany are being targeted by emails that demand payment within 48 hours.

The final line of the email reads: “For details see the attached document XXXXXXXXX.zip” – and features an attachment that compromises users and steals personal information.

Interestingly, the criminals use a rather unique social engineering technique, including contact information of legitimate law firms.  Typically phishing emails are completely made up and do not have real contact information, though this has led to one law firm, Sasse & Partner, to release a statement that it is not involved with these emails.

Attorney Christian Solmecke had this to say:

“It is very likely that the zip file contains a virus, designed to spy on credit card and account information.  The floodgates would then be opened to online banking fraud and identity theft.  For this reason, all users that have opened the ZIP file attachment should check their PC immediately with a virus scanner and install the security updates for their anti-virus software.”

Thank you to Torrent Freak for providing us with this information