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Stratfor: The postman always knocks twice

28 marzo 2012
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Stratfor: The postman always knocks twice

February 12, 2012 by Maurizio Agazzi Hackers send out false emails with Stratfor credentials, putting credit cards at risk False emails with an attached file in PDF format (Portable Document Format) were received by Stratfor subscribers. The emails with the attached malware were sent to the email addresses extracted by the hackers in their attack on Stratfor on 24 December 2011. Responsibility for the attack was claimed on social networks, Twitter and YouTube, by a group of hackers that identify themselves with the signature Anonymous. The message which incorporated the malware makes use of the old and proven strategy of deception. The subject heading of these emails was “Stratfor: Beware of false communications”; the victim is warned to be suspicious of any false communications and to protect their computer from cyber attacks by downloading free software. The minute the victim opens the URL contained in the attachment, the home page of Stratfor is opened. But the software that is downloaded is nothing other than a trojan containing spyware specialised in the theft of credit card information. But this is not all; once the computer has been infected, the trojan opens all of the backdoors of the computer, allowing remote control

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Cartografia: La pirateria nell’Oceano Indiano

27 marzo 2012
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Cartografia: La pirateria nell’Oceano Indiano

Il fenomeno della pirateria somala che infesta le acque del golfo di Aden e dell’Oceano Indiano è in crescita sia dal punto di vista del numero degli attacchi alle navi, sia riguardo l’estensione dell’area interessata. Per combattere la pirateria, che costituisce un enorme costo per il commercio internazionale, Unione europea, NATO, Stati Uniti e molti altri paesi, hanno dato vita ad operazioni di pattugliamento delle coste somale, tra loro collegate da un meccanismo di coordinamento detto SHADE. Nella cartina riportata la ricostruzione grafica dei più recenti attacchi suddivisi tra attacchi riusciti e tentativi falliti per la reazione delle navi aggredite. Nel riquadro un riferimento specifico al caso Erica Lexi.   Scarica l'articolo in formato PDF

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Stratfor online after the IT attack

23 marzo 2012
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Stratfor online after the IT attack

January 13, 2012 by Maurizio Agazzi After the shock caused by the destruction of its servers on Christmas Eve, the well-known private intelligence company returns to the Internet The Stratfor website is once more up and running. The President of the company, George Friedman, has analysed the IT attack that blocked the servers of the private intelligence company and has made the report publicly available on its website www.stratfor.com. Two were the attacks, which in December 2011 were planned against the company’s servers. The intent: to discredit Stratfor in the eyes of the world, degrade and perhaps even cause the disintegration of the digital presence of the company itself. The second attack, on 24 December 2011, was absolutely devastating. The hackers broke into the IT defences of the company, putting its processors out of service («But our shock was at the destruction of our servers» ). The special FBI agents on the case are still investigating, and refuse to release information regarding the authors of the attack. Upon request of Stratfor President George Friedman, the FBI promptly sent out the list of stolen card numbers to the credit card companies in order to immediately activate the security procedures intended

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The Middle East: The Day After Stuxnet

20 marzo 2012
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The Middle East: The Day After Stuxnet

The secret war of codes/ciphers Di Maurizio Agazzi On 8 November 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a 25 page report; the information therein revealed that Iran has undertaken activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear arms programme. Iran will not co-operate with the IAEA, and thus far the agency’s request for information on the current progress made on the nuclear programme has gone unanswered; the possibility exists, therefore, that Teheran has indeed, alongside its civil nuclear power programme, planned for the military use of the equipment at the nuclear power plant in Natanz to develop the bomb. In its report, the IAEA has pointed its finger at the proof; Iran has acquired information that is vital to the construction of the bomb as well as obtained the components necessary to its construction. With its resolution of 18 November 2011, the IAEA has expressed its profound concern with regard to the Iranian nuclear programme insofar as the requests it has made have in no way been answered, including those requests for clarification necessary to exclude the possible existence of a military dimension to Teheran’s nuclear programme. The agency continues to urge the country to rapidly

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