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Hacker Leaks TSA’s No-Fly List from Unsecured Airline Server

By Steve Neavling

The TSA has launched an investigation after a hacker appears to have gained access to the 2019 federal no-fly list, which includes the names and birthdates of known or suspected terrorists.

The Swiss hacker, known as maia arson crimew, leaked the list after it was being stored on an insecure server connected to a commercial airline, The Daily Dot and CNN report.  

 “Like so many other of my hacks this story starts with me being bored and browsing shodan (or well, technically zoomeye, Chinese shodan), looking for exposed jenkins servers that may contain some interesting goods,” crimew said in a blog about the leak. “At this point I’ve probably clicked through about 20 boring exposed servers with very little of any interest, when I suddenly start seeing some familiar words. ‘ACARS,’ lots of mentions of ‘crew’ and so on. Lots of words I’ve heard before, most likely while binge watching Mentour Pilot YouTube videos. Jackpot. An exposed jenkins server belonging to CommuteAir.”

The server contained company data about CommuteAir, including the no-fly list and private information about the company’s employees. 

The TSA said it was “aware of a potential cybersecurity incident with CommuteAir, and we are investigating in coordination with our federal partners.”

In a statement to the Daily Dot, Commute Air said the exposed data was used for testing purposes. 

“The server contained data from a 2019 version of the federal no-fly list that included first and last names and dates of birth,” CommuteAir Corporate Communications Manager Erik Kane said. “In addition, certain CommuteAir employee and flight information was accessible. We have submitted notification to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and we are continuing with a full investigation.”

U.S. Investigators Discovered DNC Hacker Was a Russian Intelligence Operative

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The hacker Guccifer 2.0, who claimed responsibility for providing WikiLeaks with stolen e-mails from the Democratic National Committee, has been identified as a Russian intelligence operative, according to a new report.

Guccifer inadvertently revealed his identity after failing to disguise his IP address by activating a virtual private network – VPN, the Daily Beast reports

That enabled U.S. investigators to capture the Moscow IP address in the logs of a U.S. social media company and track down the hacker’s identity.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has netted indictments against 13 Russians and three Russian companies, has taken over the Guccifer probe.

U.S. intelligence agency suspected Guccifer was a Russian military operation at least as early as January 2017.

Hacker Accused of Stalking FBI Agent Back in Jail for Criticizing Bureau

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alleged hacker accused of online stalking and harassment of an FBI agent is back in jail after criticizing the FBI on a blog post. 

The Texas man, Justin Shafer, had been free of jail after his March arrest on charges of online stalking and harassment of an FBI agent who was investigating a link between him and a notorious hacking group, the TheDarkOverlord

A judge said Shafer violated conditions of his release that included avoiding posts on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, The Dallas Morning News reports

But 12 days after the order, the 37-year-old criticized the FBI agent on his bog post, prompting a federal magistrate to order him held in custody until trial.

Share’s attorney claims the jailing violating his client’s rights to free speech.

“Mr. Shafer has a First Amendment right to criticize his prosecution and rebut the accusations made against him,” said his New York lawyer, Tor Ekeland, in an appeal of that judge’s order.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Raids Home of Hacker Who Launched Digital Protest Following Philando Castile’s Death

Philando Castile was killed by a cop in Minnesota.

Philando Castile was killed by a cop in Minnesota.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker who launched a digital protest following a not-guilty verdict against a police officer who killed a black motorist has been raided by the FBI.

The man known as “Vigilance” told the Daily Beast that FBI agents searched his home in Minnesota for allegedly hacking into government and education websites in the state in June. He’s accused of posting stolen email address and other information online.

The man, whose real identity wasn’t revealed, breached the websites after police officer Jeromino Yanez was found not guilty on charges of manslaughter for shooting black motorist Philando Castile

“They knocked, cleared the house with their guns,” the man said, adding that his electronic devices, including a laptop, were seized.

No charges have yet been filed.

Czech Republic Arrests Russian Accused of Participating in Cyberattacks Against U.S.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Russian man accused of launching cyberattacks on the United States has been arrested by police in the Czech Republic, CBS News reports. 

Cooperating with the FBI, Czech authorities arrested the man on Oct. 5. But the news is just now becoming public.

It’s not yet clear whether the suspect was involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party.

Czech officials are considering extraditing the man to the U.S.

American officials have suspected Russians were involved with the hacking of Democratic Party officials.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Accused of Waiting Months to Alert DNC of Suspected Russian Ties to Hack

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI failed to notify the Democratic National Committee that investigators suspected the party was hacked by a group backed by the Russians, according to three sources knowledgable of the discussions.

Huffington Post also reports that the FBI failed to warn party officials months later that investigators failed to warn the party that they were investigating Russian espionage connected to the hack.

As a result, DNC staffers were unable to take the proper steps to prevent more confidential emails and documents from being stolen.

Neither the DNC nor the FBI would comment.

Teen accused of Hacking into CIA Director’s Email And Dumping Records of FBI Was Arrested

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old boy accused of hacking into the CIA director’s e-mail account and publicly dumping data about FBI and Homeland Security agents has been arrested.

The UK’s South East Regional Organized Crime Unit arrested the boy on Feb. 9, saying he has been arrested on “conspiracy to commit unauthorized access with intent to commit further offenses contrary to Section 2 Computer Misuse Act 1990 and conspiracy to commit unauthorized acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing operation of a computer contrary to Section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990.”

The teenager, known as “Cracka,” is accused of breaching the private e-mail account of CIA Director John Brennan by using social engineering techniques.

At the time of the hacking, “Cracka” said he broke into the systems in retaliation for U.S.’s support of Israel.

Hacker Dumps Details of Homeland Security Officials; Plans Same for FBI Today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker posted a database featuring details of nearly 100,00 Homeland Security employees online Sunday and pledged to post similar information today of 20,000 FBI employees, International Business Times reports.

The database includes the names, titles, phone numbers and email address of 9,355 DHS employees, the hacker announced on Twitter.

The information “appeared to be genuine and matches other online records,” IBT reported.

The hacker, who often uses the hashtag “FreePalestine,” said access was possible through an internal Justice Department network.

Neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has commented yet.