Indian Hacker 'Godzilla' Hacked & Defaced Two Websites of Lashkar-e-Taiba

Lashkar-e-Taiba Official Website Hacked & Defaced By Indian Hacker Godzilla (Payback of 26/11)
A young Indian hacker going by the name of Godzilla have targeted couple of websites of infamous militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT). Which is widely known to us as one of the largest and most active pure jihadi organizations in South Asia, operating mainly from Pakistan. As per sources the hacker managed to gain access on the servers hosting both &; during this round of cyber attack he not only onslaught the LT server but also change the index page of those above mentioned site. The hacker left his message in the index page saying "Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, its a promise from our side you will not stay in Pakistan for a longer time." For those who are unaware of Hafiz Muhammad, Hafiz is the founder and one of master mind of Lashkar-e-Taiba, he was behind most notably the 2001 Indian Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. And this hack of Godzilla was directly linked to Mumbai attack of 26/11, in the defaced index page hacker quoted "26/11 we will never forget." The defacement has also been done on the very 26th November as payback to Lashkar's brutal attack on Mumbai which killed 170 innocent civilian. While writing this news, both the above website of Lashkar is still under constriction, but you can find the deface mirror from


Twitter & Yahoo Tightening Their Security to Prevent Eavesdropping of NSA

Twitter & Yahoo Tightening Their Security to Prevent Eavesdropping of NSA & Other Govt Agencies 
Last month a untold and sensational story came to light, when the whistle blowers Edward Snowden unveiled one of the top secret program of NSA called called “Muscular” Former NSA contractor Snowden himself disclosed that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world in order to collect and snoop the private data of millions of internet users. NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from internal Yahoo and Google networks to data warehouses at the agency’s headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors had processed and sent back 181,280,466 new records including “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received e-mails and when, as well as content such as text, audio and video. Both Yahoo & Google said that they had never gave access to nay Govt agency to their data centers. Yahoo spokeswoman said, “We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.” Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond said “We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform,” 

But the matter of fact is that NSA has indeed sniffed the personal & private communication of million internet users of tech giants like Yahoo and Google. To get rid of this kind of privacy breach, now the tech giants who hold the personal record and credential of mass, are tightening and enhancing their existing security system. According to Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo "We’ve worked hard over the years to earn our users’ trust and we fight hard to preserve it." Yahoo also says it will encrypt all information moving between its data centers by the end of the first quarter, and it will work on getting international partners to enable HTTPS encryption in Yahoo-branded Mail services.Yahoo says it will give users an option to encrypt all data flow to and from Yahoo. "Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency ever. There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy. To that end, we recently announced that we will make Yahoo Mail even more secure by introducing https (SSL - Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key across our network by January 8, 2014." added Marissa Mayer.

Not only Yahoo, but the social networking giant Twitter, who have registered users of almost 550 million with an active user of 250 million across the globe has also taken immediate steps after this breathtaking story of spying by NSA get the spot light. Twitter is implementing new security measures that should make it much more difficult for anyone to eavesdrop on communications between its servers and users. The entire security mechanism has been taken to tighten the data privacy of its users. According to a blog post of twitter the company has implemented "perfect forward secrecy" on its Web and mobile platforms, which made eavesdropping almost impossible. "As part of our continuing effort to keep our users’ information as secure as possible, we’re happy to announce that we recently enabled forward secrecy for traffic on,, and On top of the usual confidentiality and integrity properties of HTTPS, forward secrecy adds a new property. If an adversary is currently recording all Twitter users’ encrypted traffic, and they later crack or steal Twitter’s private keys, they should not be able to use those keys to decrypt the recorded traffic." -said the blog post.

While talking about Muscular program of NSA, we would also like to remind you that couple weeks ago we came to know about 'Royal Concierge' another secret program of GCHQ & NSA to spy foreign diplomats through hotel bookings uncovered by Edward Snowden.

-Source (CIO & PC World) 


Red Hat Inc Announced The General Availability Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5

Red Hat Inc Announced The General Availability Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 

The RHEL 6x series get another important update as Red Hat Inc, the world's leading provider of open source solutions announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. According to the official press release of Red Hat -RHEL 6.5 expands Red Hat’s vision of providing an enterprise platform that has the stability to free IT to take on major infrastructure challenges and the flexibility to handle future requirements, with an extensive partner and support ecosystem. 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 is mainly designed for those who build and manage large, complex IT projects, especially enterprises that require an open hybrid cloud. From security and networking to virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 provides the capabilities needed to manage these environments, such as tools that aid in quickly tuning the system to run SAP applications based on published best practices from SAP.“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 provides the innovation expected from the industry’s leading enterprise Linux operating system while also delivering a mature platform for business operations, be it standardizing operating environments or supporting critical applications. The newest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 forms the building blocks of the entire Red Hat portfolio, including OpenShift and OpenStack, making it a perfect foundation for enterprises looking to explore the open hybrid cloud.”-said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager of Red Hat Inc. Now lets take a closer look to the main highlights of RHEL 6.5 : 

Securing the Next-Generation Enterprise
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 continues the push for integrated security functionality that combines ease-of-use and up-to-date security standards into the platform. The addition of a centralized certificate trust store enables standardized certificate access for security services. Also included are tools that meet leading security standards, including OpenSCAP 2.1, which implements the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) 1.2 standard. With these additions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides a secure platform upon which to build mission-critical services and applications.

Networking – When Every (Micro)Second Matters
In the financial services and trading-related industries, application latency is measured in microseconds, not seconds. Now, the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 fully supports sub-microsecond clock accuracy over the local area network (LAN) using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP). Precision time synchronization is a key enabler for delivering better performance for high-speed, low latency applications. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 can now be used to track time on trading transactions, improving time stamp accuracy on archived data or precisely synchronizing time locally or globally. Thanks to other networking enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, system administrators now have a more comprehensive view of network activity. These new capabilities enable sysadmins to inspect IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) data to list multicast router ports, multicast groups with active subscribers and their associated interfaces, all of which are important to many modern networking scenarios, including streaming media.

Virtualization Enhancements
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 continues Red Hat’s commitment to improving the overall virtualization experience and includes several improvements that make it a compelling choice for running in virtualized environments. Sysadmins can now dynamically enable or disable virtual processors (vCPUs) in active guests, making it an ideal choice for elastic workloads. The handling of memory intensive applications as Red Hat Enterprise Linux guests has also been improved, with configurations supported for up to 4TB of memory on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. The KVM hypervisor also integrates with GlusterFS volumes to provide direct access to the distributed storage platform, improving performance when accessing Red Hat Storage or GlusterFS volumes. Finally, guest drivers have been updated to improve performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 running as a guest on supported third-party hypervisors.

Evolving Ease-of-Use, Storage, and More
As application deployment options grow, portability becomes increasingly important. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 enables customers to deploy application images in containers created using Docker in their environment of choice: physical, virtual, or cloud. Docker is an open source project to package and run lightweight, self-sufficient containers; containers save developers time by eliminating integration and infrastructure design tasks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 stays current with the advancements in Solid-State Drive (SSD) controller interface, introducing support for NVM Express (NVMe)-based SSDs. The NVMe specification aims to standardize the interface for PCIe-based SSDs and its inclusion in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 positions the platform to support an expanding range of future NVMe-based devices.

Improvements have also been added to improve enterprise storage scalability within Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. It is now possible to configure more than 255 LUNs connected to a single iSCSI target. In addition, control and recovery from SAN for iSCSI and Fibre Channel has been enhanced, and updates to the kexec/kdump mechanism now make it possible to create debug (dump) files on systems configured with very large memory (e.g. 6TB).

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 makes it easier to track and manage subscription consumption across the enterprise, integrating subscription tracking into existing business workflow. Usability enhancements include support for remote access to Windows clients and servers that use a newer version of the RDP protocol, including Windows 7 and 8 desktops and Windows Server 2012

To Download Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Click Here


Cupid Media Network Breach Exposes 42 Million Passwords in Plain Text

Cupid Media Network Breach Exposes 42 Million Passwords in Plain Text (Uunencrypted)

Cupid Media one of the leading niche online dating network that have more than 35 large online dating website, faced a massive intrusion that effects more than 42 million of its registered users. From an exclusive report of Kerbs On Security we came to know that the breach was taken earlier in this year. Where the hackers managed to gain access into the crucial servers belongings to Cupid Media network. According to the managing director of Cupid Media, Mr Andrew Bolton - "In January we detected suspicious activity on our network and based upon the information that we had available at the time, we took what we believed to be appropriate actions to notify affected customers and reset passwords for a particular group of user accounts.” After a preliminary investigation it has been found that the purloined database of Australia-based niche dating service Cupid Media was found on the same server where hackers had amassed tens of millions of records stolen from AdobeMore than 42 million peoples' unencrypted names, dates of birth, email addresses and passwords have been found from the pinched database. I am very much wearied to see that a high value site like Cupid is unconcerned about the basic security counter measure. Even their confidential tables remained unencrypted which allows the hacker to gain the personal information in plain text. Like the Cupid Media security team, the registered users also found very much inadvertent and unaware of basic security measures. I am saying this because of the leaked passwords, almost two million picked "123456", and over 1.2 million chose "111111". "iloveyou" and "lovely" both beat out "password", and while 40,000 chose "qwerty", 20,000 chose the bottom row of the keyboard instead - yielding the password "zxcvbnm"
Jason Hart of famous data protection firm Safenet said "The true impact of the breach is likely to be huge. Yet, if this data had been encrypted in the first place then all hackers would have found is scrambled information, rendering the theft pointless."
This security breach of Cupid Media reminds us  the decent history of breach where we have seen a slew of attacks against the following sites:  Scribd, Guild Wars 2, Gamigo, Blizzard, Yahoo, LinkedIn, eHarmony, Formspring, Android Forums, Gamigo,  Nvidia,Blizzard, Philips, Zynga, VMWare, Adobe,  Twitter,  New York Times, Apple and so on. While covering this story on behalf of VOGH, I am warning our readers across the globe to use strong alphanumeric passwords to avoid such disaster. Also the webmasters and security administrator are highly recommended to use salted encryption in their database to prevent fortuitousness cyber attack


#OpKillingBay- Anonymous Threaten to Engage Cyber Attack Against Japan Govt Over Dolphin Hunt

#OpKillingBay- Anonymous Threaten to Engage Cyber Attack Against Japan Govt Over Dolphin Hunt

I am sure that many of you remember the famous Oscar winning documentary 'The Cove' where the atrocious practice of killing Dolphins have been highlighted. Now it seems that the internet activist have pick that issue very seriously as the world's largest community of international hackers and activist, widely known as Anonymous has rises his voice against a gruesome culture of Dolphin hunting in Japan. The Japanese government has received an online threat from dangerous hacker collective group Anonymous where they vows to engage massive cyber attack against Japan government if they did not stop this cruel practice of killing the rare spices of dolphin near Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. According to Japanese officials, they have received this bullying message from Anonymous “STOP these slaughters IMMEDIATELY, or get ready to face the extent of our wrath.” In a pastebin release the hacker group has declared 22 high profile Japanese websites on their hit list, including those of the prime minister’s office, Taji, Wakayama Prefecture, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

While following their consuetude, Anonymous has called this campaign Operation KillingBay dubbed #OpKillingBay, where the hacker promised to engage massive cyber attack, in order to damage the Japanese Cyber space. The government has taken this threat very seriously, while looking at the past history of Anonymous and their capabilities, Taiji government and the National Information Security Center have been sent immediate alert since the warning from Anonymous been received. To gain public attention on this very matter the internet activist has already started a project named Save Japan Dolphins, now this contribution of Anonymous will definitely enhance this protest. For updates on this story and also all the other cyber updates stay tuned with VOGH

-Source (JDP)


WikiLeaks Uncovered Secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Incoming Threat For Internet

WikiLeaks Uncovered Secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Incoming Threat For Internet 
After SOPA, PIPA & ACTA now the Internet is about to face another ferocious challenge named Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). I am sure that many of you are unaware of this TPP, as it is still on process, but WikiLeaks have uncovered ad released secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) which is a multilateral free-trade treaty currently being negotiated in secret by 12 Pacific Rim nations. The current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. "This Trans Pacific “Partnership” is really, really bad News. #WikiLeaks" -said the twitter feed of WikiLeaks. From the leaked draft we came to know that  TPP will take time for all the corporate rigging in this lengthy document to be understood, but already it is evident that Internet freedom will be curtailed, access to health care will become more expensive and access to information will be undermined. In short the more you know about the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the less you’ll like it. It’s made for corporate intellectual property and profits. According to WikiLeaks official website -"The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states." 

In the words of WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.” To download the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) draft click here

While talking about Jullian Assange and WikiLeaksand this sensational leak of TPP, I would like to give you reminder that in this year we got several leaks from WikiLeaks, among them -'Detainee Policies' containing more than 100 classified or otherwise restricted files from the United States Department of Defense covering the rules and procedures for detainees in U.S. military custody. SpyFilesGI Files (Global Intelligence Files & Five Million E-mails From Stratfor) & The Syria Files Containing 2.5 Million Emails of Syrian Politicians, Govt, Ministries & Companies. 


Customs Services of Ukraine Govt Hacked By Anonymous, 1 GB of Classified Data Stolen

Customs Services of Ukraine Government Hacked By Anonymous, 1 GB of Classified Data Stolen
Anonymous -the world largest hacker community, also known as the infamous hacktivist who is widely known for engaging massive cyber attack against several governments strikes again. This time the target was Ukraine Government. According to multiple relevant sources of Anonymous it has been confirmed that the hackers have launched what it called an organised attack against different servers belongs to Ukrainian Government. During this round of cyber attack the main target was the Customs department of Ukraine. In their press release Anonymous took responsibility of performing onerous attack on CUSTOMS.GOV.UA, and caused what it called a voluminous data leak from it. This is the server that is responsible for the Odessa customs and handling of goods in the region of the Danube and Black Sea. From the press release we came to know that voluble of the stolen data is almost of 1GB, which is pointing a finger of sensational information of illegal operations of oil and gas, corruption schemes, bribes, cargo operations and so on. 
Most of the information is reported on the site, concerning the former head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine Ihor Kaletnik , who left the post after being elected deputy to in 2012 by Communist Party of Ukraine. Now Kaletnyk is the Deputy Speaker

Official Release of Anonymous: -

"Ukraine GOV hacked. CUSTOMS of UKRAINE MASSIVE Docs leak.
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 
Greetings Our Fellow lulz. + 
Time to anchore Our ​​Marie Lulzize in an unstable Harbour + of Odessa in Ukraine. This Great Day We present you 1GB of raw + Data from one of the Servers of CUSTOMS.GOV.UA. To be pricise Ukraine Customs in + Black Sea and Danube - marine Customs. + Inside you Will Find lulz much related to Illegal Operations with + Oil and gas, corruption and Schemes Also much of good eddible Intel + All related to corruption in Ukraine Government controlled marine + Cargo Operations, Bribes and kickbacks gov. + Much of the Inside of the package is related to Ukraine + Former Chief Customs - Ihor Kaletnyk WHO is an active FSB operative + Russian enforcing rules of Engagement in Ukraine. + Also alot of Offshore moneylaundering by this persona and Other Government + Crooks. We undrstand that oil is money and money is power. + But They just do not Realize That one Day + shit happens and this shit pours from Big A Greedy right into Their throats.  + Sneak Peak of 64 Documents ..."

The hacker community has posted all the leaked information on an image archive and made that available for public. The 1 GB of the stolen data has also been made public in three different archive links

But on other hand the Ukrainian Government Officials denied the entire issue, according to the spokes man of government "Custom server can not be compromised. Therefore, as at a web server. Other documents, as far as I know, this server is not stored."  He also said that "Those documents that have posted allegedly crackers were not extracted from the server to the customs. In this I am 100%. Let me explain. Please note, most of the documents photographed, that is, it is done the person who had physical access to them, perhaps even temporary. Given that the documents from different regions of Ukraine, then they could meet only in the State Customs Service (MinDohodov) or law-enforcement agencies." 

While talking about this recent breach, we would like to remind you that couple of years ago, another infamous hacker community going by the name of Kosovo Hackers Security (KHS) targeted Ukraine govt. That time KHS have successfully penetrated the official website of Ukraine Police, (Ukraine Largest News Portal) and many more high profile sites. Now this hack of Anonymous is again another big attack which caused a serious damage to the Ukrainian cyber space. For updates on this hack and also all the other cyber updates stay tuned with VOGH


'Royal Concierge' Secret Program of GCHQ to Spy Foreign Diplomats Through Hotel Bookings Unveiled By Edward Snowden

'Royal Concierge' Secret Program of GCHQ to Spy Foreign Diplomats By Hotel Bookings Unveiled By Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden the American whistle blowers who is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum, after Snowden is considered a fugitive by American authorities who have charged him with espionage and theft of government property  yet again uncovered what it called sensational information. This time he unfold a top secret program of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency & US National Security Agency (NSA). In which they infiltrated the reservation systems of around 350 luxury hotels popular among diplomats and government officials with the help of a sophisticated program code-named "Royal Concierge" Royal Concierge designed to keeps tabs on foreign diplomats by monitoring their hotel bookings. This can include monitoring a hotel room and its guest by wiretapping the telephone and fax machine, gaining access to computers hooked up to the hotel network, or eavesdropping on the diplomat in the hotel bar. This surveillance program, uses a logo with a penguin -- meant to stand for the black and white uniforms worn by staff at top hotels -- wearing a crown, a purple cape and holding a wand. The top secret program automatically checked whether the e-mail address of a visitor on the hotel booking system matched with the address of his government and with this information the GCHQ could take the necessary steps to bug the concerned hotel room, to tap its telephones or to eavesdrop into the electronic data transfer, the news weekly said. Snowden said GCHQ has been using the search and analyse program for more than three years to track diplomats and government officials among hotel guests. 

The above breathtaking information first came on a German magazine 'Der Spiegel' on Sunday. And this exciting leaks been provided by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. After this lurid information came to light, press asked questions to GCHQ, in response an official of GCHQ said "We are not going to comment on this report". But the entire conversation with Der Spiegel reporter with GCHQ officials came to the conclusion of GCHQ "neither confirms nor denies the allegation". On th other hand Britain's top spy chiefs reacted angrily to leaks by Snowden, a fugitive former analyst for the US National Security Agency, in an appearance this month before a parliamentary committee. Denying Britons were under mass surveillance, the heads of the foreign spy agency MI6, the domestic intelligence service MI5 and GCHQ warned that al-Qaeda and other enemies were "lapping up" intelligence revelations by Snowden and using them to change the way they operate.

-Source (AFP, News 24)


Apple Brings iOS 7.0.4 [Includes New Features, FaceTime Bug & App Store Purchase Flaw Fixed]

Apple Brings iOS 7.0.4 & iOS 6.1.5 Includes New FeaturesFaceTime Bug  & App Store Purchase Flaw Fixed

California based tech giant Apple Inc has released a new update on their popular iOS software running on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. This release of of iOS 7.0.4  includes bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users. iPods that are not able to upgrade to iOS 7 have their own version to upgrade to, iOS 6.1.5. The release of iOS 7.04 marks the third update of the iPhone operating system in the short time since Apple pushed out iOS 7 in September. The new OS represented a major change from the older operating systems, both in the look and feel of the software and in its functionality.  There’s much zooming in and out and all about in iOS 7, as well as a blurry background that has drawn quite a bit of criticism. iOS 7 also was a major security release, fixing issues with the iPhone’s certificate trust policy as well as remote code-execution vulnerabilities in the CoreGraphics and CoreMedia components. 

The new update improves iCloud Keychain, which was introduced in iOS 7.0.3, and the latest version of the desktop software, OS X Mavericks. The cloud-based technology keeps the Safari browser's passwords and credit card data in sync across all your Apple devices. Secondly, in Spotlight, the device's internal search engine, Apple has brought back the ability to search Google and Wikipedia from the results. The two services were removed when iOS 7 was first released in mid-September. 
Also on Thursday, Apple released a corresponding update to its Apple TV, updating the set-top box to version 6.0.2.  Users can update to the latest version by accessing the device's Settings, selecting General, then Software Update. In spite of the relatively small size of the update, it's recommended that users use Wi-Fi when updating. To avoid security vulnerabilities every Apple users are highly recommended to update their software. 

-Source (Apple, ZDNet & Threat Post


Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison

LulzSec Hacker Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison For Stratfor Hack

Infamous hacker Jeremy Hammond convicted by the Judge for cyber-attacks on government agencies and businesses, including a global intelligence company. This 28 year old Chicago hacker who is also known as "Anarchaos" was arrested by the federal authorities and been charged for the  breach of the security analysis company Stratfor. In December last year the bail application of Hammond was also been rejected by the the U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska. On June this year Hammond pleaded guilty for his sin. In his statement he said "I have pleaded guilty, it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites." 
That guilty plea indeed worked out for him, as that time it was predicated that Hammond  might have to face 30 years in prison, but on Friday Judge Loretta Preska sentenced Hammond to 120 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for illegally accessing computers systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. In an emotional proceeding that lasted more than 2 hours in a Manhattan federal court room on Friday, victims and relatives of Hammond railed against the FBI and shed tears on his behalf following the sentencing. One overwrought person claiming to be a victim was forcibly escorted from the court by officers. But Hammond likely knew the sentence was coming, his lawyer said. "When Jeremy took this plea with a 10-year maximum, I think he understood this was very likely the outcome," said Sarah Kunstler, Hammond's defense attorney outside of court house.
Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said Hammond's digital handiwork had compromised thousands of people's personal and financial data, including the unpublished phone numbers and addresses of law enforcement, who then received threats. Hammond tried unsuccessfully to argue that his actions were politically motivated, she said. Hammond pleaded guilty to a single charge with a 10-year maximum sentence. Still his lawyers are asking to reduce his punishment for a sentence of 20 months.
Hammond has been held without bail since his arrest in March on charges connected with last year's hacking of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based international intelligence broker, by AntiSec, an offshoot of LulzSec, which is in turn an offshoot of the hacktivist collective AnonymousProsecutors say the hack of Austin, Texas-based Strategic Forecasting resulted in the theft of 60,000 credit-card numbers and records for 860,000 clients. The government alleges that he published some of that information online, and used some of the stolen credit card data to run up at least $700,000 in unauthorized charges. He is also accused of giving about five million internal emails to WikiLeaks, which were published under the name The Global Intelligence Files.

-Source (Fox News)


Linux Mint 16 "Petra" Released With Choice of MATE or Cinnamon

Linux Mint 16 "Petra" Released With Choice of MATE or Cinnamon

Earlier we have talked many times on Linux Mint, it is one of most modern, elegant and comfortable operating system based on Ubuntu or Debian which is both powerful and easy to use. The Linux Mint project has started  in 2006, since then the consistent effort of it's developers and contributors has made Linux Mint the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical's Ubuntu. As promised from beginning the mint team used to release their new version in every six months. The last we got was Linux Mint 15 'Olivia'. Again also the team proudly to announced the release of Linux Mint 16 code named "Petra". There's been quite a lot of anticipation for the next version of Linux Mint, and as expected the result is indeed satisfactory. According to the official blog of Linux Mint- "Petra" took 6 months of incremental development on top of stable and reliable technologies. This new release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. This new release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use." One of the more interesting updates of the release is version 2.0 of Cinnamon (a fork of GNOME Shell), with a large number of new features: "Cinnamon 2.0 represents 5 months of development and 856 commits from 28 developers. It features a lot of bug fixes but also brand new features and many improvements." Lets look at the new features at a glance:

New features in Linux Mint 16 MATE:-
  • Login Screen
  • USB Stick support
  • Performance improvements
  • Software Manager
  • System Improvements
  • Artwork Improvements
  • Main Components 

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features Linux Mint 16 click here. The Linux Mint site has a list of new features separately for both MATE and Cinnamon. Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release. So dear friends what are you waiting for! lets download Mint 16 and explore it. 


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