WBEZ | Hacking http://www.wbez.org/tags/hacking Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Obama says Sony should not have pulled film over hacking http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/obama-says-sony-should-not-have-pulled-film-over-hacking-111277 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP809914660283_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama called Sony&#39;s decision to pull its film&nbsp;The Interview&nbsp;over a hacking by North Korea a &quot;mistake.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,&quot; the president&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/19/371881952/live-obamas-year-end-news-conference">said in his year-end news conference</a>.</p><p>He added that he was &quot;sympathetic&quot; about their concerns, but, &quot;I wish they would have spoken to me first.&quot;</p><p>Earlier Friday, the FBI said it has enough information to confirm that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures.</p><p>The agency tied the attack to North Korea because the malware used in the attack had the hallmarks of software written by the country in the past.</p><p>&quot;For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks,&quot; the FBI said in a statement.</p><p>The tools used, the agency said, also had similarities to a cyberattack that took place in March of last year against banks in South Korea.</p><p>The hack has caused serious repercussions for Sony. The stolen data have made public some embarrassing emails written by its executives. Hackers also leaked unreleased movies and scripts.</p><p>The group that took responsibility for the attack, &quot;Guardians of Peace,&quot; said it was responding to Sony Pictures&#39; comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.</p><p>After the group issued threats to attack movie theaters that show the film, major movie chains pulled&nbsp;The Interview&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/17/371477960/major-theater-chains-wont-screen-the-interview-amid-threats">Sony decided against a Christmas Day release</a>.</p><p>&quot;We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private-sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there,&quot; the FBI said. &quot;Further, North Korea&#39;s attack on [Sony] reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.&quot;</p><p>In a separate statement, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the hack &quot;underscores the importance of good cybersecurity practices to rapidly detect cyber intrusions and promote resilience throughout all of our networks.</p><p>&quot;Every CEO should take this opportunity to assess their company&#39;s cybersecurity,&quot; he added.</p><p>Immediately following the FBI announcement, the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., criticized the White House for not imposing tough financial sanctions on North Korea.</p><p>&quot;North Korea is attacking our infrastructure,&quot; Royce said in a statement. &quot;It is also attacking our values. The decision to pull &#39;The Interview&#39; from theatres unfortunately is a North Korean victory in its attack on our freedom. We better quickly respond comprehensively to defend freedom of speech in the face of terrorist threats and cyber attacks.&quot;</p><p>Options, though, are limited. The U.S. could impose new financial sanctions on Pyongyang and boost military support to South Korea. Yet these moves have had little impact on the heavily sanctioned country in the past.</p><p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/19/media/insde-sony-hack-interview/index.html?hpt=hp_t1">CNN reported earlier today</a>&nbsp;that the hackers behind the attack issued another statement today, praising Sony for pulling the movie. Removing it from screens, the hackers said in an email to Sony executives, was a &quot;very wise&quot; decision.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/19/371894427/fbi-formally-accuses-north-korea-in-sony-hacking"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/obama-says-sony-should-not-have-pulled-film-over-hacking-111277 With Sony hack, nation-state attacks go from quiet to overt http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/sony-hack-nation-state-attacks-go-quiet-overt-111264 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP809914660283.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NPR has confirmed from U.S. intelligence officials that North Korea was centrally involved with the recent attacks against Sony Pictures. And the company says it is pulling its comedy film The Interview from the box office. It was supposed to debut on Christmas. These are major developments in what we may now call cyberwarfare.</p><p>The White House hasn&#39;t come out and said it yet, but intelligence officials tell us that the North Korean government was in fact involved in this hack against Sony, where everything from social security numbers to executive salaries and celebrity gossip got leaked.</p><p>Yes, it&#39;s the confirmation that many people have been waiting for. Though it&#39;s also really important to note that we don&#39;t exactly know what that means &mdash; and I&#39;ve spoken with security experts who remain skeptical.</p><p>That said, if it&#39;s true, it really is extraordinary. North Korea is one of the poorest countries on Earth. Its people don&#39;t go online &mdash; they&#39;re cut off from the Internet. But its government has allegedly launched an overt cyberattack &mdash; and even secured a decisive victory &mdash; against one of the biggest companies on Earth.</p><p>Repeat: overt.</p><p>That&#39;s a key part here &mdash; the fact that you and I and everyone else knows about it.</p><p>I want to compare this with another cyberattack &mdash; one that was carried out by nation-state actors: Stuxnet in 2010. That&#39;s when the U.S. and Israel used some very sophisticated code to dig their way into nuclear facilities in Iran and damage the actual physical centrifuges.</p><p>In that case, the hackers caused physical damage in the real world &mdash; but they did it covertly. While the news eventually broke, it&#39;s not like the U.S. was sending out press releases.</p><p>In this case, the hackers &mdash; who might be North Korean officials or backed by the regime &mdash; have been very vocal from the get. Using the name &quot;Guardians of Peace,&quot; they&#39;ve even threatened to hurt people who go to see the movie in theaters.</p><p>Theater chains that were supposed to screen The Interview decided not to, and Sony canceled the Christmas Day release.</p><p>So, effectively, the hackers grabbed a ton of attention through an online attack &mdash; one that was nowhere near as sophisticated as Stuxnet. And they leveraged all that attention, that power, to pivot &mdash; and make a physical threat that people suddenly felt was credible.</p><p>This whole chain of events has experts inside the cybersecurity industry really concerned. I talked to a few people whose job it is to ward off these kinds of attacks. And they have different takes on whether Sony, by caving, made the right decision for itself.</p><p>But across the board, they&#39;re worried that the company is sending the wrong message by handing off a huge win to a disgruntled state with very limited resources.</p><p>So the concern is that we&#39;re going to see copycats or a new trend on the horizon.</p><p>Cyberattacks happen every day. At this point, they&#39;re nothing new.</p><p>I was talking to this one security expert in Moscow, who pointed out that during the height of tensions between Russia and Ukraine, there were plenty of cyberattacks &mdash; online skirmishes with one side taking down the other side&#39;s media outlet or defacing websites.</p><p>Now this Sony episode is showing what a disproportionate impact a small, angry entity can have &mdash; and how an attack online can spill over to physical-world consequences.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/12/18/371581401/with-sony-hack-nation-state-attacks-go-from-quiet-to-overt" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/sony-hack-nation-state-attacks-go-quiet-overt-111264 Protests continue in Venezuela http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-24/protests-continue-venezuela-109757 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoRodrigo Abd)_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Opposition forces took to the streets again today in Venezuela.Reuters reports that at least 12 people have died in violence related to the ongoing protests. We&#39;ll take a look at what&#39;s behind the recent unrest.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-protests-continue-in-venezuela/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-protests-continue-in-venezuela.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-protests-continue-in-venezuela" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Protests continue in Venezuela" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-24/protests-continue-venezuela-109757 Chicagoans prep for massive 'civic hackathon' http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-prep-massive-civic-hackathon-107327 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/hackathon11.jpg" alt="" /><p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-prep-massive-civic-hackathon-107327 Should concealed guns be allowed on the CTA? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/should-concealed-guns-be-allowed-cta-105622 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/CTA riders.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><strong>&#39;YES, THAT WOULD SOLVE SO MANY PROBLEMS,&#39; SAID <em>NO ONE WHO ACTUALLY RIDES THE CTA.&nbsp;</em></strong><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18341703-761/nra-let-bus-and-l-riders-pack-heat.html" target="_blank">The&nbsp;National Rifle Association wants public transit riders allowed to carry concealed guns on buses and trains</a>. A lobbyist tells the <em>Sun-Times</em> it&#39;s only fair for those who can&#39;t afford their own cars: &quot;They don&rsquo;t get the right to self-defense? They&rsquo;re supposed to roam around defenseless?&quot;<br />* From WBEZ&#39;s Tony Arnold: NRA lobbyist says &quot;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/wbez/from-springfield-conceal-carry" target="_blank">There will be no ... local rules about where you can or cannot carry</a>.&quot;<br />* And yet,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illinois-gun-control-debate-0220-20130220,0,2603985.story" target="_blank">time&#39;s running out for the state to draft a concealed weapons law</a>.<br /><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="169" longdesc="&quot;Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.&quot;" name="Biden's gun advice" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EDU2LWwDNcs?rel=0" width="300"></iframe>* Emanuel&#39;s solution to Chicago&#39;s violence includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18338217-761/emanuel-launches-plan-to-raise-50-million-to-help-at-risk-kids.html" target="_blank">new $50 million fundraising drive for city&#39;s poorest kids</a>.<br />* The <em>Tribune</em>&#39;s John Kass: Why <em>is</em> New York&#39;s pro-gun-control Mayor Bloomberg &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0220-20130220,0,810480.column" target="_blank">butting his way into Chicago politics</a>&quot;?<br />*&nbsp;<strong>Vice President Biden</strong>: Want to protect yourself? &quot;<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/283837-biden-buy-a-shotgun-buy-a-shotgun-" target="_blank">Get a double-barrel shotgun</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/02/10-social-media-moments-that-shaped-the-gun-control-debate051.html" target="_blank">10 social media moments that shaped the gun-control debate</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>DE-SIGNING DAY.</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130219/river-north/racy-billboard-above-river-north-portillos-removed" target="_blank">A billboard a residents group found offensive</a>&nbsp;has been removed from a River North neighborhood whose restaurants are popular as family destinations,&nbsp;<em>DNAinfo.com Chicago</em>&nbsp;reports.</div><div>* <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-taste-of-chicago-0220-20130220,0,419501.story" target="_blank">Taste of Chicago lost $1.3 million</a> last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>THE GUY WHO HACKED BURGER KING?</strong> <em>Gizmodo</em> says it&#39;s figured out <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5985353/exclusive-the-burger-king-and-jeep-hacker-is-probably-this-dj-from-new-england" target="_blank">who took over the @BurgerKing account on Twitter</a>.<br />* <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5985385/jeeps-twitter-account-has-been-hacked" target="_blank">@Jeep jacked</a>, too.<br />* MTV and BET <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-jeep-twitter-hack-0221-20130219,0,1949915.story">fake their own twitjackings</a>.<br />* Twitter&#39;s blog:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.twitter.com/2013/02/a-friendly-reminder-about-password.html" target="_blank">&quot;Best practices&quot; for passwords</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&#39;DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s ZDNet&#39;s advice about the Web address linked to compromise of computers at Facebook and Apple.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/facebook-apple-hacks-could-affect-anyone-heres-what-you-can-do-7000011520/" target="_blank">Here&#39;s what it says you&nbsp;<em>should</em>&nbsp;do</a>.<br />* All Things D: &quot;... And&nbsp;<a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130219/this-is-the-site-likely-responsible-for-the-recent-major-tech-company-hacks/" target="_blank">there&rsquo;s probably more to come</a>.&quot;<br />* Andy Ihnatko: &quot;If any of you is driving a vintage Ford Pinto ...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/technology/ihnatko/18340857-452/apple-hacked-and-java-is-the-weak-spot.html" target="_blank">get a Java bumper sticker for it</a>.&quot;<br />* What is a &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-day_attack" target="_blank">zero-day attack</a>&quot;?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>SEN. McCONNELL, IS YOUR REFRIGERATOR RUNNING?&nbsp;</strong>The military&#39;s answer to&nbsp;<em>The Onion</em>,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.duffelblog.com/" target="_blank">The Duffel Blog</a></em>, fooled the U.S. Senate Republican leader into taking seriously a report that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/mcconnell-duffel-blog/" target="_blank">Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been getting post-Sept. 11 GI Bill of Rights benefits</a>.<br />* Columbia University prof under review&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57570198/columbia-professor-strips-shows-9-11-tape-during-class/" target="_blank">after stripping, showing 9/11 video</a>&nbsp;during quantum mechanics class, where student <a href="http://bwog.com/2013/02/18/frosci-gone-wil/" target="_blank">catches it on video</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>CUBS STRETCH INTO THE 21st CENTURY.&nbsp;</strong>Among the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-stretch-20130219,0,7801200.story" target="_blank">changes coming to Wrigley Field and on-air broadcasts this year</a>, the <em>Tribune</em> reports: During the seventh-inning stretch, more focus on ex-Cubs and Chicago natives; and more songs recorded <em>after</em> the 1980s. And the Cubs want your music suggestions,&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/help/email.jsp?c_id=chc&amp;prim" target="_blank">emailed to in-game programming director Jim Oboikowitch or&nbsp;senior marketing director Alison Miller</a>.<br />* Website <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-snafu-in-chicago-marathon-registration-20130219,0,6085495.story" target="_blank">glitches suspend Chicago Marathon online registration</a> until at least Thursday.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-usoc-sounding-out-25-cities-on-2024-summer-games-bid-20130219,0,2561812.story" target="_blank">Chicago passes on 2024 Olympics</a> candidacy.</div><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/are-you-news-quiz-whiz-105548" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/should-concealed-guns-be-allowed-cta-105622