‘Anonymous’ and other Hackers – DHS Warning

Editorial Note – SUA stays very current on reporting threats to our infrastructure that is based on complete internet management. We have published quite often about cyber threats and now the DHS is formally announcing the ‘Anons’ (The group called Anonymous) have actually threatened our power systems, water supply, and transportation systems. SUA is once again posting this as a caution and current alert by DHS. Living off the grid may be very real and you should prepare.

Hacker group threatens industrial computer systems

Washington Times

By Shaun Waterman

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning that hackers from the loose online protest collective called Anonymous have threatened attacks against the computer systems that run factories, power stations, chemical plants, and water and sewage facilities.

“While Anonymous recently expressed intent to target [industrial control software], they have not demonstrated a capability to inflict damage to these systems,” reads a leaked bulletin from from the department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Industrial control software (ICS) systems, also known as Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, are considered among the most dangerous targets for hackers because successful attacks could damage or destroy the industrial equipment they control — blowing up power generators, releasing clouds of dangerous chemicals or polluting water supplies.

The bulletin, which is unclassified but restricted “For Official Use Only,” notes that hackers from Anonymous have posted computer code and other material that show an interest in ICS computer programs, and some ability to get access to ICS systems.

It also warns that the group’s hackers “could be able to develop capabilities to gain access and trespass on [ICS] networks very quickly,” although they have not yet carried out any attacks.

The bulletin says oil and gas companies might be at particular risk because of what it calls a “green energy” agenda on the part of Anonymous, highlighting the campaign the group has supported against the trans-continental Keystone XL oil pipeline and the Alberta Tar Sands project in Canada.

“This targeting could likely extend beyond Anonymous to the broader [hacker activist] community, resulting in larger-scope actions against energy companies,” warns the bulletin, issued last month and posted Monday by the website Public Intelligence.

The bulletin notes that tools used by both “white hat” and “black hat” hackers to search for holes in computer security are increasingly able to look at ICS equipment.

Such tools “can be directly used with novice level skills in hacking and little to no background in control systems,” the bulletin states.

“In addition, there are control systems that are currently accessible directly from the internet and easy to locate through internet search engine tools and applications. These systems could be easily located and accessed with minimal skills in order to trespass, carry out nefarious activities, or conduct reconnaissance activities to be used in future operations,” the bulletin warns.

The bulletin urges “owners and operators of critical infrastructure control systems … to engage in addressing the security needs of their [ICS] assets.”

“Anonymous” to attack Wall St. to support “Occupy Protesters”

Editor’s Note– Having suffered at the hands of the hacker group “Anonymous”, here at our web site for SUA; we were part of their last major hacking event, and we know they mean what they say, and say what they mean. They are world-class hackers, do not kid yourself, and they are likely well ‘planted’ in how they are going to support the “Occupy Wall Street” thugs. They plan on taking down part of our financial engine, in this case, Monday, the stock market is slated for attack.

Monday attack threatened on Stock Market

As editor at SUA, I can assure you, these threats are taken very seriously, and I am also sure that there are thousands of man-hours involved in dealing with such threats and attacks. Every time the ‘good guys’ fix their latest attack fall-out, these reprobates are already focused on the next attack, and the one after that, and again after that…

Prepare now…its never too late! But, maybe, its all part of an orchestrated, cascading event, a “fire-sale” they seek to inflict on world order, no matter what you think of it. They gin up the know-nothings to mob the system, foment discontent, and create havoc for havoc’s sake. Most don’t even know why they are at these events, but they know its “FUN” to ‘dis ‘da man, to harken back a few years.

Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens to Attack Stock Exchange

By Perry Chiaramonte & Jana Winter

Fox News

The FBI is investigating threats purportedly from the hacking collective that calls itself Anonymous to bring down the New York Stock Exchange on Monday by hacking into its computer system.

Members of the notorious hacker group appear to be threatening to bring the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York to a dangerous new level, sounding a call to “declare war on the New York Stock Exchange” on Monday by “erasing” it from the Internet.

“The FBI is aware of these schemes and threats and is looking into the matter,” FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly told FoxNews.com.

The hackers say they plan to launch a DDoS (or distributed denial of service) attack on the NYSE’s computer systems — the same type of computer attack that brought down numerous websites last Spring, making them inaccessible.

Anonymous has also separately declared the Stock Exchange announcement a hoax, and it remains unclear whether this is an official effort by Anonymous, a group of rogue hackers or someone else entirely.

Either way, the FBI is investigating.

“It is a crime to show the intent to carry out a hack when you are in possession of software or computer applications to do so and we take it seriously,” FBI spokesman Flannelly said.

In one of the videos, which was addressed to the media, a narrator states, “We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit. We will show the world that we are true to our word. On October 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet … expect a day that will never, ever, be forgotten.”

In a video addressed to the public, the narrator states, “We are the 99 percent. You have complained that something needs to be done. You now have an opportunity to make a difference. Join the protests. Organize your own. Watch online. Be a part of the movement.”

A digital flier has circulated online with the banner “Operation Invade Wall Street: This is not an occupation. This is an invasion,” and instructions how to participate in “three simple steps.”

It provides a link to download a program to participate as well as the URL for the Stock Exchange (www.nyse.com) and the date and time, October 10th at 3:30 p.m., to attack.

Would-be participants are also urged to “spread the F—– word.”

Still, other Anonymous representatives denied the plans.

A second letter has been posted online, also with Anonymous on the masthead, that references rumors of the planned attack and disclaims the group’s association:

“We have taken notice to a planned attack which has been named #InvadeWallStreet …We strongly advise against this action and everything it entails to,” the letter says.

“We do not want history to repeat itself, and are sincerely worried,” the letter adds, referencing past attacks on Visa, Paypal, and Mastercard after they refused to accept transactions for payment to WikiLeaks.

Some have taken to Twitter, claiming the DDoS threat is a hoax, or even a setup.

“Smells like a trap! Don’t participate,” said one tweet with the hashtag #invadewallstreet.

“HOAX: #invadewallstreet is not a valid OP. Beware of provocateurs!!!” said another posting.