IC3 Warns of Cyber Attacks Focused on Law Enforcement and Public Officials

Original release date: November 18, 2015

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning that law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at an increased risk of cyber attacks. In addition to doxing (the act of gathering and publishing individuals' personal information without permission), threat actors have been observed compromising the email accounts of officers and officials. These target groups should protect their online presence and exposure.

Users are encouraged to review the IC3 Alert for details and recommended security measures. Refer to US-CERT Tip ST06-003 for information on staying safe on social networking sites.

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Telegram encrypted messaging service cracks down on ISIS broadcasts

Messages sent today to Telegram users explaining what the service had done to block ISIS propaganda channels.

In the wake of revelations that groups affiliated with the Islamic State were using the Telegram messaging service to communicate and spread propaganda materials, the nonprofit organization running the service announced that it had moved to block terror-related content from being spread through its servers.

"We were disturbed to learn that Telegram's public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda," a Telegram spokesperson posted in the service's Telegram News channel. "We are carefully reviewing all reports sent to us at [email protected] and are taking appropriate action to block such channels. As a result, this week alone we blocked 78 ISIS-related channels across 12 languages." The channels were identified and blocked in part because of abuse reports filed by Telegram users.

Channels allow Telegram users to subscribe to broadcast content published through a permanent URL and allow the channel publisher to reach an unlimited number of users. While the channels are connected to a specific profile by the service, the user can post content—including files, images, and messages—anonymously from a mobile device or PC.

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ISIS Running 24-Hour Terrorist Crypto Help-desk

There have been multiple mentioned of ISIS using encryption and ‘encrypted messaging systems’ in the news reports since the Paris incident, it turns out they mostly mean Telegram. Which we’ve only mentioned once before, when they got pounded by an epic DDoS attack. Now it turns out, ISIS has a whole help desk infrastructure...

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