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Israeli Officials Deny Hackers’ Voter Registry Breach Claim

The attacks are ostensibly organised by international hacking group Anonymous

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The claim by hackers that they had broken into the database of Israeli voters, just days before the parliamentary elections, has been dismissed by Israeli officials, a media report said.

Israel will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect the 21st “Knesset”, or Parliament.

Hackers on Saturday claimed they had stolen information on millions of Israelis after breaking into the voter registry.

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But the country’s Central Elections Committee said they had no evidence of a hack, and critics dismissed the hackers’ claims saying the data displayed was from another data leak in 2006, the Hamodia newspaper reported on Sunday.

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It has now become a routine for thousands of hackers around the world to target Israel-based web sites on April 7, which has come to be known as “opIsrael,” said the report.

The attacks are ostensibly organised by international hacking group Anonymous, it added. (IANS)

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Hackers Gain Access to Internal Files of US-Based Cyber Security Company

According to Ursem, the account allowed him to access internal Comodo files, including sales documents and spreadsheets in the company's OneDrive

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FILE - Security firm FireEye's logo is seen outside the company's offices in Milpitas, Calif. VOA

Using an email address and password mistakenly exposed on the Internet, a hacker gained access to the internal files of US-based cyber security company Comodo, bringing the credibility of the company under question.

The credentials were found in a public GitHub repository owned by a Comodo software developer, TechCrunch reported on Saturday. The account was not protected with two-factor authentication and with the email address and password in hand, the hacker could enter the company’s Microsoft-hosted Cloud services. The leaked credentials were discovered by a Netherlands-based security researcher Jelle Ursem who reached out to Comodo Vice-President Rajaswi Das.

According to Ursem, the account allowed him to access internal Comodo files, including sales documents and spreadsheets in the company’s OneDrive and the company’s organisation graph on SharePoint, allowing him to see the team’s biographies, contact information, like phone numbers and email addresses, photos, customer documents and calendar.

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According to Ursem, the account allowed him to access internal Comodo files, including sales documents and spreadsheets in the company’s OneDrive. Pixabay

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Screenshots of folders containing agreements and contracts with several customers — with names of customers in each filename, such as hospitals and US state governments.

“Seeing as they’re a security company and give out Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, you’d think the security of their own environment would come above all else,” the report quoted the Userm as saying. Earlier this year Ursem found a similarly exposed set of internal Asus passwords on an employee’s GitHub public account. (IANS)