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Some 17,000 email addresses and passwords from US government and military sources have been stolen and dumped on a public cyberlocker

A hacking group calling itself the Connexion Hack Team published a list of email addresses linked to the US military, the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and multiple state government agencies.  

The group did not disclose the source of the information, a stance taken by many participants of the Anti-Security movement.

Cyber-attackers hit another Department of Energy research laboratory last week, forcing IT managers to shut down all of the facility’s computer links to the outside world to try to contain the damage.

Essential computer services remain offline nearly a week after a cyber-attackers hit another Department of Energy laboratory, this time in the state of Washington.

The Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington shut down Internet access and email services following a sophisticated cyber-attack, according to a July 5 post on the facility’s Twitter account. Officials became aware of the cyber-attack on July 1, Greg Koller, the lab’s spokesperson, told the Associated Press.

International law enforcement agencies are investigating what may be the largest documented botnet, a network of tens of millions of hijacked computers used to steal banking information, according to a security firm aiding the investigation.

The botnet, called Metulji, Slovenian for butterfly, is linked to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars by a criminal gang based in Eastern Europe, including two people arrested last month in a joint operation in which the FBI joined in, said Karim Hijazi, chief executive officer of Wilmington, Del.-based Unveillance LLC.

Jenny Shearer, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Invesetigation, declined to comment.

The current operating system-based security model is not adequate to stop the proliferation of stealth crimeware, concludes a recent white paper by McAfee and Intel.

Cybercriminals know how operating systems and software work and how to get around information security tools designed for those systems, according to “The New Reality of Stealth Crimeware” authored by Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee Labs, and Thom Sawicki, senior product strategist for endpoint security software and services at Intel.

Citibank today admitted that hackers stole $2.7 million from exposed accounts in May, at a time when similar incidents are prompting worldwide governments to crack down on cyber-crimes.

The New York-based company public acknowledged hackers lifted the millions from 3,400 accounts. The bank promised to reimburse customers in full, adding those affected already have new cards.

Hackers broke into the bank, exposing more than 360,000 accounts and stealing funds from less than one percent of Citi's customer base.

So who would you like to hack today? A bank, a website, a corporation or perhaps a government agency that's rubbing you the wrong way? The hacktivist group LulzSec is taking requests. Or maybe you'd like to get your hands on some stolen credit-card accounts to boost your personal spending level or purchase some malware that will divert a business's payments from its vendors to you. A malware seller called Zeus not only can do that but also provides customer support. Hacking has become a service and entertainment business — and in a quantity and at a quality never before reached.

Hacktivists, pranktivists, idealists and malware coders are oozing past the circa-2000 network-security gates of corporations and governments with ease. Among the biggest hacks was the one that brought down Sony's PlayStation Network. Some fingered the politically motivated group Anonymous, and authorities in Spain have arrested several purported members. But Anonymous has said, Not us.

Internet users in the Philippines have now a legitimate center where they can report Internet related crimes.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will put up an Internet and Child Protection Center to prevent the spread of Internet-related crimes, especially among children, Chief Superintendent Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. said Wednesday.

“We will open up a center here because though not alarming, we have recorded increasing computer-related crimes,” Pagdilao said.