INTEL TODAY DIARY — July 7 2017

Tony Blair ‘not straight’ with UK over Iraq, says Chilcot — Russian ‘Humpty Dumpty’ hacker Anikeev jailed for two years — How Similar Are WannaCry And Petya Ransomware? — Former CIA Agent Will Go to Italy to Serve Kidnapping Sentence

Tony Blair ‘not straight’ with UK over Iraq, says Chilcot — BBC

Tony Blair was not “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC.

Speaking for the first time since publishing his report a year ago, Sir John Chilcot discussed why he thinks the former PM made those decisions.

He said the evidence Mr Blair gave the inquiry was “emotionally truthful” but he relied on beliefs rather than facts.

A spokesman for Mr Blair said “all these issues” had been dealt with.

They added that Sir John had also made clear that he believed Mr Blair had “not departed from the truth”.

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Sir John also talked about Mr Blair’s state of mind during the inquiry and his relationship with the then US President George W Bush in the build-up to the 2003 conflict.

Russian ‘Humpty Dumpty’ hacker Anikeev jailed for two years — BBC

The leader of a Russian hacking group that targeted the emails of high-profile Kremlin figures has been given two years in prison by a Moscow court.

Vladimir Anikeev’s group “Shaltai Boltai” (Humpty Dumpty) was notorious for hacks including the Twitter account of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He was tried amid tight secrecy and convicted of unauthorised access to computer information.

Anikeev argued he was defending freedom of information and the internet.

A former journalist, he denied that Humpty Dumpty was political or had links to the FSB security service. Two other men have also been accused in the case, Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov.

How Similar Are WannaCry And Petya Ransomware? — Forbes

“While the WannaCry ransomware, which struck in May 2017, and the highly destructive Petya variant, which struck in June 2017, have some similarities, they also have several differences. Most notably, WannaCry was truly ransomware, a malicious form of software that uses encryption to hold data hostage until a ransom is paid. This recent Petya variant was not ransomware, but instead a wiper disguised as ransomware. Unlike ransomware, wiper malware is designed to destroy systems and data; the attacker offers no option for recovery. Below is a more detailed explanation of the similarities and differences between these two types of malware.

Similarities: Both WannaCry and the recent Petya variant targeted systems running the Windows OS only. In addition, both included the EternalBlue exploit, which takes advantage of an SMB vulnerability to rapidly propagate through a network. The use of this exploit provided both types of malware with worm capabilities, helping attackers maximize the damage. Note, this SMB vulnerability was patched by Microsoft in MS 17-010, prior to the WannaCry attacks.

Following the malicious encryption, victims of both types of malware were presented with a screen that informed them of the encryption and demanded a ransom, paid in Bitcoin, to retrieve the data.

Differences: WannaCry and this variant of Petya have more differences than similarities, and the Petya variant was far more destructive.

Vulnerabilities exploited: In addition to using EternalBlue, the Petya variant also included the EternalRomance vulnerability, which enables remote privilege escalation on certain versions of Windows. This vulnerability was also patched by Microsoft in MS 17-010, yet patching did not protect victims from the Petya variant.

Former CIA Agent Will Go to Italy to Serve Kidnapping Sentence — OANN

A former CIA agent will go to Italy to serve time for her part in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric.

Sabrina De Sousa who is currently in the United States will head to Italy on Friday. (…)

De Sousa was arrested at a Portugal airport back in 2015, but was released.

Under an agreement, the Italian government is granting De Sousa partial clemency, which could make her eligible for community service instead of serving prison time.

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INTEL TODAY DIARY — July 7 2017

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