Russian and Chinese hackers attack Dominican government databases

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Dominican government entities have been affected by cyber-attacks by Russian and Chinese hackers, as reported in Hoy. The newspaper reports it has had access to a document that reveals that the National Cybersecurity Center (CNCS) has detected an unusual increase in cyberattacks on government entities. As reported, Minister of the Presidency Lisandro Macarrulla has warned government entities about the need to take measures to curb the vulnerability risk of the country’s information systems.



As reported in Hoy, Macarrulla, who presides the board of directors of the CNCS stated in the letter dated 22 January 2021 that the entities have the obligation to reinforce and protect information and systems. The alert comes after a recent attack of hackers to the databases of the National Budget Agency (Digepres), the Dominican Telecommunications Institute...

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zoomzx11

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Interesting.
I cannot imagine what secrets the DR might have that would be of interest to China and Russia.
If they are hacking us they must be doing it to everyone just because they can on the outside chance of finding something.
Likely costs nothing to take a look see.
 
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Sounds like they hack everybody and their mothers just for the fun of it.
With the administration change, the "courtesy" extended to Vladimir will end abruptly.
Russia, China, and N. Korea have gone through a great deal of time and trouble developing sophisticated hacking apparatus.
Once you have the setup, it costs nothing to use it, so you might as well spy on everyone until and if they get really annoyed.

It surprised me that the DR would be so naive as to accept gifts from China.
Are the strings attached to Chinese gifts invisible to DR politicians?
It is the camel's nose under the tent in my view.

It will be interesting to see how the US views Chinese gifts to the DR.












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A survey or pen-test on the backend infrastructure will explain a lot about possible hacks. Can almost imagine how things are organized.
 

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So much for the famous Chinese hacking...
Don’t believe everything you read.
Tracing IP addresses online back to a source is still not possible 100%, no matter which side does it.
There are way too many tools to spoof IP when hacking.
Hackers tend to leave cookie tracers to blame somebody else for their intrusion.
Sane with the now famous Russian elections hacking. It’s all politics. It’s all B.S. that they know who did and from where.

First thing to understand clearly is that electoral machines are NOT connected to the internet at all, ever. They are looped in a direct connection via older POTS tech. Much like fax machines. They report via a sophisticated BB program to a central depository, from where data is matched with key points sent via voice to match them and validate each batch received as well as total bytes per batch.

That’s the reason ballots are “scanned” at the voting centers. The scanners are connected on a live BB system to each node at the depository(dedicated phone number which uses the prefix system and only known to the operators). These scanners create a batch file which is sent by packs of ballots scanned and grouped into a ballot reports that match the printed ones.
Then they pick a line on each number of ballots in the same order scanned by batch and confirm these lines with the received end for certification.

It’s impossible to create any chance to infiltrate the voting results prior, during or after.

The only ballots that can be manipulated are those without paper trail (recall PLD primary boohoo?).

Ever since all electronic systems use paper trail for security.

Hacking groups have taken to attack several gov agencies and bank systems in order to obtain legacy information of those servers behind them and their troves of data.

Gov hacking is dedicated cyber warfare and it doesn’t work like these infiltrations.
These are private groups looking to exploit all weaknesses in a given network. Their aim is to probe and to identify these weak points to later exploit via tool kits. They rarely steal anything much, mostly browsing.

The local network in the DR is pretty well mapped and backups are the norm. These probes cause little problems but do create issues in order to find and eliminate those weaknesses as quick as possible before they get exploited.

Blaming China or Russia is moot on these hacks.
Waste of time.
 

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Interesting.
I cannot imagine what secrets the DR might have that would be of interest to China and Russia.
If they are hacking us they must be doing it to everyone just because they can on the outside chance of finding something.
Likely costs nothing to take a look see.

Maybe they are using the DR as a door to enter US security sites. The DR, US, and Canada share data on money laundering, drug imports and exports, and other criminal activities.
 

PICHARDO

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Nah!
These are just your run of the mill hacking groups fishing for weaknesses in the servers.

Usually they target servers that can launch several thousands of attacks and create temporary virtual servers to catch rebound emails with the stolen data.

Most of them can’t hardly read the language, let alone benefit from most data in those servers.

Tool-kits implants is the name of the exploit.

Data shared between the DR and US security outfits is point to point encrypted. The keys are presented and changed via the embassy personnel on a timely basis. They are hardware keys.
 

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Nah!
These are just your run of the mill hacking groups fishing for weaknesses in the servers.

Usually they target servers that can launch several thousands of attacks and create temporary virtual servers to catch rebound emails with the stolen data.

Most of them can’t hardly read the language, let alone benefit from most data in those servers.

Tool-kits implants is the name of the exploit.

Data shared between the DR and US security outfits is point to point encrypted. The keys are presented and changed via the embassy personnel on a timely basis. They are hardware keys.
Maybe, but as someone posted recently, “Even a blind squirrel will find a nut eventually”. Maybe that’s the premise hackers use. 😆
 

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So much for the famous Chinese hacking...
Don’t believe everything you read." I believe almost nothing that I read, in fact I've gone from a news junky to skimming head lines for 5 minutes, all except for R.D. news which I do read on a daily basis and yes still don't believe most of it.

I do however like you quickly you discount the possibility of the hacking. Maybe they did and maybe they didn't. I am sure they try to hack most governments...... and oh by the say, yes I believe the U.S. does as well.
 
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Nah!
These are just your run of the mill hacking groups fishing for weaknesses in the servers.

Usually they target servers that can launch several thousands of attacks and create temporary virtual servers to catch rebound emails with the stolen data.

Most of them can’t hardly read the language, let alone benefit from most data in those servers.

Tool-kits implants is the name of the exploit.

Data shared between the DR and US security outfits is point to point encrypted. The keys are presented and changed via the embassy personnel on a timely basis. They are hardware keys.
So Putin did not poison Navalny or any of the others attacked using Novichok nerve agent, a widely known Russian military-industrial poison.
And when one of the assassins was taped explaining details over the phone thinking he was talking to a Russian general is false?

And Putin is not really an experienced assassin and veteran of the former KGB?
And Putin did not order Navalnys flight diverted to avoid large numbers of Russians set to welcome him back home.
And Putin did not order Navalny arrested and imprisoned on "trumped" up charges?

People are beginning to think that Putin is responsible for the arrest of more than 3400 Russian protesters who have taken to the streets over the arrest and confinement of Navalny.
Good to know Russia did not hack the DR government computers.

BTW, I left China out, are they innocent also?

Interesting how so much evidence points directly at Putin, just a coincidence?
 

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Maybe they are using the DR as a door to enter US security sites. The DR, US, and Canada share data on money laundering, drug imports and exports, and other criminal activities.
The financial transactions/ anti- money laundering (Act of 2020).
 

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So Putin did not poison Navalny or any of the others attacked using Novichok nerve agent, a widely known Russian military-industrial poison.
And when one of the assassins was taped explaining details over the phone thinking he was talking to a Russian general is false?

There’s not a shred of evidence to conclude novichok was the agent used in all cases. If there were any, it would had already been presented before the UN agency. None...

The phone thing is B.S. 100%. There’s zero chance of an agent disclosing that openly in any event. Zero!

And Putin is not really an experienced assassin and veteran of the former KGB?

Putin WAS an open serving agent of the former KGB. Never in the capacity of undercover, nor assassin of any kind. His specialty was in recruiting and communications.


And Putin did not order Navalnys flight diverted to avoid large numbers of Russians set to welcome him back home.
And Putin did not order Navalny arrested and imprisoned on "trumped" up charges?

The redirecting of the flight was under the Police directive, not Putin

Navalny knew and was warned directly he would be arrested and arraignment would take place for his earlier violation to the agreement on his release of a prior case. He broke these before he was sent to Germany.

Trumped charges? If one thing Russians know and swear by, is that every rich guy is corrupt in Russia. Navalny also commit frauds in some of his biz.

People are beginning to think that Putin is responsible for the arrest of more than 3400 Russian protesters who have taken to the streets over the arrest and confinement of Navalny.
Good to know Russia did not hack the DR government computers.



People got arrested for participating in a non permitted public event in the streets and by violation of existing orders due to covid 19 in all of Russia.

Those that led the events, got arrested as well.




BTW, I left China out, are they innocent also?

Interesting how so much evidence points directly at Putin, just a coincidence?


Nothing to prove they did it 100%. Not a thing!

Nothing points to Putin at all.
You and many in the west better wise up quick about the reality of the support a blogger like navalny really has in Russia.

He barely has 2.5 million people that back his ideas in the whole country. The rest is not open to his ideals. Over 140 million...

Navalny is a propped window decal from the west. Not too popular in Russia...

Take a trip there and ask around!
You’ll be surprised with the reality versus the projected in western media.