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[liberationtech] Hacking attacks on activists in Azerbaijan

Nathalie Marechal marechal at usc.edu
Fri Oct 14 10:44:11 PDT 2016


Hi Katy,

There are a number of Digital Rapid Response teams out there that I can put you in touch. Let me ask around for the details and I'll get back to you ASAP. 

Nathalie 

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> On Oct 14, 2016, at 1:33 PM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joe at cdt.org> wrote:
> 
> I don't know of an organization like that... it can be a crap shoot,
> trying to recover on some of these services. Apple's iCloud tends to
> be very good (you get a human in a security role that will walk you
> through recovery even though all accounts are locked for 8 hours after
> an event). I don't think there is any resource, org, or other thing
> that does this across platforms... and I suspect in some cases
> recovery may not be practical, so migrating to a new account and using
> that as an opportunity to activate two-step login, use a password
> manager, etc. would be good. best, Joe
> 
>> On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM, Katy Pearce <katycarvt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> In recent days a number of high profile activists in Azerbaijan report their
>> Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter accounts either fully hacked or multiple logins
>> that were not the owner's were attempted. Additionally, beyond the daily
>> troll army, a few fake profiles with doxxing information have been created.
>> 
>> We've seen this all before, but this is a sudden increase in quantity and
>> depth.
>> 
>> Before you ask, yes, there are a lot of people that do not engage in the
>> best personal security hygiene - two level authentication etc should be
>> turned on, but getting individuals to change their behavior is never easy.
>> Proactive and preventative behaviors aren't the topic right now.
>> 
>> What I'm looking for here are people - an organization or otherwise - that
>> can help with retroactive help - help in closing down fake profiles, help in
>> recovering accounts.
>> 
>> An additional challenge is that a great deal of the materials designed to
>> help people report malicious or nefarious activity are in English. Some
>> people are trying to make screen shot instructions on what things to click
>> on, but the ongoing need to help with translation, etc. is an issue too.
>> 
>> Please contact me privately if you have some ideas. I don't wish for this to
>> be a list-wide discussion, for the privacy of these individuals.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Katy
>> 
>> 
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