04 Mar 2015

Why US Officials Stopped Talking about ‘Cyberwar’

“Before the Internet, when surveillance consisted largely of government-on-government espionage, agencies like the NSA would target specific communications circuits: that Soviet undersea cable between Petropavlovsk and Vladivostok, a military communications satellite, a microwave network. This was for the most part passive, requiring large antenna farms in nearby countries.” Source: Why

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04 Mar 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Personal Email Use a Blow to White House Transparency Claim

“Here’s a new strike against President Obama’s claim that his administration is the ‘most transparent administration in history’: Hillary Clinton did not have a government email while she was secretary of State, The New York Times reported Monday night, and conducted all of her official work over a personal email

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03 Mar 2015

Rogers Says Hackers Accessed Small Number of Business Accounts

“A hacker group called TeamHans has leaked hundreds of megabytes of data allegedly stolen from the systems of Canadian communications and media company Rogers. According to DataBreaches.net, the attackers leaked sensitive corporate information such as contracts, emails, documents, and even VPN data. TeamHans said it gained access to the information

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03 Mar 2015

Hospital Sues Bank of America Over Million-Dollar Cyberheist

“A public hospital in Washington state is suing Bank of America to recoup some of the losses from a $1.03 million cyberheist that the healthcare organization suffered in 2013. In April 2013, organized cyber thieves broke into the payroll accounts of Chelan County Hospital No. 1 , one of several

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03 Mar 2015

Federal Court Authorizes NSA Mass Surveillance Through June

“A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President Obama pledged to end the controversial program.” Source: Federal Court Authorizes NSA Mass Surveillance Through June – Nextgov.com

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02 Mar 2015

FAA computers vulnerable to hackers, GAO report says

“The Federal Aviation Administration has fallen short in its efforts to protect the national air traffic control system from terrorists or others who might try to hack into the computers used to direct planes in flight, according to a government report released Monday. The Government Accountability Office report credited the

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28 Feb 2015

Vandalism in Arizona Shut Down Internet, Cellphone, Telephone Service Across State

“Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure. The outage shut down critical services across large parts of the

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27 Feb 2015

China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts

“Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said.” Source: China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts – Channel NewsAsia

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27 Feb 2015

Attackers Use Phishing Emails, Exploits to Hijack Routers

“Cybercriminals have been hijacking the Internet connections of users in Brazil by modifying Domain Name System (DNS) settings in their routers, researchers at Proofpoint reported on Thursday. These types of operations, known as pharming attacks, are designed to lure victims to fake websites, which usually mimic the ones of banks,

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27 Feb 2015

China draft counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms

“China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security ‘backdoors’, a potential escalation of what some firms view as the increasingly onerous terms of doing business in the world’s second largest economy.” Source: China draft counterterror law strikes fear

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