19 May 2011

Military fends off major cyber attack

“Norwegian military personnel were the targets of what’s being described as a ‘massive’ cyber attack this spring, one day after Norway started bombing Libya with other UN- and NATO-backed forces. Newspaper VG reported Thursday that they fended off the attack, which was considered the most serious ever experienced. It came

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19 May 2011

Fearing Destruction, Researcher Cancels Disclosure of New Siemens SCADA Holes

“A security researcher has discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems that he says would allow hackers with remote access to the systems to cause physical destruction. Dillon Beresford canceled a planned demonstration of the vulnerabilities on Wednesday at the Takedown security conference in Texas after Siemens and

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18 May 2011

Virus Causes Data Breach at Massachusetts Unemployment Agency

“As many as 1,500 computers in the Departments of Unemployment Assistance and Career Services were infected with a virus beginning April 20, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said on May 17. Computers in the mobile One Stop Career Centers that work with claimants were also infected.”

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16 May 2011

Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace

“Today, I am proud to announce the United States’ first, comprehensive International Strategy for Cyberspace (pdf). The International Strategy is a historic policy document for the 21st Century — one that explains, for audiences at home and abroad, what the U.S. stands for internationally in cyberspace, and how we plan

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26 Apr 2011

Texas Spends $1.8 Million on Data Breach As Lawsuits Loom

“The Texas state comptroller’s office has already spent $1.8 million to mitigate the yearlong data breach in which names and Social Security numbers were exposed. The total cost is expected to be even higher as the lawsuits start rolling in. Personal information belonging to approximately 3.5 million people in Texas

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26 Apr 2011

Sony: Hacker stole PlayStation users’ personal info

“A hacker has obtained the personal information of PlayStation Network account holders and subscribers of the Qriocity streaming service, Sony said in a message to customers Tuesday. Sony’s investigations over the past week determined that an ‘unauthorized person’ had obtained users’ names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, birth dates and passwords,

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23 Apr 2011

Hack Attack: Sony Confirms PlayStation Network Outage Caused By ‘External Intrusion’

“Unfortunately for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services users, it looks like the widespread network outages will continue. Since Sony’s PlayStation and music networks went down two days ago, there has been a fair amount of public speculation over the cause of the outage. (Largely due to Sony’s tight-lipped handling of

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22 Apr 2011

Flaws Found in Air Traffic Systems

“Though auditors’ attempts to gain access to two computer systems that control air traffic in the United States failed, they discovered during their assessments vulnerabilities that could lead to the seizure of the IT systems. The Department of Transportation’s inspector general hired auditors from the accounting firm Clifton Gunderson to

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21 Apr 2011

Security lags cyberattack threats in critical industries

“Industries crucial to the functioning of society – such as water treatment systems, power plants, and oil and gas facilities – use computer-controlled systems that are under fast-growing cyberattack by hackers, often affiliated with government and organized crime groups, says a new report. These key industries, it adds, often are

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19 Apr 2011

Cyber attack forces ORNL to shut down Internet access

“A highly sophisticated cyber attack — known as Advanced Persistent Threat or APT — forced Oak Ridge National Laboratory to shut down all Internet access and email systems over the weekend. Those restrictions will remain in place until lab officials and others investigating the attack are sure the situation is

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