17 Sep 2012

Mexico hackers hit official websites in cyber protest

“Mexican computer hackers have taken over at least ten government and other websites in a political protest marking the country’s independence day. The hackers – calling themselves Mexican Cyber Protest – targeted websites of political parties, media organisations and government agencies.” Source: BBC News – Mexico hackers hit official websites

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15 Sep 2012

Foreign journalists in China targeted by malware attacks

“Foreign journalists in Beijing have been targeted by two very similar malware attacks in just over two weeks in the lead-up to China’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition. The emails – one appearing to come from a Beijing-based foreign correspondent and the other from a Washington-based think tank – both contained an

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14 Sep 2012

The cyber threats keeping DoD officials awake right now

“What threat to the banks, utility companies, and telecommunications companies that make up the ‘critical online infrastructure’ of the United States worries one of the Pentagon’s top cyber officials more than almost any other? You might think it is a strategic, Stuxnet on steroids-style cyber attack designed by a rival

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14 Sep 2012

Worldwide security spending will approach $86bn in 2016

“Worldwide spending on security is expected to touch the $60 billion mark in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in the previous year, according to research company Gartner – this figure will approach $86 billion in 2016. ‘The security infrastructure market is expected to experience positive growth over the

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13 Sep 2012

A leader of hacker group Anonymous arrested in Texas

“A self-professed leader of the computer hacker group Anonymous was arrested by authorities in Dallas, officials said on Thursday. ‘He was arrested and brought in for booking about 11 p.m. last night,’ said Dallas County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carmen Castro.” Source: “A leader of hacker group Anonymous arrested in Texas |

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13 Sep 2012

China’s Cyberattack Fears To Spark Massive Defense Spending

“China’s concerns over the safety of its power infrastructure will result in astronomical security spending over the next decade, states the latest report by international business analysts GlobalData. The new paper* says that China’s cyber security market will expand remarkably in the coming years, from a valuation of $1.8 billion

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13 Sep 2012

Terrorists Pose Cyber Security Threat, Former Defense Secretary Says

“In a keynote today at the ISC2 Security Congress in Philadelphia, Gates – who served as defense secretary from 2006 and 2011 and is also a former director of the CIA – said the threat of cyber-war waged by nation-states in some ways is less problematic than the prospect of attacks from

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13 Sep 2012

Electromagnetic pulse could knock out U.S. power grid

“U.S. power grids and other civilian infrastructure are not prepared for electromagnetic pulses that could result from weapons or violent space weather, according to testimony at a congressional subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Panelists at the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, told Chairman Dan Lungren R-Calif.,

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13 Sep 2012

BlackHole 2.0 gives hackers stealthier ways to pwn

“A new version of the BlackHole exploit kit is now out on the web and ready to start infecting. The developer of the toolkit, who goes by the handle ‘Paunch,’ recently announced the availability of Blackhole 2.0,  which removes much of its trove of known and patched exploits, and replaces

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13 Sep 2012

Microsoft disrupts millions of botnet connections after discovering PCs with preloaded malware

“Microsoft revealed this week that it has helped disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware in an attempt to slow the emerging threat of the Nitol botnet. In an operation codenamed b70, Microsoft discovered retailers in China selling computers with counterfeit versions of Windows loaded with malware. Part of

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