23 Feb 2017

Pentagon mulling split of NSA, Cyber Command

“The Pentagon is beginning to assess whether it’s time to split up the leadership of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Right now, the two organizations share a leader — Adm. Mike Rogers, who is director of the NSA and also the commander of the cyber unit.” Source:

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22 Feb 2017

Japan seeks “white-hat” hackers to defend against cyberattacks

“‘White-hat’ hackers who spot a security vulnerability in a computer system or network may be one of the most sought-after professions in Japan today with technology firms struggling with increasing threats of cyberattacks.” Source: FEATURE Japan seeks “white-hat” hackers to defend against cyberattacks | Kyodo News

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21 Feb 2017

Malware Hijacks Microphones to Spy On Ukrainian Businesses, Scientists and Media

“Ukraine has once again been a target of a potential hacking attack that infected computer systems from dozens of Ukrainian businesses with highly sophisticated malware, allowing hackers to exfiltrate sensitive data and eavesdrop on their network.” Source: Malware Hijacks Microphones to Spy On Ukrainian Businesses, Scientists and Media

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21 Feb 2017

Yahoo Issues Fresh Warning About Forged Cookie Breach

“Some Yahoo users recently received alerts that intruders may have accessed their accounts last year using forged cookies. A forged cookie can grant access to account information without needing passwords. The tech company previously disclosed the scheme—and blamed unnamed state-sponsored actors—in late 2016, but sent alerts to users Wednesday, The

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21 Feb 2017

NIST Wants To Know How Utility Companies Can Deter Hackers

“A new federal effort aims to help energy companies protect themselves from hackers trying to shut down the power grid. It’s not exactly a far-off threat. Last year, a Ukrainian utility company suspected cyber intruders caused a major power outage; the year before that, a U.S. cyber firm concluded a Russian hacking group

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17 Feb 2017

Current national defense models don’t work in cyberspace

“During an in-depth policy discussion at the 2017 RSA Conference in San Francisco, former special adviser on cybersecurity to President Barack Obama, Michael Daniel, outlined the three main models for thinking about national defense: Border security, missile defense and deterrence, aka mutually assured destruction. Unfortunately, he said, none of these

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17 Feb 2017

Iran Intensifies Its Cyberattack Activity

“As all eyes are on Russia’s coordinated hacking and propaganda efforts aimed at influencing elections in the US and some European nations, state-sponsored attackers out of Iran are quietly cranking up their cyber spying and data-destruction attacks. Most of Iran’s targets over the past few months have been in the

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16 Feb 2017

DNC Hackers Are Using Apple Mac Spyware Code From FBI Surveillance Vendor, Claims Ex-NSA Researcher

“Earlier this week, malware said to belong to the Russian group behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee, known as APT28 or Fancy Bear, leaked online. Though novel both for its targeting of Apple Macs and iPhone backups, the surveillance tool’s real intrigue lies underneath the hood. According to

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16 Feb 2017

China Imposing More Oversight on Foreigners Who Live-Stream

“Recently adopted regulations are similar to those long in place for traditional performers and part of the government’s push to reign in the freewheeling world of online video” Source: China Imposing More Oversight on Foreigners Who Live-Stream – WSJ

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16 Feb 2017

Russian-speaking code writers fuel ransomware ‘business,’ says report

“Several large groups of Russian-speaking cyber criminals have been identified as specialists in crypto ransomware development and distribution, which is surging globally according to attack statistics gathered by antivirus/cybersecurity provider Kaspersky Lab.” Source: Russian-speaking code writers fuel ransomware ‘business,’ says report – Fifth Domain | Cyber

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