26 Sep 2017

African universities battle hacking, cyber crimes

“+1 An increasing number of cyber attacks targeting African higher education institutions and universities points to the need for more effective security and greater emphasis on university-based education and research, according to experts.” Source: African universities battle hacking, cyber crimes – Punch Newspapers

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26 Sep 2017

Report: Government Agencies Compromised in Deloitte Breach

“U.S. government agencies were among those affected by a data breach at the consultancy and accounting firm Deloitte, The Guardian newspaper reported Monday.” Source: Report: Government Agencies Compromised in Deloitte Breach – Nextgov.com

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25 Sep 2017

Breaking nuclear deal could bring hacking onslaught from Iran

“A move by President Donald Trump to discard the Obama-era nuclear deal with Tehran could bring a swift retaliation from an increasingly aggressive Iranian hacker army.” Source: Breaking nuclear deal could bring hacking onslaught from Iran – POLITICO

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25 Sep 2017

Man who planted virus in an Army computer program cost taxpayers millions

” A defense contractor was found guilty Wednesday of knowingly transmitting malicious code with the intent of causing damage to an Army computer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a statement Thursday.” Source: Man who planted virus in an Army computer program cost

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25 Sep 2017

Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails

“One of the world’s ‘big four’ accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal. Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of

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22 Sep 2017

DHS tells 21 states they were Russia hacking targets before 2016 election

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified 21 states Friday that Russia attempted to hack their election systems before the 2016 election. In the majority of the states, the Department of Homeland Security only saw preparations for hacking, like scanning to find potential modes for attack. Voting machines are not connected to the

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22 Sep 2017

‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

“When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly. One of the things the West is least prepared to handle about a cyberattack is how quickly the response to it turns political. Defense officials responding to an attack quickly encounter bureaucratic roadblocks and geopolitical

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21 Sep 2017

U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had ‘critical’ cyber weaknesses in January

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detected five ‘critical’ cyber security weaknesses on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s computers as of January 23, 2017, according to a confidential weekly report reviewed by Reuters.” Source: Exclusive: U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had ‘critical’ cyber weaknesses in January

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21 Sep 2017

Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

“The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.” Source: Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

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21 Sep 2017

Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

“An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany,

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