17 Oct 2017

Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

“Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.” Source: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database

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17 Oct 2017

House Bill Would Allow Companies to Hack Back—With Limits

“Companies would have broader authority to fight back after hackers breach their networks and steal data under legislation introduced Friday by a bipartisan pair of House lawmakers. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act wouldn’t let companies return digital fire against their attackers by stealing or destroying files.” Source: House Bill

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17 Oct 2017

DHS issues mandate for agencies to beef up their email, web security

“The Department of Homeland Security announced a binding operational directive (BOD) to all federal agencies, ordering them to enhance their email and web security through specific programs.” Source: DHS issues mandate for agencies to beef up their email, web security

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16 Oct 2017

Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw

“A crippling flaw in a widely used code library has fatally undermined the security of millions of encryption keys used in some of the highest-stakes settings, including national identity cards, software- and application-signing, and trusted platform modules protecting government and corporate computers. The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private

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16 Oct 2017

Adobe warns that hackers are exploiting its Flash software

“Adobe Systems Inc warned on Monday that hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in its Flash multimedia software platform in web browsers, and the company urged users to quickly patch their systems to prevent such attacks.” Source: Adobe warns that hackers are exploiting its Flash software

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16 Oct 2017

How A Drive-by Download Attack Locked Down Entire City for 4 Days

“In the final analysis, we believe the ransomware attack originated from a ‘drive-by’ where a single city employee visited and opened a .pdf file that had been compromised on a grant coordination site run by a non-profit. This is not an uncommon risk—a small company or organisation website that doesn’t

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16 Oct 2017

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

“Their track record is mixed, but North Korea’s army of more than 6,000 hackers is undeniably persistent, and undeniably improving, according to American and British security officials who have traced these attacks and others back to the North.” Source: The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. –

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16 Oct 2017

Poland says it repelled 3rd Russian hacking attack

“Poland’s defense minister says the nation’s cyber experts have successfully repelled a third hacking attempt from Russia but warns the cyberattack threat is mounting.” Source: Poland says it repelled 3rd Russian hacking attack

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15 Oct 2017

Pentagon Turns to High-Speed Traders to Fortify Markets Against Cyberattack

“Dozens of high-speed traders and others from Wall Street are helping the Pentagon study how hackers could unleash chaos in the U.S. financial system. The Department of Defense’s research arm over the past year and a half has consulted executives at high-frequency trading firms and quantitative hedge funds, and people

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12 Oct 2017

Joint Strike Fighter plans stolen in Australia cyber attack

“A hacker stole non-classified information about Australia’s Joint Strike Fighter program and other military hardware last year after breaching the network of a defense contractor, the defense industry minister said on Thursday.” Source: Joint Strike Fighter plans stolen in Australia cyber attack

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