07 Dec 2016

N. Korea likely hacked S. Korea cyber command

“North Korea appears to have hacked South Korea’s cyber command in what could be the latest cyberattack against Seoul, the military here said Tuesday, . ‘It seems the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware. We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been

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07 Dec 2016

NSA’s best are ‘leaving in big numbers,’ insiders say

“Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency’s most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander told a room full of journalism students, professors and cybersecurity executives Tuesday. The retired general and other insiders say a combination

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07 Dec 2016

Corporations Cite Reputational Damage As Biggest Cyber Risk

“Among the companies that disclosed privacy risk, 83% cited reputational harm as the top digital risk factor. This surpassed civil litigation (60%), regulatory enforcement (51%), and remediation (50%). Less than half (43%) cited the risk of failing to comply with privacy laws and regulations. Brand damage causes more immediate damage

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06 Dec 2016

Pennsylvania State Prosecutor’s Office Paid Ransom In ‘Avalanche’ Ransomware Attack

“Allegheny County state prosecutor’s office paid attackers $1,400 in Bitcoin to free its data. Remember that massive international takedown of the Avalanche botnet network last week that supported a major cybercrime ring? Well, at least one of the hundreds of thousands of victims of the operation has admitted publicly that it

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06 Dec 2016

Trump Should Follow Obama’s Cybersecurity Lead: Analysts

“President-elect Donald Trump should choose carefully from the White House’s recommended cybersecurity best practices and policies menu, analysts say. The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity’s report looks at ‘different paradigms for what cybersecurity means for national security as well economic security,’ and reconfigures what companies and government agencies need to

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06 Dec 2016

Government cybersecurity readiness declining, according to survey

“The government sector is unprepared in aggregating risk intelligence and performing risk assessments, according to the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card compiled by Tenable Network Security and research partner CyberEdge Group.” Source: Government cybersecurity readiness declining, according to survey

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06 Dec 2016

San Francisco Subway Responds to Ransomware with Free Rides

“As the San Francisco subway system worked to rid itself of ransomware, customers enjoyed free rides over the holiday weekend. To keep operating, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency turned off ticket machines and gates at subway stations Nov. 25 through Sunday morning. ‘This action was to minimize any potential

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06 Dec 2016

North Korea’s Linux-based Red Star OS can be Hacked Remotely with just a Link

“North Korea’s own homegrown computer operating system, that’s supposed to be fully hacker proof and more secure than foreign OS, like Microsoft’s Windows, can easily be hacked remotely. A group of hackers managed to break into Red Star OS — North Korea’s government sanctioned Linux-based OS — using just a

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06 Dec 2016

DailyMotion Hacked — 85 Million User Accounts Stolen

“This time a popular video sharing platform DailyMotion has allegedly been hacked and tens of millions of users information have been stolen. Breach notification service LeakedSource announced the data breach on Monday after the company obtained 85.2 Million records from Dailymotion.” Source: DailyMotion Hacked — 85 Million User Accounts Stolen

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06 Dec 2016

Putin Approves New Cybersecurity Doctrine

“Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed off on a broad-ranging plan aimed at bolstering the country’s defenses against cyberattacks from abroad and cracking down on perceived foreign influence. The Kremlin’s new ‘information security doctrine’ comes as attention has focused on the rise in state-sponsored hacking after the US blamed

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