11 Dec 2012

25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in <6 hours

“A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster that can cycle through as many as 350 billion guesses per second. It’s an almost unprecedented speed that can try every possible Windows passcode in the typical enterprise in less than six hours.” Source:25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in <6

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11 Dec 2012

Australian Defence Force Academy Hacked

“A lone hacker stole the personal details of thousands of Australian military staff during an audacious attack he conducted ‘for fun’. The raid, which breached a university database at the Australian Defence Force Academy last month, is one of the worst known cyber attacks on a government organisation in this

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10 Dec 2012

Russian hackers hold Gold Coast doctors to ransom

“Russian hackers are holding a Gold Coast medical centre to ransom after encrypting thousands of patient health records. The hackers are demanding a ransom of $4,000 to decrypt the sensitive information held on a server at the Miami Family Medical Centre.” Source:Russian hackers hold Gold Coast doctors to ransom

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10 Dec 2012

Hong Kong cops open £700k cyber security centre

“The Hong Kong government has thrown HK$9 million (£730,000) at a new Cyber Security Centre in a bid to tackle the growing threat to critical infrastructure in the Special Administrative Region of China.” Source:Hong Kong cops open £700k cyber security centre • The Register

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10 Dec 2012

Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites

“Hacktivists claiming to hail from the Pakistan Cyber Army have defaced over 400 Chinese government web sites and also hit in excess of 20 Bangladeshi government sites.” Source:Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites • The Register

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09 Dec 2012

Saudi Aramco says cyber attack targeted kingdom’s economy

“Oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom’s economy as a whole. The interior ministry, which joined Aramco’s investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm’s computers, said it was carried

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09 Dec 2012

Secret Service launches investigation into ‘immense’ security breach as computer files left on metro

“The US Secret Service has begun an investigation over an ‘immense’ security breach in which an employee left computer tapes on a metro train.” Source:Secret Service launches investigation into ‘immense’ security breach as computer files left on metro – Telegraph

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06 Dec 2012

U.S. spy agencies to report on cyber-attacks from abroad

“The U.S. intelligence community is nearing completion of its first detailed review of cyber-spying against American targets from abroad, including an attempt to calculate U.S. financial losses from hacker attacks based in China, officials said. The National Intelligence Estimate, the first involving cyber-espionage, also will seek to determine how large

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06 Dec 2012

Cyberattacks in Israel and Gaza Increased After Cease Fire Declared

“Cyberattacks were part of the recent deadly bombing campaign between Israel and Gaza from the beginning, as hackers aligned with both sides targeted the opposition’s websites and servers. However, cybersecurity firm Cloudflare noticed something interesting when a cease-fire was declared: the fighting’s focus moved from the physical space into the

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06 Dec 2012

Cyber-warfare: Hype and fear

“Even as anxiety about jihadi terrorist threats has eased, thanks to the efforts of intelligence agencies and drone attacks’ disruption of the militants’ sanctuaries, fears over Western societies’ vulnerability to cyber-assaults have grown. Political and military leaders miss no chance to declare that cyberwar is already upon us. America’s defence

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