14 Feb 2013

Police hold 11 over ransomware scam ‘affecting thousands’

“A complex cybercrime network spreading ransomware designed to extort money has been shut down, police have said.” Source: BBC News – Police hold 11 over ransomware scam ‘affecting thousands’

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12 Feb 2013

Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install its own security product

“IT security biz Bit9’s private digital certificates were copied by hackers and used to cryptographically sign malware to infect the company’s customers. The software-whitelisting firm’s certificates were swiped when its core systems were hacked last week. The intruders then signed malicious code and distributed it to the company’s corporate clients.”

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12 Feb 2013

Analysts warn Britain faces 20 year cyber-attack threat

“Computer experts have warned that the UK faces a two decade long period of ineffective cyber defences as the country struggles to plug a skills gap of trained IT specialists to manage existing infrastructure.” Source:Analysts warn Britain faces 20 year cyber-attack threat | The Drum

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07 Feb 2013

China is world’s most malware-ridden nation

“Some 55 per cent of Chinese computers are infected with malware, the highest of any country worldwide, according to the latest Annual Security Report from Panda Security. The Spanish security vendor’s Panda Labs research team reported 27 million new strains of malware in 2012, bringing the total in its database

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07 Feb 2013

‘$1m-a-year’ botnet shut down by Microsoft and Symantec

“A botnet that was believed to be illegally raking in more than $1m (£640,000) a year, has been shut down by security experts. Teams working with Microsoft and anti-virus specialists Symantec raided several data centres in the US.” Source:BBC News – ‘$1m-a-year’ botnet shut down by Microsoft and Symantec

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07 Feb 2013

U.S. Federal Reserve web site hacked

“The Federal Reserve has acknowledged that an outside party gained access to its website and a limited amount of data, raising questions about the central bank’s cyber-security measures.” Source:Hackers access Fed site, data – Feb. 6, 2013

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07 Feb 2013

EU’s New Cybersecurity Directive Orders States To Set Up Emergency Response Teams, Better Risk Mgmt For Verticals

“With hacking and malware on the rise, Europe is cracking down on cybersecurity: today the European Commission, working with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is launching a new cybersecurity strategy along with a proposed directive on how to implement it (both embedded below).

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07 Feb 2013

Vulnerability Lets Hackers Control Building Locks, Electricity, Elevators and More

“A critical vulnerability discovered in an industrial control system used widely by the military, hospitals and others would allow attackers to remotely control electronic door locks, lighting systems, elevators, electricity and boiler systems, video surveillance cameras, alarms and other critical building facilities, say two security researchers. The vulnerability in the

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02 Feb 2013

Washington Post Also Broadly Infiltrated By Chinese Hackers in 2012

In the past 48 hours: Hacks disclosed by Twitter, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Now allegations the Washington Post was also compromised. “The Washington Post was among several major U.S. newspapers that spent much of 2012 trying to untangle its newsroom computer networks from a Web of malicious

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02 Feb 2013

Google boss Schmidt labels China an ‘IT menace’

“Google Chairman Eric Schmidt uses a new book to call China an Internet menace that backs cyber-crime for economic and political gain, reports say. The New Digital Age – due for release in April – reportedly brands China ‘the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information’.” Source:BBC News –

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