24 May 2014

U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker event

“U.S. officials are considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese hackers from attending popular summer hacker conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broad effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official said the U.S. government could use such visa restrictions and other measures to keep Chinese nationals from attending the Def Con and Black Hat conferences in August to help maintain pressure on China after the United States this week charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets” Source:U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker event

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21 May 2014

US public utility compromised by brute-force cyber attack

“A major US public utility was compromised by a brute-force attack that managed to bypass security settings and infiltrate systems, it has been revealed. The incident was made public by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), which forms part of the US Department for Homeland Security (DoHS). In an update on activities for the first quarter of 2014 (PDF) the CERT team revealed that it worked with the unnamed utility to analyse the attack type and methods used and provide post-event mitigation.” Source:US public utility compromised by brute-force cyber attack – IT News from V3.co.uk

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21 May 2014

Filipino hackers wage cyberwar on Chinese Web sites

“On Tuesday, the Philippine branch of the hacker collective Anonymous announced on its Facebook page that it had hacked and defaced nearly 200 Chinese government sites. The full list of sites is available in the embedded post below.” Source: Filipino hackers wage cyberwar on Chinese Web sites

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20 May 2014

China denounces US cyber-theft charges

“China has denounced US charges against five of its army officers accused of economic cyber-espionage. Beijing says the US is also guilty of spying on other countries, including China, and accuses the US of hypocrisy and ‘double standards’. China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing over the incident. It says relations will be damaged.” Source:BBC News – China denounces US cyber-theft charges

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19 May 2014

U.S. Charges China With Cyber-Spying on American Firms

“The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against several Chinese government officials, accusing them of stealing American trade secrets through cyber espionage, according to U.S. officials familiar with the case. It’s the first time the United States has brought hacking charges against a state actor. “ Source: U.S. Charges China With Cyber-Spying on American Firms – NBC News.com

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16 May 2014

US retailers set up center for cyber intelligence sharing

“The US Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several of America’s most recognized retail brands, launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC). The R-CISC is an independent organization, the centerpiece of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC). Among those companies participating with and supportive of the R-CISC are American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, J.C. Penney, Lowe’s, Nike, Safeway, Target, VF and Walgreens. “ Source: US retailers set up center for cyber intelligence sharing

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16 May 2014

FBI plans crackdown on cyber crime, with arrests imminent

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation will aggressively crack down on cyber crime over the next few weeks, with a bureau official advising the public to anticipate indictments, searches, and multiple arrests. Robert Anderson Jr. told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington on Wednesday that the bureau has revamped its focus on cyber crime and will show a ‘much more offensive side’ to its enforcement efforts soon. “ Source: FBI plans crackdown on cyber crime, with arrests imminent — RT USA

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16 May 2014

The Future of Crime: 8 Cyber-Crimes to Expect in Next 20 Years

“It’s time for people to stop thinking of cyber-crime as something that only happens on a computer. With the rise of ‘smart’ devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), the maturation of the online black market as a multi-billion dollar industry and the widespread commercial and recreational markets for do-it-yourself hacking tools, cyber attacks will become far more invasive, dangerous and even physical. “ Source: The Future of Crime: 8 Cyber-Crimes to Expect in Next 20 Years | Fox Business

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14 May 2014

Europe’s top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet

“People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results, Europe’s top court said on Tuesday. The case underlines the battle between advocates of free expression and supporters of privacy rights, who say people should have the ‘right to be forgotten’ meaning that they should be able to remove their digital traces from the Internet.” Source: Europe’s top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet | Reuters

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13 May 2014

Microsoft Word Vulnerability Used in Targeted Attacks Against Taiwan

“A recently-patched Microsoft Word vulnerability is being used in attacks against government agencies in Taiwan, researchers with Trend Micro found. The vulnerability, CVE-2014-1761, was the subject of a security advisory from Microsoft back in March, and was patched in April. The presence of a patch however has not stopped attackers from targeting the vulnerability.” Source: Microsoft Word Vulnerability Used in Targeted Attacks Against Taiwan | SecurityWeek.Com

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