15 Mar 2017

Facebook and Instagram Will No Longer Allow Their Data to Be Used for Surveillance

“Facebook says it wants to be absolutely clear: Its data isn’t for the taking by companies that sell your location to law-enforcement agencies.” Source: Facebook and Instagram Will No Longer Allow Their Data to Be Used for Surveillance – Nextgov.com

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15 Mar 2017

White House’s Annual Cyber Report Counts 30,000 Incidents but Only 16 are ‘Major’

“Federal agencies have made solid progress securing their sensitive data against malicious hackers and employee lapses, but there’s still a long road ahead, according to a recently released White House report.” Source: White House’s Annual Cyber Report Counts 30,000 Incidents but Only 16 are ‘Major’ – Nextgov.com

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14 Mar 2017

The Statistics Canada Site Was Hacked By an Unknown Attacker

“Parts of the Canada Revenue Agency website were also shut down over the same vulnerability, smack in the middle of tax season. The Statistics Canada website was hacked by an unknown attacker, officials said in a briefing in Ottawa on Monday, leading to the site being taken offline from Thursday

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14 Mar 2017

US military leak exposes ‘holy grail’ of security clearance files

“A unsecured backup drive has exposed thousands of US Air Force documents, including highly sensitive personnel files on senior and high-ranking officers. Security researchers found that the gigabytes of files were accessible to anyone because the internet-connected backup drive was not password protected.” Source: US military leak exposes ‘holy grail’

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10 Mar 2017

Japan: The Reluctant Cyberpower

“Japan’s cyberdefenses remain underdeveloped compared to the country’s great reliance on information and communications technology. Despite Japan’s initial slow response to the security challenges emerging from cyberspace, this paper posits that cybersecurity under the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has moved to the core of the country’s national

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09 Mar 2017

Trump leaves key cybersecurity jobs vacant across the government

“The Trump administration is leaving many top technology jobs across government vacant, raising concerns about the security and maintenance of federal computer systems in the wake of an election where hacks dominated the headlines. The White House’s own cybersecurity practices are another source of concern, say experts. Of the nine

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09 Mar 2017

Pakistan threatens to block social media over ‘blasphemy’

“A Pakistani court has ordered the government to open an investigation into online ‘blasphemy’, threatening to ban social media networks if they failed to censor content deemed insulting to Islam, lawyers said Thursday.” Source: Pakistan threatens to block social media over ‘blasphemy’ – News – JamaicaObserver.com

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09 Mar 2017

Kenya police busts ring of KRA, bank hackers

“Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), several blue-chip banks, a parastatal and a supermarket chain are some of the institutions penetrated by an international cybercrime syndicate that took off with hundreds of millions of shillings – before they were all seized on Monday and Tuesday.” Source: Kenya police busts ring of KRA,

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09 Mar 2017

When it comes to cybersecurity, the satellite industry stands out

“The satellite community is different when it comes to cybersecurity and the threat environment, according to one satellite executive. While the satellite industry has some of the same threats others in the commercial sector face, these space-based assets carry communications that are mission-critical, and because of that ‘some of the

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09 Mar 2017

Zero Day Exploits Rarely Discovered By More Than One Group

“The first major finding is that the average life expectancy of a zero-day exploit and its underlying vulnerability is fairly long: 6.9 years, or 2,521 days. A quarter of the vulnerabilities do not survive to a year and a half, the report continues, and another quarter live for over nine

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