16 Jan 2018

Trust War: Dangerous Trends in Cyber Conflict

“However, so far, cyber conflict has taken a different path. While the threat to factories, power grids, and refineries remains — and may be growing as more things are connected to the internet — cyber-attacks have generally sought to subvert the integrity of political, social, and economic systems, rather than

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12 Jan 2018

Pentagon Thwarts 36 Million Email Breach Attempts Daily

“Every day, the Defense Department thwarts 36 million emails full of malware, viruses and phishing schemes from hackers, terrorists and foreign adversaries trying to gain unauthorized access to military systems.” Source: Pentagon Thwarts 36 Million Email Breach Attempts Daily – Nextgov

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11 Jan 2018

Why ordinary Iranians are turning to internet backdoors to beat censorship

“Social media in Iran is carefully controlled, but its usefulness – including in organising protests – leads many ordinary Iranians to see out ways around the censors.” Source: Why ordinary Iranians are turning to internet backdoors to beat censorship – BBC News

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11 Jan 2018

macOS Malware Creator Charged With Spying on Thousands of PCs Over 13 Years

“The U.S. Justice Department unsealed 16-count indictment charges on Wednesday against a computer programmer from Ohio who is accused of creating and installing spyware on thousands of computers for more than 13 years. According to the indictment, 28-year-old Phillip R. Durachinsky is the alleged author of FruitFly malware that was

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10 Jan 2018

FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption ‘urgent public safety issue’

“The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an ‘urgent public safety issue,’ FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday as he sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security.” Source: FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption ‘urgent public safety

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10 Jan 2018

Why more agencies aren’t starting bug bounty programs

“The Department of Defense has been lauded as the first agency in the federal government to institute a bug bounty program. While limited in scope as compared to private-sector programs, Hack the Pentagon, as it’s known, sought to invite vetted hackers into its doors with the aim of discovering vulnerabilities

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10 Jan 2018

The FBI Is Disrupting 10X Fewer Cyber Crime Rings Than In 2015

“FBI agents took down or disrupted only about one-tenth as many cyber criminal operations during the 2017 fiscal year as they did three years earlier, according to annual reports.” Source: The FBI Is Disrupting 10X Fewer Cyber Crime Rings Than In 2015 – Nextgov

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08 Jan 2018

Undersea cables the Achilles’ heel in lead-up to new cold war

“Hostile acts against submerged Internet cables would put critical communications, trillions of dollars in transactions and the world economy at risk” Source: Undersea cables the Achilles’ heel in lead-up to new cold war | Asia Times

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08 Jan 2018

The Free Market Won’t Fix Botnets, Government Report Says

“The current booming market for internet-connected devices, such as cameras, thermostats and home assistants, doesn’t sufficiently incentivize companies to secure their smart products or penalize them when those products are breached, according to a draft report released Friday by the Commerce and Homeland Security departments.” Source: The Free Market Won’t

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05 Jan 2018

The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent

“But the computing power that gives cyber-defenders super-tools to detect attacks can be misused, as well. Last year, scientists at MIT and the University of Innsbruck were able to build a quantum computer with just five qubits, conceptually demonstrating the ability of future quantum computers to break the RSA encryption scheme.” Source:

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