13 May 2014

Japan to Cooperate With Israel on Defense, Cyber Security

“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to boost ties between their nations after meeting in Tokyo today, with a particular emphasis on security cooperation. “ Source: Japan to Cooperate With Israel on Defense, Cyber Security – Bloomberg

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07 May 2014

Pakistani parliament lifts YouTube ban

“Pakistan’s parliament on Tuesday voted unanimously to lift a ban on YouTube, in a non-binding resolution that was nonetheless welcomed by free speech campaigners as an important symbolic move. The video-sharing website has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012 over its hosting of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ movie that sparked furious protests around the world.” Source: Pakistani parliament lifts YouTube ban | GulfNews.com

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05 May 2014

Target’s Chief Resigns in Wake of Data Breach

“Gregg Steinhafel, the chairman and chief executive of Target, resigned on Monday, the latest in a series of moves made by the company as it struggles to recover from last year’s holiday data breach of customer information. The company’s board made the announcement, saying that the resignation of Mr. Steinhafel, who had been with Target for 35 years, occurred after extensive discussions.” Source: Target’s Chief Resigns in Wake of Data Breach – NYTimes.com

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02 May 2014

Eugene Kaspersky: major cyberterrorist attack is only matter of time

“A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants and cause widespread death and destruction by bringing down planes, traffic systems and defence networks. But whether a scenario like that imagined in the 2007 film Die Hard 4 would happen is now a question of when, rather than if – according to renowned security expert Eugene Kaspersky.” Source: Eugene Kaspersky: major cyberterrorist attack is only matter of time | Technology | theguardian.com

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02 May 2014

4 Vietnamese Men Suspected of Installing SMS Trojans on 100,000 Phones Arrested

“Four individuals have been arrested by Vietnamese police on suspicion of stealing close to $100,000 (€72,000) after installing mobile malware on the smartphones of more than 100,000 users.” Source: 4 Vietnamese Men Suspected of Installing SMS Trojans on 100,000 Phones Arrested

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29 Apr 2014

Microsoft ‘must release’ data held on Dublin server

“A judge in the US has ordered Microsoft to hand over a customer’s emails, even though the data is held in Ireland. The company had attempted to challenge the search warrant on the basis that the information was stored exclusively on computer servers outside the US. “ Source: BBC News – Microsoft ‘must release’ data held on Dublin server

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25 Apr 2014

The Canadian Government’s ‘Secure’ Phones Come Straight from the NSA

“World leaders may be fretting over whether the NSA bugged their phones, but Canadian government officials aren’t particularly worried—they bought theirs directly from the agency. A survey of procurement records kept on public government websites reveals that Canada has spent over $50 million purchasing a bevy of secure communications equipment from the largest branch of the American intelligence community.  “ Source: The Canadian Government’s ‘Secure’ Phones Come Straight from the NSA | Motherboard

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24 Apr 2014

All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat

“The next hacker playground: the open seas – and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this internet age, as more devices are hooked up online, so they become more vulnerable to attack. As industries like maritime and energy connect ships, containers and rigs to computer networks, they expose weaknesses that hackers can exploit.” Source: All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat | Reuters

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23 Apr 2014

FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks

“The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans’ personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.” Source: Exclusive: FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks | Reuters

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19 Apr 2014

Michaels Confirms Data Breach After Weeks of Analysis, 2.6 Million Cards Impacted

“In January, we learned that arts and crafts retail chain Michaels Stores might have suffered a data breach. Now, after weeks of investigation, the company has confirmed that cybercriminals breached not only its systems, but the ones of its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, as well.” Source: Michaels Confirms Data Breach After Weeks of Analysis, 2.6 Million Cards Impacted

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