12 Apr 2014

Israeli Hackers Expose ‘Anonymous’ Members

“An Israeli hacker calling himself ‘Buddhax’ has reportedly exposed some of the participants of an Anonymous-backed cyberattack that hit a number of Israeli websites this week, Haaretz reported. Posting on the Israeli Elite Force Facebook page, ‘Buddhax’ linked to a Dropbox document with names, IP addresses, locations, and photos — many of which apparently came right off the ‘Anonymous’ members’ personal webcams.” Source:Israeli Hackers Expose ‘Anonymous’ Members – Business Insider

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12 Apr 2014

US opted for diplomacy over hacking to curb Iran cyberattacks in 2012

“Throughout 2012, an ongoing series of distributed denial of service attacks crippled a number of American’s biggest banks, including Bank of America, PNC, and HSBC — attacks that are believed to have attributed from Iran, possibly as retribution for the US-funded Flame and Stuxnet malware that was meant to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Now, The Washington Post has revealed details on the US response to those attacks, and the response was surprisingly diplomatic from a country that has come under fire recently for the NSA’s incredibly aggressive data collection tactics.” Source:US opted for diplomacy over hacking to curb Iran cyberattacks in 2012 | The Verge

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12 Apr 2014

Feds Address Antitrust Concerns On Cyberthreat Sharing

“Justice Dept. and FTC confirm that sharing cybersecurity threat information is not an antitrust law violation. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are trying to allay private-sector fears that sharing cyberthreat information could be seen as a violation of antitrust laws. In an important signal to private enterprises, on Thursday the DOJ Antitrust Division and the FTC released a joint policy statement to ‘make it clear that they do not believe that antitrust is — or should be — a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing.’” Source:Feds Address Antitrust Concerns On Cyberthreat Sharing – InformationWeek

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11 Apr 2014

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

“The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.” Source:NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years – Bloomberg

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11 Apr 2014

Hagel releases cyber warfare plans to China

“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in China this week that he had authorized releasing details of the U.S. cyber warfare doctrine unilaterally to China in a bid to win similar cooperation from Beijing. So far, China has not reciprocated in discussing one of its most secret operations — military cyber warfare programs to attack foreign computer networks for spying and sabotage, U.S. officials said.” Source:Inside the Ring: Hagel releases cyber warfare plans to China – Washington Times

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10 Apr 2014

New federal rule requires banks to fight DDoS attacks

“Banks and financial institutions regulated by the federal government must now monitor for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against their networks and have a plan in place to try and mitigate against such attacks, a federal regulatory body said this week. “ Source: New federal rule requires banks to fight DDoS attacks – Network World

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10 Apr 2014

Turkey keeps YouTube block despite court ruling

“Turkish authorities defied court orders and reaffirmed a ban on YouTube imposed after the posting of illicit recordings of top secret security talks that was cited by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as part of a ‘dirty campaign’ to topple him.” Source: Turkey keeps YouTube block despite court ruling | GulfNews.com

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09 Apr 2014

Facebook’s new face recognition knows you from the side

“Facebook researchers published a paper last month in which they detailed the capabilities of a new artificial intelligence system known as ‘DeepFace.’ When asked whether two photos show the same person, DeepFace answers correctly 97.25% of the time; that’s just a shade behind humans, who clock in at 97.53%. “ Source: Facebook’s new face recognition knows you from the side – Apr. 4, 2014

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09 Apr 2014

Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeout Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

“Unable to breach the computer network at a big oil company, hackers infected with malware the online menu of a Chinese restaurant that was popular with employees. When the workers browsed the menu, they inadvertently downloaded code that gave the attackers a foothold in the business’s vast computer network.” Source: Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeout Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

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08 Apr 2014

Russia Hacks a U.S. Drone in Crimea as Cyberwarfare Has Gone Wireless

“Recent reports indicate that Russian forces used hacking to intercept a U.S. surveillance drone flying over the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. Allegedly, hackers were able to sever the connection between the drone and its operator using ‘complex radio-electronic technology.’ Additional coverage indicates a wide range of cyberactivities under way during the standoff, from primitive vandalism of Russian websites by Ukrainian hackers to more sophisticated operations, such as the possible Russian use of ‘Snake’ malware to stealthily siphon information from various networks.” Source:Russia Hacks a U.S. Drone in Crimea as Cyberwarfare Has Gone Wireless – US News

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