14 Jun 2013

Medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, warns FDA

“The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to the healthcare industry, calling for more vigilance when it comes to protecting medical devices from hacking. Anything from Pacemakers to hospital x-ray machines are at risk, thanks to a wide array of lax cybersecurity practices like ‘hard-coded passwords,’ out-of-date

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13 Jun 2013

Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election

Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election. via BBC News – Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election.

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12 Jun 2013

Drudge Report Links to Malware-Infected Story

“Drudge readers who clicked on the Free Beacon link would in many cases have been infected immediately. The malware being used had polymorphic code, meaning it changes often and would not have been detected by code-analyzing anti-virus software.” Source:Drudge Report Links to Malware-Infected Story – Technology & science – Tech

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12 Jun 2013

NSA chief says data disrupted ‘dozens’ of plots

“The US electronic spying chief has said massive surveillance programmes newly revealed by an ex-intelligence worker had disrupted dozens of terror plots. In a US Senate hearing, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander defended the internet and telephone data snooping programmes. Also, US Secretary of State John Kerry said

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12 Jun 2013

Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility

“We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique. In fact, in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier’s

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11 Jun 2013

Another advanced hacking crew from China is revealed – Red Star

“In the spirit of last February’s report by Mandiant detailing the exploits of a Chinese-government-linked hacker group, Russian IT security giant Kaspersky Lab today released a report on another sophisticated Chinese cyber-espionage outfit, dubbed the Red Star APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) by the lab. According to the lab, this advanced hacker group

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11 Jun 2013

EU to vote on harsher penalties for hackers

“The EU has drafted a new directive that includes harsher penalties for those convicted of hacking. The European Parliament last week approved a draft of the proposal and will vote on it in July.” Source: EU to vote on harsher penalties for hackers | Naked Security

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11 Jun 2013

The Value of a Hacked Email Account

“One prominent credential seller in the underground peddles iTunes accounts for $8, and Fedex.com, Continental.com and United.com accounts for USD $6. Groupon.com accounts fetch $5, while $4 buys hacked credentials at registrar and hosting provider Godaddy.com, as well as wireless providers Att.com, Sprint.com, Verizonwireless.com, and Tmobile.com. Active accounts at Facebook

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11 Jun 2013

Why Insiders, Not Hackers, Are the Biggest Threat to Cybersecurity

“The National Security Agency leaks by Edward Snowden will easily go down as one of the biggest revelations of the year, if not the decade. But the episode also raises new questions about the risk that insiders pose to government and corporate cybersecurity, in spite of the attention lavished on

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11 Jun 2013

Bleak Outlook For Global Defense Industry

“It’s not just that the pie is getting smaller: Traditional defense firms’ percentage slice of that pie is shrinking as well. That’s because what little growth is happening is increasingly moving away from old-fashioned heavy metal – tanks, ships, planes – to information technology, from sensors to communications to cybersecurity.

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