03 Nov 2014

The world is due ‘a major cyber attack causing widespread harm’ before 2025

“The world is likely to suffer a major cyber attack causing ‘widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself’ before 2025, according to a survey of more than 1,600 experts carried out by the Pew Research Center.” Source:The world is due ‘a major cyber attack causing widespread

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03 Nov 2014

FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance

“The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world. Civil liberties groups warn that the proposed rule change

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01 Nov 2014

Drupal sites had “hours” to patch before attacks started

“Nearly a million websites running the popular Drupal content management system had only hours to update their software before attacks likely compromised the systems, thanks to a widespread vulnerability, the Drupal security team warned this week. On October 15, the security team for the Drupal content management system announced the discovery of a

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31 Oct 2014

Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data

“Researchers at the security startup Shape Security say they’ve found a strain of malware on a client’s network that uses that new, furtive form of ‘command and control’—the communications channel that connects hackers to their malicious software—allowing them to send the programs updates and instructions and retrieve stolen data. Because

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31 Oct 2014

Millions of websites hit by Drupal hack attack

“Up to 12 million websites may have been compromised by attackers who took advantage of a bug in the widely used Drupal software.” Source: BBC News – Millions of websites hit by Drupal hack attack

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30 Oct 2014

Retailers Facing Intensified Cyberthreat This Holiday Season

“Retailers not surprisingly are on edge entering this year’s holiday shopping season after an epic wave of data breaches this past year. Adding to their stress: The shopping season also marks an annual ‘holiday freeze’ period, where no new security tools or other IT projects go live as critical transaction

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30 Oct 2014

Australia Proposes New Data-Retention Laws

“The Australian government introduced new laws aimed at forcing phone companies and Internet-service providers to store customer-usage information for at least two years, defying critics who say snooping by intelligence agencies has already gone too far.” Source: Australia Proposes New Data-Retention Laws – WSJ – WSJ

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29 Oct 2014

White House’s unclassified computer network hacked

“Hackers have recently breached the White House’s unclassified computer network. The White House says it has taken steps to address suspicious activity detected on its network. No details were released on who may have been responsible or when the activity occurred. An official said ‘activity of concern’ was detected while

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28 Oct 2014

Hacking Trail Leads to Russia, Experts Say

“Earlier this year, investigators for Silicon Valley security company FireEye Inc. visited a U.S. firm to determine who, and what, sneaked into the firm’s network harboring military secrets.” Source: Hacking Trail Leads to Russia, Experts Say – WSJ – WSJ

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28 Oct 2014

Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group

“A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but also dissidents inside and outside China.” Source: Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group – The

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