01 Nov 2012

Data security breach expands to 657K SC businesses; suit filed against state

“As many as 657,000 S.C. businesses had their tax information stolen in the massive security breach at the state Department of Revenue that also claimed the records of up to 3.6 million people, Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday. Since Friday, when they announced the hacking publicly, state officials had said

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01 Nov 2012

Cyber attack bigger threat than Sandy

“As electric companies continue to restore power from Hurricane Sandy, a potentially more devastating threat is looming — from cyber criminals who may try to get control of the power grid. Cyber criminals and nations are increasingly using the Internet, as well as traditional spying techniques, to infiltrate the computer

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01 Nov 2012

Russia internet blacklist law takes effect

“A law that aims to protect children from harmful internet content by allowing the government to take sites offline has taken effect in Russia. The authorities are now able to blacklist and force offline certain websites without a trial.” Source:BBC News – Russia internet blacklist law takes effect

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31 Oct 2012

GCHQ to trawl Facebook and Twitter for intelligence

“Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest: all of them could be the source of valuable intelligence that the UK’s intelligence agencies want to know about – and now government eavesdropping and security agency GCHQ is developing new tools to sift through them for nuggets of useful data.” Source: GCHQ to trawl

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30 Oct 2012

SC revenue agency says hacker also breached companies’ tax information

“South Carolina companies also fell victim to an international computer hacker, the state revenue director said Tuesday. Director Jim Etter told senators that companies’ state identification numbers were in the accessed file, but he didn’t yet know the scope.” Source: SC revenue agency says hacker also breached companies’ tax information;

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30 Oct 2012

How Israel Police computers were hacked

“The cyberwar is already here, and Israel apparently lost the first round. After a suspicious file was found to have been circulating on police computers, the department decided to take all its computers offline last Thursday – and as of Sunday, full Internet connectivity had not yet been restored. What’s

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30 Oct 2012

Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

“Hackers managed to get login credentials for Experian’s credit scoring reports after they broke into the systems of Abilene Telco Federal Credit Union last year, it has emerged. Crooks gained access to the west Texan bank’s systems after hacking into an employee’s computer. The September 2011 breach allowed the hackers

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30 Oct 2012

Irked by cyberspying, Georgia outs Russia-based hacker

“In an unprecedented move, the country of Georgia — irritated by persistent cyber-spying attacks — has published two photos of a Russia-based hacker who, the Georgians allege, waged a persistent, months-long campaign that stole confidential information from Georgian government ministries, parliament, banks and NGOs” Source: Irked by cyberspying, Georgia outs

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30 Oct 2012

Haley: SCDOR hacker was ‘terribly sophisticated’

“South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley held another press conference about the situation after a hacker accessed the Social Security numbers of 3.6 million South Carolina taxpayers. Tuesday’s press conference was the third in nearly as many days since news broke of the hacking. On Friday, state officials revealed a hacker

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29 Oct 2012

DHS Warns of ‘Hacktivist’ Threat Against Industrial Control Systems

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning that a witches brew of recent events make it increasingly likely that politically or ideologically motivated hackers may launch digital attacks against industrial control systems. The alert was issued the same day that security researchers published information about an undocumented software backdoor

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