07 May 2012

New malware strain locks up computers unless ransom is paid

“A type of ‘ransomware’ hitting users across Europe demands payment for alleged copyright violations, according to a Swiss security blog. “ Source: New malware strain locks up computers unless ransom is paid | Security & Privacy – CNET News

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05 May 2012

Major cyber attack aimed at natural gas pipeline companies

“A major cyber attack is currently underway aimed squarely at computer networks belonging to US natural gas pipeline companies, according to alerts issued by the US Department of Homeland Security.” (Alert: Major cyber attack aimed at natural gas pipeline companies – CSMonitor.com)

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05 May 2012

Everyone Has Been Hacked. Now What?

“The cleverly crafted missive included a link to a malicious webpage, where workers could get information about employee benefits. But instead of getting facts about a health plan or retirement fund, workers who visited the site using Internet Explorer got bit with malicious code that downloaded silently to their machines.”

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04 May 2012

Clinton says she raised cyber issues with China

“The United States expressed growing concern over cyber-intrusions globally during talks with Chinese leaders, the U.S. secretary of state said on Friday.” Source: Clinton says she raised cyber issues with China – Technology & science – Security – msnbc.com

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04 May 2012

NASA, ESA confirm hacks; The Unknowns says systems patched

“Two of the 10 organizations listed in a recent hack attack have confirmed the alleged security breaches. Furthermore, the new hacker group The Unknowns behind the attack says many of the systems have now been patched, which was supposedly their goal.” Source: NASA, ESA confirm hacks; The Unknowns says systems

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04 May 2012

US says won’t pressure allies on cyberthreat firms

“Washington will not pressure its allies to avoid certain telecommunication companies over cybersecurity concerns, a U.S. official said Thursday amid controversy over Australia’s banning Chinese giant Huawei from working on a national broadband network.” Source: US says won’t pressure allies on cyberthreat firms – BusinessWeek

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04 May 2012

Russian Anonymous hacktivists vow to wreck Putin’s inauguration

“A group of hackers calling themselves the Russian branch of the Anonymous Movement promised to launch cyber attacks on the websites of the Russian state agencies to support the opposition. The hackers announced their intent by posting videos on two micro-blogs. In these videos they said that the Russian government

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03 May 2012

Threats to Industrial Systems Are Growing, Says Homeland Security Cyber Chief

“The government is witnessing an uptick in assaults on the computers that control industrial operations such as power transmission and transportation, the top Homeland Security Department cybersecurity official said this week.” Source: Threats to Industrial Systems Are Growing, Says Homeland Security Cyber Chief

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03 May 2012

Microsoft kicks Chinese company out of vulnerability sharing program

“Microsoft has kicked a Chinese security company out of its MAPP vulnerability information sharing program following a recent leak of proof-of-concept code for a serious security hole in all versions of Windows.” Source: Microsoft kicks Chinese company out of vulnerability sharing program | ZDNet

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03 May 2012

GCHQ’s spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

“British intelligence agent Dr Gareth Williams’ last mission before he was ‘unlawfully killed’ was to infiltrate and report on US hacker meetings, evidence given at his inquest this week has indicated. Williams appears to have been one of a team of intelligence officers and agents sent to penetrate hacking networks

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