23 Apr 2011

Hack Attack: Sony Confirms PlayStation Network Outage Caused By ‘External Intrusion’

“Unfortunately for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services users, it looks like the widespread network outages will continue. Since Sony’s PlayStation and music networks went down two days ago, there has been a fair amount of public speculation over the cause of the outage. (Largely due to Sony’s tight-lipped handling of

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22 Apr 2011

Flaws Found in Air Traffic Systems

“Though auditors’ attempts to gain access to two computer systems that control air traffic in the United States failed, they discovered during their assessments vulnerabilities that could lead to the seizure of the IT systems. The Department of Transportation’s inspector general hired auditors from the accounting firm Clifton Gunderson to

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21 Apr 2011

Security lags cyberattack threats in critical industries

“Industries crucial to the functioning of society – such as water treatment systems, power plants, and oil and gas facilities – use computer-controlled systems that are under fast-growing cyberattack by hackers, often affiliated with government and organized crime groups, says a new report. These key industries, it adds, often are

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19 Apr 2011

Cyber attack forces ORNL to shut down Internet access

“A highly sophisticated cyber attack — known as Advanced Persistent Threat or APT — forced Oak Ridge National Laboratory to shut down all Internet access and email systems over the weekend. Those restrictions will remain in place until lab officials and others investigating the attack are sure the situation is

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19 Apr 2011

Serial hacker admits breaching Federal Reserve computers

“A Malaysian national has admitted hacking a computer network operated by the US Federal Reserve Bank and possessing stolen payment card data. Lin Mun Poo, 32, entered a guilty plea on Wednesday in US District Court in Brooklyn. In November, prosecutors brought a four-count indictment against him that charged him

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16 Apr 2011

Tibetans under cyber attack

“A VIRUS has attacked the internet connections and email accounts of dozens of Australian Tibetan activists as senior Chinese politician and Tibet negotiator Jia Qinglin arrived in Australia for talks. The affected activists, including the Dalai Lama’s representative in Australia, Sonam Dagpo, say they suspect the Chinese government’s involvement, and

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13 Apr 2011

DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet

“The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have obtained a temporary restraining order allowing them to disrupt a computer virus that created an international botnet controlling more than 2.3 million computers as of early 2010, the DOJ announced Wednesday. In an unprecedented move, the temporary restraining

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11 Apr 2011

New Adobe Flash Zero Day Being Exploited?

“Attackers are exploiting a previously unknown security flaw in Adobe’s ubiquitous Flash Player software to launch targeted attacks, according to several reliable sources. The attacks come less than three weeks after Adobe issued a critical update to fix a different Flash flaw that crooks were similarly exploiting to install malicious

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31 Mar 2011

Comodo: Web attack broader than initially thought

“An attack in which someone fraudulently obtained digital certificates for some major Web sites–which could have been used to impersonate those sites–was broader than originally reported, according to Comodo, a Jersey City, N.J.-based firm that issues the certificates. Another Registration Authority, or RA, that resells digital certificates for Comodo was

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30 Mar 2011

NSA to Investigate Nasdaq Hack

“The National Security Agency has been called in to help investigate recent hack attacks against the company that runs the Nasdaq stock market, according to a news report. The agency’s precise role in the investigation hasn’t been disclosed, but its involvement suggests the October 2010 attacks may have been more

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