16 May 2011

Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace

“Today, I am proud to announce the United States’ first, comprehensive International Strategy for Cyberspace (pdf). The International Strategy is a historic policy document for the 21st Century — one that explains, for audiences at home and abroad, what the U.S. stands for internationally in cyberspace, and how we plan

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26 Apr 2011

Texas Spends $1.8 Million on Data Breach As Lawsuits Loom

“The Texas state comptroller’s office has already spent $1.8 million to mitigate the yearlong data breach in which names and Social Security numbers were exposed. The total cost is expected to be even higher as the lawsuits start rolling in. Personal information belonging to approximately 3.5 million people in Texas

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26 Apr 2011

Sony: Hacker stole PlayStation users’ personal info

“A hacker has obtained the personal information of PlayStation Network account holders and subscribers of the Qriocity streaming service, Sony said in a message to customers Tuesday. Sony’s investigations over the past week determined that an ‘unauthorized person’ had obtained users’ names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, birth dates and passwords,

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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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