13 Sep 2012

Terrorists Pose Cyber Security Threat, Former Defense Secretary Says

“In a keynote today at the ISC2 Security Congress in Philadelphia, Gates – who served as defense secretary from 2006 and 2011 and is also a former director of the CIA – said the threat of cyber-war waged by nation-states in some ways is less problematic than the prospect of attacks from

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13 Sep 2012

Electromagnetic pulse could knock out U.S. power grid

“U.S. power grids and other civilian infrastructure are not prepared for electromagnetic pulses that could result from weapons or violent space weather, according to testimony at a congressional subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Panelists at the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, told Chairman Dan Lungren R-Calif.,

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13 Sep 2012

BlackHole 2.0 gives hackers stealthier ways to pwn

“A new version of the BlackHole exploit kit is now out on the web and ready to start infecting. The developer of the toolkit, who goes by the handle ‘Paunch,’ recently announced the availability of Blackhole 2.0,  which removes much of its trove of known and patched exploits, and replaces

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13 Sep 2012

Microsoft disrupts millions of botnet connections after discovering PCs with preloaded malware

“Microsoft revealed this week that it has helped disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware in an attempt to slow the emerging threat of the Nitol botnet. In an operation codenamed b70, Microsoft discovered retailers in China selling computers with counterfeit versions of Windows loaded with malware. Part of

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12 Sep 2012

Internet: from digital diplomacy to cyber warfare

“It is not already a fancy chiller but it something of a practical nature. And we are more and more getting involved into the wars of the 21st century, and those wars slowly but surely are moving to outer space and cyber space. Of course Internet is still operating and

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11 Sep 2012

Breaking Bad – How America’s biggest corporations became cyber vigilantes.

“The Pentagon is gearing up for cyber-warfare. General Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, testified in March that the Department of Defense ‘is conducting a coordinated, thorough review with the Joint Staff of existing standing rules of engagement on cyberspace. These revised standing rules of engagement should give us

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11 Sep 2012

US, Indian computer response teams to carry out virtual battle

” Experts from India and the US will test each other’s skills and capabilities in tackling cyber security threats this week, in the first such exercise of its kind. Computer emergency response team (CERT) members will generate live threats and carry out attacks on critical infrastructure. These will need to

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10 Sep 2012

Go Daddy-serviced Web sites taken down in apparent attack

“Web sites serviced by DNS and hosting provider Go Daddy were down today. A hacker using the ‘Anonymous Own3r’ Twitter account claimed credit for the outage.” Source:Go Daddy-serviced Web sites taken down in apparent attack | Security & Privacy – CNET News

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10 Sep 2012

Al-Jazeera SMS service attacked by pro-Syrian hackers

“The mobile service of Qatar-based news network al-Jazeera Arabic has been hacked.” Source: BBC News – Al-Jazeera SMS service attacked by pro-Syrian hackers

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10 Sep 2012

Sleuths Trace New Zero-Day Attacks to Hackers Who Hit Google

“It’s been more than two years since Google broke corporate protocol by revealing that it had been the victim of a persistent and sophisticated hack, traced to intruders in China that the company all but said were working for the government. And it turns out the hacker gang that hit

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