06 Oct 2010

Pentagon: The global cyberwar is just beginning

“The Pentagon is rapidly preparing for cyberwar in the face of alarming and growing threats, say senior defense officials, who add that sophisticated attacks have prompted them to take the striking step of investigating the feasibility of expanding NATO’s collective defense tenet to include cyberspace.” (Pentagon: The global cyberwar is

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06 Oct 2010

Microsoft: Ban ‘sick’ PCs from the Internet

“The problem with PCs infected with bots has stymied security professionals ever since botnets came into wide use among cyber criminals. Attempts to shut down the command-and-control servers only temporarily have any effect, and investigators take months — or years — to nab the those responsible for the attacks. Now

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30 Sep 2010

Facebook offers peek at incoming malware attacks

“The malware gang behind the Koobface malware attacks on social networks raked in about $35,000 a week ($1.8 million a year) in 2009, according to Facebook security researcher Nick Bilogorskiy. During a keynote address at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here, Bilogorskiy said the Koobface gang controls a massive botnet

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30 Sep 2010

In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

“Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. “ (In a Computer

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29 Sep 2010

Iran denies cyberattack hurt nuclear program — but expert isn’t sure

“Iran denied Wednesday that its nuclear systems had been infected with a virus, after days of reports that a new kind of malware had struck the Bushehr nuclear plant. But the head of its nuclear program admitted that a virus had been found on the personal laptops of some staff

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29 Sep 2010

Metropolitan Police cracks Zeus crime ring

“The Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested 19 people on suspicion of using a well known malware program to steal millions from bank accounts, according to widespread reports. The Metropolitan Police unit arrested 15 men and four women aged 23 to 47 in dawn raids on Monday in the

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28 Sep 2010

LinkedIn Spam Attack Spreads ZeuS Malware

“Researchers at Cisco Security Intelligence Operations on Monday detected a new spam attack in the form of a false LinkedIn connection request. According to Cisco, these messages ‘accounted for as much as 24 percent of all spam sent within a 15-minute interval.’ Those who fell for the trap and clicked

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27 Sep 2010

Worm hits computers of staff at Iran nuclear plant

“A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran’s first nuclear power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official news agency reported Sunday. The project manager at the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, said

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15 Sep 2010

‘Stuxnet’ Worm Far More Sophisticated Than Previously Thought

“As first reported on July 15 by KrebsOnSecurity.com, Stuxnet uses a vulnerability in the way Windows handles shortcut files to spread to new systems. Experts say the worm was designed from the bottom up to attack so-called Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, or those used to manage complex

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02 Jun 2010

US Officials Look At How To Respond To Threats To Electric Grid

“Officials in charge of the reliability of the U.S. electric grid are taking a closer look at how to respond to cyberattacks and other possible catastrophic events. The North American Electric Reliability Corp., or NERC, and the U.S. Department of Energy in a report to be released Wednesday call for

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