13 Jan 2016

Are squirrels a bigger threat to the power grid than hackers?

“Researchers say that hackers caused a December power outage in Ukraine — an attack that came after years of warnings about the digital security of the power grid.  But some say that we should be more worried about a different, furrier threat. Squirrels. They can strike at almost any moment —

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12 Jan 2016

America’s New Plan to Fight ISIS Online

“On Friday, State Department officials announced that they would revamp their efforts to counter ISIS messaging online — among other ways, by opening a new ‘Global Engagement Center.’ That same day, the President and various high-ranking members of the national security establishment met with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and

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12 Jan 2016

Chinese Government Broke Into Hotmail Accounts of International Critics

“Several years ago, after witnessing the email hacks, Microsoft decided not to tell the victims, allowing the Chinese authorities to continue their surveillance campaign, former company employees say. The hackers, at the time, were targeting, in particular, international leaders of China’s Tibetan and Uighur minorities.” Source: Chinese Government Broke Into Hotmail Accounts

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12 Jan 2016

Ohio Tax Agency Lost Sensitive Data on 50,000 People

“The Regional Income Tax Agency of Ohio has disclosed that nearly two months ago it learned a backup DVD — with personal information on thousands of taxpayers – had gone missing.” Source: Ohio Tax Agency Lost Sensitive Data on 50,000 People – Nextgov.com

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11 Jan 2016

Fearful of Hacks, Pentagon Considers More Classified Programs

“When the Pentagon awarded the contract for the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) program on Oct. 27, it declined to list key details, including which subcontractors would support prime contractor Northrop Grumman. At the time, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, Air Force military acquisition head, said those details were being kept quiet

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11 Jan 2016

Hackers used malware to confuse utility in Ukraine outage

“Hackers likely caused a Dec. 23 electricity outage in Ukraine by remotely switching breakers to cut power, after installing malware to prevent technicians from detecting the attack, according to a report analyzing how the incident unfolded.” Source: Hackers used malware to confuse utility in Ukraine outage – report | Reuters

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11 Jan 2016

ISIS supporters launch online cyberwar magazine

“Supporters of the Islamic State group have published the first issue of Kybernetiq, an online magazine intended to arm prospective jihadists with cyberwarfare knowledge.” Source: ISIS supporters launch online cyberwar magazine

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09 Jan 2016

Juniper Networks will drop code tied to National Security Agency

Juniper Networks Inc said late on Friday it would stop using a piece of security code that analysts believe was developed by the National Security Agency in order to eavesdrop through technology products Source: Juniper Networks will drop code tied to National Security Agency | Reuters

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08 Jan 2016

New Discovery Around Juniper Backdoor Raises More Questions About the Company

“But since that revelation, Juniper—whose customers include AT&T, Verizon, NATO and the US government—has refused to answer any questions about the backdoor, leaving everyone in the dark about a number of things. Most importantly, Juniper hasn’t explained why it included an encryption algorithm in its NetScreen software that made the

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08 Jan 2016

U.S. firm blames Russian ‘Sandworm’ hackers for Ukraine outage

U.S. cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners said on Thursday it has determined that a Russian hacking group known as Sandworm caused last month’s unprecedented power outage in Ukraine. Source: U.S. firm blames Russian ‘Sandworm’ hackers for Ukraine outage | Reuters

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