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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24 Apr 2006

Half the Problem

Big Frank G. points out half the problem with the DNI. The other half, as I have noted before, isn’t the political hacks, but the hiring of the same tired old minds that got us in this mess in the first place. You need new tires and someone gives you

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24 Apr 2006

It is called an “indicator”

Saying Bosnia still reaps “a bitter harvest of hatred,” President Clinton announced Friday that the United States was prepared to keep thousands of troops in the shattered Balkan nation for an additional 18 months. Nearly one year [1996] after telling the American people that United States troops would serve in

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23 Apr 2006

Delusional

One more reason why you should be glad the pilot and not the river rat occupies the White House (from ABC This Week): Sen. Kerry: … Here’s my fundamental view of this, that you have somebody being fired from the CIA for allegedly telling the truth, and you have no

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22 Apr 2006

McCarthyism

Welcome Captain’s Quarters readers: Another kind of CIA-related “outing” took place late yesterday: Mary McCarthy was identified as at least one of Dana Priest’s sources in the CIA “secret prisons” article. That would be the story that earned Ms. Priest a Pulitzer Prize. I wrote yesterday that it remains to

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21 Apr 2006

Eyes on the Prize (Update)

Among the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes this year were Dana Priest, Eric Lichtblau and James Risen; reporters whose most recent claim to fame is that they revealed the existence of highly classified and very sensitive intelligence programs to a miraculously un-indignant public and a very grateful cadre of terrorists.

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21 Apr 2006

Moving at the Speed of Government

R.N. triggers a flashback: You’ll be happy to know that the new wing is completed. Still has that aircraft carrier feel on the outside (Jacoby’s Naval influence?) but inside is a debacle. Speaking of which, the city is going to start working on 295 shortly. The base is taking advantage

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