09 Dec 2015

South America Hacker Team Targets Dissidents, Journalists

A shadowy cyber-espionage group that sent malware to the prosecutor whose mysterious death transfixed Argentina early this year has been hitting targets in left-leaning nations across South America, the Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab reported Wednesday. The breadth and brazenness of the hackers’ activity bear the hallmarks of state sponsorship,

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08 Dec 2015

FBI admits it uses stingrays, zero-day exploits

“The head of the FBI’s science and technology division has admitted what no other agency official has acknowledged before—the FBI sometimes exploits zero-day vulnerabilities to catch bad guys. The admission came in a profile published Tuesday of Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology who oversees

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07 Dec 2015

Congress group to target extremists in online ‘dark space’

Violent extremists’ use of encryption to evade law enforcement in communicating online will be examined by a task force proposed by a Republican lawmaker on Monday, adding to pressures on Silicon Valley to do more in fighting militant groups. Citing concerns about violent extremists communicating in potentially undetectable “dark space”

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07 Dec 2015

New payment card malware hard to detect and remove

FireEye says it has discovered a type of malware designed to steal payment card data that can be very difficult to detect and remove.The cybercriminal group behind the malware, which FireEye nicknamed “FIN1,” is suspected of being in Russia and has been known to target financial institutions. Source: New payment

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04 Dec 2015

Canada’s National Police Force Is Creating a Team to Fight Hackers

“Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) took a big step towards effectively combatting cyber crime on Wednesday, announcing plans to create a division dedicated to investigating online threats. Designed to protect to the country’s federal government and other key assets—including business trade secrets and critical infrastructure—the national police force’s Ottawa-based

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03 Dec 2015

Fake LinkedIn profiles used by hackers 

A growing number of hackers are targeting professionals on LinkedIn, according to security firm Symantec. Its investigation uncovered dozens of fake accounts on the social network, across a variety of industries.Posing as recruiters, the fake accounts allow hackers to map the networks of business professionals and gain the trust of

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03 Dec 2015

U.S., China reach agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance fighting cyber crime

The United States and China have reached an agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance on cyber crime or other malicious cyber activities, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Source: U.S., China reach agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance fighting cyber crime | Reuters

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02 Dec 2015

Cybersecurity bills would add secrecy to public records laws

A proposed law to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details the public can review about the program. The legislation would keep secret under public records laws any information a company hands over to the Obama administration. The new

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02 Dec 2015

China behind ‘massive’ cyber-attack on Australian government

A major cyber-attack against Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromised potentially sensitive national security information is being blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Wednesday. Source: China behind ‘massive’ cyber-attack on Australian government: ABC | Reuters

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01 Dec 2015

China, U.S. high-level cyber crime talks to begin Tuesday

Top U.S. and Chinese officials will convene this week in Washington for the first round of cyber security talks following the signing of a bilateral anti-hacking accord in September. China’s Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in Washington through Sunday and will meet U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson,

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