06 Jan 2016

CIA Eyes Russian Hackers in ‘Blackout’ Attack

“U.S. intelligence and security agencies are investigating whether Russian government hackers were behind a cyber attack on the Ukrainian power grid last month, multiple sources familiar with the investigation told The Daily Beast.” Source: Exclusive: CIA Eyes Russian Hackers in ‘Blackout’ Attack – The Daily Beast

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02 Jan 2016

Anti-IS group claims cyber-attack on BBC, says was only a test

“A group of computer hackers that wants to target Islamic State has claimed it was behind a cyber attack on the BBC which it intended as a test of its own capabilities, according to messages sent to a reporter at the broadcaster on Saturday.” Source: Anti-IS group claims cyber-attack on

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31 Dec 2015

Microsoft to Warn Users of State-Sponsored Attacks

“Microsoft on Wednesday announced plans to inform users when it believes that their accounts have been targeted or compromised by actors working on behalf of a nation state.” Source: Microsoft to Warn Users of State-Sponsored Attacks | SecurityWeek.Com

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31 Dec 2015

BlackBerry will remain in Pakistan, as telecom authority relents on data-monitoring demands

“BlackBerry has reversed its decision to exit Pakistan completely, citing the national telecom authority’s own reversal of its demands for access to large swaths of BlackBerry customers’ communications. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had been seeking monitoring capabilities for all domestic BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic, which includes user emails and private messages.”

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31 Dec 2015

Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments

“Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will begin warning users of its consumer services including Outlook.com email when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts.” Source: Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments | Reuters

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29 Dec 2015

Database of 191 million U.S. voters exposed on Internet

“An independent computer security researcher uncovered a database of information on 191 million voters that is exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrectly configured database, he said on Monday. The database includes names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliations, phone numbers and emails of voters in all 50 U.S.

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29 Dec 2015

In Secret Forum, ISIS Hackers Sharpen Skills Used For Cyber Terror

“More than 300 people now belong to an ISIS-affiliated forum filled with users swapping material on how to target and hack into vulnerable networks and computer systems. Vocativ discovered the jihadi e-academy on Telegram, a social messaging app that ISIS supporters have used previously to share instructions on how to make explosive devices, hand

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28 Dec 2015

Hyatt Hotels attacked with payment-card stealing malware

“Hyatt Hotels Corp said on Wednesday that its payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware in an attack discovered three weeks ago, the latest in a series of breaches at hospitality firms.” Source: Hyatt Hotels attacked with payment-card stealing malware | Reuters

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24 Dec 2015

Cyberattack Surge: 100M medical records hacked in 2015, officials say

“A string of cyberattacks sent shockwaves through the health care industry in 2015, exposing sensitive data of millions of Americans and serving up the chilling reminder that providers need to step up their security game.” Source: Cyberattack Surge: 100M medical records hacked in 2015, officials say | Fox News

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23 Dec 2015

Feds Scrambling to Close Backdoor in Widely Purchased IT Gear

“The Department of Homeland Security and federal agencies are in incident-response mode as they work to remove listening posts in software planted by suspected cyberspies. The unauthorized code can allow attackers to invisibly decrypt communications passing through widely-used Juniper Networks firewalls, according to the company. The existence of the three-year old bug

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