23 Dec 2015

Software glitch let 3,200 US prison inmates out early

“Washington’s Department of Corrections has been forced to admit that around three percent of the prison population has been released early since 2002. The issue, which was admitted yesterday by Governor Jay Inslee, surrounds a software glitch that’s been incorrectly calculating the duration of inmates sentences. According to the Seattle

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23 Dec 2015

Yahoo joins Google and Facebook in warning users about state-sponsored attacks

“Tech giants are increasingly doing more to notify users who are the victims of state-sponsored attacks. Google and Facebook will both notify you if they detect your account has been targeted or compromised, and now Yahoo is joining in as well. ‘We’ll provide these specific notifications so that our users can

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23 Dec 2015

A hacker allegedly targeted celebrities to steal unaired TV scripts

“Even celebrities fall victim to phishing attacks. A complaint filed in New York earlier this week claims that a man from the Bahamas allegedly tricked hundreds of stars into telling him their email account passwords. With that information, he reportedly stole their personal data, including at least one victim’s sexually

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23 Dec 2015

The Year’s 11 Biggest Hacks, From Ashley Madison to OPM

“EVERY YEAR HACK attacks seem to get worse—whether in their sophistication, breadth, or sheer brazenness. This year was no different. Big hacks hit a range of high-profile targets, from the web’s leading adultery website to the federal Office of Personal Management. We’re also ending 2015 with a doozy of a

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23 Dec 2015

Yahoo now warns users if they’re targets of state-sponsored hackers

“Bob Lord, the company’s newly appointed chief information security officer, said in a blog post that it will notify users if it suspects suspect that their account may have been targeted by a state-sponsored actor. ‘We’ll provide these specific notifications so that our users can take appropriate measures to protect

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22 Dec 2015

Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA

“Although the party behind the Juniper backdoor could be the NSA or an NSA spying partner like the UK or Israel, news reports last week quoted unnamed US officials saying they don’t believe the US intelligence community is behind it, and that the FBI is investigating the issue. Other possible

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21 Dec 2015

Pentagon weighs cybercampaign against Islamic State

“The Pentagon is considering increasing the pace and scope of cyberattacks against Islamic State, arguing that more aggressive efforts to disable the extremist group’s computers, servers and cellphones could help curtail its appeal and disrupt potential terrorist attacks.” Source: Pentagon weighs cybercampaign against Islamic State – LA Times

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20 Dec 2015

Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013

“Iranian hackers infiltrated the control system of a small dam less than 20 miles from New York City two years ago, sparking concerns that reached to the White House, according to former and current U.S. officials and experts familiar with the previously undisclosed incident. The breach came amid attacks by

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19 Dec 2015

How the United States Can Win the Cyberwar of the Future

“There is perhaps no national security problem more 21st century in both its definition and form than cybersecurity. And yet to solve it, the ready solution in nearly every U.S. national security conversation today is that tried and true 20th-century framework of deterrence.” Source: How the United States Can Win

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19 Dec 2015

U.S. Justice Dept probes data breach at Uber 

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber , including an examination of whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said. Source: Exclusive – U.S. Justice Dept probes data

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