22 Dec 2014

North Korean Web goes dark days after Obama pledges response to Sony hack

“North Korea’s fledgling Internet went dark Monday, days after President Obama promised a ‘proportional response’ to the nation’s alleged hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The question of who pulled the plug immediately became the stuff of a global cyber-mystery. Was it a shadowy crew of guerrilla hackers, under the flag

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22 Dec 2014

South Korean nuclear operator hacked amid cyber-attack fears

“South Korea’s nuclear plant operator has said its computer systems have been breached, raising fears that hackers, including those with possible North Korean links, could shift their focus to key infrastructure. The violation prompted a safety drill on Monday at nuclear plants around the country. The precautionary exercise comes days

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22 Dec 2014

Hacker Network Foiled in $70 Million Bank Heist

“A transnational criminal group nearly pulled off a historic cyber-heist of one of Colombia’s biggest banks, highlighting how even the most advanced cyber security systems can be breached by what could soon be seen as the most common form of crime in the region.” Source: Hacker Network Foiled in $70

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21 Dec 2014

Cyberattack Inflicts Massive Damage on German Steel Factory

“A report released this week from Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security said that a German steel manufacturing plant was severely damaged by a cyber-physical attack this year. The incident was mentioned in an annual report by the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (or BSI), which provided a summary of cyber security issues

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21 Dec 2014

North Korea denies Sony hack but warns worse is coming

“North Korea is accusing the U.S. government of being behind the making of the movie ‘The Interview.’ And, in a dispatch on state media, the totalitarian regime warns the United States that U.S. ‘citadels’ will be attacked, dwarfing the hacking attack on Sony that led to the cancellation of the

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21 Dec 2014

South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants

“Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of non-critical data at South Korea’s nuclear power operator, the prosecutors’ office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea.” Source: South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants | Reuters

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21 Dec 2014

Cyberattack on German Iron Plant Causes ‘Widespread Damage’

“A German federal agency has acknowledged in a report Wednesday that a cyberattack caused physical damage to an iron plant in the country. It was a rare admission by a government tying a cyber action to actual physical destruction.” Source: Cyberattack on German Iron Plant Causes ‘Widespread Damage’ – Digits

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20 Dec 2014

Pine Forge Academy receives $1M ransom demand from hacker

“State police are conducting an investigation after Pine Forge Academy received an anonymous email threatening the school’s computer system. On Dec. 16, an email from an unknown person was sent to Pine Forge Academy threatening the destruction of its computer system and property if demands were not met, according to

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20 Dec 2014

North Korea responds to allegations of Sony cyberattack

“North Korea slammed U.S. claims that the regime is responsible for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — and then proposed the two countries work together. ‘Whoever is going to frame our country for a crime should present concrete evidence,’ the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. ‘America’s childish investigation

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19 Dec 2014

For North Korea’s cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

“The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea’s elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said. Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear technology are the weapons of

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