11 Apr 2014

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

“The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug

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11 Apr 2014

Hagel releases cyber warfare plans to China

“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in China this week that he had authorized releasing details of the U.S. cyber warfare doctrine unilaterally to China in a bid to win similar cooperation from Beijing. So far, China has not reciprocated in discussing one of its most secret operations — military cyber

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10 Apr 2014

New federal rule requires banks to fight DDoS attacks

“Banks and financial institutions regulated by the federal government must now monitor for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against their networks and have a plan in place to try and mitigate against such attacks, a federal regulatory body said this week. “ Source: New federal rule requires banks to fight DDoS

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10 Apr 2014

Turkey keeps YouTube block despite court ruling

“Turkish authorities defied court orders and reaffirmed a ban on YouTube imposed after the posting of illicit recordings of top secret security talks that was cited by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as part of a ‘dirty campaign’ to topple him.” Source: Turkey keeps YouTube block despite court ruling | GulfNews.com

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09 Apr 2014

Facebook’s new face recognition knows you from the side

“Facebook researchers published a paper last month in which they detailed the capabilities of a new artificial intelligence system known as ‘DeepFace.’ When asked whether two photos show the same person, DeepFace answers correctly 97.25% of the time; that’s just a shade behind humans, who clock in at 97.53%. “

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09 Apr 2014

Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeout Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

“Unable to breach the computer network at a big oil company, hackers infected with malware the online menu of a Chinese restaurant that was popular with employees. When the workers browsed the menu, they inadvertently downloaded code that gave the attackers a foothold in the business’s vast computer network.” Source:

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08 Apr 2014

Russia Hacks a U.S. Drone in Crimea as Cyberwarfare Has Gone Wireless

“Recent reports indicate that Russian forces used hacking to intercept a U.S. surveillance drone flying over the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. Allegedly, hackers were able to sever the connection between the drone and its operator using ‘complex radio-electronic technology.’ Additional coverage indicates a wide range of cyberactivities under

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08 Apr 2014

Windows XP users face end to Microsoft support

“Support for the venerable Windows XP operating system ends this Tuesday. It means that there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for the operating system from Microsoft. Some governments have negotiated extended support contracts for the OS in a bid to keep users protected. Security firms

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04 Apr 2014

German officials confirm 18 million emails and passwords stolen

“Police in northern Germany have uncovered a trove of millions of stolen email addresses and passwords. The find comes less than three months after a similar case of cyber crime involving 16 million hacked accounts. “ Source: German officials confirm 18 million emails and passwords stolen | News | DW.DE

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04 Apr 2014

Fearing cyberattack, Israel curbs government websites’ foreign traffic

“Israel will temporarily suspend some of its government websites’ international traffic to fend off a potential mass-cyber attack by pro-Palestinian hackers, an Israeli security source said on Thursday, without elaborating on the threat. The precautionary measure would be in place from Friday through Monday, the source said, and include refusal

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