26 Jul 2013

Pentagon Says Asian Spies Are Targeting Radiation-Hardend Electronics

“The Pentagon has documented a sharp increase in military espionage from the Asia-Pacific region that focuses on specialized electronics designed to withstand radiation, such as that caused by nuclear warfare or accidents, according to an official review released last week. For a number of years, foreign entities from East Asia

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26 Jul 2013

Spy agencies reportedly have a long-standing ban on Lenovo PCs due to back-door vulnerabilities

“Spy agencies in the UK, Australia and the US have internally banned using Lenovo PCs because of remote access vulnerabilities that were discovered during testing, a new report from the Australian Financial Review alleges. Chinese technology firms have long attracted suspicion from international governments, with telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE

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26 Jul 2013

U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed in U.S. history. via U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber

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25 Jul 2013

Tactical military satellite comms need hardening, says CSBA study

“Increasing military use of satellite communication for tactical operations means the Defense Department should create a new tier of protected space systems, says the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments’s Todd Harrison. Currently the Pentagon has a binary military satellite communications architecture – those satellites with a full range of

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24 Jul 2013

Digital Carjackers Show Forbes How To Crash Cars, Fuel Michael Hastings Conspiracy Theories

“The trio plus an unseen camera person test the 3,500 pound Ford Escape in the weedy parking lot of a South Bend, Indiana strip mall. With Greenberg at the wheel, the digital carjackers mess with the reporter’s mind by making his dashboard show more gas in the car than he

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23 Jul 2013

Viber Attacked By Syrian Electronic Army

“Viber has confirmed a situation earlier this morning in which Viber appeared to have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (a pro-government group of computer hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad). AppleSpot originally reported on the hack that affected the Viber support page, though it was unclear the

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23 Jul 2013

Cybercrime said to cost US $140 billion, radically less than previous estimates

“The CSIS report said that it had revised McAfee’s methods for calculating the impact of cybercrime, but that its numbers were still not definitive, which is why the range between $20 billion and $140 billion is so broad. One of the major reasons McAfee’s 2009 report estimated the cost of

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23 Jul 2013

The Challenge Posed by Chinese Psychological Warfare

“Beijing hopes to win future conflicts without firing a shot. How? By using psychological warfare to manipulate both a nation’s leaders and its populace—affecting the thought processes and cognitive frameworks of allies and opponents alike. Indeed, the PRC’s psychological warfare operations are already underway despite the fact that there is

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23 Jul 2013

How Would the U.S. Respond to a Nightmare Cyber Attack?: Scientific American

“To date, intentional computer-based attacks that have direct physical impacts have been few and far between, so far as we know. That doesn’t mean these scenarios couldn’t happen in real life, or that there aren’t real and serious vulnerabilities in the country’s critical infrastructure networks. There is a perception that

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23 Jul 2013

Indonesia Joins China as Cyber-Attack Powerhouse

“Indonesia isn’t known as an epicenter for hacking, but the Southeast Asian country was the source of 21 percent of the world’s cyber-attack traffic in the first quarter of this year, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published later today. The type of activity observed in Indonesia

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