17 Dec 2015

Cybersecurity Researchers Are Hunted from All Sides

“Threats can include ‘subtle pressure, patriotic enlistment, bribery, compromise and blackmail, legal repercussions, threat to livelihood, threat to viability of life in the actor’s area of influence, threat of force, or elimination,’depending on the attacker, cybersecurity expert Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade wrote in a paper presented this fall at the Virus

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17 Dec 2015

Unauthorized code in Juniper devices provided backdoor access and compromised VPN connections

“During a recent internal code review, Juniper discovered unauthorized code in ScreenOS that could allow a knowledgeable attacker to gain administrative access to NetScreen® devices and to decrypt VPN connections. Once we identified these vulnerabilities, we launched an investigation into the matter, and worked to develop and issue patched releases

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16 Dec 2015

After four years, Congress finally appears set to pass cybersecurity legislation on data-sharing

“After four years of wrangling, Congress appears on the verge of approving cybersecurity legislation that the White House and lawmakers hope will help reduce the threat to the nation from foreign government and criminal hackers. It would be the first major piece of cyber legislation passed in recent years, but even

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16 Dec 2015

FireEye flamed: single email allows total network access

“Researchers at the Google’s Project Zero security research team have found a brutal hole in FireEye kit that allows attackers to lay waste to corporate networks with a single email. The flaw, dubbed ‘666’ from its Project Zero vulnerability number, is a passive monitoring hole that respected hacker Tavis Ormandy

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16 Dec 2015

New OPM Cyber Chief Is Bracing for an ISIS Hack

“The U.S., said the agency’s first-ever senior cyber and information technology adviser, has to ‘assume that at some point in time they may be successful.’ The new cybersecurity adviser hired by the Office of Personnel Management after a Chinese-originated hack says he expects ISIS may ultimately pierce the agency’s systems, too.”

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16 Dec 2015

U.S. arrests three men over hacking scheme targeting 60 million people

Three men were arrested on Monday for engaging in a wide-ranging hacking and spamming scheme that targeted personal information of 60 million people including Comcast customers, U.S. prosecutors announced Tuesday. Source: U.S. arrests three men over hacking scheme targeting 60 million people | Reuters

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14 Dec 2015

Moonfruit takes websites offline after cyber-attack threat

Thousands of business and personal websites have been taken offline by web host Moonfruit, after it was threatened with a cyber-attack.The Moonfruit service lets customers easily build templated websites.But the company said it had been threatened with a cyber-attack and had decided to make its customers’ websites unavailable for “up

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14 Dec 2015

J.P. Morgan, BOA, Citi, And Wells Spending $1.5 Billion To Battle Cyber Crime

“The British insurance company Lloyd’s estimates that cyber attacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year, which includes direct damage plus post-attack disruption to the normal course of business. Some vendor and media forecasts put the cybercrime figure as high as $500 billion and more.” Source: J.P. Morgan,

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14 Dec 2015

Twitter warns some users of possible state-sponsored cyber attack

Twitter Inc issued an alert to some users warning them that state-sponsored hackers may have tried to obtain sensitive data from their accounts, the company said, the first such warning by the micro blogging site. Source: Twitter warns some users of possible state-sponsored cyber attack | Reuters

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12 Dec 2015

France won’t block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor, PM says

” France won’t block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor, PM says Manuel Valls has stated that ‘a ban on Wi-Fi is not a course of action envisaged.’ Public Wi-Fi networks and Tor won’t be blocked or forbidden in France in the near future, even during a state of emergency, despite the country’s

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