28 May 2015

IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

“IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.” Source: AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

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27 May 2015

IRS Says Cybercriminals Nabbed Info on 100K Taxpayers

“The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced that a website application feature for retrieving past tax returns had been exploited by likely cybercriminals, exposing thousands to what IRS Commissioner John Koskinen called ‘a variation of identify theft.’” Source: IRS Says Cybercriminals Nabbed Info on 100K Taxpayers – Nextgov.com

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27 May 2015

NSA Tests Out Smartphones that Recognize Handwriting Motion

“The National Security Agency has tested the use of smartphone-swipe recognition technology, according to the tool’s manufacturer.” Source: NSA Tests Out Smartphones that Recognize Handwriting Motion – Nextgov.com

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26 May 2015

Pentagon Kills $475M Cyber Contract

“Cyber Command has called off a sweeping solicitation that would have outsourced support for cyberspying and network attacks against foreigners, as well as the defense of military networks. As of Friday afternoon, there were few details on why the five-year-old command, which is racing to staff up, revoked an April

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25 May 2015

Plane safe? Hacker case points to deeper cyber issues

“As the aviation industry adopts communication protocols similar to those used on the Internet to connect cockpits, cabins and ground controls, it leaves itself open to the vulnerabilities bedevilling other industries – from finance to oil and gas to medicine. ‘There’s this huge issue staring us in the face,’ says

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21 May 2015

NSA planned to use the Play Store to implant spyware on target smartphones

“It’s no (longer a) secret that the NSA has planted its feelers deep into the very foundation of the Internet. Allegedly, the US spy agency has even obtained access to Google’s data centers, though it’s not clear whether this happened with Google’s cooperation. When it can’t legally force its way

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21 May 2015

Cybercrime Cost Americans $800,492,073 Last Year

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) tallied 269,422 complaints in 2014, totaling $800,492,073 in losses, according to a new report. The center has received 3,175,611 complaints since its establishment in May 2000.” Source: Cybercrime Cost Americans $800,492,073 Last Year

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21 May 2015

Data Belonging To 1.1 Million CareFirst Customers Stolen In Cyber Attack

“Data belonging to 1.1 million CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield customers in the Washington D.C. area was stolen in a cyber attack last year, the healthcare insurer announced Thursday.” Source: Data Belonging To 1.1 Million CareFirst Customers Stolen In Cyber Attack – Forbes

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19 May 2015

Hacked Atlanta Billboard Displayed Grotesque Porn Image

“A security researcher claims he got the cold shoulder when he previously warned the firm that operates the sign that its products are vulnerable due to insecure credentials.” Source: Hacked Atlanta Billboard Displayed Grotesque Porn Image – Nextgov.com

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18 May 2015

ISIS preps for cyber war

“Islamic terrorists are stoking alarm with threats of an all-out cyber crusade against the United States, and experts say the warnings should be taken seriously.” Source: ISIS preps for cyber war | TheHill

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