12 Dec 2015

More than a million OPM hack victims still not notified

More than a million victims of a massive hack of U.S. government computer files have still not been officially notified that their data was compromised and that they are eligible for free credit-monitoring protection, officials said on Friday. Source: More than a million OPM hack victims still not notified |

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11 Dec 2015

How much money do pirates make?

“They say crime doesn’t pay, but a new study estimates that pirates make somewhere in the range of $70 million every year by installing malware on the devices of unsuspecting users. According to a study called ‘Digital Bait’ commissioned by the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and conducted by RiskIQ, one

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11 Dec 2015

Cyber sharing with industry improving, DOJ says

Private-sector executives have sent a clear message to the Justice Department: The cyberthreat information the department shares must improve, said Sean Newell, a deputy chief in the department’s National Security Division. Source: Cyber sharing with industry improving, DOJ says

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10 Dec 2015

US Intel Community Taps Encryption-Busting Tech Firm for Digital Spying

Amid growing terrorist threats from groups like ISIS and increasingly successful cyberattacks from nation states like China, the U.S. intelligence community today announced it will invest in a company that produces digital forensics software. Source: US Intel Community Taps Encryption-Busting Tech Firm for Digital Spying – Defense One

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09 Dec 2015

Universities suffer cyber-attack 

University students across the UK have been unable to submit work, after the academic computer network known as Janet came under cyber-attack.Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks began on Monday and are continuing, according to the network’s operator, Jisc. Source: Universities suffer cyber-attack – BBC News

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09 Dec 2015

South America Hacker Team Targets Dissidents, Journalists

A shadowy cyber-espionage group that sent malware to the prosecutor whose mysterious death transfixed Argentina early this year has been hitting targets in left-leaning nations across South America, the Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab reported Wednesday. The breadth and brazenness of the hackers’ activity bear the hallmarks of state sponsorship,

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08 Dec 2015

FBI admits it uses stingrays, zero-day exploits

“The head of the FBI’s science and technology division has admitted what no other agency official has acknowledged before—the FBI sometimes exploits zero-day vulnerabilities to catch bad guys. The admission came in a profile published Tuesday of Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology who oversees

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07 Dec 2015

Congress group to target extremists in online ‘dark space’

Violent extremists’ use of encryption to evade law enforcement in communicating online will be examined by a task force proposed by a Republican lawmaker on Monday, adding to pressures on Silicon Valley to do more in fighting militant groups. Citing concerns about violent extremists communicating in potentially undetectable “dark space”

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07 Dec 2015

New payment card malware hard to detect and remove

FireEye says it has discovered a type of malware designed to steal payment card data that can be very difficult to detect and remove.The cybercriminal group behind the malware, which FireEye nicknamed “FIN1,” is suspected of being in Russia and has been known to target financial institutions. Source: New payment

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04 Dec 2015

Canada’s National Police Force Is Creating a Team to Fight Hackers

“Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) took a big step towards effectively combatting cyber crime on Wednesday, announcing plans to create a division dedicated to investigating online threats. Designed to protect to the country’s federal government and other key assets—including business trade secrets and critical infrastructure—the national police force’s Ottawa-based

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