29 Apr 2015

Cyber general: US satellite networks hit by ‘millions’ of hacks

“The top cyber official for the Air Force says the service’s space and satellite networks are being constantly hacked by outside groups. ‘There’s millions of probes every year into our networks, from every corner of the world,’ Gen. John Hyten, the head of Air Force Space Command, said Tuesday during

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29 Apr 2015

IT Pros Say Most Businesses Buy Cyber Tech Based on Cost, Not Security

“Most IT professionals say their organizations have invested in security technology that was eventually scrapped, a new survey suggests. Ninety percent of respondents said their companies had spent money on cybersecurity technology that was shelved before, or soon after, deployment, according to a survey of about 600 IT professionals. In

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29 Apr 2015

China’s Hacking: Why Background Check Files Keep Getting Hacked

“There is a systemic effort underway by China and other adversaries to crib sensitive data on powerful people and covert operators in Washington, intelligence analysts say. Hacks at employee vetters USIS, KeyPoint, and the Office of Personnel Management, as well as major federal health care provider Blue Cross Blue Shield,

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28 Apr 2015

Cyberattack Takes Down Controversial Mauna Kea Telescope Website

“It appears the stars have not yet aligned for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, which saw its main website targeted by an alleged cyberattack this weekend. The site was unavailable for several hours, a project spokesperson confirmed, and a group known as Operation Green Rights–associated with the popular Anonymous movement–has

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28 Apr 2015

Demand surges for cybersecurity in Mideast and Africa

“Demand surges for cyber security in the Middle East and Africa as firms in the region face thousands of cyber threats on average per day, experts warned here Sunday. According to global consultancy International Data Corporation (IDC), spending on ICT will exceed 270 billion U.S. dollars in the Middle East

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27 Apr 2015

Boards are on high alert over security threats

“In 2014, 42.8 million security incidents were detected, a 48 percent increase over the previous year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. The average size of the financial hits attributed to those incidents was $2.7 million, and the number of organizations reporting incident-related losses of more than $20 million increased 92 percent last

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27 Apr 2015

Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer

“At the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences this August, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have announced they plan to wirelessly hack the digital network of a car or truck. That network, known as the CAN bus, is the connected system of computers that influences everything from the

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27 Apr 2015

Estonia recruits volunteer army of ‘cyber warriors’

“Estonia has recruited a ‘ponytail army’ of volunteer computer experts who stand ready to defend the nation against cyber attack. The country’s reserve force, the Estonian Defence League, has a Cyber Unit consisting of hundreds of civilian volunteers, including teachers, lawyers and economists. The Baltic nation of 1.3 million people

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27 Apr 2015

What’s new in the U.S. cyber strategy

“In the past, the United States has been very cagey about its ability to conduct offensive actions in cyberspace. Over the last few years though, U.S. officials and former officials have gradually started to open up a little bit and discuss how the United States is able to mount cyber attacks on

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27 Apr 2015

White House Takes Cybersecurity Pitch to Silicon Valley

“President Obama’s newly installed defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, toured Silicon Valley last week to announce a new military strategy for computer conflict, starting the latest Pentagon effort to invest in promising start-ups and to meet with engineers whose talent he declared the Pentagon desperately needed in fending off the

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