19 Dec 2014

For North Korea’s cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

“The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea’s elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said. Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear technology are the weapons of

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19 Dec 2014

German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.

“German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in

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19 Dec 2014

Malware attack on ISIS opposition

“North Korea, with its previous technologically laggard image, may have just shocked the world with some alleged hacking savvy, but when ISIS comes to mind, so does the terrorists’ digital bent. The Islamist militants renowned for their bloodthirsty beheading videos and slick social media propaganda, may have extended their skills

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19 Dec 2014

U.S. weighs options to respond to Sony hack, Homeland Security chief says

“The U.S. is weighing a ‘range of options’ to respond to the hack of Sony Pictures, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, but declined to say who the government believes is behind what it regards as ‘a very serious attack’. Speaking on MSNBC, Johnson said the U.S. has

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19 Dec 2014

Sony Pictures attack is a new era in cyberwarfare

“Most cyberattacks to date—by China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Israel, the United States, and a dozen or so other nations, as well as scads of gangsters and simple mischief-makers—have been mounted in order to steal money, patents, credit card numbers, or national-security secrets. Whoever hacked Sony (probably a North

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17 Dec 2014

The Sony hackers won: The Interview just disappeared from America’s biggest theater chains

“The biggest movie theater chains in the United States have cancelled all current plans to show The Interview following threats to attack screenings of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The three largest chains in the US — AMC, Regal, and Cinemark — are reported to have called off screenings for the movie,

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17 Dec 2014

ICANN Targeted in Spear Phishing Attack

“ICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into our systems. We believe a ‘spear phishing’ attack was initiated in late November 2014. It involved email messages that were crafted to appear to come from our own domain being sent to members of our staff. The attack resulted in the compromise of

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17 Dec 2014

More than 100K WordPress sites compromised by malware due to plugin vulnerability

“Since Sunday, unidentified attackers have been indiscriminately infecting WordPress websites with malware by exploiting a previously disclosed vulnerability in the Slider Revolution plugin, according to security company Sucuri.” Source: More than 100K WordPress sites compromised by malware due to plugin vulnerability – SC Magazine

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16 Dec 2014

A Quick Guide to the Worst Corporate Hack Attacks of 2014

“The recent attack on Sony is the latest in a long series of data breaches at corporations in the U.S. by hackers seeking customer credit card numbers, user passwords, internal documents and emails. Here’s a tally of what hackers have made off with, and how the stock market reacted—or didn’t—in

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15 Dec 2014

Hackers promise “Christmas present” Sony Pictures won’t like

“This weekend, the ‘Guardians of Peace’—the cyber-attackers who brought Sony Pictures Entertainment’s network down in November and have since shared over a terabyte of the company’s internal data—made two more dumps of SPE data to file sharing sites and torrents. The second of the two, on Sunday, was the e-mail

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