22 May 2016

Swift Banking Network Struggles With Wave of Cyberattacks

“The global money-transfer network Swift has been infiltrated by thieves at least three times, but gaps in security standards and poor communication about breaches have left it struggling to deal with the wave of cyberattacks.” Source: Swift Banking Network Struggles With Wave of Cyberattacks – WSJ

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22 May 2016

In China, Government Workers Push Rosy, Diverting Views Online

“China heavily censors its Internet, limiting what its people can see or say online to channels that the government can control. But China’s managing of its message does not end there. It also taps untold masses of people to cheer for its side on online message boards and social media.

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22 May 2016

SEC warns cybersecurity is biggest threat to financial system

“The chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Jo White, has warned that the biggest risk the financial system faces is cybersecurity. Speaking at the Financial Regulation Summit in Washington DC, White warned the industry that their policies and procedures were not up to scratch and without

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22 May 2016

Japan on Olympic hacking mission to test utilities, trains, telcos

“Japan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games. The effort will be run out of a new penetration testing arm to be created in 2017 charged with identifying vulnerabilities in physical control systems

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22 May 2016

$12 Million Stolen in 3rd Attack on SWIFT System

“Bangladesh is not the only bank that had become victim to the cyber heist. In fact, it appears to be just a part of the widespread cyber attack on global banking and financial sector by hackers who target the backbone of the world financial system, SWIFT.” Source: Ecuador Bank Hacked

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20 May 2016

The Tiny Town Where Air Force Cadets Learn to Drop ‘Cyber Bombs’

“In a small room at the U.S. Air Force Academy stands a scale model of a town, complete with power and other utilities, looking as if someone had upgraded their model railroad with radar towers and air defense equipment. The pieces are connected to tiny Raspberry Pi controllers running Modbus,

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20 May 2016

The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity

“The final report from the DHS Office of Inspector General details serious persistent problems with TSA staff’s handling of IT security protocols. These issues include servers running software with known vulnerabilities, no incident report process in place, and zero physical security protecting critical IT systems from unauthorized access. What we’re

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19 May 2016

A Notorious Hacker Just Released a How-To Video Targeting Police

“The pseudonymous hacker behind the catastrophic breach of notorious police surveillance tool seller Hacking Team is now teaching others how to hack. Phineas Fisher, who also goes by the handles Hack Back! and GammaGroupPR, has released a tutorial video showing would-be vigilantes one way of stripping data from target websites.”

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19 May 2016

Cell Phone Network Flaws Can Help Spies Get Around Encryption Apps

“During a recent episode of 60 Minutes, a security researcher in Germany eavesdropped on the cellphone conversations of US congressman Ted Lieu. The researcher didn’t need to hack Lieu’s phone, or install spyware on it—all he needed was his phone number.” Source: Cell Phone Network Flaws Can Help Spies Get

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18 May 2016

U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Hackers Are Targeting Presidential Campaigns

“Hackers with a ‘variety of motivations’ are targeting U.S. presidential ‘campaigns and related organizations,’ the nation’s top intelligence agency said Wednesday, putting pressure on political candidates to shore up their security.” Source: U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Hackers Are Targeting Presidential Campaigns – WSJ

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