08 Feb 2014

France to invest 1 billion euros to update cyber defences

“France unveiled plans on Friday to bolster long-neglected defences against cyber attacks, with 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion) of investment foreseen to bring the country’s technology up to speed with NATO partners. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian presented measures including roll-outs of secure telephones, encryption technology and network surveillance to

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07 Feb 2014

Security Experts Dispute NBC Sochi Hacking Story

“Yesterday (Feb 5 2014) NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it’ll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on. The story was fabricated. The technical details relate to going to the Olympics in cyberspace (visiting websites),

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06 Feb 2014

Hacks on Gas (and the Grid): Cybersecurity, Energy and National Defense

“Less obvious is the Army’s reliance on the electrical grid. According to the Defense Science Board, ‘About 85% of the energy infrastructure upon which DoD depends is commercially owned, and 99% of the electrical energy DoD installations consume originates outside the fence.’ U.S. forces also rely on foreign utilities for

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06 Feb 2014

GCHQ brought down several Anons using their own medicine

“NBC News has published new documents from the National Security Agency trove provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The latest revelation is that British intelligence agency GCHQ conducted a covert campaign against Anonymous in September of 2011, crippling one operation by the hacktivist group and unmasking several of its

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05 Feb 2014

Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company

“It’s not immediately clear why Target would have given an HVAC company external network access, or why that access would not be cordoned off from Target’s payment system network. But according to a cybersecurity expert at a large retailer who asked not to be named because he did not have

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05 Feb 2014

Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Faces Life in Prison

“29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, suspected of being Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind of the Silk Road underground marketplace, has been charged with narcotics conspiracy, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, money laundering and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. He faces life in prison.” Source: Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Faces Life

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05 Feb 2014

NBC: All Visitors to Sochi Olympics Immediately Hacked

” ‘As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven’t been warned, and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it’s probably too late to save the integrity of their electronics and everything inside them. Visitors to Russia can expect to be hacked. And as

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05 Feb 2014

British secret service used DDoS attacks against hacktivists, says report

“According to documents obtained by Edward Snowden from the NSA, a team of UK tech spies launched cyber attacks against groups like Anonymous and other hacktivists using Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. “ Source: British secret service used DDoS attacks against hacktivists, says report – Enterprise – | siliconrepublic.com

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04 Feb 2014

The Belarusian Connection (Healthcare.gov)

“U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.” Source:The Belarusian Connection | Washington

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01 Feb 2014

Hotel Franchise Firm White Lodging Investigates Breach

“White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin appears to have suffered a data breach that exposed credit and debit card information on thousands of guests throughout much of 2013, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.” Source:Hotel Franchise Firm White Lodging Investigates Breach —

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