25 Jan 2012

Cyber attack crashes Irish government website

“The Departments of Justice and Finance websites in the Irish Republic were both taken offline for a time on Wednesday in an apparent cyber attack. Both sites were down for about an hour after being targeted by hackers.” (Source: BBC News – Cyber attack crashes Irish government website.)

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24 Jan 2012

Microsoft: Worm Operator Worked at Antivirus Firm

“In a surprise filing made late Monday, Microsoft said a former technical expert at a Russian antivirus firm was the person responsible for operating the Kelihos botnet, a global spam machine that Microsoft dismantled in a coordinated takedown last year.” Source: Microsoft: Worm Operator Worked at Antivirus Firm — Krebs

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23 Jan 2012

I Spy Your Company’s Boardroom

“In less than two hours, they found systems installed in 5,000 conference rooms around the country, including an attorney-inmate meeting room at a prison, an operating room at a university medical center, and a venture capital company where prospects were pitching their companies while laying out their financial details on

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22 Jan 2012

Hacker group Anonymous takes down major website

“It appears the hacker collective Anonymous has struck again. This time, the hack took out CBS.com and UniversalMusic.com as well as several websites outside the country. According to several internet blogs and a post on the hacker group’s twitter feed, the entire CBS website was reduced to just a single

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14 Jan 2012

Chinese ‘attack US DoD Smart Cards’ with Sykipot Malware

“A new strain of the Sykipot malware is being used by Chinese cyber criminals to compromise US Department of Defense (DoD) smart cards, a new report has revealed. “ (Chinese ‘attack US DoD Smart Cards’ with Sykipot Malware)

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13 Jan 2012

Cyber-Crimes Pose ‘Existential’ Threat, FBI Warns

“Despite the increased frequency and severity of online crime and espionage in 2011, many American corporations and consumers are still not taking the threat seriously, the FBI’s top cyber official said Thursday. The risk posed by criminal hackers is “existential, meaning it could eliminate whole companies,” said Shawn Henry, the

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12 Jan 2012

Cyber defense effort is mixed, study finds

“A Pentagon pilot program that uses classified National Security Agency data to protect the computer networks of defense contractors has had some success but also has failed to meet some expectations, according to a study commissioned by the Defense Department. The program showed that Internet carriers could be trusted to

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12 Jan 2012

Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon

“Chinese hackers have deployed a new cyber weapon that is aimed at the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and potentially a number of other United States government agencies and businesses, security researchers say.” Source: Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon – NYTimes.com

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12 Jan 2012

Davos report: Cyber-attack risk to global stability is real

“Cyber-attacks against governments and businesses are among the top five risks in the world in terms of likelihood, according to the startlingly obvious World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risks for 2012 report. According to the international organisation, famous for its annual conferences held in the Swiss resort of Davos, cyber-attacks

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03 Jan 2012

‘Saudi hacker’ publishes Israeli credit card details

“A self-defined Saudi hacker claimed he had published details of 400,000 Israeli-owned credit cards online, but the card firms on Tuesday insisted that only 14,000 cards had been affected. Details of the hack were exposed late on Monday in a statement posted on an Israeli sports website.” (Source: AFP: ‘Saudi

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