08 Jun 2012

Flame malware makers send ‘suicide’ code

“The creators of the Flame malware have sent a ‘suicide’ command that removes it from some infected computers. Security firm Symantec caught the command using booby-trapped computers set up to watch Flame’s actions.” Source: BBC News – Flame malware makers send ‘suicide’ code

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08 Jun 2012

Panetta Green Lights First Cyber Operations Plan

“Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has approved a new organizational framework, a plan designed as a ‘first step’ towards standardized cyber operations, according to documents obtained by Defense News.” (Source: Panetta Green Lights First Cyber Operations Plan | Defense News | defensenews.com.)

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07 Jun 2012

Risk to Canadian economy seen from hacker attacks

“Cyber attacks pose a greater risk to Canada’s economy than the government previously believed, and the country lacks the tools to fight hackers, officials warn in internal documents obtained by Bloomberg News.” (Source: Risk to Canadian economy seen from hacker attacks.)

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07 Jun 2012

Germany prepares special unit to tackle cyber attack

“Germany has prepared a special cyber warfare unit of its military to conduct offencive operations against computer hackers, who attack key installations or engage in espionage activities, defence ministry has said. “ (Source: Germany prepares special unit to tackle cyber attack – The Economic Times.)

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06 Jun 2012

Security warnings for suspected state-sponsored attacks

“We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts unauthorized. When we have specific intelligence—either directly from users or from our own monitoring efforts—we show clear warning signs and put in place extra roadblocks to thwart

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05 Jun 2012

‘Moroccan Ghosts’ hackers target police website

“A notorious group of hackers have struck in South Africa, messing up the homepage of the police’s civilian secretariat’s website.” Source: ‘Moroccan Ghosts’ hackers target police website | City Press

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04 Jun 2012

‘Flame’ Spread Via Rogue Microsoft Security Certificates

“Analysis of the massive ‘Flame’ cyber attack code has revealed that rogue Microsoft security certificates were used to make the malware appear as if it was officially signed by Microsoft. Microsoft has issued a security advisory, revoked trust in the rogue certificates, and provided steps to help IT admins and

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01 Jun 2012

Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

“From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.” (Source: Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran – NYTimes.com.)

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29 May 2012

Iran victim of another cyberattack

“A Russian-based internet security firm says a powerful computer virus with unprecedented data-snatching capabilities has attacked machines in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.” (Source: The Associated Press: Russian firm: Iran victim of another cyberattack.)

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25 May 2012

Cyberattack exposes 123,000 TSP accounts

“A sophisticated cyberattack on the computer of a third-party Thrift Savings Plan contractor compromised the personal information of tens of thousands of TSP participants.” Source: Cyberattack exposes 123,000 TSP accounts – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

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