Category: INFOSEC WAR

Silicon Valley appears open to helping US spy agencies after terrorism summit

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Technology giants appeared to be open to helping the US government combat Islamic State during an extraordinary closed-door summit on Friday that brought together America’s most senior counter-terrorism officials with some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives. The remarkable rendezvous between Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and others and a delegation from the White House revealed

US Sanctions on State-sponsored Cyberattacks May Be Drafted Soon

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The Obama administration is working on a series of actions, including economic sanctions and curbs on doing business in the U.S., to punish nations that persist in hacking its corporate computer networks, according to two administration officials with knowledge of the planning, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The moves, first reported by the Washington

The Pentagon Is Investigating the Ashley Madison Leak

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US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said today that the Pentagon is investigating the recent leak of user data from Ashley Madison. According to The Hill, roughly 15,000 email addresses associated with the US government and military have been found in the initial document dump. “I’m aware of it, of course it’s an issue, because

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for cybercrimes

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Police in China say they have arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardised internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the internet. Police have investigated 7,400 cases of cybercrime, the ministry of public security said. It did not make clear over what period the arrests were made, but referred to a

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says present the greatest threat: China, Russia,

A Group ‘Hacked’ the NSA’s Website to Demonstrate a Widespread Bug

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A group of researchers only needed $104 and 8 hours of Amazon’s cloud computing power to hack the NSA’s website. And their feat was made possible by a bug that, ironically, was practically created by the NSA itself and its anti-encryption policies from 20 years ago. The NSA’s site was just the guinea pig to

Obama to encourage companies to share cyber threat data

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. The order sets the stage for new private-sector led “information sharing and analysis organizations” (ISAOs)

The Government Must Show Us the Evidence That North Korea Attacked Sony

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When you’re attacked by a missile, you can follow its trajectory back to where it was launched from. When you’re attacked in cyberspace, figuring out who did it much harder. This reality of international aggression in cyberspace will change how we approach defense. Many of us in the computer security field are skeptical of the

Hackers Used Windows Bug to Spy on Ukraine Officials

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For months this summer, unidentified hackers used a previously unknown hole in Microsoft Corp. ’s Windows operating system to spy on North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukrainian officials, according to an investigation by a U.S. cybersecurity company. Microsoft released a patch for the bug on Tuesday. But once it is publicized, other hackers could race

NATO Set to Ratify Pledge on Joint Defense in Case of Major Cyberattack

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BRUSSELS — When President Obama meets with other NATO leaders later this week, they are expected to ratify what seems, at first glance, a far-reaching change in the organization’s mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them,

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Doesn’t Know Much About Tech, Says That’s a Good Thing

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Even when you’re not quite qualified for a job, you can usually bluff your way through the interview if you can positively present the skills you do have. But when the job is White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, you really shouldn’t be bluffing—and if you are, it shouldn’t work. But Michael Daniel seems to have slipped

UK forges close cyber ties with China despite ‘endemic espionage’

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As the US continues to take a hard line with China over alleged criminal hacking of American companies, UK cyber investigators have quietly forged relationships with their counterparts in China, the Guardian has learned. Over the past six months, at least two meetings between the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and Chinese law enforcement have

Finmeccanica Opens Cyber Defense Center

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ROME — Italy’s Finmeccanica has beefed up its presence in the growing cybersecurity business by opening a cyber attack monitoring and prevention center in central Italy, using a super computer with the power of 30,000 desktop PCs. Selex ES, a unit of Finmeccanica, unveiled the center on June 4, with managers predicting 12-13 percent annual

Here’s how the NSA decides to tell you about a zero day – or not

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The White House has provided some detail on how the NSA and other US government agencies make decisions around whether to publicise tech security flaws they have discovered — or whether to keep them under wraps for intelligence purposes. The recent Heartbleed bug has put the spotlight back on zero day flaws — hitherto unknown

‘Zero knowledge privacy’: NSA-proof email service goes online

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A new email service that protects its users from the prying eyes of the NSA and other spy agencies has gone online. The service’s creators say it will make encrypted messaging accessible to all and curtail internet snooping. Germany-based Lavaboom was inspired by Lavabit, the encrypted email service that was believed to have been used

U.S. knocks plans for European communication network

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(Reuters) – The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws. In its annual review of telecommunications trade barriers, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said impediments to cross-border data

How a Chinese Tech Firm Became the NSA’s Surveillance Nightmare

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The NSA’s global spy operation may seem unstoppable, but there’s at least one target that has proven to be a formidable obstacle: the Chinese communications technology firm Huawei, whose growth could threaten the agency’s much-publicized digital spying powers. An unfamiliar name to American consumers, Huawei produces products that are swiftly being installed in the internet

Google tries to NSA-proof Gmail

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney). Google just beefed up the security of Gmail to make mass surveillance of its customers' email nearly impossible. It's not quite NSA-proof, but it's close. To accomplish the feat, Google secured how you connect to its servers. Gmail is now strictly using a secure communications protocol called HTTPS, which encrypts your email

Russia’s first targets in Ukraine: its cell phones and Internet lines

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he Russian forces occupying Crimea are jamming cell phones and severing Internet connections between the peninsula and the rest of Ukraine. Moscow hasn't succeeded in imposing an information blackout, but the attacks could be sign that Russia is looking to escalate its military operations against the new government in Kiev without firing a shot. Russia

Chinese Government Still Sponsoring Cyber-Espionage

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