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New Skype malware spreading at 2,000 clicks per hour makes money by using victims’ machines to mine Bitcoins

If I were a criminal, I’d be doing this. “A new piece of malware propagating across Skype has been discovered that tries to convince the recipient to click on a link. What makes this particular threat different is that it drops a Bitcoin miner application to make the malware author money.” Source: New Skype malware […]

White House announces $100 million in funding to help map the human brain

They should team up with that Russian billionaire that wants to build cyborgs. “The Obama administration has officially announced a long-running research project aimed at mapping the human brain. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative will launch with around $100 million of initial funding in 2014, supported by the National Institutes of […]

Russian Billionaire Wants to Create Cyborgs for Real

“As Digital Trends describes, the ultimate goal is to be able to transfer a person’s mind or consciousness from a living brain into a machine with that person’s personality and memories intact. Freed of physical form, the person would exist in a network similar to the Internet and be able to travel at the speed […]

Inside the Black Box

“Very little that China does escapes the notice of the NSA, and virtually every technique it uses has been tracked and reverse-engineered. For years, and in secret, the NSA has also used the cover of some American companies — with their permission — to poke and prod at the hackers, leading them to respond in […]

Obama’s Cyberwarfare Strategy Will Backfire

“Cyberspace, American leaders have not fully realized, is not like other national security issues. America’s true cyber power is not the National Security Agency or Cyber Command, but our technology companies that create and maintain cyberspace and the factories, banks, small businesses, artists, and citizens that use it to enrich our commerce and culture and […]

EPA completes Cloud Email Migration, Cuts Hit Cyber Drills and Security Programs and more

“Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day.” Source: EPA completes Cloud Email Migration, Cuts Hit Cyber Drills and Security Programs and more Via OODA Loop

Cybersecurity challenges in 2013

“The security issues affecting businesses are similar around the world. Most involve employees innocently bringing an infected personal mobile device into the corporate network, or clicking on a social media link that looks harmless but hides a Trojan or worm that will secretly steal data and money and, potentially, remain undetected with severe impact on […]

China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

“China’s foreign minister on Saturday rejected accusations that the country’s military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.” Source: China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations Via OODA Loop

DHS Worries More About a ‘Fundamental Attack’ in Cyberspace than Theft, Napolitano says

“The Homeland Security Department is more devoted to preempting a future cyberattack that could upend the economy or kill civilians than countering ongoing cyber fraud, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said of her agency’s multifaceted network protection agenda.  ‘From a standpoint of where we focus most of our efforts — we do the theft of intellectual […]

China says U.S. is top source of hacking attacks on country

“The United States was the origin of more than half of the hacking attacks on China in the first two months of 2013, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington over the use of the Internet.” Source: China says U.S. is top source of hacking attacks on country […]

China Calls For End To ‘Cyber War’

“A top official in the Chinese government said Saturday that nation’s should devise a unified set of rules on cyber attacks instead of fanning the flames of cyber warfare. China has been blamed for attacks on U.S. media outlets like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal as well as a host of other attacks […]

Senate hearing shows discord over cybersecurity bill

“As the White House and congressional lawmakers resume talks on legislation to improve U.S. defenses against cyber-attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday signaled that disagreements remain over a House cybersecurity bill, which she called insufficient.” Source: Senate hearing shows discord over cybersecurity bill – Technology on Via OODA Loop

How did Evernote handle its hacking crisis?

“Over the coming weeks we will try to reverse engineer the reasoning behind of some of these crisis management decisions, and with your help look at whether the approach stands up to scrutiny, and what can learn from it. “ Source: How did Evernote handle its hacking crisis? | The Drum Via OODA Loop

How China censors 100 million tweets per day

“A new study by researchers at Rice, Bowdoin and the University of New Mexico sheds unprecedented light on how China censors the 300 million users and 100 million daily messages of its Twitter-like platform, Weibo.” Source: How China censors 100 million tweets per day Via OODA Loop

Pakistan Intelligence agency hacked by Indian hacker

“While the rest of the world engaged in cyber security conferences and Anonymous operations, an Indian patriotic hacker used the time to attack Pakistan Intelligence agency ISI. Hacker going by name ‘Godzilla’ today claimed to hack into one of the server belongs to ISI website ( and gets all possible secret information about Pakistan Intelligence. […]

Pentagon cyberdefenses weak, report warns

“A new report for the Pentagon concludes that the nation’s military is unprepared for a full-scale cyber-conflict with a top-tier adversary and must ramp up its offensive prowess.” Source: Pentagon cyberdefenses weak, report warns – The Washington Post Via OODA Loop

Cassidian CyberSecurity and Netasq launch new approach

“Cassidian CyberSecurity and Netasq used their press briefing at the Cyber Defence Summit in Oman to highlight the real dangers posed to organizations and infrastructure in the Middle East region by APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) and outline a 7 Step Approach, combining expertise, processes and new tools to combat these threats.” Source: Cassidian CyberSecurity and […]

New cyber-security standard puts MANAGERS in firing line

“The UK government is seeking to hear from businesses that would be interested in submitting evidence to help form a new ‘organisational standard’ for cyber security.” Source: New cyber-security standard puts MANAGERS in firing line • The Register Via OODA Loop

SaaS integration challenges pose security risks

“Faced with difficulties integrating disparate software, companies end up bypassing security protocols and with data residing across various systems and locations. “ Source: SaaS integration challenges pose security risks | ZDNet Via OODA Loop

Hackers Pull Off $12,000 Bitcoin Heist

“A Bitcoin transaction services company says that hackers broke into one of its brokerage accounts last week, nabbing more than $12,000 worth of the digital currency. That attack knocked Bitinstant offline over the weekend. The company says that while it lost Bitcoins, no customers were affected by the hack.” Source: Hackers Pull Off $12,000 Bitcoin […]

Kenya election: Computer bug blamed for vote error

“Kenya’s electoral commission has said that a computer bug is to blame for a large number of rejected votes in the tallying of the presidential election.” Source: BBC News – Kenya election: Computer bug blamed for vote error Via OODA Loop

North Korea says it’s the victim of ‘intensive’ cyberattacks

“North Korea’s state news agency reported Friday that the country’s Internet servers are subject to daily ‘intensive and persistent virus attacks’ that the government blames on ‘hostile forces’ including the United States.” Source: North Korea says it’s the victim of ‘intensive’ cyberattacks – Via OODA Loop

Reuters Employee Charged With Helping Anonymous Hack News Site

“An online social media editor for the Reuters news agency has been indicted for allegedly helping members of Anonymous hack another media organization’s network. The editor was outed by the prominent former member of Anonymous known as Sabu who became a snitch for the FBI following his own arrest last year. Matthew Keys, a 26-year-old […]

Medical Industry Under Attack By Chinese Hackers

“Multiple gangs of Chinese cyberespionage hackers are now targeting the healthcare and medical/life sciences industries. Most every industry is fair game for cyberespionage these days, so it’s no surprise that the healthcare and medical industry would come up on the list, but to date, it’s been a field more abused by cybercriminals motivated by medical […]

‘Erase Israel from the Internet’: Anonymous plots massive cyber-attack

“Hacktivist group Anonymous, along with numerous other hackers, is planning a massive cyber-attack on Israel, threatening to ‘erase’ the country from Internet. Israel is apparently taking the threats seriously, with defensive preparations underway. ‘Hacktivists Starting Cyber Attack against Israel on 7th of April,’ Anonymous wrote on Twitter, calling on hackers around the world to join […]