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Senator warns banks of cyberattack risk, Chase Bank targeted within minutes

“On Tuesday, two hearings related to cybersecurity took place in the United States. Intelligence officials spoke on the annual ‘worldwide threat’ briefing to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and head of the U.S. military’s Cyber Command Army General Keith Alexander spoke before the Senate Armed Services committee.” Source:Senator warns banks of cyberattack risk, Chase Bank targeted […]

Strategic commander worried about cyber attacks on nuclear command and control

“U.S. strategic nuclear weapons and the command systems that control them are vulnerable to cyber attacks although most are hardened against many types of electronic attacks, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that nuclear weapons […]

Spy agencies list cyberattacks, not terrorism, as top national security threat to USA

“Terrorism is no longer the USA’s top threat according the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. Based on the ‘collective insights’ of the Intelligence Community, top national security threats are now in the cyber arena, cyber espionage and cyberattacks.” Source:Spy agencies list cyberattacks, not terrorism, as top national security threat to USA | Computerworld Blogs […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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Google Does Winter Cleaning, Shuts Down “Less Popular” Calendar Features, Punchd Loyalty App, Multiple Sync Services

This seems like a big deal… “- Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting […]

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Apple Drops 6.4% Due To Volatility And Uncertainty: The iPad Mini Is Out, Now What?

Today, Apple shares fell 6.43 percent to 538.79, which represents a $34.8 billion market cap write-off. Analysts have been looking for reasons for the drop all day long without finding a single one that stands out. They forgot about the long-term perspective. During the past 12 months, Apple shares have been up 42.7 percent, mostly […]

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Logitech Alert security camera system works great with OS X, iOS

A few weeks back we ran a post with an interesting bit of news — Logitech had announced OS X support for their Logitech Alert security camera systems. Shortly after that, the company sent a trial unit to try out, and I’m happy to say that the entire system is simply the best web/security camera […]

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Finally Available – A Grenade You Can Send Through The Mail

Developed in conjunction with Mountain Shepherd Survival School, the Rocky S2V Grenade debuted during OR Summer Market as a component of their new S2V clothing line. A survival tool, the Grenade cocoons a variety of basic survival tools within a 550 cord fob. Now, the Grenade is available for order as a stand alone item. […]

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Swiss spy agency warns U.S., Britain about huge data leak

“Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft by a senior IT technician for the NDB, Switzerland’s intelligence service, European national security sources said.” Source:Swiss spy agency warns U.S., Britain about huge data leak | Reuters Via OODA Loop

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US Navy sees 110,000 cyber attacks every hour, or more than 30 every single second

“The US government and all its military branches are naturally a prime target for cyber attacks, but exactly how bad is the situation? Those numbers aren’t thrown around loosely, but Hewlett Packard on Wednesday inadvertently released some statistics for the US Navy’s IT network, and they don’t look pretty. ‘For the US Navy we provide […]

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Hackers steal customer info from insurance provider Nationwide

“Hackers broke into insurance company Nationwide’s network in October, stealing the personal information of more than a million customers across the country, the insurance company recently revealed. The company said the compromised information included people’s names and a combination of Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, their date of birth, and possibly marital status, gender, […]

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Cyber-warfare: Hype and fear

“Even as anxiety about jihadi terrorist threats has eased, thanks to the efforts of intelligence agencies and drone attacks’ disruption of the militants’ sanctuaries, fears over Western societies’ vulnerability to cyber-assaults have grown. Political and military leaders miss no chance to declare that cyberwar is already upon us. America’s defence secretary, Leon Panetta, talks of […]

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Cyberattacks in Israel and Gaza Increased After Cease Fire Declared

“Cyberattacks were part of the recent deadly bombing campaign between Israel and Gaza from the beginning, as hackers aligned with both sides targeted the opposition’s websites and servers. However, cybersecurity firm Cloudflare noticed something interesting when a cease-fire was declared: the fighting’s focus moved from the physical space into the digital arena.” Source: Cyberattacks in […]

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U.S. spy agencies to report on cyber-attacks from abroad

“The U.S. intelligence community is nearing completion of its first detailed review of cyber-spying against American targets from abroad, including an attempt to calculate U.S. financial losses from hacker attacks based in China, officials said. The National Intelligence Estimate, the first involving cyber-espionage, also will seek to determine how large a role the Chinese government […]

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Secret Service launches investigation into ‘immense’ security breach as computer files left on metro

“The US Secret Service has begun an investigation over an ‘immense’ security breach in which an employee left computer tapes on a metro train.” Source:Secret Service launches investigation into ‘immense’ security breach as computer files left on metro – Telegraph Via OODA Loop

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Saudi Aramco says cyber attack targeted kingdom’s economy

“Oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom’s economy as a whole. The interior ministry, which joined Aramco’s investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm’s computers, said it was carried out by organized hackers from […]

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Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites

“Hacktivists claiming to hail from the Pakistan Cyber Army have defaced over 400 Chinese government web sites and also hit in excess of 20 Bangladeshi government sites.” Source:Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites • The Register Via OODA Loop

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Hong Kong cops open £700k cyber security centre

“The Hong Kong government has thrown HK$9 million (£730,000) at a new Cyber Security Centre in a bid to tackle the growing threat to critical infrastructure in the Special Administrative Region of China.” Source:Hong Kong cops open £700k cyber security centre • The Register Via OODA Loop

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Russian hackers hold Gold Coast doctors to ransom

“Russian hackers are holding a Gold Coast medical centre to ransom after encrypting thousands of patient health records. The hackers are demanding a ransom of $4,000 to decrypt the sensitive information held on a server at the Miami Family Medical Centre.” Source:Russian hackers hold Gold Coast doctors to ransom Via OODA Loop

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Australian Defence Force Academy Hacked

“A lone hacker stole the personal details of thousands of Australian military staff during an audacious attack he conducted ‘for fun’. The raid, which breached a university database at the Australian Defence Force Academy last month, is one of the worst known cyber attacks on a government organisation in this country.” Source:Australian Defence Force Academy […]

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25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in <6 hours

“A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster that can cycle through as many as 350 billion guesses per second. It’s an almost unprecedented speed that can try every possible Windows passcode in the typical enterprise in less than six hours.” Source:25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in <6 hours | Ars Technica Via […]

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Necurs Rootkit Spreading Quickly, Microsoft Warns

“Necurs, a nearly two-year-old rootkit, has been spreading quickly recently and was found on 83,427 unique machines during the month of November, according to researchers at Microsoft. Necurs is distributed through drive-by download and and may occur anytime a user visits an infected website, says Tim Liu, a researcher at Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center, in […]