Cyberattack

U.S. and EU partner for security response exercise

U.S. and EU partner for security response exercise

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"Cyber Atlantic 2011" aimed to clarify how the two nations can best communicate about cyber incidents that occur on government systems or critical infrastructure.

Microsoft issues workaround for Duqu malware

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Microsoft issued a temporary fix for a vulnerability in the Windows kernel used to spread Duqu, the so-called "son of Stuxnet" trojan.

"Nitro" attacks target 29 firms in chemical sector

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Hackers over the summer targeted at least 29 companies in the chemical sector during an attack campaign aimed at stealing intellectual property.

Recent attacks cost Energy Department at least $2M

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The attacks, which occurred at four department locations, were not described in detail, but were deemed "successful" for adversaries, according to the annual audit.

Duqu underscores trouble AV industry has in stopping threats

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The slowness by which an offspring of Stuxnet was discovered may be further proof that attackers have a significant leg up on the security community.

U.S. may have had inside knowledge of Libya radar bugs

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News that the U.S. was considering a cyberattack to disable Libya's radar system may indicate knowledge of the same flaws Israel is believed to have used against Syria in 2007.

Possibly breached GlobalSign to bring services back Monday

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Portsmouth, N.H.-based certificate authority (CA) GlobalSign plans to be back fully operating on Monday after temporarily suspending the issuance of SSL credentials due to claims from a hacker linked to attacks on Comodo and DigiNotar. In a Monday post to Pastebin, a hacker claimed responsibility for the major attack on DigiNotar and said he has access to four other CAs, including GlobalSign. "We are adopting a high-threat approach to bringing services back online and we are working with a number of organizations to audit the process," the company said in a news release. GlobalSign is still investigating the hacker's claims, but said it believes CAs are facing an "industry-wide" attack.

Chinese documentary depicts attack against U.S. target

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A Chinese military documentary appears to offer a rare glimpse of an actual state-sponsored hacking tool being used to attack a U.S. website affiliated with the dissident Falun Gong religious movement.

Anonymous hacks Booz Allen Hamilton to leak info on 90K

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The Anonymous hacking collective on Monday released tens of thousands of military credentials, in addition to details on alleged questionable business practices at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Canada bureaus still troubled by Chinese breach

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Months after hackers invaded the computer systems of at least three federal government institutions employees are still feeling the effects.

Audit doubts FBI's ability to combat cyberthreats

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The FBI must bolster its information sharing and cybersecurity expertise to effectively investigate and combat the most serious cyber intrusions, according to a new audit.

Attack toolkits to pose bigger problem for businesses

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Attack toolkits have been refined to the point where they are producing high success rates for their criminal users.

Two more Comodo resellers "owned" in SSL hack

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Comodo has confirmed that two additional registration authorities affiliated with the company also were compromised in a highly publicized SSL certificate fraud attack disclosed last week.

Corporate data is new target of cybercrime

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Cybercriminals have shifted their efforts from targeting individuals' personal information to the intellectual capital of global corporations, according to a report released Monday.

Rise in federal cyberattacks partly due to better monitoring

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The number of cyber incidents affecting U.S. federal agencies shot up 39 percent in 2010, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but experts said the increase is partly a reflection of improved discovery capabilities within government.

HBGary emails out Morgan Stanley as Aurora victim

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The global financial services firm was targeted by the same Chinese hackers that attacked systems at Google and Adobe, according to internal emails stolen from HB Gary.

Exxon, Shell, BP targeted in operation "Night Dragon"

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Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP were among the oil companies targeted by hackers believed to be from China to steal proprietary information about oil and gas field bids and operations, according to Bloomberg News. McAfee earlier this month disclosed details about the intrusions, dubbed "Night Dragon." The security firm, however, did not list any of the victim companies. According to Bloomberg, citing unnamed individuals familiar with the investigations, the list of targeted companies also includes Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips and Baker Hughes. — AM

RSA Conference 2011: Terrorist organizations pose greatest cyberthreat

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More than 100 foreign intelligence agencies have attempted to penetrate U.S. government defense networks, a Pentagon official said Tuesday at the 2011 RSA Conference in San Franscisco.

Chinese hackers break into oil companies' networks

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Sophisticated hackers, believed to be from China, have broken into the networks of several global oil, energy and petrochemical companies.

Cyberwar PsyOps Analysis: Egypt 2011

#OpEgypt and #Jan25 lead in this cyberwarfare analysis on psychological operations using social media. The old-school mobile phone is now the instrument of real-time sitreps. Will cellular network technology be the next risk for state-sanctioned cyberwarfare? Part three of a series.

Report: Toolkits now used in the majority of cyberattacks

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Cybercrime attack toolkits are now used in the majority of internet attacks, according to a report released Tuesday by Symantec.

Cyberattacks increase 29 percent in 2010

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The number of breaches affecting Canadian organizations grew last year, but the cost associated with these incidents decreased by more than $654,000 - or almost 80 percent - during the same period.

Who will be to blame for the loss of a cyberwar?

Cyberwarfare is the boogeyman of 2011. If the risks are real, who holds responsibility for collapses of the power grid and communication networks?

Future Crimes: Will the lights stay on past 2013?

Stuxnet has radically changed the global perception of cyberwarfare leveraging internet-connected SCADA vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure. Will the lights stay on or are we in for trouble?

Cyberespionage: Raids from afar

Cyberespionage: Raids from afar

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The Google-China attacks, revealed in January, kicked off a year in which the threat of cybespionage to steal corporate and government secrets firmly entrenched itself as part of the security battle zone.

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