Groundbreakers

Former U.S. cybersecurity chief appointed CEO of ICANN

Former U.S. cybersecurity chief appointed CEO of ICANN

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The former cybersecurity chief at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now the head of ICANN, a primary internet governance organization.

Fed cybersecurity review out; "cyber coordinator" established

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After much speculation, President Obama confirmed Friday that a new White House office will be dedicated to coordinating digital security efforts, to be led by a yet unnamed "cybsersecurity coordinator."

RSA: IBM's Truskowski calls for securing the smarter planet

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Bad economic times are when good companies have the opportunity to become great companies, IBM's Brian Truskowski told an audience at the RSA Conference.

RSA: NSA doesn't want to run U.S. cybersecurity, director says

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Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency/Chief Central Security Service, used his keynote presentation at the RSA Conference on Tuesday to dispel rumors that the NSA seeks to be in charge of cybersecurity in the United States.

RSA: Build security into operations, says Symantec CEO

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Just days into his new job, Symantec CEO Enrique Salem is calling for a colossal shift in the way vendors and end-users approach information security.

Be careful with the Rockefeller-Snowe bill

Be careful with the Rockefeller-Snowe bill

Some parts of the Rockefeller-Snowe bill make sense, while other parts may cause unexpected consequences.

President Obama's cybersecurity plan released

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To protect the country's information networks, President Obama plans to appoint a cyber adviser, initiate new research and development and increase collaboration with the private sector.

Optimism for Obama's cybersecurity platform

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Many experts are optimistic that the Obama administration will take positive measures in cybersecurity, reports Angela Moscaritolo.

Judge denies five-month gag in transit hack case

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A federal judge has lifted a temporary injunction that denied three college students from presenting their subway payment hack research at the recent Defcon show.

EFF to fight for MIT students banned from giving Defcon talk

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A privacy watchdog hopes a judge's decision to pull a Defcon presentation doesn't impede future security research.

Senate OKs revamped identity theft legislation

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the latest version of the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act.

Webroot creator found dead after going missing in Hawaii

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The millionaire founder of anti-spyware company Webroot has been discovered dead, two weeks after he went missing.

Multiple vendors cooperate to issue DNS design flaw fix

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A DNS design flaw, which could have allowed remote attackers to silently hijack web sessions, prompted Tuesday's release of an unprecedented multivendor patch.

Social networking site for hackers is unveiled

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A new website is designed to create a social network for white-hat hackers.

Cyber Storm II exercise shows improvement in preparedness

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The Department of Homeland Security's second massive cybersecurity exercise has revealed improved preparedness across IT infrastructures and government agencies, compared to the first "Cyber Storm" in 2006, according to the acting director of DHS's National Cybersecurity Division.

Pacemakers vulnerable to attack

Heart patients beware: If you feel a sudden jolt to your chest, it may be that someone has hacked into your pacemaker, according to recent research that investigated security problems affecting pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).

DHS project delivers new malware capture method

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A project funded by the Department of Homeland Security promises to give security researchers a new way to kill botnets and targeted malware attacks before they infect computers.

House bill mandates high-tech Social Security cards

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Two Republican congressmen from Illinois have proposed legislation that would update the Social Security card for the age of cybercrime.

New variants of Trojan.Mebroot rootkit emerge in the wild

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After a brief hiatus, new variants have appeared in the wild of Trojan.Mebroot, a rogue rootkit discovered in December attacking the Windows Master Boot Record (MBR), Symantec has warned.

Fortinet: Symbian OS worm spreading in mobile networks

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Fortinet researchers have discovered a new socially engineered Symbian OS worm they say is actively spreading on mobile networks as users unwittingly send the malware to their unit's entire address book.

SANS: Multiple-exploit attacks on trusted sites tops '08 threat list

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Script-based attacks that cycle through multiple exploits and target trusted websites, increasingly sophisticated botnets, and cyberespionage that uses phishing to steal terabytes of data head SANS Institute's Top 10 list of 2008 security menaces.

California merges key departments to combat ID theft

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California has merged two major departments focused on information security and privacy into a single agency that will battle electronic identity theft.

Bhutto assassination video, websites faked to spread malware

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Cyberattackers are exploiting the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to spread malware, according to researchers at numerous anti-virus vendors.

SC Magazine picks the cream of the crop

SC Magazine picks the cream of the crop

Our technology experts have made their choices for the best products of 2007 from among the dozens of entries that were subjected to thorough group tests and reviews during the year at the SC Lab. Click on this article to view a pdf of the BEST OF 2007.

McAfee report: Cyberespionage to be a top 2008 national security threat

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A rise in international cyberspying will pose the most significant threat to the national security of the United States in 2008, according to a report from anti-virus vendor McAfee.

Russian Business Network disappears again after move to China

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Less than a week after disappearing from the web, the Russian Business Network (RBN) has cut short its re-emergence in China.

WabiSabiLabi founder arrested, in custody of Italian authorities

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Italian authorities are holding the founder of WabiSabiLabi, an eBay-like online marketplace for buying and selling zero-day vulnerabilities.

Al Qaeda cyber-jihad threat dismissed by researchers

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McAfee told organizations not to lose any sleep over reports that al Qaeda would target Western websites in a mass-cyberattack this Sunday.

Microsoft's Charney, congressmen to chair cybersecurity advisory commission for next president

Whether it's Hillary Clinton, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani or Barack Obama -- or any of their competitors -- who is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009, the next president of the United States will have a list of cybersecurity recommendations on their desk.

News briefs

Clothing retailer Gap Inc. revealed that a laptop containing the Social Security numbers of 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a third-party vendor. The laptop contained info of job applicants who applied to the company's Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Outlet stores. The vendor, not identified by Gap, contacted law enforcement authorities about the breach. The data was not encrypted.

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