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Obama, Romney avoid talking cyber security at debate

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The third and final presidential debate was heavy on the kinetic and light on the cyber. And it shouldn't have surprised anybody.

Mahdi spy malware uncovered, but no Flame link yet

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Security researchers said Tuesday they have come across a new strain of espionage malware that has successfully infected 800 different organizations this year in the Middle East to steal information and spy on communications.

Cyber security market to reach $120B by 2017

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Driven by increasing use of cloud and mobile services, and cyber criminal activity from hacktivists, terrorist groups, nation-state actors and those out for financial gain, the global cyber security market is expected to grow by 11.3 percent each year.

New spy toolkit sets sights on Syrian activists

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Protesters in Syria wanting to overthrow the Assad regime are being targeted in government-backed espionage efforts.

Spy virus Flame is evasive, but its goal is nothing new

Spy virus Flame is evasive, but its goal is nothing new

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The complex Flame espionage toolkit shows efforts to gather intelligence on certain countries is in high gear, but the malware's functionality may not be all that different from what already is on the scene.

Bill to foster threat data sharing draws mixed reactions

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 would give the federal government authority to share classified cyber threat information with the private sector.

Lockheed admits to hack that may portend more breaches

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There remain more questions than answers after defense contractor Lockheed Martin over the weekend disclosed that its systems had been successfully breached.

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.

Experts weigh in on Comodo SSL certificate fraud

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Reactions are running rampant after Comodo revealed it was tricked into issuing rogue digital certificates.

Iran behind certificate fraud, says SSL vendor

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An advisory warned of nine fraudulent digital certificates issued by Comodo that could have been used to impersonate some of the world's highest-profile websites.

WikiLeaks attacks fail to meet definition of cyberwar

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Though some have labeled the website attacks surrounding the WikiLeaks controversy to be the first-ever global cyberwar, security experts say the truth is much less sensational.

Future crimes: Are WikiLeaks, piracy and malware related?

Could a cargo ship's thwarted piracy reveal more than bullet holes and bloodstains? A theoretical view of why compromised shipping cargo information could make pirates and hijackers rich.

Political hacker takes credit for Wikileaks DDoS attack

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A political hacker has claimed responsibility for a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) that took down Wikileaks.org just before a planned release of confidential documents.

Multidisciplined partnerships are central to country's cybersecurity

Multidisciplined partnerships are central to country's cybersecurity

Just as cybercriminals share information, the private, private and international communities must ally to combat today's threats.

McAfee CEO: Get ready for tidal wave of mobile attacks

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2011 promises to deliver a major influx of mobile application attacks, plus other sophisticated digital assaults, said Dave DeWalt, CEO of McAfee, during a keynote address Wednesday at SC Congress Canada in Toronto.

Schmidt, Elder confirmed as SC World Congress keynotes

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Security veteran Howard Schmidt and Lt. Gen. Robert Elder are set to speak at next month's SC World Congress, it was announced Friday.

Stuxnet worm shows critical infrastructure attacks no longer just Hollywood hype

Stuxnet worm shows critical infrastructure attacks no longer just Hollywood hype

Computer security professionals can learn from the Stuxnet outbreak.

Experts react to Google's reported Windows phase-out

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Many in the security community say Google would be wrong to base its decision to scale back internal Windows use over security concerns.

Report: Google to discontinue Windows use for workers

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Google is planning to migrate its end-users away from the use of Windows in the wake of Chinese-led targeted attacks that raided its corporate infrastructure of intellectual property, a Monday report in the Financial Times said.

Worried about logic bombs? You should be

Worried about logic bombs? You should be

All IP-enabled devices are at risk to devastating attacks that can result in the theft of intellectual property, or worse.

Symantec finds readers, plug-ins new exploit haven

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PDF exploits, broadband penetration and targeted attacks helped drive the cybercriminal community in 2009, Symantec's annual "Global Internet Security Threat Report" found.

U.S.-Canada research team penetrate cyberspy network

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Yet another complex -- but stealthy and effective -- cyberespionage network has turned up, this one largely targeting Indian computer systems. Again, the operation is believed to be run out of China.

Google turns up botnet targeting Vietnamese users

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Computers from around the world are being targeted in a new malware campaign designed to silence Vietnamese political activists, according to Google and McAfee.

Bill could restrict funds for nations ignoring cybercrime

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A new U.S. Senate bill would threaten countries with funding restrictions if they fail to properly address cybercrime within their boundaries.

RSA Conference: Cyberwarfare panel says it's time to unite

Cyberwarfare is set to grow with devastating consequence, capitalizing on the historical separation between government and industry and the lack of shared visibility within and across these two sectors.

RSA Conference: Chertoff, Clarke say nation is overdue for security architecture overhaul

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The status quo is not working to defend the nation's networks from sophisticated cyberespionage and warfare. Instead smarter, user-friendly solutions and more awareness is needed, while keeping an eye on civil liberties, a panel of former government officials and privacy experts said Wednesday at the RSA Conference.

Intel the victim of "sophisticated" cyberattack

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Intel told the federal government that it was the victim of a "sophisticated" cyberattack that occurred in January, around the time cybercriminals compromised systems at Google, Adobe and more than 30 other large companies.

Report says U.S. needs new approach for security

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A new report authored by retired Gen. Eugene Habiger of the U.S. Air Force finds that that the public and private sector must deploy secure systems that are properly tested and certified to withstand sophisticated cyberattacks.

Global critical infrastructure under attack, study finds

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The risk of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure systems is rising and respondents to a new McAfee survey suspect a major incident is coming -- one that may cost millions and result in loss of life.

Microsoft patches Internet Explorer hole used in spying

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A "critical" Internet Explorer vulnerability, used as part of a mix of malware designed to steal sensitive intellectual property from major U.S. companies, was fixed on Thursday.

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