A federal indictment was unsealed Monday in Boston charging a hacker with selling hardware and software designed to steal internet bandwidth.
A new ransomware variant encrypts files on a computer, but uses a novel twist on monetizing the extortion threat.
Metasploit, the organization behind the Metasploit Project, a popular open-source tool for exploit research, has been acquired by vulnerability management provider Rapid7.
The new U.S. Cyber Command will be headed by U.S. National Security Agency director Keith Alexander, if Congress approves his nomination by President Obama. He also would continue in his role at NSA. The U.S. Cyber Command, based in Ft. Meade, Md., is expected to become fully operational by October 2010 as part of the Department of Defense’s U.S. Strategic Command. The announcement was made this week by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who ordered the creation of the Cyber Command this summer. Alexander was also nominated to be promoted to full general. — CAM
Despite regulations mandating protection of health care records, more than half of American hospitals fail to take appropriate steps to safeguard the privacy of patients, according to a new survey of health care IT security professionals.
WebSpy, an internet monitoring and reporting software vendor, announced Friday its plan to acquire Marketboomer, a procurement and materials management system provider. In a release, WebSpy’s CEO Jack Andrys said the merger is complementary because both companies offer busines-to-business solutions around internet and data manipulation, which can be applied to any industry sector. Terms of the proposed deal were not disclosed. — CAM