Tag Archives: cyber security

Politicians to pass cyber security bill due to Sony ‘hack’

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Sony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday. Weighing in on the major Sony scandal only hours after federal investigators attributed the recent hack to North Korea, Pres. Obama said the Hollywood studio was wrong to pull “The Interview,” a ... Read More »

Sen. Rockefeller attempts to amend cybersecurity bill to NDAA 2014

Jay Rockefeller

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee submitted on Thursday an already-approved cybersecurity bill to be considered as an amendment to next year’s National Defense Authorization Act. If the amendment manages to stay intact as Congress prepares to approve the 2014 NDAA, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia)’s Cybersecurity Act of 2013 may finally be codified into law. Rockefeller’s proposal, S.1353, ... Read More »

Obama’s cybersecurity directive could allow military deployment within the US

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The White House is being asked by attorneys to explain a top-secret presidential policy directive signed last month that may allow for the domestic deployment of the US military for the sake of so-called cybersecurity. Lawyers with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the office of US President Barack Obama ... Read More »

British intelligence service hiring Xbox gamers to spy for them

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British government is hiring talented Xbox generation teenage gamers to form the backbone of country’s future cyber security service. Higher education is not necessary: apprentices will get advanced resident cyber warfare training. Speaking at Britain’s WWII code-breaking headquarters at Bletchley Park on Thursday, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the recruitment of 100 young talents for the Single Intelligence Account governmental ... Read More »

U.S. and Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say

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The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort. The massive piece of malware secretly mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a ... Read More »

CIA’s hacktivists may have had access to Flame and Stuxnet

LulzSec Ryan Cleary hacker

A grand jury in a US District Court in California has indicted Ryan Cleary, suspected member of LulzSec, the CIA backed hacking group, of hacking into websites such as Fox Entertainment, PBS and Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as into servers run by several hosting firms in the United States. Cleary also is accused of in a couple of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) ... Read More »

World’s most complex computer virus discovered: ‘Flame’

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A powerful data-snatching virus targeting computers in Iran, Israel and other Middle Eastern countries has been discovered by Russian experts. The worm has been used for years for what seems to be state-sponsored cyber espionage. Russian cyber-security company Kaspersky Lab says the malware, codenamed Flame, is the largest and one of the most complex cyber-attacks ever discovered. It reports that ... Read More »