May 15, 2013
US under 'constant' cyber-attack, top general claims
Gen Keith Alexander, responsible for cyber security, has warned that the United States is increasingly vulnerable to
attacks like those that destroyed data on tens of thousands of computers in Saudi Arabia and South Korea in the past
year. “Mark my words, it's going to get worse.”
May 9, 2013
Cyber-Attackers Stole $45M in Worldwide Fake ATM Card Breach
Eight defendants have been charged in the largest bank heist of its kind, a $45 million worldwide theft that took
just hours using fabricated ATM cards. Federal prosecutors said the cyber-theft was as intricate as a movie plot.
March 13, 2013
Cyber threats against U.S. 'ramping up,' Obama says
"What is absolutely true is that we have seen a steady ramping up of cyber security threats." Owl Computing is
working to insure your systems with commercial products that provide unparalleled “defense in depth security”.
February 19, 2013
Washington has not had much success persuading Beijing to rein in its hackers even though American officials and security
experts have long known that China is the main source of cyberattacks on the United States. Two recent developments,
however, should raise the political costs for China and may cause it to alter its calculus. Refusal to change its
conduct could make its relations with the United States even more difficult than they are.
February 19, 2013
Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.
An unusually detailed 60-page study
, to be released Tuesday
by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the
first time individual members of the most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups — known to many of its victims in
the United States as “Comment Crew” or “Shanghai Group” — to the doorstep of the military unit’s headquarters.
January 31, 2013
US to React to Alleged China cyberattacks
The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyber-espionage
campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against U.S. companies and government agencies.
Burns & McDonnell Power Utility Cybersecurity News
US Power Plants Report Malware Incidents
The October-December ICS-CERT Monthly Monitor, distributed by the U.S Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Industrial
Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, identified some key cybersecurity incidents from electric utilities.
The report presented two incidents in which known viruses were transferred to plant control systems from a tainted USB drive.
January 11, 2013
Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw
The US DHS
has recommended all users
disable version 7 of Java on their machines. According to
, Java version 7
was released in July 2011 and is the current version.
Oracle has since released an emergency fix for users.
January 7, 2013
Security Breaches: What To Watch For In 2013
Contrary to the predictions of many security experts, who argue that cloud exploits, mobile device attacks and all-out cyber war will be among the most likely data breach threats governments and enterprises will face in 2013, researchers for the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) have reached a far different conclusion.
January 7, 2013
Cyber Attacks Will Escalate In 2013; Congressional Inaction Blamed
Security analysts are predicting that 2013 is when nation-sponsored cyberwarfare goes mainstream -- and some think such
attacks will lead to actual deaths. In 2012, large-scale cyberattacks targeted at the Iranian government were uncovered, and in
return, Iran is believed to have launched massive attacks aimed at U.S.
December 21, 2012
NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE
Special Operations Forces Seek Clarity on Their Future Role
The nation’s most skilled terrorist killers want policymakers in Washington to acknowledge that a softer approach is
needed in the war against extremist groups.
November 20, 2012
S.C. taxpayers at risk as cyber-thief swipes data
Unknown cyber hacker broke into South Carolina’s computers and stole millions of tax returns from residents dating back years.
October 23, 2012
New York Times
In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back
After analyzing the software code from the Aramco attack, security experts say that the event involved a company insider,
with privileged access to Aramco’s network. The virus could have been carried on a USB memory stick that was inserted into a PC.
October 11, 2012
New York Times
Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor”
and was increasingly
vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks
October 8, 2012
China's Huawei, ZTE should be banned: US lawmakers
U.S. telecommunications operators should not do business with China's top telecom gear makers because potential Chinese
state influence on the
companies poses a security threat, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said in a report on Monday.
The report follows an 11-month
investigation by the committee into Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp.
September 28, 2012
Major banks hit with biggest cyberattacks in history
Security experts say the outages stem from one of the biggest cyberattacks they've ever seen. These "denial of service"
attacks -- huge amounts of
traffic directed at a website to make it crash -- were the largest ever recorded by a wide margin, according to two
researchers. Banks get hit by cyberattackers all the time and typically have some of the best defenses against them. This time,
they were outgunned.
September 19, 2012
Bank group warns of heightened risk of cyber attacks
A financial services industry group warned U.S. banks, brokerages and insurers on Wednesday to be on heightened alert for
cyber attacks after Bank of
America and JPMorgan Chase experienced unexplained outages on their public websites.
May 22, 2012
Virtual Terrorism: Al Qaeda Video Calls for 'Electronic Jihad'
Al Qaeda may be turning its destructive attention to cyber-warfare against the United States. In a chilling video, an al
Qaeda operative calls for
"electronic jihad" against the United States, and compares vulnerabilities in vital American computer networks to the flaws
in aviation security
before the 9/11 attack.
April 27, 2012
Security Experts Warn of Cyber Threats From Iran
Iran may be turning to cyber attacks as a channel to attack corporate and government entities in the U.S., especially since the attacks are relatively easily
launched against much larger adversaries. A panel of experts warned lawmakers on Thursday about the looming threat of a cyber attack emanating from Iran, an
increasingly isolated nation that has been linked to numerous attacks against the United States in recent years including a plot last year to assassinate
the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C.
March 20, 2012
EE | Times
Not in Kansas anymore: Securing SCADA
Security researchers warn that attacks against Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems, otherwise known as SCADA systems, could cripple critical
infrastructure services. SCADA networks encompass computers and applications that perform key functions in providing essential services and commodities
such as electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water, waste treatment, and transportation--all part of the nation's critical infrastructure. The first step
in safeguarding our critical infrastructures is in identifying system vulnerabilities.
March 14, 2012
Microsoft urges firms to focus on severe RDP flaw
Saying an exploit will likely be developed in next 30 days, software giant tells companies to act quickly to protect vulnerable systems. Microsoft issued
six patches on Tuesday, but in particular, it focused on warning firms to expedite applying a fix for a critical vulnerability that will likely be
exploited quickly by online criminals.
March 4, 2012
Stuxnet: Computer worm opens new era of warfare
The most pernicious computer virus ever known wasn't out to steal your money, identity, or passwords. So what was the intricate Stuxnet virus after? Its target appears
to have been the centrifuges in a top secret Iranian nuclear facility. Stuxnet showed, for the first time, that a cyber attack could cause significant physical damage
to a facility. Does this mean that future malware, modeled on Stuxnet, could target other critical infrastructure -- such as nuclear power plants or water systems?
What kind of risk do we face in this country?
February 2, 2012
Protecting America from cyber attacks
Some of the nation's top intelligence officials warned that cyber attacks could become more serious threat to national security than terrorism. Bob Orr reports
on the growing danger of cyber attacks.