Hackers Steal Classified Data from South Korea

South Korean officials reported over the weekend the army’s computer network was hacked and classified data was accessed. The breach compromised information on dangerous chemicals hosted on the Chemical Accident Response Information System. Close to 600 agencies throughout South Korea use the system, including a number of first-responder units. The …

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Obama the Cyber Educator

In a video released on the White House Blog, President Obama discussed the roles of government, private sector and citizens in securing cyber security. President Obama provided useful guidelines to being “cyber smart” as an individual and highlighted the pivotal role individuals play in cyber security. [youtube UIIY9AQSqbY]

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NASA Has Been Breached

According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, NASA has experienced more than 1,000 security incidents involving malware in 2007 and 2008. The malware was installed on NASA systems, putting sensitive data at risk of compromise. The report cited 1,120 incidents in which malware was installed on systems or …

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Information on 800,000 Doctors Stolen

An unencrypted laptop with information on around 800,000 physicians was stolen recently from an employee of an insurance firm. A number of the physicians have been warned that the data was stolen. The laptop contained the personal information on a number of physicians throughout the country. The theft puts them …

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Botnets Don't Pay what They Used To

Botnets used for cyber attacks, particularly distributed denial of service attacks, are becoming cheaper, according to security researchers. The number of available botnets has grown rapidly, flooding the market and driving prices down. Botnets are constructed by hackers who infect a series of computers. They then rent out the botnet …

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Google Helps Compromised Websites

Google has created a new feature that helps to combat infected websites. The feature informs site administrators of infection and provides samples of the infected code along with suggestions on how to clean the site of malicious code. In the past, Google scanned websites for possible infection and reported those …

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NISC receives prestigious awards for work in North Dakota

This week, the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce and the Information Technology Council of North Dakota (ITCND) recognized National Information Solutions Cooperative® (NISC) with two awards. The awards, presented by the North Dakota industry associations, recognize NISC for developing new business technologies and for being a leader in the use of innovative technology to …

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FCC Looks to Broaden Net Neutrality Concept

The Chairman of the FCC Julius Genachowski wants to extend and more broadly apply “open Internet” rules, arguing that everything legal in the Internet “pipe” is protected from discrimination unless FCC states otherwise. Some companies see the move as a threat to their present business model. Most companies currently select …

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