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'Ransomware' Targets Japanese Porn Site Users

A Japanese cyber gang has come up with a way to extort money off those who pirate adult games: Pay up, or you will be embarrassed online. According to Computerworld, this type of scam is a new one in the world of “ransomware”–the practice of holding hostage a computer system …

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Rep Rogers Concerned About Cuts to Cyber Funding

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Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) is concerned that the funding for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) may not be adequate for the next fiscal year. During the House Appropriations Committee last week, Rogers voiced his concern over the funding of the program during the testimony of Philip Reitinger, Deputy Undersecretary …

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Study: Malicious Attacks Cost More for French Companies

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Data breaches as a result of malicious activity are significantly more expensive than inadvertent breaches caused by employee negligence, according to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, together with PGP Corporation. The study, “2009 Annual Study: French Cost of a Data Breach,” found that for each customer record lost, …

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Industry Looks to Develop Better Info-sharing Method

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Commercial firms that form the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee are looking to develop better methods for sharing information on cybersecurity threats, according to SpaceNews. The group started a pilot program at the beginning of this week to develop a repository of cyber threat information that is sector specific. NSTAC …

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Air Force Adds Cyber Training to Curriculum

The U.S. Air Force will be teaching the basics in cyberwarfare to new recruits and add more advanced cybersecurity schooling to its curriculum, The Associated Press reports. According to Four-Star Gen. Robert Kehler, the cyberwarfare part of basic training would be short and would cover only the fundamentals such as …

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Proposed Legislation Designates a Cyber Ambassador

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Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) yesterday announced plans to introduce a bill that would create the position of ambassador-at-large to handle international cyberspace issues, according to GCN. The ambassador would have the responsibility of serving as principal adviser to the secretary of state and provide strategic direction …

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Federal Agencies Lagging in Implementing Cybersecurity Measures

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No federal agencies have yet fully actualized a cybersecurity program or implemented federal desktop core configuration requirements as recommended by the Government Accountability Office, according to Homeland Security Today. In a statement on Monday, Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said security of …

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IT Giants Launch Cyber Initiative for Young Emirati Girls

Despite the highest number of female Internet users of the Arab states in the Gulf, young women in the United Arab Emirates are especially susceptible to becoming victims of cyber crime, something the Dubai government and U.S. IT companies hope to change by launching the inaugural TechnoGirls event. While many …

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