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Journalists in China Targeted by Cyber Attack

According to an investigation by a team of Canadian researchers, foreign journalists operating in China are being subjected to malware attacks. The malware surrenders control of the infected to computer to a remote user. Journalists receive emails alleging to be from the economic editor who is planning a trip to …

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Trojan Steals Thousands of Dollars from Schools in Illinois

A Trojan virus appears to be responsible for the theft of more than $300,000 from a school district in Illinois, according to investigative authorities. The case involving the Chrystal Lake School District is currently under investigation by the FBI. The attack used a Clampi virus, which when downloaded to the …

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Cartoon to Help Educate on Cybersecurity in UAE

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in the United Arab Emirates is using a cartoon in a national advertising campaign designed to increase awareness about cybersecurity. The new cartoon character, known as Salim, the Emirati cybersecurity adviser, will provide citizens with helpful information on methods to protect themselves and the UAE from …

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News Site in Malaysia Subjected to DOS Attack

The Malaysia Today news website has been hit by a series of denial of service attacks that crippled the site over the past week. While it is unclear as to the origins of the attack, many people, including the tech team at Malaysia Today, believe the Malaysian government is behind …

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Data Breach Potentially Compromises SSNs

According to Computerworld, the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill notified more than 160,000 women Friday their Social Security numbers may have been compromised by a recent breach by hackers. The system breach was discovered in July, and it appears that some data theft …

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Ants Serve as Model for Security System

Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have taken a novel approach to information security that is modeled on the defensive strategies of ants. According to the Telegraph, “digital ants” travel computer systems looking for intruders, and once one is detected, the other “digital ants” come to help fight …

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Telcordia Selects Head of Cybersecurity

Telcordia Technologies, a company focused on telecommunications software, recently announced James Payne will serve as the general manager and senior VP of the company’s national security and cyber infrastructure division. The division is designed to help meet the growing need for cybersecurity solutions from the federal government. Payne is one …

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Phishing Worm on Twitter

A new phishing scam on popular networking site Twitter is spreading worms based on false links. Users are invited by already hijacked Twitter accounts to click on a video link, where the worm then infects their computer. Previously infected accounts are used to send an invitation to access a video …

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Inspector General Finds DoD Fails to Scrub Data

According to an audit conducted by the inspector general, the Department of Defense fails to remove sensitive data from IT platforms before disposal. Additionally, some of the protocols for IT disposals are out of date and fail to account for new technologies. The report cited a number of organizations that …

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UK Cyber Research Center Opens

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies opened Wednesday and is housed at Queen’s University in the U.K. The center is set to be at the forefront of innovative technologies to counter cyber attacks. The center hopes to bring together experts in the field to help make cyberspace more secure. They …

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Cybersecurity Leaders Must Be Flexible

Lt. Gen. William Lord, chief of warfighting integration and CIO of the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, recently highlighted the need for a flexible command model for cybersecurity. At a meeting of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association chapter in Northern Virginia, Lord pointed to the …

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No Privacy Issue with Government-Monitoring Program

The Department of Justice recently determined the use of Einstein 2, the government program that monitors communications on government servers, does not violate rights of private citizens or government employees. The program allows the government to monitor all communications in and out of government networks in an effort to combat …

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Malicious Hacker Site Shut Down by 'Good Hackers'

A group of white hat hackers calling themselves War Against Cyber Crime recently attacked a site for malicious hackers. The group hacked into the website and stole information on login information and email addresses of site users, publishing the information on the Internet according to The Register. The site was …

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DNI Blair's Take on Cyber Issues

DNI Dennis Blair recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club in California on cybersecurity issues and their central role to national security planning. According to govinfosecurity.com, Blair highlighted the roles of various intelligence organizations, including DHS and NSA, in the effort to better secure cyberspace. During his speech, Blair pointed that …

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