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North Korea Gets Its Hands on Electromagnetic Pulse Weaponry
November 08, 2013
North Korea is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons designed to disable enemy electronics, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service. North Korea reportedly purchased EMP technology from Russia and is now in the process of replicating it. Some American politicians, including Republicans Newt Gingrich and Rep. Trent Franks, have issued dire warnings about EMP technology.
Starting the Cyberinsurance Conversation
November 02, 2013
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1789. You have to wonder if Old Ben wouldn't add cyberattacks to that list were he alive today. We live in a world in which hundreds of thousands of new threats are created every day. Nary a day goes by without a new piece of malware or other threat finding its way into a network.
Steer Clear of Google, Yahoo, German Journalists Advised
November 01, 2013
The German Federation of Journalists advised members to quit using Google and Yahoo because those providers are vulnerable to U.S. and British intelligence agencies. Citing "scandalous" reports, the warning implored journalists to look elsewhere for both "research and digital communication." The announcement was likely prompted by news that the NSA had tapped into communications links used by Google and Yahoo.
NSA Caught Siphoning Data from Google, Yahoo Servers
October 31, 2013
The National Security Agency has reportedly tapped fiber-optic cables that connect Google's and Yahoo's overseas servers and accessed vast amounts of data including email and other personal information. Included in the data culled by the NSA is information on hundreds of millions of users, many of whom are American.
Adobe Hack Victim Count Skyrockets to 38M
October 31, 2013
After initially estimating that a mere 3 million customers had been affected by the security breach it announced at the start of October, Adobe on Wednesday admitted that the actual number now looks to be closer to an eye-popping 38 million. In addition, the breach seems to be more far-reaching than initially thought, extending to the Photoshop family of products as well.
'Hacker Madness' Strikes Idaho Judge
October 29, 2013
A federal judge in Idaho appears to have had a fit of hacker madness. In a case involving a former employee and his bosses over software for protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, federal district court Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that Corey Thuen's privacy rights could be ignored because he was a self-proclaimed hacker.
Federal Cybersecurity Falls Short on User-Friendliness
October 29, 2013
Fending off cybersecurity breaches from external sources is a difficult task -- but when breach problems arise from within an organization, the challenge of protecting information becomes even more difficult. U.S. government agencies have intensified their use of cybersecurity control technologies, but it appears that improved technology will fall short unless the implementation is user-friendly.
Cyberambush on Tunnel Security Blocks Main Israeli Artery
October 28, 2013
Israel last month was hit with a major cyberattack that shut down a key tunnel that forms part of its national road security network. The attack, only being reported now, knocked out key security operations on back-to-back days, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. It reportedly came in the form of a Trojan horse and caused shutdowns on both days.
Deutsche Telekom Pitches NSA-Free German Internet
October 26, 2013
Germany might go off the Internet in response to the United States National Security Agency's recently uncovered surveillance activities. German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom, whose motto is "Life is for Sharing," has proposed a national routing scheme that would see all data packets -- including emails -- transmitted only within the country's borders.
Cost Control, Security Top Federal IT Managers' Worry Lists
October 25, 2013
The tough political bargaining over the federal budget underscored by the recent government shutdown portends a continuing emphasis on keeping the cost of government under control. As federal agencies resume full operations after the budget and debt ceiling hiatus, it is clear that the goal of getting more for less" will continue to be a major theme for the IT specialists managing federal budgets.
A Hacker by Any Other Name Might Have Escaped Data Seizure
October 24, 2013
The United States District Court for the District of Idaho has ordered the seizure of data from the computers of white hat hacking firm South Fork Security in response to a lawsuit brought by Battelle. Battelle alleges Southfork's cofounder, Corey Thuen, copied an application called "Sophia" that he helped develop while working at Battelle, and then planned to sell it as an open source product.
Germany Cries Foul Over Merkel Phone Tapping
October 24, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama to protest after she received information that U.S. intelligence was perhaps spying on her mobile phone. Obama assured Merkel that the U.S. "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her communications, but the White House reportedly stopped short of denying that it had done so in the past.
NIST Forges Ahead With Critical Infrastructure Security Plan
October 23, 2013
The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Wednesday released a preliminary cybersecurity framework for improving the cybersecurity of the United States' critical infrastructure. The Institute will soon open a 45-day public comment period on the framework, seeking input from reviewers on a series of questions. The dates will be announced in the Federal Register.
German Telecoms See Marketing Opportunity in NSA Fears
October 22, 2013
German telecommunications companies are marketing email services as being National Security Agency-proof, a potentially fruitful ploy in a country where a past marred by sinister data collection has left people yearning for privacy. Deutsche Telekom recently announced plans for a national internal network. The plan calls for emails to be housed entirely on domestic servers.
Strong Encryption, Natural Language Search Make Potent Cocktail
October 22, 2013
Strong encryption and natural language search can be like oil and water. That's because encrypted data can't be digested by your typical search engine. However, CipherCloud announced a solution to that knotty problem last week. The latest version of the 3-year-old company's cloud-based service includes something it's calling "searchable strong encryption."
Germans May Torture Amazon Into Lifting Lowest-Price Rule
October 21, 2013
Germany's antitrust watchdog said Amazon is undermining competition with its rules for third-party merchants and threatened to impose reforms if Amazon doesn't change its ways. The watchdog complains that Amazon's Marketplace obstructs competition, a term that in Germany and Europe refers less to which company wins -- Amazon is obviously winning -- and more to how many companies get to play.
Greenwald to Join Billionaire-Funded Journalism Project
October 17, 2013
Tech billionaire Pierre M. Omidyar, founder and chair of eBay, will team up with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald -- the first to open Edward Snowden's treasure chest of leaks -- to launch a mass media venture designed to foster top-flight journalism. Omidyar has long supported journalism. He has made grants to independent media outlets in Africa, as well as to government watchdogs in the U.S.
Swartz's Whistleblower Protection Scheme to Carry On
October 16, 2013
The Freedom of the Press Foundation said Tuesday that it would be taking charge of Aaron Swartz's DeadDrop project to protect whistleblowers leaking confidential documents to journalists. FPF will provide in-site installation of the technology, renamed "SecureDrop," as well as support for news organizations that want to securely receive confidential documents.
NSA Helps Itself to Americans' Online Address Books
October 15, 2013
The latest revelations by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden show the NSA is spying on Americans, despite repeated government assurances that it does not do so. The agency reportedly is collecting hundreds of millions of electronic address books and contact lists from people worldwide. Though it is collecting the data overseas, some of it comes from Americans.
Tor Stands Tall Against the NSA
October 07, 2013
The National Security Agency tried to crack the encryption protecting the Tor network -- known as a bulletproof vehicle for anonymous communication -- but was unable to do so, according to news reports based on revelations provided by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden. Undaunted, the agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, then reportedly used a flaw in older versions of Firefox instead.

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