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Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing childre

Improved Image Analysis Tools Speed Exploited Children Cases

August 28, 2014 | by William Jackson, GCN | News | Comments

Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing children. But the sheer volume of data being reviewed can slow an investigation to a crawl.

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As in any job, in cybersecurity it’s the paperwork that gets you. In a recent study, the Government Accountability Office found that agencies are doing an incomplete job in documenting their response to security incidents.

Agency Incident Response Rate

August 28, 2014 4:21 pm | by William Jackson, GCN | News | Comments

As in any job, in cybersecurity it’s the paperwork that gets you. In a recent study, the Government Accountability Office found that agencies are doing an incomplete job in documenting their response to security incidents.       

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Massive Cyber Attack on Oil and Energy Industry in Norway

Massive Cyber Attack on Oil and Energy Industry in Norway

August 28, 2014 4:12 pm | by Lee Munson | Blogs | Comments

As many as 300 oil and energy companies have been targeted by hackers in the largest ever coordinated cyber attack in Norway.                                   

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At no time in history has there been a greater need to hire security professionals to protect and defend infrastructures from an inexhaustible onslaught of organized crime, industrial espionage, and nation-state attacks.

Cybersecurity Hiring Crisis: Rockstars, Anger and the Billion Dollar Problem

August 28, 2014 11:12 am | by Violet Blue | Blogs | Comments

At no time in history has there been a greater need to hire security professionals to protect and defend infrastructures from an inexhaustible onslaught of organized crime, industrial espionage, and nation-state attacks.         

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Much has been made of the aging infrastructure and outdated software tools that are used to protect the power grid in the US from cybe attack, but a new era of code-breaking quantum computers threatens to give criminals futuretech that rivals any sci-fi m

DoE Sinks $3M into Quantum Encryption

August 28, 2014 11:01 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

Much has been made of the aging infrastructure and outdated software tools that are used to protect the power grid in the US from cybe attack, but a new era of code-breaking quantum computers threatens to give criminals future tech that rivals any sci-fi movie plot. 

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In a restricted intelligence document distributed to police, public safety, and security organizations in July, the Department of Homeland Security warned of a “malicious activity” that could expose secrets and security vulnerabilities in organizations’ i

Feds Warn First Responders of Google Search Hacking Tool

August 28, 2014 10:53 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | News | Comments

In a restricted intelligence document distributed to police, public safety, and security organizations in July, the Department of Homeland Security warned of a “malicious activity” that could expose secrets and security vulnerabilities in organizations’ information systems. The name of that activity: “Google dorking.”

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Backoff, Dairy Queen, UPS & Retail's Growing PoS Security Problem

August 28, 2014 10:11 am | by Sara Peters | Blogs | Comments

Retail security is under the microscope this week, thanks to data breaches at United Parcel Service franchises (and possibly Dairy Queen franchises), government warnings about the Backoff point-of-sale malware, and new research that shows persistent vulnerabilities in retail applications.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope. It disclosed the investigation after the FBI said Wednesday evening it was investigating media reports earlier in the day tha

JPMorgan Probes Possible Cyber Attack

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope. It disclosed the investigation after the FBI said Wednesday evening it was investigating media reports earlier in the day that several U.S. financial companies have been victims of recent cyber attacks.

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As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But he must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing

Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

August 27, 2014 11:28 am | by Kim Zetter, Wired | News | Comments

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But he must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators.

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Services are up and running again after a denial of service took down Sony's PlayStation Network for much of Sunday, coinciding with a bomb threat on American Airlines flight 362, which carried John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. The thr

Sony, XBox Victims of DDoS, Hacktivist Threats

August 27, 2014 11:11 am | by Sara Peters | Blogs | Comments

Services are up and running again after a denial of service took down Sony's PlayStation Network for much of Sunday, coinciding with a bomb threat on American Airlines flight 362, which carried John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. The threats caused the airline to divert the flight.

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Black Hat USA 2014 recently welcomed more than 9,000 of the most renowned security experts. Tucked away from the glamour of the vendor booths giving away t-shirts and the large presentation rooms filled with rockstar sessions, was the Arsenal — a place wh

Synergy of Hackers and Tools at the Black Hat Arsenal

August 27, 2014 10:50 am | by Mirko Zorz, Help Net Security | News | Comments

Black Hat USA 2014 recently welcomed more than 9,000 of the most renowned security experts. Tucked away from the glamour of the vendor booths giving away t-shirts and the large presentation rooms filled with rockstar sessions, was the Arsenal — a place where developers were able to present their security tools and grow their community.

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Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht (aka, Dread Pirate Roberts), has been indicted on three additional charges, including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identificat

Silk Road Kingpin Faces Yet More Criminal Charges

August 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht (aka, Dread Pirate Roberts), has been indicted on three additional charges, including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents.

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South Korean authorities have revealed a massive data breach that has affected well over half of the country's 50 million citizens.

220 Million Records Stolen, 16 Arrested in Massive South Korean Data Breach

August 27, 2014 10:19 am | by Lee Munson | Blogs | Comments

South Korean authorities have revealed a massive data breach that has affected well over half of the country's 50 million citizens.                                 

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According to newly published documents, the National Security Agency has built a “Google-like” search interface for its vast database of metadata, and the agency shares it with dozens of other American intelligence agencies. The new documents are part of

NSA Increases Interagency Cooperation with Own Search Engine

August 26, 2014 11:00 am | by Cyrus Farivar. Ars Technica | News | Comments

According to newly published documents, the National Security Agency has built a “Google-like” search interface for its vast database of metadata, and the agency shares it with dozens of other American intelligence agencies. The new documents are part of the Snowden leaks and were first published on by The Intercept.

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Governor Jerry Brown of California on Monday signed into law a measure that requires smartphones sold in California to include smarter antitheft technology, a feature that lawmakers hope will help reduce phone theft.

California Governor Signs Law Requiring 'Kill Switch' on Smartphones

August 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Brian Chen | Blogs | Comments

Governor Jerry Brown of California on Monday signed into law a measure that requires smartphones sold in California to include smarter antitheft technology, a feature that lawmakers hope will help reduce phone theft.         

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Websense Security Labs has come across an interesting campaign, targeting Russian nationals, trying to lure them to download and run executables on their computers, under the guise of attacking Western government websites.

Kelihos Botnet Trying to Expand by Harnessing Russian National Sentiments

August 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Websense Security Labs has come across an interesting campaign, targeting Russian nationals, trying to lure them to download and run executables on their computers, under the guise of attacking Western government websites.       

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