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China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyber attacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and he

NSA Director Warns China Can Damage US Infrastructure

November 21, 2014 | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyber attacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command.

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 Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current

Some in NSA Warned of Backlash

November 20, 2014 1:57 pm | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say.

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In the next few months hackers will try to penetrate the cyber defenses of Britain's major banks and steal information about millions of customers. But for once they'll be welcome.

Hackers to Probe Cybercrime Defenses at British Banks

November 20, 2014 1:48 pm | by Steve Slater and Matt Schuffham, Reuters | Comments

In the next few months hackers will try to penetrate the cyber defenses of Britain's major banks and steal information about millions of customers. But for once they'll be welcome.                   

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Encrypted communications is very en vogue post-Snowden, but there can be unintended consequences. The growing use of encryption to address privacy concerns is creating perfect conditions for cyber criminals to hide malware inside encrypted transactions, a

Malware Authors Making a Payday Off Encryption

November 20, 2014 12:33 pm | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Encrypted communications is very en vogue post-Snowden, but there can be unintended consequences. The growing use of encryption to address privacy concerns is creating perfect conditions for cyber criminals to hide malware inside encrypted transactions, and even reducing the level of sophistication required for malware to avoid detection.

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It’s by no means complete yet, but the transition to a mobile IT environment in government is well established. Parallel with that, however, is the expectation that mobile communications will be able to deliver all that society expects in the way of seaml

5G Will Power Network of the Future

November 20, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Robinson, GCN | Comments

It’s by no means complete yet, but the transition to a mobile IT environment in government is well established. Parallel with that, however, is the expectation that mobile communications will be able to deliver all that society expects in the way of seamless audio, video streaming and fast transfer of multi-megabyte data files.  

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Mobile security firm Lookout has discovered a more sophisticated variant of the NotCompatible Android botnet which it says targets enterprise networks through compromised mobile devices.

Botnet Infects Android, Infiltrates Corporate Networks

November 20, 2014 12:17 pm | by Doug Drinkwater, SC Magazine | Comments

Mobile security firm Lookout has discovered a more sophisticated variant of the NotCompatible Android botnet which it says targets enterprise networks through compromised mobile devices.                  

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Leading prosecutors in New York and London police plan to embed staff in each others’ offices, officials say, increasing transatlantic collaboration in an effort to combat cybercrime.

London Police and NYC Prosecutors to Swap Staff in Cybercrime Fight

November 20, 2014 12:08 pm | by Sam Frizell, Time | Comments

Leading prosecutors in New York and London police plan to embed staff in each others’ offices, officials say, increasing transatlantic collaboration in an effort to combat cyber crime.                   

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Leading Democrats in both houses of Congress sent letters to 16 major banks and other financial firms requesting detailed information about recent data breaches and briefings from corporate data security officials.

House, Senate Democrats Seek Details on Data Breaches

November 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Reuters | Comments

Leading Democrats in both houses of Congress sent letters to 16 major banks and other financial firms requesting detailed information about recent data breaches and briefings from corporate data security officials.          

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Attackers will continue to resort to non-amplification attacks when there are not enough vulnerable systems available to exploit for reflection methods.There will be a rise in mobile DDoS attacks as emerging countries increase smartphone subscriber usage.

DDoS Attacks Shrinking, Switching to Mobile

November 19, 2014 9:34 am | by Black Lotus | Comments

Attackers will continue to resort to non-amplification attacks when there are not enough vulnerable systems available to exploit for reflection methods.There will be a rise in mobile DDoS attacks as emerging countries increase smartphone subscriber usage.

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The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency. The legislation would have ended the NSA's collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court orde

Senate Blocks Shutdown of NSA Phone Records Collection

November 19, 2014 9:06 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency. The legislation would have ended the NSA's collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies.

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MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, bus

Foundation Funds New Initiative on Cybersecurity Policy

November 19, 2014 8:41 am | by MIT | Comments

MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses, and individuals.

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The immensely popular Whatsapp instant messenger has the potential to become an even more attractive option for users, as the company has partnered with Open Whisper Systems to implement the latter's TextSecure protocol into their clients.

Open Whisper Systems Helps WhatsApp Achieve End-to-end Encryption

November 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

The immensely popular Whatsapp instant messenger has the potential to become an even more attractive option for users, as the company has partnered with Open Whisper Systems to implement the latter's TextSecure protocol into their clients.   

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A large number of the Tor-anonymized domains recently seized in a crackdown on illegal darknet services were clones or imposter sites, according to an analysis published Monday.

Many Tor Domains Seized by Police are Imposters

November 18, 2014 11:58 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

A large number of the Tor-anonymized domains recently seized in a crackdown on illegal darknet services were clones or imposter sites, according to an analysis published Monday.                     

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Just a few weeks after its existence was revealed, Beijing police have arrested three people who are allegedly the authors of the WireLurker malware that targets Macs and iPhones.

WireLurker Suspects Arrested in Beijing

November 18, 2014 10:12 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Just a few weeks after its existence was revealed, Beijing police have arrested three people who are allegedly the authors of the WireLurker malware that targets Macs and iPhones.                    

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Time is not your friend when your information systems are under cyber attack, but sharing threat information before, during, and after an attack with a trusted group of peers can help. NIST has prepared a Guide to Cyber Threat Information Sharing that pro

NIST Wants to Help You Share

November 18, 2014 10:01 am | by NIST | Comments

Time is not your friend when your information systems are under cyber attack, but sharing threat information before, during, and after an attack with a trusted group of peers can help. NIST has prepared a Guide to Cyber Threat Information Sharing that provides organizations with the key practices they need to consider when planning, implementing and maintaining information sharing relationships.

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For years the government has refused to talk about or even acknowledge its secret use of zero-day software vulnerabilities to hack into the computers of adversaries and criminal suspects. This year, however, the Obama administration finally acknowledged t

US Gov Insists It Doesn't Stockpile Zero-day Exploits

November 17, 2014 12:16 pm | by Kim Zetter, Wired | Comments

For years the government has refused to talk about or even acknowledge its secret use of zero-day software vulnerabilities to hack into the computers of adversaries and criminal suspects. This year, however, the Obama administration finally acknowledged that the NSA and law enforcement agencies sometimes keep information about software vulnerabilities secret so the government can exploit them for purposes of surveillance and sabotage.

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