Thwarting cyber attacks could be as much a task for social scientists as it is for computer engineers. Cybersecurity is essential for protecting national interests in terms of defense and finance, but those security needs are increasingly found in other sectors as well.
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.
Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.
Britain's intelligence chiefs used their first ever joint public appearance to complain that documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden had put secret operations at risk and were being "lapped up" by al Qaeda.
Computer scientists have developed a new password system that incorporates inkblots to provide an extra measure of protection when, as so often occurs, lists of passwords get stolen from websites. This new type of password, dubbed a GOTCHA (Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart), would be suitable for protecting high-value accounts, such as bank accounts, medical records and other sensitive information.
The third quarter of 2013 saw further use of real-time malware campaigns and a dramatic increase in phishing sites, according to the Q3 Internet Threats Trend Report issued by Commtouch, a provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services.
As more businesses find their way into the cloud, few engage in security measures beyond those provided by the associated cloud storage firm, a new report from Georgia Tech notes. Even fewer seek heightened data protection because of concerns that usability and access to remote data would be significantly reduced.
Google has started to encrypt its traffic between its data centers, effectively halting the broad surveillance of its inner workings by the joint National Security Agency-GCHQ program known as MUSCULAR. The move turns off a giant source of information to the two agencies, which at one point accounted for nearly a third of the NSA's daily data intake for its primary intelligence analysis database — at least for now.
A new anonymous Internet marketplace for illegal drugs debuted on Wednesday, with the same name and appearance as the Silk Road website shut down by U.S. law enforcement authorities a month ago.
It's not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner. Among the five people added this week to the FBI's list of "most wanted" cyber criminals is a former San Diego college student who developed an $89 program called "Loverspy" or "Email PI."
Paraben Corporation, a leader in the digital forensics industry, has announced the release of P2 Commander Level 1 DVD training to be given to all users of P2 Commander. This introductory course takes an examiner through the interface and features of P2 Commander from beginning of a case through final reporting.
Belgian authorities said they are investigating the origin of espionage software that was left in Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo's office to secretly monitor his activities. The federal prosecutor's office said it also was looking into a separate, more recent hacking attack, which apparently was aimed at blocking government sites and not linked to spying itself.
Apple Inc has disclosed the number of information requests it received from governments around the world, making it one of the last big tech companies to do so in the wake of the controversy over data collection by U.S. national security agencies.
Five days after a security researcher's three-year odyssey investigating a mysterious piece of malware he dubbed badBIOS was chronicled, some of his peers say they are still unable to reproduce his findings.
The FBI has announced the addition of five individuals to its Cyber’s Most Wanted and is seeking information from the public regarding their whereabouts. Rewards ranging from up to $50,000 to $100,000 are being offered for information that leads to their arrest.