Although the White House “Signed Legislation” page is not reporting it and CNN is not reporting it, as of 22:17 on 12/30/12, the Associated Press is reporting that President Obama has signed the legislation extending those few provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that were scheduled to sunset tomorrow. It was a foregone […]
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ZDNet’s Ellyne Phneah on how China has been hogging the limelight when it comes to security matters in the Asia-Pacific, “for both good and bad reasons.” The good: “concerted efforts to eradicate software piracy. . . .” The bad (slightly longer list than the good): Continued campaign of pervasive cyberespionage and cyberexploitation to include targeting […]
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Interesting opinion piece by Philip Shiskin for Bloomberg. Shiskin writes on his experiences with the internet blocking efforts of the Chinese government during a recent trip. Saying that “neither the sun nor the Web is fully gone, merely crippled,” Shiskin described the censored version of the Chinese web and noted that the government has begun […]
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The Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz reports that “computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage attack against” the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). According to Gertz, the hackers used a “water-hole” style attack in which they infected a server hosting the website, thereby allowing the hackers to target CFR […]
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Joe McDonald reports for The Associated Press on the efforts of China’s communist leaders to impose new controls on the Internet. Those controls include the controversial true name policy, which requires Chinese users to register using their real names rather than having the option of anonymous posting. Furthermore, McDonald reports that Chinese authorities are getting […]
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This presentation by Davi Ottenheimer and David Wilson on Active Defence: How to Counter Your Attackers recently came to my attention. You can find the presentation on the RSAConference website; it was created on 12/10/12. A podcast by the presenters, found here, again for RSA. *** Just a FYI, Suits and Spooks Early Bird registration […]
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According to Michael Mimoso’s article for threatpost: Iranian officials are retracting Christmas day reports that malware resembling Stuxnet had been used to attack manufacturing facilities including a power utility in southern Iran. Apparently someone was misquoted.
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David Axe, for Wired, with an extremely interesting article titled This Scientist Wants Tomorrow’s Troops to Be Mutant-Powered. The article touches upon Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and the idea of neuro-enhancements, which I think will eventually become a “cyber issue” to the extent that such technology will be exploited like computers. The article focuses more on […]
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Cyber Roundup (12/22): Regulators tell banks to share cyber attack info, WH Strategy for Information Sharing, Net Neutrality bill, and more . . .
Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** Eric Engleman & Dakin Campbell report for Bloomberg that the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency “told financial institutions to report cyber attacks to law enforcement and alert customers to their impact. . . .” *** Antone Gonsalves reports for CSO on the White House’s […]
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On 12/21, Jennifer Martinez reported for The Hill about the Obama administration’s controversial cybersecurity Executive Order, which apparently will come in early 2013. The EO has been delayed a number of times already.
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