Cyber Roundup: Kenya Supports Invasive Cyber Law; FBI Adds Five to “Cyber Most Wanted List”; Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Singapore Cyber Strike

The Daily Nation reports that a convention in the African Union that would, at a minimum, require persons or corporations engaging in electronic financial transactions to provide full identifying information, such as PIN numbers and addresses, will be supported by Kenya.  Opponents are reportedly concerned about the invasiveness of the law, its costs, and the risks it will present in terms of unprotected confidential data.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently added five hackers to its “Cyber Most Wanted List,” according to State of Security.  A cash reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the following: (1) Alexsey Belan, a Russian national wanted for allegedly remotely accessing U.S.-based company computer networks to steal data and employee identities; (2) Andrey Nabilevich Taame, a Syrian national wanted for his alleged role in the malware scheme “Operation Ghost Click”; (3) Carlos Perez-Melara, wanted for, among other alleged cyber crimes, running a fraudulent website that downloaded spyware to unsuspecting would-be customers looking to “catch a cheating lover”; and, (4) Farhan Arshad and (5) Noor Aziz Uddin, Pakistani nationals who are both wanted for their alleged participation in an international telecommunications hacking scheme.

Earlier this month, hacktivist group Anonymous and alleged hacker “The Messiah” claimed responsibility for a cyber strike on websites controlled by the government of Singapore, according to reports by Yahoo! News.  The attack reportedly caused outages across nineteen government sites; however, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) attributed the disruption to routing and hardware failures.

The Navy Times reports the United States Navy is looking for approximately 1,000 additional Cyberwarfare sailors to join Fleet cyber Command by fiscal year 2016.  To effectuate this goal, the Navy is changing its selection criteria and extending the application deadline in the hopes of increasing the number of applicants.

Similarly, according to Computer World UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) is launching a campaign to recruit up to 400 trainee cyber and intelligence officers within the next year.  The agency will reportedly keep the application period open until it receives 800 applicants.

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