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  • Another Black Republican Made History on Tuesday, and You’ve Probably Never Heard of Him

    11/06/2014 9:06:02 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies
    TPNN ^ | 10/6/14 | Jennifer Burke
    Will Hurd Tuesday night was an historic night for the Republican Party in a lot of ways. Mia Love became the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in U.S. Senate history. Elise Stefanik, at the age of 30, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, representing New York’s 21st congressional district. It appears that Carl DeMaio, who ran for Congress in California, will be the first openly gay Republican ever elected to Congress. And, Tim Scott became the first black Senator elected in the South since Reconstruction. But,...
  • EU holds largest-ever cyber security exercise

    10/30/2014 9:24:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT
    A European Union cyber-security agency was in Athens to conduct the largest exercise ever held on the continent to prevent attacks on Europe’s public utilities and communications networks. The director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, Udo Helmbrecht, told The Associated Press that Thursday’s one-day exercise involving 29 countries and 200 agencies dealt with attack scenarios against “critical infrastructure.” …
  • Obama worried about the identities of millions being wiped out but still teeing up

    10/13/2014 10:49:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Judi McLeod
    Al Gore lays claim to having created the Internet but Barack Obama always knew best how to actually game it Not much ruffles the peacock feathers of B. Hussein Obama, but pals attending his most recent fundraiser say he has huge worries about cyber security on his mind. When it comes to the only-weeks-away Midterms in which the Dems could be wiped right off the electoral map, it’s “What, me worry?” more accurately put as “I’m not on the ballot this fall.” Nor in his very own words is the unruffled Obama much worried about little ole’ ISIS and Ebola....
  • How the Russia-China Axis puts America at ‘as great or greater risk than we were in the Cold War’

    10/03/2014 7:02:57 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-10-03 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "[The U.S. is] reducing our [nuclear] arsenal. We are investing less. All the while our enemies are exponentially increasing their expenditures, making more sophisticated weapons, flouting arms control agreements, and…Vladimir Putin announced a couple of weeks ago that he was taking titular control personally of the Russian arms control agency. So we have a crisis here, and one that’s both been unacknowledged and un-discussed.”
  • 18 absolutely critical quotes on the most dangerous foreign policy threat the U.S. is ignoring

    10/02/2014 9:54:04 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 3 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-10-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    “In short, there is a new Cold War in progress, with our old adversaries back in the game, more powerful than they have been for decades, and with America more confused and tentative than it has been since the Carter years.”
  • Former HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted For Child Porn

    08/26/2014 10:48:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Tristyn Bloom
    Former acting director of cyber security for the Department of Health and Human Services Timothy DeFoggi was convicted for a myriad of gruesome child pornography charges Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced. DeFoggi, who had top security clearance in his capacity as cyber security director, first joined the child pornography website PedoBook in March 2012. The Omaha World-Herald reported that he was arrested in April of last year, when law enforcement officials serving a search warrant found him downloading child pornography in his home. In addition to viewing and soliciting child pornography, reportedly asking another member of the site whether...
  • Disgraced HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted on Child Pornography

    08/26/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 25 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 26, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Justice Department officials today announced that Timothy DeFoggi, former director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Cyber Security division was convicted for his role in a child pornography ring. DeFoggi, 56, was convicted of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography website by a federal jury in Nebraska\, according to an official statement by officials with the FBI's Omaha Division. DeFoggi is the sixth individual associated with the child porn ring...
  • John McAfee Predicts Massive Credit Card Hack in 2014 [Varney]

    06/09/2014 8:39:14 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 28 replies
    Fox Business Channel / Stuart Varney Show at 11:30a | 06/09/14 | John McAfee
    On what was a basic discussion of personal privacy between the host of Varney & Co, Stuart Varney, and the founder of McAfee Antivirus (no longer associated), John McAfee, a startling prediction was made by the latter. Mr McAfee stated that the prior credit card breaches at Target and NM were beta tests and that in this year he predicts that there will be a much larger breach of such customer information.
  • eBay Hacked, Urges All Members to Change Passwords Immediately

    05/21/2014 4:43:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jason O. Gilbert
    The online auction and sales giant eBay posted a message Wednesday morning saying that it had been hacked, urging all of its members to change their passwords. The company said in a statement that a database containing encrypted passwords had been breached, but that financial data, including credit card information, was stored separately and was still safe. Hackers were able to gain access to eBay employee log-ins, eBay said, which in turn gave them access to the encoded passwords. eBay says that no unauthorized transactions have yet been made with the information. But if you’re an eBay user, you still...
  • U.S. utility's control system was hacked, says Homeland Security

    05/20/2014 4:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2014 | BY JIM FINKLE
    A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility's operations were affected, according to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS did not identify the utility in a report that was issued this week by the agency's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT. ICS-CERT said in the report posted on its website that investigators had determined the utility had likely been the victim of previous intrusions. It did not elaborate.
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say [heartbleed bug]

    04/12/2014 11:52:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | April 12, 2014 | By David E. Sanger
    WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to...
  • Back to the Future? Obama, the Internet and America’s Return to Panama

    03/17/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 12 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | March 17, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    There are probably only a small handful of you who actually remember the debate about the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977, which ceded control of the Panama Canal back to Panama. I opposed it at the time; I still oppose it. In fact, my father and I continue to despise the Senators, such as the late Robert C. Byrd (D.-WV), who deliberately ignored the cries of their constituents and chose to ratify it anyway.
  • China’s president heads cybersecurity body

    02/27/2014 7:37:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 10:20 PM EST
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has put himself in charge of a new body to coordinate cybersecurity, in a sign of Beijing’s concern over its vulnerability to online attacks and desire to control the Internet. […] Xi also is quoted as saying online opinion must be properly guided. China has 618 million Internet users, the most of any country. …
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • Hacking expert David Kennedy says he cracked HealthCare.gov in 4 minutes

    01/19/2014 12:12:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jamuary 19, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The man who appeared before Congress last week to explain the security pitfalls of HealthCare.gov took to Fox News on Sunday to explain just how easy it was to penetrate the website. Hacking expert David Kennedy told Fox’s Chris Wallace that gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes and required nothing more than a standard browser, the Daily Caller reported. “And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to and I stopped after that,” he said. “You know, I’m sure it’s hundreds of thousands, if...
  • A First Look at the Target Intrusion, Malware

    01/16/2014 8:40:12 AM PST · by BlueMondaySkipper · 72 replies
    Krebs On Security ^ | 1/12/2014 | Krebs
    Last weekend, Target finally disclosed at least one cause of the massive data breach that exposed personal and financial information on more than 110 million customers: Malicious software that infected point-of-sale systems at Target checkout counters. Today’s post includes new information about the malware apparently used in the attack, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.
  • Rockefeller Introducing Cybersecurity Bill

    11/21/2013 6:58:20 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 8 replies
    Multichannel News ^ | 11/20/13 | John Eggerton
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) Thursday (Nov. 21) will introduce the Cybersecurity Act of 2013. The act passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously in July and will now be attached as an amendment to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act--the Defense Department's budget bill--with the blessing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The bill is supported by a number of industry groups, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CTIA, and US Telecom. When the bill was introduced, NCTA praised that fact that while putting the National Institute of Standards and Technology's in charge of developing cybersecurity standards...
  • Right wing cyber attacks on Healthcare.gov website confirmed

    11/17/2013 5:55:46 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 95 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/14/2013 | David Phillips
    Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee published a video on their Youtube page highlighting a portion of the committee questioning Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber-security and Communications, who confirmed at least 16 attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s portal Healthcare.gov website in 2013. Roberta Stempfley highlighted one successful attack that is designed to deny access to the website called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack is designed to make a network unavailable to intended users, generally through a concerted effort to disrupt service such as repeatedly accessing...
  • 'Stuxnet has infected Russian nuclear plant and International Space Station'

    11/12/2013 6:24:23 AM PST · by tamarijp · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | Sara Miller
    An internet security specialist says that Stuxnet, the computer malware that targeted Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010 and widely attributed to Israel and the US, has spiraled out of control and attacked a Russian nuclear plant and the International Space Station.
  • ALEC Makes Cybersecurity a Year-Long Priority

    10/29/2013 12:09:15 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 8-28-13 | Alex Rued
    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a month-long initiative dedicated to encouraging all Internet users to be cognizant of their online surroundings. In a 21st century environment, it is important that all Internet stakeholders—from teens on mobile devices to employees at the Department of Homeland Security—are involved in the fight against cyberthreats. The goal of the October 2013 reminder is to teach Americans about the evolving nature of cybersecurity, how to prevent cybercrime and, should these preventative measures fail, how to mitigate the damage. The educational program stresses that regardless of how or why individuals, government entities, or businesses access...
  • Obamacare Website asks for Bank Routing and Account Numbers (Thieves Dream!)

    10/14/2013 2:39:47 PM PDT · by sr4402 · 51 replies
    Vanity | 10/14/2013 | Self
    A airman, leaving the air-force, attempted to signup for Obamacare. They asked for his Social Security Number and Birthdate (an ID Thieves Dream) on the website. But then it also asked for the complete bank Routing and Account number like at the bottom of a check (a real thieves dream). Luckily, he stopped just in time when he realized how vulnerable he would have been.
  • Data, credit card numbers for 2.9 million Adobe users stolen

    10/03/2013 7:39:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 03 Oct 2013 | Salvador Rodriguez
    Adobe announced Thursday that it was the victim of a hack and that personal data for 2.9 million users were stolen. The software company, known for Photoshop and other programs, said cyber attackers were able to access user information, including account IDs, encrypted passwords as well as credit and debit card numbers. The hackers were able to erase data of some Adobe users. The hackers also illegally accessed source codes for numerous Adobe products. That's like stealing the secret formula for Coca-Cola. The company did not specify which users of its various software programs were hit. "We deeply regret that...
  • John McAfee on Obamacare: ‘This is a hacker’s wet dream’ [VIDEO]

    10/03/2013 8:36:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-3-2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” on Wednesday, computer programmer and founder of McAfee, Inc. John McAfee said the online component of Obamacare “is a hacker’s wet dream” that will cause “the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities.” For starters, McAfee said the way it is set up makes it possible for fake websites be set up to fool people to think they’re signing up for Obamacare. “It’s seriously bad,” McAfee said. “Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. I...
  • 'Syrian Electronic Army' Hacks Marines Website

    09/03/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 3, 2013 | Staff
    Pro-Assad computer hackers today broke into the Marine Corps recruiting website, redirecting visitors to a screed that called President Barack Obama "a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al- Qaida insurgents." A Marine Corps spokesman confirmed that the site, marines.com, was tampered with and redirected temporarily, but no information was put at risk.
  • Beware This Vulnerability in Cyber Pickpocketing

    08/14/2013 7:16:12 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 7 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-14-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet)—It used to be the stuff of science fiction and Dick Tracy comic strips. But fiction became fact and Mobile Personal Communication Devices (MPCDs) are commonplace. Now they are used for more than mere conversation. Mobile financial transactions are routine. They are even beginning to replace wallets. But as wallets go high tech, so do criminals. The advent of mobile wallets is creating ... http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/technology/beware-vulnerability-cyber-pickpocketing
  • Hacker Forces Colin Powell To Deny Affair

    08/01/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT · by keat · 60 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 1, 2013
    AUGUST 1--As a notorious hacker seeks to distribute “very personal” e-mails sent to Colin Powell by a female Romanian diplomat, the retired general is denying that he engaged in an extramarital affair with the woman while he served as Secretary of State, though he recently advised her to delete all their online exchanges, The Smoking Gun has learned. In a statement addressing his relationship with Corina Cretu, a member of the European Parliament who previously held a series of senior posts in the Romanian government, Powell, 76, wrote that he has known Cretu for about 10 years, having first met...
  • Michael Hastings’ Chilling Final Story

    06/19/2013 9:07:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2013 - 9:46 am | Bryan Preston
    Journalist Michael Hastings was killed early Tuesday morning in a bizarre car incident in Los Angeles. Hastings, 33, was best known for writing the Rolling Stone story that ended in Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Hastings’ final story, “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans,” was a searing take on the NSA snooping scandal, which Hastings described as “North Korea-esque.” Hastings pulled no punches as he linked the NSA scandal to the Department of Justice’s spying on reporters and the IRS abuse scandal. Hastings built a case that the same Democrats who turned Bush-era...
  • CBS REPORTER SHARYL ATTKISSON: I THINK I KNOW WHO HACKED MY COMPUTER

    06/18/2013 7:43:50 AM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 29 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | June 18, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    CBS News reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, one of the very few real reporters left in the mainstream media, appeared on Monday’s O’Reilly Factor, telling Bill O’Reilly that she thinks she knew who hacked her computer (scroll down for video). In the interview, Attkisson begins by explaining that both her personal computer, as well as her CBS work computer would mysteriously turn on in the middle of the night, even though she’d shut them down...
  • The Real Story: A Major Breach of National Security on Obama's Watch

    06/12/2013 12:51:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Several key elements in the bombshell story about the government's secret surveillance programs have been either underreported or left out of the narrative altogether. The first is the degree to which all three branches of the government -- executive, legislative and judicial -- oversee these programs. The second is how did a little-known, low-level, 29-year-old, high school drop out with no academic or work credentials to speak of gain access to America's most critical national security secrets. The first element, often completely missing from network nightly news stories, is that surveillance programs such as these are being closely...
  • How to protect your PC from PRISM surveillance

    06/11/2013 11:48:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    PC World ^ | June 7, 2013 | Mark Hachman, PC World
    PC World - Thursday afternoon, a bombshell dropped: Two leading reports claimed that the U.S. government has been spying on emails, searches, Skype calls, and other electronic communications used by Americans for the last several years, via a program known as PRISM. [ALSO: Prism leaker steps forward] According to the reports, the Web's largest names--AOL, Apple, Facebook,A Google, Microsoft, Skype, PalTalk, Yahoo, and YouTube--participated, perhaps unwittingly. (Dropbox will reportedly be added as well.) The report claims that the National Security Agency had "direct access" to servers owned by those companies. Most, if not all, of those companies have denied participating...
  • What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

    06/09/2013 8:03:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 06/09/2013 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that unprecedented leak. According to the Washington Post, "An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances." And this week, we learned that the FBI, CIA and NSA were unable to protect some of their most closely held secrets from Glenn Greenwald, Richard Engel, Robert Windrem, Barton Gellman, and Laura Poitras. Those journalists, talented as they are, possess somewhat fewer resources than foreign governments! So...
  • Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

    06/07/2013 5:02:11 PM PDT · by Calamari · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 7 June 2013 15.06 EDT | Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill
    Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals. The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last year but never published, states that what it calls Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) "can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging". It says the government will "identify potential targets of...
  • Remember All Those Passwords? No Need

    06/06/2013 12:51:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2013 | David Pogue
    “If you want to avoid having your identity stolen, use long passwords that contain digits, punctuation and no recognizable words. Make up a different password for every Web site. And change all of your passwords every 30 days.” Have these security pundits ever listened to themselves? That advice is clearly unfollowable. I currently have account names and passwords for 87 Web sites (banks, airlines, blogs, shopping, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter). How is anyone — even a security professional — supposed to memorize 87 long, complex password strings, let alone remember which goes with which Web site? So most people use the...
  • Microsoft Security Essentials detected virus on FR

    05/29/2013 8:25:46 PM PDT · by The Cajun · 109 replies
    Me
    Microsoft Security Essentials just detected about 6 attemps at *Trojan: Win32/Jpgiframe.A* trying to install on *latest post* page.
  • Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Plans For Pretty Much The Entire US Military

    05/28/2013 10:23:57 AM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-28-2013 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Plans For Pretty Much The Entire US Military Geoffrey Ingersoll May 28, 2013, 11:11 AM Hackers have accessed designs for more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems, according to a devastating classified report from a Pentagon advisor shared with the Washington Post. Although the report from the Defense Science Board did not identify the hackers, senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches say they come primarily from China, according to Ellen Nakashima of the Post. A public version of the report released in January warned of an "existential cyber attack" with "potentially...
  • PENTAGON: Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Data From 'Almost Every Major US Defense Contractor'

    05/07/2013 6:11:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 7, 2013 | Michael kelley
    For the first time the Obama administration has explicitly accused China’s military of hacking into computer systems of the U.S. government and its defense contractors. "The accusations relayed in the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on Chinese military capabilities were remarkable in their directness," writes David Sanger of The New York Times.
  • AP says its Twitter account hacked (led to Market flash crash)

    04/23/2013 10:24:16 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 61 replies
    market watch ^ | 4/23 | market watch
    Associated Press says its Twitter account has been hacked, as the Twitter feed falsely said that there had been two explosions at the White House.
  • CISPA passes U.S. House: Death of the Fourth Amendment? (Cybersecurity)

    04/18/2013 12:34:57 PM PDT · by illiac · 19 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 4/18/13 | Zack Whittacker
    The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) just passed the U.S. House, and will now head to the upper Senate chamber for further deliberation. Rinse and repeat. This isn't the first time this has happened, but it still poses a major threat to Fourth Amendment rights, according to civil liberties campaigners. The bill was passed 288-127 in favor of the bill after two days of debate and discussion on the House floor. Only 18 members of the House abstained from the vote. CISPA will allow private sector firms to search personal and sensitive user data of ordinary U.S....
  • What is CISPA, and what does it mean for you? FAQ

    04/14/2013 8:40:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 4/13/13 | Zack Whittaker
    Summary: Dubbed as one of the most privacy infringing pieces of legislation ever to have hit the Capitol, what exactly is CISPA, and how does it affect you?Described as "misguided" and "fatally flawed" by the two largest U.S. privacy groups, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) threatens the online privacy of ordinary U.S. residents more so than any other bill since Congress amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2008. A lot of confusion still surrounds what CISPA can do, who it affects, and what it will practically achieve. Here's what you need to know. What is CISPA?CISPA,...
  • NSA data center front and center in debate over liberty, security and privacy

    04/14/2013 10:38:45 AM PDT · by null and void · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com
 ^ | April 12, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The Utah Data Center is a facility for the intelligence community that will have a major focus on cyber security. Asked if the Data Center would hold the data of American citizens,  Alexander said, "No...we don't hold data on U.S. citizens," adding that the NSA staff "take protecting your civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing that they do, " Thomas Drake who worked at the NSA says Americans should be concerned about letting the government go too far in the name of security. The only way you can have perfect security is have a perfect surveillance state....
  • Hitting Back At Hackers: Why "Strikeback" Is Doomed To Fail

    04/10/2013 4:17:51 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 13 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | 4-9-2013 | Corey Nachreiner
    (snip) Considering this deluge of aggressive and costly security breaches, it’s no wonder that some people are getting frustrated enough to contemplate striking back directly against our attackers. While giving cyber criminals a taste of their own medicine certainly sounds appealing, most forms of so-called "Strikeback" have no place in private business. ...... What’s Wrong With Strikeback?Unfortunately, direct strikeback measures have huge inherent risks:. Targeting: The biggest problem with strikeback is that the Internet provides anonymity, making it very hard to know who’s really behind an attack. It's all too likely that strikebacks could impact innocent victims. For example, attackers...
  • Young Hacktivists Worse Than DOJ Drone Killers?

    Pause and reflect on this hypocrisy: The Department of Justice prosecutes young hackers who use computers to promote free speech while highly educated adults within the DOJ threaten to use lethal drone force against American citizens without due process. Which is worse? Certainly, I do not condone hacking. However, you and I need to start talking about the best way to handle cyber-attacks while also recognizing that the same government officials we trust to protect us are assaulting our constitutional freedoms. Last month, cyber security firm Mandiant released an explosive, 76-page report indicating that the Chinese government is most likely...
  • DHS to Scan Emails and Increase Monitoring of Web Traffic

    03/21/2013 4:54:32 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Mar. 21, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    The U.S. Government has decided to expand a program that scans Internet traffic in and out of defense contractors to include more private, civilian-run operations. Now more private sector employees will have their emails and Internet activities scanned. Those affected include big banks, utilities and transportation companies. Under last month's White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans will be driven by classified information provided by U.S. intelligence agencies — including data from the National Security Agency (NSA) — on new or especially serious espionage threats and other hacking attempts. U.S. spy chiefs said on March 12 that cyber attacks...
  • Smartphone hacking comes of age, hitting US victims

    03/21/2013 8:21:21 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Nbc News ^ | Mar. 21, 2013 | Bob Sullivan
    Devastating cellphone hacks that hijack your most personal gadget and rob you of privacy and money have long been forecast. But even as smartphone users in Asia are beginning to suffer exploding bills and emptied bank accounts at the hands of hackers, U.S. users largely remain safe and blissfully unaware of the gathering threat. Criminals have been probing the systems that protect U.S. smartphone users for years, searching for the right combination of programming tricks and social engineering that would allow them to sneak onto users' phones. They took a year-old mobile virus named NotCompatible, which allows hackers to take...
  • Hacker Begins Distributing Confidential Memos Sent To Hillary Clinton On Libya, Benghazi Attack

    03/18/2013 5:41:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 87 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 3/18/2013 | staff
    In e-mail blasts this weekend, “Guccifer” sent documents stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide to congressional aides, political figures, and journalists. Armed with confidential memos to Hillary Clinton that were stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide, a hacker has distributed some of the documents to a wide array of congressional aides, political figures, and journalists worldwide. In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.
  • D.C. to Beijing: Stand Down on Cyber

    03/12/2013 7:47:18 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 11, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Under pressure from American industry to curb Chinese cyber attacks, White House national security adviser Thomas Donilon warned China on Monday that the United States will defend its computer networks from the attacks. Donilon said U.S. businesses share serious concerns “about sophisticated, targeted theft of confidential business information, and proprietary technologies through cyber intrusions emanating from China on an unprecedented scale,” in a speech on Asia. “The international community cannot afford to tolerate such activity from any country,” he told a meeting of the Asia Society in New York. “As the president said in the state of the union, we...
  • Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition

    03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/13 | Meghan Kelly
    Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all fell to the mercy of the hackers Thursday. That is, in a controlled environment. Security firms Vupen and MWR Labs were able to crack the browsers during a condoned bug-hunt, with one company winning $100,000 for finding a huge hole. The Pwn2Own competition is an event at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. The competition was created by HP’s DVLabs as part of its Zero Day Initiative: an attempt to get more people to find and report bugs as opposed to exploiting them for personal gains.
  • Obama rejected tough options for countering Chinese cyber attacks two years ago

    03/10/2013 7:04:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2013 | Bill Gertz - Free Beacon
    President Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijing’s aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials. Meanwhile, China recently issued a veiled threat to the United States about U.S. accusations of Chinese military cyber espionage. China told U.S. officials that continued U.S. public accusations of cyber espionage would render future bilateral discussions unproductive during recent U.S.-China talks following the release of a security firm’s report linking the Chinese military to cyber spying. On plans to deter Chinese cyber...
  • Firms see smartphones as weak link in cybersecurity

    03/04/2013 9:14:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 March 2013 | Jeremy Fleming
    The explosion in smartphone use is leaving businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks since almost half of their employees’ mobile phones can become a target, according to new research. The 2012 Cyber Security Risk Report—published by Hewlett-Packard at the recent RSA security conference in San Francisco—found that mobile phone vulnerabilities rose significantly (68%) from 2011 to 2012, mirroring the growth of mobile applications and the use of smartphones. Of the mobile applications tested by HP, 48% of them were found to be vulnerable to unauthorized access. The European Council and Parliament are to consider a Commission-proposed cybersecurity strategy in the coming months....