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Swiss Intelligence Agency Falls Victim to Insider Theft of Data



Swiss Intelligence Agency Falls Victim to Insider Theft of Data
Earlier this year, the Swiss intelligence agency NDB experienced the theft of a vast amount of confidential data by a former employee, who was an IT technician with high-level access to NDB’s data. Recently, more information has become available. It seems that the data was simply copied to hard drives, ...

US Military Training Moves into Cyberspace with New Simulation



US Military Training Moves into Cyberspace with New Simulation
After generations of military training in physical training grounds, the US military has now moved into cyberspace for specialised training exercises. Created by SANS, a major information security training provider, a simulated city known as “NetWars CyberCity” will provide cyber-warriors with the opportunity to hone their defensive skills in a ...

Hackers Attack Pakistan Domain Name System: Major Websites Cut Off



Hackers Attack Pakistan Domain Name System:  Major Websites Cut Off
A shadowy group of hackers known as “eboz” has exploited flaws in the infrastructure of PKNIC, the Internet domain name agency for Pakistan, to attack major websites in Pakistan and redirect all traffic destined for them to another website. More than 280 major Pakistan-based websites, including local versions of Microsoft, ...

New EU Data Protection Regulations and the “Right to be Forgotten”



New EU Data Protection Regulations and the “Right to be Forgotten”
A set of proposed data protection regulations from ENISA, the EU’s cyber-security agency, include the concept of a “right to be forgotten”. This involves obliterating electronic records about an individual from the Internet or from any kind of data storage. However, the concept is fraught with technical and legal difficulties.The ...

Anti-Virus Software Alone Can no Longer Provide Complete Protection



Anti-Virus Software Alone Can no Longer Provide Complete Protection
Anti-virus software, for so long the foundation of users’ arsenal of computer security weapons, is no longer enough on its own.The claim was made by Mark Patton, general manager of GFI Software’s Security Business Unit, in a recent interview in Infosecurity Magazine. In the space of just 14 months, there ...

Unemployment Will Lead to Increased Hacktivist Activity, Says Researcher



Unemployment Will Lead to Increased Hacktivist Activity, Says Researcher
An increase in unemployment will lead to an increase in hacktivist cyber-crimes, according to Miloslav Kucera of the Czech Technical University in Prague. In a talk at the ISSE conference (Information Security Solutions Conference) in Brussels, Belgium, the scientist outlined recent research into the similarities between hacktivist groups (such as ...

UK Foreign Secretary Announces Spy Apprenticeships for Future Cyber-Warriors



UK Foreign Secretary Announces Spy Apprenticeships for Future Cyber-Warriors
William Hague, Foreign Secretary of the UK and the man responsible for the UK’s intelligence agencies, announced a new programme of apprenticeships for aspiring cyber operatives on Thursday October 18th.Mr Hague was touring Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, the wartime home of Britain’s codebreakers, which is being preserved as a ...

UK Considers Plans for Civilian Reservists to Form a New Cyber-Army



The UK’s Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), situated in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, may form the centre of a new reservist cyber-army under plans currently being considered by ministers and by the security services.The UK, in common with other countries, is facing a greatly increased cyber-security threat, which has the potential to cripple ...

New Report Shows Increasing Number of Cyber-Attacks and Cost of Cybercrime



The 2012 “Cost of Cyber Crime” report was published earlier this week. It is a survey by the Ponemon Institute (commissioned by HP). The survey covers two hundred companies from all sectors, in the US, the UK, Germany, Japan and Australia. Its figures are estimates only, yet the conclusions are ...

More than Fifty Universities Hacked and Personal Information Made Public



A team of criminal hackers known only as “Team Gh0stshell” has succeeded in hacking into the computers of more than fifty universities around the world, and has published on the Web some of the personal data thus retrieved. The hackers, who refer to this attack as “Project Westwind”, claim to ...