Saturday, 26 November 2016

Senior charged in cyber attacks on Pennsylvania schools

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A senior has been charged with launching a cyber attack on her western Pennsylvania high school which wound up disrupting more than a dozen school district computer systems.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports 18-year-old Michaela King, of Murrysville, has been charged with unlawfully using computers at Franklin Regional High School and another unspecified device in a series of attacks since Oct. 31.

Police say she used a program to launch denial of service attacks, which overwhelm computer systems with communication requests that disrupt legitimate computer traffic. For the full article click here 

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Russia launches cyber army in fear of cyber attacks

Russia’s launched a recruitment drive for so-called “cyber soldiers”, as it looks to boost its cyber capabilities amid global tension over the issue.

Moscow has been accused of using cyber-attacks against Western governments. That includes the United States, whose FBI said Moscow was behind recent leaks of Democratic Party emails. But Russia said it faces cyber threats from the U.S. and is therefore calling on specialists to join its forces.

CCTV’s Julia Lyubova reports from Moscow. For the full article click here 

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Friday, 25 November 2016

BlackBerry awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification from the UK Government

BlackBerry has now announced they have become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. Additionally, BlackBerry has announced they are now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, with the certification being offered through BlackBerry Cybersecurity Services.

Today I’m proud to announce that BlackBerry has become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. The base Cyber Essentials certification covers a wide range of security processes, including account management, firewall configuration, device configuration, backup processes and other security-related configurations. In order to obtain Cyber Essentials Plus, a qualified and authorized external tester needs to perform additional tests and checks within the organization, including an internal scan of the network, verification of account security for both standard users and administrative accounts, testing for defenses against malicious software installation via email and web browsing.

I’m also happy to announce that BlackBerry is now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, meaning that we can help your business obtain its own Cyber Essentials certification. We’ve already helped government departments, product suppliers, manufacturers and administrative organizations achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation, and we’re excited to continue to help our customers and industry partners improve their cybersecurity programs. For the full article click here 

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NATO takes hybrid war threat posed by Russia seriously, Stoltenberg says

NATO takes serious view of deterring hybrid war threat posed by the Russian Federation.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday delivering speech at the Oxford University, Censor.NET reports referring to Interfax-Ukraine.

Asked about Russia’s capability to wage hybrid war, NATO chief said that cyberattacks and those undercover operations which are referred to as “hybrid warfare” were a serious challenge.

The secretary-general stressed that this kind of threat was to some extent more urgent than the war in the classic sense of the term. Speaking about the cyber-attacks, he said that it was impossible to imagine some kind of modern conflict without a cyber component. For the full article click here 

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Australia is waging a war against ISIS, away from the battlefields, in the cyber space

CANBERRA, Australia – Even as the war against ISIS intensifies on ground in both Iraq and Syria – Australia has now said that it has been waging a cyber war against the world’s most dangerous terrorist group.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a message to the parliament on Wednesday that in addition to supporting allied forces in Iraq and Syria in the war against ISIS, Australia is using offensive cyber capabilities to fight the war in the virtual world.

Turnbull added that the country’s cyber war was making a real difference to operations in Syria and Iraq and was subject to international rules of engagement.

“I won’t, for obvious reasons, go into the details of those operations, I can say that they are being used, that they are making a real difference in the military conflict and that all offensive cyber activities in support of the Australian Defence Force and our allies are subject to the same rules of engagement which govern the use of our other military capabilities in Iraq and Syria, such as our F18 Hornets,” Turnbull explained. For the full article click here

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NFL Wi-Fi, cyberwar training, and hacking diabetes care: TechRepublic’s cover stories of 2016

At TechRepublic we don’t just tackle the latest technology trends and analyze their impact on the business world—we also like to dive deep and research the developments and discoveries that are shaping the future of the enterprise, government and commerce, and society as a whole.

The results of that research—our cover stories—give us a chance to really scratch that investigative journalism itch, to go beyond the headlines and offer compelling features on innovation, disruptive technologies, and the potential of risks and rewards of emerging platforms and solutions. In 2016 we’ve looked at industry topics like how the NFL has become a leader in massive-scale Wi-Fi and monetization, Dick’s Sporting Goods’ unique ecommerce philosophy, and GE’s 3D printing breakthroughs. That’s not all, though. We’ve also looked at issues of tech in government, like the future of cyberwarfare and what AI means for the global community. And we’ve tackled consumer issues, like the hacking of diabetes treatment tech. For the full article click here

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Organisations still failing to protect against cyber attacks, survey reveals

Charities are being encouraged to check they have adequate cyber security protection after a survey found that 26% of British organisations have left themselves open to cyber attacks.

The independent research carried out by Advanced, the UK’s third largest software and services provider, also revealed that nearly half (46%) claim that data security is not a deciding factor in adopting digital technology. This is despite recent government research into cyber security which found that two thirds of large organisations experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year.

The survey aimed to identify the state of readiness amongst British organisations in the face of serious digital disruption, while highlighting the ingredients needed to compete and be successful in this era. As well as revealing serious gaps in preparing for a cyber attack, the survey also highlighted three key trends around the state of business readiness: economic, digital and customer. For the full article click here 

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