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WikiLeaks exposes hacks by spies

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The latest revelations from WikiLeaks suggest that the CIA has been using its hacking tools to compromise hard and software products made by tech majors such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. The report also claims the spy agency has developed an automated multi-platform malware attack and control system for… Read more »

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Pentagon invites hackers to try their best (worst)

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So called friendly hackers have been invited to test out the Pentagon’s security systems by hacking into them, a commonly deployed move by commercial organisations keen to find any flaws in their systems before unfriendly hackers get there first. This is part of a growing US government backed move to… Read more »

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Obama’s Cybersecurity plan receives lukewarm response

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President Obama’s new Cybersecurity National Action Plan, or CNAP, has received a lukewarm response from industry commentators. The criticism focuses on the relatively basic information included within the plan, as well as the common sense proposals made, which many argue should already be in place. Overall, the plan is said… Read more »

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Personal data leaked from Department of Homeland Security

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An unidentified individual hacker has leaked a quantity of data relating to employees of the US government all located within the Department of Homeland Security, with a stark warning that the FBI is the next target on the list. The data was first sent to Motherboard, the well known technology… Read more »

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Cyber attack on IRS system

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The US government’s tax collection office, the Inland Revenue Service, has uncovered a cyber attack which affected thousands of US citizens. Hackers were able to manipulate computer systems to file several thousand applications for tax return pin codes. The Agency stated that the criminals had apparently used individual social security… Read more »

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Large-scale DDoS attacks hit Saudi government sites

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Government websites in Saudi Arabia have fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the hacker group Anonymous through Twitter. Different government departments in the country have been targeted allegedly because of the recent execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr…. Read more »

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2013 attack on New York dam was the work of Iranian hackers says report

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A recent report has revealed that Iranian hackers were behind the 2013 attack on a dam near New York. The BBC reports that although it did no damage, it revealed a lot about how the flood control system worked and other significant information. Bowman Avenue dam in Rye, New York,… Read more »

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European Parliament to review EU-wide rules on cyber security

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MEPs are proposing new regulations under which some organisations will have to reveal any breaches to their cyber security. Additionally, these new rules will set out a minimum standard of protection which must be in place to protect customer data and this could apply to a wide range of organisations,… Read more »

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Vtech data collection practices to be reviewed by Congress

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Digital toy-maker Vtech has been called to account by US authorities after data on children was harvested by cyber criminals in a high profile security breach. The company has been asked to explain how it gathers data, the content of the data it collects, and how it is stored. The… Read more »

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UK increases funding to combat cyber threats from IS

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The UK Chancellor, George Osborne, has warned that hospitals and air traffic control could be amongst many targets under threat from Islamic State hack attacks. Security on the ground in London has already been increased after the attacks in Paris, and the Chancellor has stated that GCHQ is busy monitoring… Read more »

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