Cybersecurity

Sony’s surrender will strengthen hackers, experts say

The FBI has connected Pyongyang to the cyberattack, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News Wednesday. Experts warn that Sony’s decision could spur politically motivated hackers to launch even more ambitious assaults against corporations and governments. “Capitulation to cyber extortion will incentivize other actors to achieve political gains via cyber intrusions and threats,” Sean Doherty, president of security firm TSC Advantage, told FoxNews.com, in an email.

Cybersecurity Act Passes Senate

The Cybersecurity Act (S. 1353) would allow for the creation of a set of industrial standards to protect key industrial sectors including energy, telecommunications and finance. The standards would be voluntary, and developed as a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security with private industry leaders to reduce the risk of cyber attacks. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for further review.

Preventing a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’ will require innovative thinking from the military

According to more than 60 percent of technology experts interviewed by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a major cyberattack will happen between now and 2025 and it will be extensive enough to cause “significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars.”

Reinventing the Internet to Make It Safer

While nobody expects an entirely new Internet infrastructure to emerge in 2016, Dr. Shrobe and others say they see demand building for a long-term solution to computer security. And there may be a window to do it as the world’s computing goes mobile and the Internet braces for the Internet of Things — the hundreds of millions of cars, shoes, thermostats and lampposts that will soon be online.

FBI launches probe into massive Sony Pictures hack

Reuters reports that the FBI issued a five-page, confidential “flash” warning to businesses late Monday, providing advice on how to respond to the malware.  The FBI report said that the malware overrides all data on computer hard drives, according to Reuters, making it difficult to recover data using standard forensic methods.

Expert: Why the North Korean cyber threat is real

With the finger of suspicion now pointing at North Korea in the Sony Pictures hack, a security expert warns that the rogue state has the tools at its disposal to wreak havoc on other western corporate networks.

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together.

China’s Cyber Attacks Cost U.S. Trillions

Chinese cyber attacks on U.S. businesses and the U.S. government cost the United States trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, the Epoch Times reports. Many experts say Chinese cyber attacks are “America’s biggest threat.”

Is U.S. rollout of credit card chip and pin technology too little too late?

Banks and retailers in the United States are slated to adopt the technology, also known as EMV, by October 2015. Chip and pin credit cards, which are widely used in Europe, use an embedded chip and a pin code rather than a magnetic stripe to complete a transaction.

Top DOD intel official calls for cyber bill

Because effective cybersecurity requires public and private enterprises to work together, “I think we need legislation in this area,” said Michael Vickers, the Defense Department’s (DOD) top civilian military intelligence official. “Cybersecurity is a job for everybody,” he said a Defense One event Wednesday.

State Dept Computers Hacked, Email Shut Down

A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network. That incident was made public in late October, but there was no indication then that the State Department had been affected. Since then, a number of agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have reported attacks.

US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

US, China see little progress on cybersecurity

The U.S. and China made little if any progress on cybersecurity when President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing. Chinese hackers have become a major irritant in the U.S.-China relationship, and Obama was expected to make the issue a top priority in the bilateral talks.

Some of the Most Sought-After Tech Jobs Don't Require a College Degree

Some estimates of the cyber skills shortage are striking. Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security report puts the gap in demand for professionals with relevant cybersecurity skills and the supply of those people at 1 million worldwide. In a survey of 12,000 information security specialists by the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, 56 percent said their organization was understaffed in that department.

6 Things We Learned From This Year's Security Breaches

2014 is well on its way to replace 2013 as the highest year on record for exposed records, according to the Open Security Foundation and Richmond, Vir.-based Risk Based Security Inc. If we learn from our mistakes, then this year should be a banner year in security education.

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