News – April 2016

Eurocops get new cyber powers to hunt down terrorists, criminals
April 29, 2016
Rules give legal certainty to unit tackling online terrorist propaganda, extremism.

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Focuses on Cybersecurity
April 29, 2016
Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recently issued a circular to all its licensed corporations (LCs) identifying key areas of concern and suggesting cybersecurity controls.

Ransomware Virus Shuts Down Electric and Water Utility
April 29, 2016
Ransomware has become an albatross around the neck, targeting businesses, hospitals, and personal computers worldwide and extorting Millions of Dollars.

System cybersecurity must begin with engineering, Air Force general says
April 28, 2016
The Air Force needs to look beyond cybersecurity as a battle between desktop computers and start thinking about how it affects aircraft and systems.

U.S. Supreme Court allows the FBI to Hack any Computer in the World
April 28, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can now Hack your computers anywhere, anytime.

Singtel opens unique cyber-security institute in Asia-Pacific
April 28, 2016
Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has opened a new facility to help enterprises enhance cyber-security skills and test their networks in dealing with cyber-threats.

Tick cyberespionage group zeros in on Japan
April 28, 2016
Compromised websites and spear-phishing emails used to infect targets with Daserf Trojan

German nuclear plant’s fuel rod system swarming with old malware
April 27, 2016
At least the fuel rod system’s not connected to the Internet, so nothing happened.

House Bill Aims to Enhance Cybersecurity at HHS
April 27, 2016
New legislation in the House would establish a chief information security officer position at the Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to beef up cybersecurity at the agency.

Billion dollar bank hack: SWIFT software hacked, no firewalls, £6 switches
April 26, 2016
The Bangladesh Bank’s internal network security was sorely lacking.

DDoS Extortionists made $100,000 without Launching a Single Attack
April 25, 2016
Cyber crooks find a new and ingenious way to make hundreds of thousands of dollars with no effort.

Millions of Mexican voter records leaked to Amazon’s cloud, says infosec expert
April 25, 2016
Database said to include names, addresses, dates of birth, and voter ID numbers

US Army’s $12bn mobile internet network contains cybersecurity vulnerabilities
April 24, 2016
A mobile internet network used by the US Army in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa contains cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the details about which surfaced in combat testing.

Is Hybrid AI the future of cyber-security?
April 21, 2016
The future of cyber-security looks part human and part machine, according to MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory but what does the broader industry think?

Australia is pouring $178 million into cybersecurity measures
April 21, 2016
The prime minister admitted that the country has offensive cybersecurity capability.

Could hackers kill hospital patients? Cyber security experts prove they can steal patient data, fake results and damage equipment
April 20, 2016
Undergoing an operation or procedure is scary enough without having to worry about whether criminals have tampered with medical equipment.

How hackers eavesdropped on a US politician using only his phone number
April 19, 2016
SS7 routing protocol also exposes locations, contacts, and other sensitive data.

Scottish Police Federation: Scotland needs a cyber security agency
April 18, 2016
Police body issues list of demands in manifesto ahead of Scottish Parliament election.

U.S. and Russia meet on cybersecurity
April 18, 2016
Senior cybersecurity officials from the U.S. and Russia are holding meetings this week on cybersecurity, renewing efforts to prevent the countries from mistakenly getting into a cyber war, U.S. officials say.

Cyber attacks on energy infrastructure: Q&A with the World Energy Council’s Christoph Frei
April 17, 2016
Christoph Frei is secretary general of the World Energy Council, a London-based, UN-accredited body which brings together energy experts from across government and business.

The Future of Cloud Security Companies
April 15, 2016
Since 2013, cloud security has been cited as a top concern by companies using the cloud. Therefore, cloud security companies occupy a strong position in this market.

Cryptography, information assurance, cloud and others: 5 key skills for cyber security professionals
April 15, 2016
Cyber security professionals are in high demand at the moment, but what skills do they need to have to be able to protect your business? Here are a few of the most valuable skills that a cyber security worker can have.

U.S. government worse than all major industries on cyber security
April 14, 2016
U.S. federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to a new report released Thursday.

Is the great cyber security divide finally coming to an end?
April 14, 2016
Much has been said about the divide that exists between the boardroom and IT teams in businesses. Traditionally there’s been little doubt that the top table have kept IT discussions at arm’s length – particularly when it comes to cyber security, which has been viewed as highly complex and best left to the experts.

In Europe, a great need for cybersecurity, but also great opportunity
April 12, 2016
Securing cyberspace is now a critical issue globally, for governments, businesses, citizens and consumers. The European Union is ramping up efforts to improve cybersecurity because it is fundamental to the safety and resilience of the economy and society.

Expert Military Panel to open ITEC 2016
April 11, 2016
Senior military representatives from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden will provide leading insights into the issues at the forefront of the military simulation, training and education scene during the Opening Plenary Panel of ITEC.

BT Recruiting 900 For Cyber Security Drive
April 11, 2016
Telecoms firm BT is recruiting 900 people to work in its cyber security business over the next few months as part of a drive to tackle the growing threat from hacking.

Australia’s new cyber security strategy
April 11, 2016
The federal government will lean heavily on the private sector to help it deliver its long-awaited national cyber security policy and initiatives like voluntary infosec health checks for businesses and joint threat sharing centres in capital cities.

UK cyber security specialist Darktrace seek $400m valuation
April 9, 2016
Darktrace, a UK cyber security upstart that boasts links to GCHQ, is in talks with Silicon Valley investors to raise a war chest that would value it at $400m (£283m).

Syrian Government Hacked, 43 GB of Data Spilled Online by Hacktivists
April 9, 2016
On April 6, a hacking outfit going by the name of Cyber Justice Team leaked 10 GB of compressed data from multiple Syrian government and private websites.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Broken by New & Simple Attack
April 9, 2016
A new attack devised by two researchers at a university in Amsterdam shows that weak spots exist in this authentication scheme that open users to attack.

Adobe issues emergency update to Flash after ransomware attacks
April 8 2016
Adobe Systems Inc issued an emergency update on Thursday to its widely used Flash software for Internet browsers after researchers discovered a security flaw that was being exploited to deliver ransomware to Windows PCs.

Data on 55 Million Filipinos Leaks After Anonymous Hacks Elections Website
April 7, 2016
Anonymous Philippines, the local branch of the famous hacker collective, broke into the website of the Philippines Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and left a message warning about possible fraud during next month’s presidential ballot.

Fallon announces new cyber-security centre for MoD
April 6, 2016
The Defence secretary of the United Kingdom, Michael Fallon MP, has announced a massive endowment to create a new Cyber-Security Operations Centre (CSOC) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

‘Hacking Team’ Loses License to Sell Surveillance Malware Outside Europe
April 6, 2016
Hacking Team – the infamous Italy-based spyware company that had more than 400 GB of its confidential data stolen last year – is facing another trouble.

Israeli cybersecurity grabs 8% global market share
April 4, 2016
20% of all Israeli high-tech companies are engaged in cybersecurity, making it the country’s biggest sector.

EU cyber security agency urges action to avoid crisis
April 4, 2016
EU countries lack a harmonised framework to respond to the challenges of a large-scale cyber incident, according to a report by security agency Enisa

Personal Data of 50 Million Turkish Citizens Leaked Online
April 4, 2016
Personal details of nearly 50 Million Turkish citizens, including the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have been compromised and posted online in a massive security breach.

“Israel is a global cyber security power”
April 3, 2016
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu writes a special article for “Globes” about the cyber security revolution.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns of cybersecurity issues with those using Pyxis SupplyStation
April 1, 2016
Flaws within more that 1,4oo cybersecurity third-party software have been found by the U.S. Homeland Security department that are used with Pyxis SupplyStation automated medical supply cabinet.