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Infighting, Politics Hampering Cybersecurity Progress in Washington

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:03
WASHINGTON–The United States government and private sector are unprepared for a major cyber attack on the country’s critical infrastructure, a former Congressman said, thanks to a divided, risk-averse Congress and an inability for agencies and other organizations to share information effectively. Tom Davis, a former longtime representative from Virginia, said Tuesday that there are a number of challenges that […]

Cyberattacks Most Imminent Threat to U.S., Economy

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:38
A round-table consisting of military, government and former NSA officials in Alexandria, Va., on Monday agreed that cyberattacks targeting U.S. critical infrastructure and private industry are an eminent threat.

Shellshock Exploits Targeting SMTP Servers at Webhosts

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:18
SANS Internet Storm Center reports attacks against SMTP servers using Shellshock exploits to create a DDoS botnet.

New Koler Variant Spreading Through SMS

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:09
A new iteration of the Android ransomware Koler has surfaced that’s propagating through SMS messages.

Samsung Rebuffs Criticism of Knox Crypto, Password Management

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:20
Samsung has answered a researcher's critique of alleged encryption and password weaknesses in early version of its Knox technology on Galaxy and Note devices.

NSA-Approved Samsung Knox Stores PIN in Cleartext

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21
A research report claims that Samsung's Knox containers store PIN data in clear text. The report comes shortly after the NSA endorsed Galaxy devices for agency use.

Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware to Binaries

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:07
A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say, highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown sources and the potential for attackers to abuse the trust users have in Tor and similar services. Josh Pitts of Leviathan […]

Facebook, Yahoo Curb Identity Theft with New Email Ownership Header

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:39
A new SMTP header developed by Facebook and Yahoo confirms ownership of Yahoo email accounts.

NAT-PMP Protocol Vulnerability Puts 1.2 Million SOHO Routers At Risk

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:23
More than 1 million SOHO routers and embedded devices are vulnerable to a serious vulnerability in the NAT-PMP protocol that enables traffic hijacking and denial of service attacks.

Malvertising Campaign on Yahoo, AOL, Triggers CryptoWall Infections

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:54
Attackers have been leveraging the FlashPack Exploit Kit to peddle CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware on unsuspecting visitors to sites like Yahoo, The Atlantic and AOL.

Cybersecurity Legislation Forecast is Grim

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:38
A D.C. insider is pessimistic that we'll see cybersecurity legislation before 2016, pointing toward a number on contributing political and national security factors.

Cisco Patches Three-Year-Old Telnet Remote Code Execution Bug in Security Appliances

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:08
There is a severe remote code execution vulnerability in a number of Cisco's security appliances, a bug that was first disclosed nearly three years ago.

April 911 Outage Affected 3.5 Percent of U.S. Population

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:47
A catastrophic failure in the emergency call management infrastructure cascaded into an incident that left 11 million out of reach of 911 dispatchers for six hours.

Exploit For Patched Flash Vulnerability Already In Two Exploit Kits

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:18
A week-old Adobe Flash Player vulnerability has already been integrated into the Angler and Fiesta exploit kits, researcher Kafeine discovered.

NIST Publishes Draft Hypervisor Security Guide

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:01
NIST this week published a draft document SP800-125a that makes recommendations for hypervisor security in virtualized environments based on architectural platform choices and configuration options.

PHP Patches Vulnerabilities, Including Remote Code Execution Flaw

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:33
Developers at PHP recently patched a bug that can lead to a heap-based buffer overflow and remote code execution.

Attackers Exploiting Windows OLE Zero Day Vulnerability

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:40
Attackers are using a zero day vulnerability in nearly all supported versions of Windows in a series of targeted attacks.

D.C.’s Complicated View of Cyberwar, Regulation, Liability

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:03
Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker shared his insight on Washington's perceptions of cyberwar during his keynote address at the Cybersecurity Summit in Minneapolis.

FTC Hires Privacy Researcher Ashkan Soltani as Chief Technologist

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:44
The FTC has hired Ashkan Soltani, a highly regarded and respected technologist and privacy researcher, as its chief technologist. The move is the latest in a string of interesting hires by the Federal Trade Commission. In 2009 the agency hired Chris Soghoian, a privacy and security researcher, as its first in-house principal technologist. Soghoian had […]

Staples Looking into Potential Payment Card Breach

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:08
The office supply chain Staples is reportedly looking into a payment data card breach, potentially making it the latest in a long line of retail establishments to suffer a compromise over the last year.