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British MI6, MI5 halt use of Chinese laptops

By Chal Milmo July 29, 2013 The Independent (UK) Britain’s intelligence agencies, including MI6 and MI5, have allegedly banned the use of computers manufactured by Chinese company Lenovo due to concerns that the machines come hardwired with a vulnerability to hacking. Machines produced by the state-backed technology company, which is the largest PC producer in the world, are claimed to have been found in tests by MI5 and GCHQ to have modifications in their circuitry which could allow remote access to the devices without the owners’ knowledge. The discovery has led to a written banning…

GPS navigation system vulnerable to hackers, terrorists

By John Roberts July 26, 2013 FoxNews.com: The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use it to hijack ships — even commercial airliners, according to a frightening new study that exposes a huge potential hole in national security. Using a laptop, a small antenna and an electronic GPS “spoofer” built for $3,000, GPS expert Todd Humphreys and his team at the University of Texas took control of the sophisticated navigation system aboard an $80 million, 210-foot super-yacht in the Mediterranean Sea. “We injected our spoofing signals into its GPS antennas…

Indian Intelligence on Alert for Pak cyber attacks

Indian government security and intelligence agencies in charge of protecting cyber space recently intercepted a communication from cyber criminals who are planning to conduct attacks on Indian infrastructure in August. Terrorists in Pakistan are joining forces with cyber criminals from around the world in the targeting. Intelligence sources said there has been a sharp increase in cyber attacks emanating from Pakistan and China over the past several years. Intelligence from cyber forensic inquiries shows that Pakistan and China-based hackers are joining forces in the attacks. The intercepted communication stated that non-state cyber hackers, including “Pakistan…

Terrorists using Salafi search engine

Islamist terrorists are using a Google-based Salafist search engine to find Islamist websites, according to U.S. officials. The Salafist search engine has identified 51 web sites considered “credible” by the hardline Islamists, characterized as those who want to impose a strict form of Shirah law. The Salafi search engine is set up by Libyan Islamist Abu-Hurayrah Muhammad Bin-Najm. Among the 51 sites were names such as Heritage the Prophets; Understanding the Prophet’s teachings, Sheikh Mahir al-Qahtani; Paths of Peace for Salafi audio; General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta; Ansar al-Da’wah al-Salafiyah [supporters…

Russia faces problems for cyber command

    Russia’s Defense Ministry is moving ahead with plans to create a cyber warfare unit that will be operational by the end of 2013 and will seek to counter cyber threats. U.S. officials, however, say the Russian military is struggling to find computer and network professionals with the expertise for the command. Officials says the problems suggest the Russian military cyber warfare capabilities will have limited in the beginning and focuse on countering threats to networks rather than offensive computer attack operations. The Russian cyber force will be similar to the U.S. Cyber Command…

Former CIA chief: China’s Huawei Technologies worked for PRC intelligence

Former CIA chief: China’s Huawei Technologies worked for PRC intelligence

Company poses major threat China’s Huawei Technologies is one of several major state-run telecommunications companies seeking to a large share of the growing telecommunications hardware market. The company, founded by a People’s Liberation Army officer, has been a target of U.S. intelligence and security agencies for years and has tried and failed several times to purchase or merge with U.S. telecommunications firms. Now, former National Security Agency Direcector Michael V. Hadyen says Huawei one reason behind the U.S. intelligence concern is the company’s tie to Chinese intelligence agencies. Hayden said in an interview…

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