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China still poses major cyber threat despite drop in U.S. attacks

Over the last year China-based threat actors have lessened their activity against US organizations, according to new findings from cybersecurity specialists FireEye. FireEye’s observations are based on 262 intrusions that occurred in 26 countries – including the US, UK, Canada, and Japan – including insights into 72 China-based threat actors. The firm says the shifts in operations are reflective of ongoing military reforms, widespread exposure of Chinese cyber operations, and actions taken by the US government. However, despite this decline, FireEye predicts that China will almost certainly remain an aggressive cyber…

Keyboard warriors: South Korea trains new frontline in decades-old war with North

In one college major at Seoul’s elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders. The Cyber Defense curriculum, funded by the defense ministry, trains young keyboard warriors who get a free education in exchange for a seven-year commitment as officers in the army’s cyber warfare unit – and its ongoing conflict with North Korea. North and South Korea remain in a technical state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armed truce. Besides Pyongyang’s nuclear and rocket program,…

NATO to invest billions to tap industry cyber security know-how

NATO is dangling roughly 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in funding for future cyber-based initiatives to match—and then surpass—the increasingly sophisticated attacks against its 28-member alliance, officials announced Tuesday on the inaugural day of the NITEC 2016 conference. Increased Russian aggression, instability in Europe’s south, the Syrian refugee crisis and evolving cyberthreats all have contributed toward new strategic realities, but also jockey for the same pot of limited financial resources—mobilizing the alliance to strengthen collaborations with industry for vital solutions. The NATO Communication and Information (NCI) Agency launched its small business…

Cyber espionage: Chinese malware in Indian government system

Top cyber security experts claim to have found a Chinese group which practices cyber espionage. This group has been identified as Danti and it is believed that they could have breached the computer of top ranking bureaucrats in the government. Russia based company called Kaspersky Labs which is regarded as one of the top cyber security firms, was the first to raise the alarm regarding Danti. They also feared that Danti possibly breached dozens of systems which are used by cabinet-rank Officials in India. In an interview to India Today, Kaspersky Labs…

How to define cyberwar

One of the things that keeps our intelligence and military leaders from sleeping soundly is the problem of cyberwar and its subsets, cyber-espionage, cybersabotage and what most people call “hacking,” which isn’t something that only teenagers do from their parents’ basements. For years, there has been a continuous string of attempted penetrations of U.S. military, intelligence, defense contractor and related networks. It now occurs literally thousands of times a day. The Chinese “Titan Rain” computer attacks began in about 2003 and continued for at least three years, penetrating networks and stealing…

North Korea linked to digital attacks on global banks

Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain. In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and media companies in South Korea in 2013. Government officials…

Hackers have doxed all the reporters covering east Ukraine’s war. Twice.

MOSCOW — First, it was nationalist Ukrainian hackers, who were angry that journalists had accredited with separatists in southeast Ukraine. Then, it was pro-separatist hackers, who had stolen a list of journalists accredited with the Ukrainian government to cover the conflict. Twice this month, the names, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, affiliations, and travel dates of thousands of journalists, as well as human-rights activists, were leaked onto vigilante websites that have been used to unmask opposing fighters in southeast Ukraine’s two year-old war. The leaks, and the official reactions to them, have…

Anonymous hackers turned stock analysts are targeting US and Chinese corporations

A relatively unknown division of the Anonymous hacker collective that goes by the name of Anonymous Analytics has been sabotaging companies on the stock market by revealing flaws in their financial statements, with catastrophic results. The group, which was founded in 2011, is comprised of former Anonymous hackers who decided that hacking into companies, dumping data, or launching DDoS attacks is not enough.
“Anonymous Analytics are the stock market’s vigilantes” Instead, they decided to use their skills as market analysts and black hat hackers to scour the Internet for clues, sometimes with…