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'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea | PCWorld

'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea | PCWorld | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.
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A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.

The "Icefog" hackers probed victims one by one, carefully copying select files and then exiting the systems, according to security vendor Kaspersky Lab, which released a 68-page report on the group Wednesday.

 

"The nature of the attacks was also very focused," Kaspersky wrote. "In many cases, the attackers already knew what they were looking for."

Over the past several years, security analysts have noticed an uptick in so-called:

 

"advanced persistent threat" (APT) attacks,

 

... where interlopers plant stealthy malware on networks for cyber spying.

"In the future, we predict the number of small, focused APT-to-hire groups to grow, specializing in hit-and-run operations, a kind of 'cyber mercenaries' of the modern world," the report said.

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Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth

Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Originally posted at TomDispatch. What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surve...
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In post-Snowden era, 'the bad guys will take advantage of our blindness and deafness'

In post-Snowden era, 'the bad guys will take advantage of our blindness and deafness' | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
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Army Cyber Chief: Let's Get Closer To Industry

Army Cyber Chief: Let's Get Closer To Industry | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
To keep pace with rapid changes in the cyber domain, the military needs 'a much tighter relationship between industry and government,' the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command said Thursday.
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Digital jihad: ISIS, Al Qaeda seek a cyber caliphate to launch attacks on US

Digital jihad: ISIS, Al Qaeda seek a cyber caliphate to launch attacks on US | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Jihadists in the Middle East are ramping up efforts to mount a massive cyber attack on the U.S., with leaders from both Islamic State and Al Qaeda - including a hacker who once broke into former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's G-mail account - recruiting web savvy radicals, FoxNews.com has learned.
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The only way to defeat the Islamic State: expanding the McChrystal method of war

The only way to defeat the Islamic State: expanding the McChrystal method of war | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
The U.S. must expand Stanley McChrystal’s method of war.
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Israeli company uncovers international cyber spy network - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Israeli company uncovers international cyber spy network - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
According to Israel-based CYBERTINEL, a spy network had been hitting targets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for over a decade.
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FBI investigates alleged Russian cyber attack on Wall Street - Telegraph

FBI investigates alleged Russian cyber attack on Wall Street - Telegraph | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Major US financial institutions reportedly targeted by sophisticated high-level cyber-attack amid suspicions that operation was launched in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine
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Peace and War: The Space Between

Peace and War: The Space Between | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
President Obama’s commitment to reducing America’s reliance on the military instrument of power is well-known. It has been a constant theme of his presidency –...
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Snowden: US developed dangerous cyberwar tool, hacked Chinese hospitals and knocked Syria offline

Snowden: US developed dangerous cyberwar tool, hacked Chinese hospitals and knocked Syria offline | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
In a new interview, Snowden explained how fears of an accidental cyber-war, together with concerns over surveillance of U.S. citizens’ web traffic, turned him into a whistleblower.
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Annual Global Cyber Threat Review

Annual Global Cyber Threat Review | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it

The global cyber threat review conducted by CyberArk reveals: The recent reports regarding the NSA’s activities, in addition to the wave of infiltrations into the networks of large U.S. retail companies, had the most influence on the security strategies of organizations over the past year.... http://i-hls.com/2014/08/annual-global-cyber-threat-review/


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China Hacking Iron Dome, Arrow Missile Defense Systems

China Hacking Iron Dome, Arrow Missile Defense Systems | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
"[The] Chinese have been doing that to all defense contractors in the West." — Uzi Rubin, former head of missile defense at Israel's Defense Ministry. For the future of the free world, the U.S. and the international community must put an immediate end to
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Preparing for cyber warfare

Preparing for cyber warfare | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers had actually gained control of a mechanical device at an unnamed U.S. energy facility.
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Banks Dreading Computer Hacks Call for Cyber War Council

Banks Dreading Computer Hacks Call for Cyber War Council | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Wall Street’s biggest trade group has proposed a government-industry cyber war council to stave off terrorist attacks that could trigger financial panic by temporarily wiping out account balances, according to an internal document.
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Canadian military robots headed to Iraq

Canadian military robots headed to Iraq | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
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U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data

U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Unsealed documents detail firm’s unsuccessful bid to keep personal information away from feds.
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Observations on the Long War [US Art of War]

Observations on the Long War [US Art of War] | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, I have been recording reflections about the course of the so-called “Long War” launched after the tragic events of 9/11....
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The Unlikely Alliance of Hackers Fighting the Islamic State

The Unlikely Alliance of Hackers Fighting the Islamic State | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Hacking groups loosely affiliated with governments in the U.S., Iran and Syria are targeting the Islamic State online, but can they really hack them?
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The Art of War and contemporary philosophy

The Art of War and contemporary philosophy | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Pierre Levy's insight:

Cum grano salis: think by yourself!

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Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations

Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Part III | Remote outpost in Djibouti placed at forefront of drone wars
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Twitter crackdown on terrorist group hampers U.S. intelligence efforts

Twitter crackdown on terrorist group hampers U.S. intelligence efforts | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
U.S. counterterrorism officials say Twitter’s crackdown on tweets from the Islamic State is complicating efforts to identify the terrorist group’s key members and activities by intelligence agencies that increasingly use social media to spy on the militants.
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Gaza and Crimea conflicts could have been predicted by monitoring cyber attacks - Telegraph

Gaza and Crimea conflicts could have been predicted by monitoring cyber attacks  - Telegraph | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
A surge in cyber attacks preceeded both the conflict in Ukraine and in Gaza, new research has found - leading to suggestions that the technique could be used to predict future fighting
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School children in UK to be trained in cyber warfare - Telegraph

School children in UK to be trained in cyber warfare - Telegraph | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
A new cyber security training programme hopes to encourage more young people towards careers in STEM subjects
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US Homeland Security contractor victim of 'state-sponsored' cyber attack

US Homeland Security contractor victim of 'state-sponsored' cyber attack | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Information about government employees may have been stolen by hackers
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Canada Says China Hacked Science Agency Computers | SecurityWeek.Com

Canada Says China Hacked Science Agency Computers | SecurityWeek.Com | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Canada accused China of hacking into the computers of its National Research Council, which Beijing strongly denied.
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Gaza tunnels take IDF by surprise - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Gaza tunnels take IDF by surprise - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
For years, Hamas has constructed an ''underground Gaza'' designed to fire rockets at Israel, send infiltrators and protect Hamas' leadership, while investing nothing in the welfare of "upper Gaza."
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