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Researchers Release Attack Tool That Cripples Secure Websites

Researchers have released an attack tool that makes it trivial for anyone to take down websites that allow users to connect via secure connections.

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New Malicious Program by Creators of Stuxnet Is Suspected

The designers of Stuxnet, the computer worm that was used to vandalize an Iranian nuclear site, may have struck again, security researchers say.

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Pentagon extends program to defend cyber networks

Pentagon extends program to defend cyber networks | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

As hackers and hostile nations launch increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks against U.S. defense contractors, the Pentagon is extending a pilot program to help protect its prime suppliers.

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The Government Model

The Government Model | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

The State Department has pioneered an approach to network security that makes it easier for managers in large organizations to identify trouble spots, prioritize them and get them fixed fast.

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InformationWeek Mobile Edition

Homeland Security and Commerce Departments want to develop voluntary, standard practices that will protect and mitigate attacks on the private sector.

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U.S. Expresses Concern Over Cyberattacks in Japan

The United States gave a stern warning on Wednesday over recent cyberattacks on Japan’s biggest defense contractors, the latest in a series of security breaches that have fueled concern about Tokyo’s ability to handle delicate information.

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Energy’s 10-year plan to protect the power grid from cyberattack

The Energy Department has released an updated cybersecurity road map for protecting the North American energy distribution and delivery system against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

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Computer-based attacks emerge as threat of future, general says

Computer-based attacks emerge as threat of future, general says | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

The general in charge of U.S. cyberwarfare forces said Tuesday that future computer-based combat likely will involve electronic strikes that cause widespread power outages and even physical destruction of thousand-ton machines.

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DHS insider hacking case reveals serious network security vulnerabilities

Recent interviews with current and former personnel involved in a 2008 federal investigation into hacking and other network abuse at an immigration application processing center in Texas portray an out-of-control information technology office at a key Homeland Security Department agency.

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Cyber Attack Compromises Classified Weapons Systems Program

The race to keep pace with conventional arms development recently ran head long into the race for cyber dominance--and sustained an eye-opening set-back.

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Outsourcing IT to other countries adds to cyber risks, report says

A new report charged that the government's outsourcing significant portions of the nation’s IT has created escalating cybersecurity risks.

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Cybersecurity is focus of new bills

Cybersecurity is focus of new bills | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

House lawmakers have returned from the August recess resolved to fight the nation’s cyber adversaries with a flurry of new legislative proposals aiming to boost security of public and private networks and infrastructure.

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What would a Stuxnet-type attack in US look like?

The Stuxnet worm may have been directed at Iran, but its repercussions have been felt around the world.

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'Duqu' Virus Likely Handiwork Of Sophisticated Government, Kaspersky Lab Says

'Duqu' Virus Likely Handiwork Of Sophisticated Government, Kaspersky Lab Says | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

The latest super Trojan virus, Duqu, is likely the brainchild of a government security apparatus.

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U.S. Weighs Cyberwarfare Strategy

U.S. Weighs Cyberwarfare Strategy | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

The four-star Air Force general who oversees Pentagon efforts in cyberspace acknowledged Tuesday that the Defense Department had more work to do in clarifying the military’s doctrine for waging offensive computer warfare and setting up rules of engagement to guide specific cyberattacks.

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Security Expert: U.S. 'Leading Force' Behind Stuxnet

One year ago, German cyber security expert Ralph Langner announced he had found a computer worm designed to sabotage a nuclear facility in Iran. It's called Stuxnet, and it was the most sophisticated worm Langner had ever seen.

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Cyber-Espionage Campaign Hits Government Sites in Asia, Eastern Europe - Security - News & Reviews

More than 1,400 computers were compromised in Asia and Eastern Europe in a massive e-mail cyber-attack that hit space agencies and research institutions. But this time China was not implicated.

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U.S. government concerned at hacking of Japan arms firms

U.S. government concerned at hacking of Japan arms firms | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

The United States on Wednesday expressed concern about recent cyber attacks on defense contractors in Japan, which build U.S.-designed missiles, warships and military aircraft, calling for the attacks to be taken seriously.

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US security agency opens to outsiders on cyber safety | Reuters

US security agency opens to outsiders on cyber safety | Reuters | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

Anthony Stramella, an official with the National Security Agency's Threat Operations Center, is more aware than most of how information from computers, telephones and other devices can be tampered with or end up in the wrong hands.

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Cracks in security leave DHS financial systems vulnerable to abuse

Security weaknesses in the computers that track money for the Homeland Security Department could lead to a substantial mistake in the agency's financial statements, according to a federal audit.

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Navy's newest satellite designed to improve battlefield comms

The Navy announced plans Monday to launch a lighter, less expensive joint tactical satellite designed to improve battlefield communications.

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Undisclosed cyberattack data puts nation at risk

Hostile activities in cyberspace have grown, and by many accounts the growth rate has been dramatic.

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U.S. defense firms face relentless cyberattacks

U.S. defense firms face relentless cyberattacks | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

U.S. defense industries are facing relentless, sophisticated foreign attacks on their computer networks, a threat company leaders say poses a risk of significant damage and may require the government to take greater protective action.

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NSA, CYBERCOM Leadership Should Be Split, Hayden Says

NSA, CYBERCOM Leadership Should Be Split, Hayden Says | Information Assurance | Scoop.it

Gen. Keith Alexander should give up his role as head of the National Security Agency to focus more on his job as chief of Cyber Command, former CIA director Mike Hayden said today.

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