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Latvia launches Cyber Defence Unit to beef up online security | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 04.03.2014

Latvia launches Cyber Defence Unit to beef up online security | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 04.03.2014 | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
The Latvian army hired the country's first 13 cyber guards in February. As part of the Cyber Defence Unit, they will also help Latvia's military and government's IT security response in the event of a conflict.
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Australian government passes critical infrastructure national security Bill

Australian government passes critical infrastructure national security Bill | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Under the new legislation, the minister will have a 'last resort' power to direct electricity, gas, ports, and water entities to 'do or not do a certain thing' to mitigate national security risks.
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Leader of Carbanak (Cobalt) Hacker Group Who Stole Over €1BIL Arrested in Spain

Leader of Carbanak (Cobalt) Hacker Group Who Stole Over €1BIL Arrested in Spain | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

Europol announced today that Spanish police has arrested a man suspect of being the mastermind behind the Carbanak hacking group, known for some of the biggest bank cyber-heists in recent years.

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State-Sponsored Cyber Theft — FBI

State-Sponsored Cyber Theft — FBI | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Nine Iranian citizens working at the behest of the government of Iran have been indicted in a computer hacking campaign that compromised universities, private companies, and government entities.
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Why Russia Once Asked the U.S. for Peace in Cyber Space

Why Russia Once Asked the U.S. for Peace in Cyber Space | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

But as Russia's own cyber arsenal has grown in strength, it has cooled on the idea of letting international law constrain it

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charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran | Reuters

charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran | Reuters | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

The United States on Friday charged and sanctioned nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, dozens of firms and parts of the U.S. government, including its main energy regulator, on behalf of Tehran's government.

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Iran-linked Hackers Adopt New Data Exfiltration Methods | SecurityWeek.Com

Iran-linked Hackers Adopt New Data Exfiltration Methods | SecurityWeek.Com | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
An Iran-linked cyber-espionage group has been using new malware and data exfiltration techniques in recent attacks.
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Diplomats, 'Net greybeards work to disarm USA, China and Russia’s cyber-weapons • The Register

Diplomats, 'Net greybeards work to disarm USA, China and Russia’s cyber-weapons • The Register | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Because when state attacks blow back, the taxpayers who paid to have them developed pay again
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The theft of tea leaves and the evolution of cyber espionage prevention

The theft of tea leaves and the evolution of cyber espionage prevention | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
All companies, big and small, are trying to figure out how to secure important data — the trade secrets. Lucky for us, it might come down to something as simple as being human.
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Middle East oil and gas companies are unprepared to address OT cyber risk

Middle East oil and gas companies are unprepared to address OT cyber risk | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Cyber security breaches in the Middle East are widespread and frequently undetected, with 30 percent of the region’s attacks targeting operational technology, finds a study by Siemens and Ponemon Institute.
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A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try. - The New York Times

A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try. - The New York Times | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Petrochemical companies were hit by a series of cyberassaults last year. The worst of them, against a widely used safety system, could have set off an explosion.
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NATO working on cyber attack trigger for Article 5

NATO working on cyber attack trigger for Article 5 | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
NATO countries are working to determine when a cyber attack would trigger the collective defence provision in the alliance’s charter, a US general has said.
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Moving beyond cybersecurity compliance to risk management

Moving beyond cybersecurity compliance to risk management | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Currently, there is no firm timeline or hard transition deadline for moving to the cybersecurity scorecard 2.0, leadership says.
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The Trump administration says Russian cyberattacks targeted US and European utility infrastructure

The Trump administration says Russian cyberattacks targeted US and European utility infrastructure | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

The US says Russian cyberattacks targeted US and European utility infrastructure. The alert didn’t specifically name the companies or facilities but said they appeared to be deliberately targeted

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Will financial penalties put cyber defence at the top of every board’s agenda?

Will financial penalties put cyber defence at the top of every board’s agenda? | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, we haven’t been able to read the news without being hit by another salacious data breach headline. More recently, financial sanctions are being implemented, and, if the damage to brand reputation and trust didn’t force business leaders to act, these fines should certainly force cyber defence up the agenda in …
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US Education Department Knows It Needs Cyber Skills, But Doesn't Know Which Ones - Nextgov

US Education Department Knows It Needs Cyber Skills, But Doesn't Know Which Ones - Nextgov | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

The department issued a request for information on how best to train, retain and track its cyber workforce.

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Pentagon Wants An Early Warning System For Hybrid Warfare – MeriTalk

Pentagon Wants An Early Warning System For Hybrid Warfare – MeriTalk | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

The tactics of warfare aren’t what they used to be. In addition to asymmetric battlefield tactics that differ from conventional battles, they also can include cyber, social, economic, and psychological strategies that don’t necessarily involve physical combat or destruction–or even direct human involvement–and can’t be divined by tracking troop movements or fleet deployments. As a result, the signs of impending war aren’t what they used to be either.

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UAWire - Ukrainian Security Service shuts down the operation of the office of ‘pro-Kremlin hackers’ in Kyiv

UAWire - Ukrainian Security Service shuts down the operation of the office of ‘pro-Kremlin hackers’ in Kyiv | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claims to have unmasked the activities of the office of "pro-Kremlin hackers" in Kyiv.
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US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis • The Register

US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis • The Register | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Shortage of tech talent has government pondering end to age, gender restrictions
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European Power Plants Brace For Russian Hack Attacks

European Power Plants Brace For Russian Hack Attacks | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Following a U.S. government warning that Russia has hacked into power plants on both sides of the Atlantic, Europeans are trying to figure out which plants might be vulnerable.
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If War Comes, Russia Could Disconnect from the Internet. Yes, the Entire Country

If War Comes, Russia Could Disconnect from the Internet. Yes, the Entire Country | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

Robust internal networks will keep the military and government operating, says Putin’s top IT advisor.

In 2016, the government began to operate the Closed Data Transfer Segment, an internal intranet for military and other officials. Klimenko seems to have suggested that the Segment could handle traffic for the rest of the country as well.


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Kaspersky's 'Slingshot' report burned an ISIS-focused intelligence operation - CyberScoop

Kaspersky's 'Slingshot' report burned an ISIS-focused intelligence operation - CyberScoop | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
CyberScoop has learned that Kaspersky's 'Slingshot' is an active, U.S.-led counterterrorism cyber-espionage operation used to target ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Via Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, promises a fix via routine BIOS updates

AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, promises a fix via routine BIOS updates | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
AMD has acknowledged the Ryzenfall vulnerabilities discovered by CTS-Labs, though the chip company believes the flaws can be patched via BIOS updates issued over the next few weeks.In a blog post authored by AMD’s chief technical officer, Mark Papermaster, the company confirmed that the four broad classifications of attacks – Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera [&hellip
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AMD downplays CPU flaw discovery, says hackers would need admin rights anyway –

AMD downplays CPU flaw discovery, says hackers would need admin rights anyway – | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Semiconductor giant AMD said today that attackers wouldn’t likely abuse the vulnerabilities recently found in its products: they would need administrative access, and that kind of access would allow for far more effective attacks tha
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Cyberattack Could Scare Investors From Markets, Report Says

Cyberattack Could Scare Investors From Markets, Report Says | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it
Stock markets could be threatened by a crisis of confidence in a major cyberattack, the powerhouse, clearing house DTCC warned today,
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Sofacy Targets Government Agency with New Spear-Phishing Campaign

Sofacy Targets Government Agency with New Spear-Phishing Campaign | Cyber Defence | Scoop.it

Espionage group with ties to Russia targets European government organization

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