• House Cybersecurity Caucus launches new Web site

    Billions of dollars are spent on cybersecurity; the House cybersecurity caucus has launched a new Web site, and observers say it could provide a valuable public service if it helps aggregate disparate activities and acts as a Federal cybersecurity information hub

  • Cyberthreat "deniers" say cybersecurity experts are crying wolf

    There are those who argue that security experts warn about cyber threat are only scaring people in order to sell their security products and consulting services; one observer says: “To be sure, the financial interests of those warning about cybersecurity vulnerability should be disclosed, but their warnings shouldn’t be dismissed either— Just because you can still download movies from Netflix or update your Facebook status doesn’t mean everything’s fine”

  • Huntsville, Alabama, to become center for the war on cyber crimes

    Mayor Tommy Battle unveiled plans to build the Cyber Center complex — a 52-building campus housing government agencies and academic teams dealing with cyber crimes

  • Indian government: Google, Skype will follow BlackBerry in being forced to open networks

    The Indian government, in a meeting last month with representatives of network operators and Internet service providers, said that after RIM was forced to open BlackBerry-based communication to government eavesdropping, Google and Skype would be asked to do the same — or face bans on some of their services in India; It is unlikely that the Indian government is interested in Google’s search business, but about twenty million Indians are active on Google’s social networking service, Orkut, which encourages them to communicate with each other over Google Talk

  • U.S., too, uneasy with encrypted communication

    The U.S. said it hoped RIM and foreign governments would find a compromise over BlackBerry encryption, but successive U.S. administrations tried to limit the export of encrypted technologies so U.S. spy agencies would have unfettered access to government and private communications abroad; until 1996 encryption at the level commonly in use today was classified by U.S. export regulations as “munitions”

  • Boston police using Twitter to nab bad guys

    After a flasher on Boston T Red Line was caught thanks to a passenger’s tweet, the MBTA is showing a genuine commitment to using social media, creating an official Twitter home page to serve as a public tip line; the transit cops are also creating a system which will allow riders to send tips (and photos) via text messages directly to the authorities

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  • Tire tags reveal driver whereabouts

    As computerized systems are being increasingly used in automobiles, critics are asking what safeguards system makers are putting in place to prevent vulnerabilities in such systems, knowing that bugs and security holes invariably sneak into all software

  • Move to IPv6 may create a "security nightmare"

    IPv6, the Internet’s next-generation addressing scheme is so radically different from the current one that its adoption is likely to cause severe security headaches for those who adopt it; the radical overhaul still is not ready for prime time — in large part because IT professionals have not worked out a large number of security threats facing those who rely on it to route traffic over the net

  • Software vendors will be forced to fix vulnerabilities under deadline

    Software vendors tend to take their time fixing security vulnerabilities discovered in their products; Zero Day Initiative, which serves as a broker between security researchers who find flaws and software companies who need to fix them, says there are 122 outstanding vulnerabilities that have been reported to vendors and which have not been patched yet; the oldest on the list was reported to IBM in May 2007 and more than thirty of the outstanding vulnerabilities are older than a year; Zero Day Initiative has just announced a new policy: vendors will now have six months to fix vulnerabilities, after which time the Zero Day Initiative will release limited details on the vulnerability, along with mitigation information so organizations and consumers who are at risk from the hole can protect themselves

  • Criminals, spies dominate cyber world, with little to deter them

    White House cyber security coordinator Howard Schmidt says the U.S. economy essentially rests on safe Internet facilities; last year saw $10 trillion in online business, a figure forecast to hit $24 trillion in another decade, he noted; yet, incredibly, the business world has yet to grasp the threat that online thieves and vandals pose; almost half of small businesses don’t use antivirus software and even fewer use it properly, Schmidt warned

  • Worry: Hackers can take over power plants

    In many cases, operating systems at power plants and other critical infrastructure are decades old; sometimes they are not completely separated from other computer networks used by companies to run administrative systems or even access the Internet; those links between the administrative networks and the control systems provide gateways for hackers to insert malicious codes, viruses, or worms into the programs that operate the plants

  • INL's International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS)

    Idaho National Laboratory is helping generate innovative research and codify resilience in next-generation control system designs by hosting the 3rd International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems in Idaho Falls 10-12 August; INL says it sponsors the symposium to support a multidisciplinary approach to the complex nature of control system interdependencies that ensure safe and secure operation of critical components of the U.S. infrastructure including electrical grids, water supplies, and transportation

  • Commerce Department seeks comments on cybersecurity and its impact on innovation

    The U.S. Commerce Department seeks comments from all stakeholders, including the commercial, academic and civil society sectors, on measures to improve cyber security while sustaining innovation; the department says that the Internet has become vitally important to U.S. innovation, prosperity, education, civic activity, and cultural life as well as aspects of America’s national security, and that a top priority of the department is to ensure that the Internet remains an open and trusted infrastructure, both for commercial entities and individuals

  • As demand for cybersecurity professionals grows, shortages are felt

    Federal agencies, contractors, and tech companies compete with each other for cyber security work force; measuring the size of the cyber security sector is difficult, but surveys show demand for technical expertise is skyrocketing; the number of jobs posted on ClearanceJobs.com by companies and recruiters looking for professionals with active federal security clearances has jumped 11 percent to 6,100 openings this year from fewer than 5,500 in the same time period last year; Maryland wants to become U.S. cybersecurity capital