Cybersecurity

  • Pentagon suspends USAF cyber effort

    The growing dependence of governments and militaries on the Internet has led the U.S. Air Force to create a new Cyber Command; the Air Force has now put this effort on hold

  • Who is behind cyber attacks on Georgia?

    Sustained cyber attacks of Georgian official Web sites, attacks which immediately preceded and then accompanied the Russian military action against the former Soviet republic, originated from a “hacker militia” of Russian botnet herders and volunteers

  • Five steps to safer virtual servers

    At the Black Hat conference, HP chief security strategist provided virtualization security advice

  • DOJ cybercrime task force shows results

    Two years ago the U.S. Department of Justice created Identity Theft Task Force, and has supported its work through vigorous prosecution of the various forms of identity theft

  • Russia-Georgia conflict shows new frontier in war

    Internet attacks on Georgia highlight a key flaw for more than 100 nations: most of these nations’ external connections go through other countries, and there is a lack of internal connections called Internet exchange points

  • Hackers hacked at DefCon gathering

    The tens of thousands of networks handling traffic on the Internet are programmed to trust each other for the best routes for data; a bad idea — since a hacker can hijack traffic to and from Web sites of choice by adding enough numbers to computer addresses to have his or her network automatically deemed the best path for the data

  • AuthenTec offer scanners for fingerptint-enabled phones

    AuthenTec has shipped more than seven million AuthenTec-enabled phones powered by the Symbian OS, comprising 14 mobile phone models using AuthenTec’s fingerprint sensors

  • Social networking sites are target-rich opportunity for hackers

    Social neyworking sites — Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn — are becoming more popular for both users and hackers; the biggest danger from social networking sites is that they embed powerful features that only few subscribers actually use, such as digital image or media files with the ability to download content from third-party Web sites, which expose users to risk

  • House's measures strengthen cybersecurity

    House passes eight measures intended strengthen cybersecurity, promote greater sharing of unclassified information, and prevent the over-classification of information

  • Hacker of U.S. defense computers about to be extradited to U.S.

    Seven years ago Gary McKinnon, a U.K. citizen, hacked into 92 computer systems at the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, and NASA; he said he was hoping to uncover evidence of UFOs; his string of appeals exhausted, he is to be extradited soon

  • Hackers' attacks on U.S. government systems are frequent, serious

    U.S. government computer systems under frequent and serious attacks by other governments and organizations; James Finch, assistant director of the FBI’s cybercrime division: “We’re not worried so much about the noisy attacks as we are about the quiet ones”

  • Beckstrom: Networking security worth the money

    Rod Beckstrom, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Center, tells Black Hat that “We want to invest in protocols because it may be some of the cheapest security dollars we can spend”

  • Kaminsky offers details of DNS flaw

    Dan Kaminsky tells Black Hat attendees about the DNS vulnerability he discovered a few months ago; “We have to get better about fixing the infrastructure,” Kaminsky said; “We got lucky fixing this bug but may not be so lucky next time.”

  • New approach to virus protection

    Wolverines researchers describe a new method of protecting computers against viruses by moving antivirus functionality into the “network cloud” and off personal computers

  • Ensuring uptime at the Games

    Technology glitches at previous Olympics have lead to problems such as the inability to feed competition results into official Web sites and media outlets; Chinese security officials must also contend with individuals and groups of hackers attacking systems during the Olympics