• Google making search more secure

    Google is enhancing its default search service for signed-in users; over the next few weeks, many users will find themselves redirected to https://www.google.com (note the extra “s”) when they are signed in to their Google account; this change encrypts their search queries and Google’s results page

  • GAO report: DHS data mining puts personal information at risk

    A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that DHS and its sub-agencies do not properly protect personal information when conducting counterterrorism investigations

  • A precursor to the next Stuxnet discovered

    Symantec reports the discovery of a sample malware that appeared to be very similar to Stuxnet, the malware which wreaked havoc in Iran’s nuclear centrifuge farms last summer; the new malware — dubbed Duqu — is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack; the threat was written by the same authors (or those that have access to the Stuxnet source code); Duqu gathers intelligence data and assets from entities, such as industrial control system manufacturers, in order more easily to conduct a future attack against another third party

  • Smartphone can spy on computer keyboard strikes

    In hundreds of millions of offices around the world, this routine repeats itself every day: People sit down, turn on their computers, set their mobile phones on their desks, and begin to work; now, what if a hacker could use that phone to track what the person was typing on the keyboard just inches away?

  • Greatest cyber vulnerabilities are people, says cybersecurity expert

    Dr. Cedric Jeannot, the founder and president of I Think Security, recently sat down with Eugene K. Chow, the executive editor of Homeland Security NewsWire, to discuss the latest rash in cyberattacks on companies, why hackers have been so successful, and the fallout from the RSA SecurID attacks

  • Facebook helps foil arms-smuggling deal

    With the help of Facebook, federal investigators were able to arrest a man on charges of illegally shipping weapons parts internationally after he “friended” his weapons buyer

  • L-3, Virginia Tech in cybersecurity partnership

    L-3 Communicationshas formed a cooperative partnership in cybersecurity research and development with Virginia Tech’s Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology; the company says that this new partnership will enhance L-3’s ability to deliver innovative national security solutions

  • Lockheed Martin hosts 150 Md. students in cybersecurity event

    Top performing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) high school students from Maryland gathered yesterday at Lockheed Martin’s NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center to explore cyber security careers, education, and to promote safe online practices through a series of lessons and interactive stations

  • RSA blames nation-state for SecurID cyberattack

    Last week at a press conference in London, RSA executives revealed more details about the cyberattack that stole information regarding the company’s SecurID authentication tokens in March; Art Coviello, the executive chairman of RSA, said two well-known hacker groups as well as a nation-state collaborated to infiltrate the company’s networks

  • SEC requires businesses to disclose cyberattacks

    Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unveiled new guidelines that will make it mandatory for companies to report cyberattacks against their networks as well as the costs associated with them to their investors

  • Business group: cybersecurity critical to U.S. economic, national security

    The Technology CEO Council says that Private sector steps to strengthen the U.S. digital infrastructure combined with new policies and government actions are important to America’s national and economic security

  • Software restricts access to sensitive to specific locations

    Researchers have created software to remotely put smart phones under lockdown — an innovation that could aid labs doing sensitive research, secure government and military facilities, and keepers of medical records

  • Collaborative social media site for ID and biometric professionals

    Cost overruns, project delays, and poor performance results have long been the bane of government projects, at times resulting in expensive high-profile failures; to help reduce costs and ensure that government projects meet targeted needs, a new collaborative Web-based information-sharing community aimed at bringing together identity and biometric industry professionals, academics, researchers, and government and commercial procurement officers is slated to open

  • Also noted

    SEC Says Companies Should Disclose Cyber-Incidents, Risks to Investors | Few in California have insurance for a big earthquake | N.Y. non-profits receive millions in security grants from 2006 to 2009 | Mexican smugglers tunnel beneath Arizona parking lots | ‘Israel will target prisoners who return to terrorism’ | Thai Floods Threaten Public and Private Research | New Metal Deposits Found at Rare Earth Mine | Lawmakers suggest treating drug cartels as terrorist organizations | Private U.K. security firm takes inmates to court in taxis

  • Sony hit by hackers again, 93,000 accounts compromised

    Once again Sony has been the victim of a major cyberattack. This time as many as 93,000 accounts have been compromised from Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network, and Sony Online Entertainment