• Washington National Guard keeps an eye on cyberattacks

    The Washington National Guard is working on a project that will protect state and local governments as well as utilities and businesses in the state from cyberattacks

  • Congressional panel says two Chinese telecom companies pose “national security threat” to U.S.

    A report by the House Intelligence Committee recommended that the U.S. government be barred from doing business with two Chinese telecommunications firms – Huawei and ZTE – and that American companies should avoid buying their equipment; a committee report said the two companies pose a threat to U.S. national security; installing these companies’ technology in U.S. communication network will not only allow these companies, acting on behalf of the Chinese military and intelligence, to steal sensitive national security information and trade secrets of private U.S. companies – it will also allow China to attack and paralyze large portions of U.S. critical infrastructure

  • The administration set to issue a cybersecurity executive order

    President Obama issued a proclamation the other day making October National Cyber Security Awareness month. The administration’s efforts to push a cybersecurity bill through Congress, however, have so far failed, so the administration is opting for a solution other administrations have adopted in the face of a recalcitrant Congress: executive order

  • Self-contained, Android-based network to study cyber disruptions, help secure hand-held devices

    Researchers linked together 300,000 virtual hand-held computing devices running the Android operating system so they can study large networks of smartphones and find ways to make them more reliable and secure; the work is expected to result in a software tool that will allow others in the cyber research community to model similar environments and study the behaviors of smartphone networks

  • Experts warn of growing cyber security risks to U.S., criticize Congress’s inaction

    U.S.and Russian cyber experts are trying to scare officials into improving cybersecurity protection in the United Statesand around the world; cyber attacks against critical infrastructure escalate in scope and severity; soon, Kaspersky Lab’s Eugene Kaspersky said: “If previous viruses were like bicycles,then the Stuxnet worm that damaged uranium enrichment centrifuges at the Natanz plant in Iran two years ago would be a plane and the latest programs, dubbed Flame and Gauss,would be space shuttles”

  • Pentagon says privately owned computer networks vulnerable to attack

    Deputy U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told hundreds of industry executives and military officials at a conference that he  is concerned with the potential of a cyber attack on privately owned U.S. computer networks; “I hope this isn’t one of those situations where we won’t do what we need to do until we get slammed,” Carter said

  • New FERC office to focus on cyber security

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a new FERC office — Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) —  which will help the Commission focus on potential cyber and physical security risks to energy facilities under its jurisdiction

  • German police wants to develop its own computer surveillance software

    The Federal Police Office of Germany (also known as the BKA) is looking to hire software engineers who can develop computer surveillance technology for use by law enforcement and intelligence agencies in criminal investigations

  • Boeing to pursue cybersecurity opportunities in Japan

    Boeing and Japanese trading company Sojitz are teaming up to offer advanced cybersecurity solutions in Japan to help protect critical government, civil, and commercial information technology infrastructure

  • U.K.’s first research institute to investigate the science of cyber security

    A new U.K. academic research institute, aiming to improve understanding of the science behind the growing cybersecurity threat, was announced last week; GCHQ, the U.K. intelligence agency, says that the institute, which is funded by a £3.8 million grant, is part of a cross-government commitment to increasing the U.K. academic capability in all fields of cybersecurity

  • Civilian cyber-warriors not motivated by patriotism

    Cybercrimes pose a huge societal risk and have become a hot issue globally, yet little is known about the mindset behind them; new study finds that people who commit cyber-attacks against the government also tend to download music illegally and participate in physical protests; surprisingly, however, they do not appear to be acting out of some sense of national pride or patriotism

  • Bolstering e-mail security

    On the whole, security is not a primary concern for most day-to-day e-mails, but some e-mails do contain personal, proprietary, and sensitive information, documents, media, photos, videos, and sound files; the open nature of e-mail means that they can be intercepted and if not encrypted, easily read by malicious third parties

  • Apple rejects app which tracks drone strikes against militants

    Apple has rejected an app, developed by a New York student, which tracks U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan; Apple said the app violated rule 16.1 of its guidelines, which bans “excessively objectionable or crude content”

  • FBI denies hackers’ claim that they had stolen Apple ID data

    The FBI on Tuesday disputed the claim of a computer hacker group that said it had stolen the personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent’s laptop

  • Cloud OS for the U.S. intelligence community

    Cloud management specialist Adaptive Computingis partnering with the investment arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel, to develop a cloud operating system for use by U.S. intelligence agency