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Cybersecurity: Mission Impossible?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 | 10:52 AM 1 comment

As March Madness nears its end, it seems there are a few more notable names to add to the bracket of organizations exploited by cyber attacks this month.

With a recent attack on security giant RSA, the AFP reported that hackers were able to access information and steal data from the organization’s SecurID two-factor authentication products that could potentially lead to breaches against RSA’s clients, including the US government and defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Meanwhile, across the pond last week, we learned of a cyber attack on the European Union (EU) just one day before an international leaders’ summit on economic reform was scheduled to begin in Brussels.
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Beyond the Budget, Democrats Back Cyber Bills

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 2:01 PM 1 comment

With another government shutdown averted, and a new deadline set for April 8, it seems many on the Hill are looking to make a foray on federal funding as the budget belt-tightening continues.

But as the cuts come, Democrats in both the House and Senate aren’t scaling back on cybersecurity, with a steady roll-out of cyber bills building up in 2011.

The latest to layout his cyber plans this week was Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), who, on Wednesday, introduced the Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act, a bill that intends “to significantly strengthen protections against dangerous cyber threats.”
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Ethical vs Unethical: Hackers Reaping Monetary Rewards This Week

Friday, March 11, 2011 | 11:56 AM Leave a comment

With the fifth annual Pwn2Own hacking contest underway this week at the 2011 CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, professional hackers took to reaping the monetary rewards of breaking into smartphones, web browsers and operating systems.

With $125,000 in total prize money up for grabs, Apple Safari 5 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 were the first browsers to shutter to the exploits of the researchers in the contest.

Meanwhile, Computerworld reports that the Pwn2Own hackers skipped out on Google’s $20,000 reward for cracking the web browser Chrome on day one of the challenge. Remaining untouched in the contest, Computerworld reports that this will be Chrome’s third consecutive year of success at Pwn2Own.

But just as easily as the professional hackers assembled at CanSecWest this week to benefit tech giants and their consumers, the US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) is warning of another group of computer exploiters that may be planning to take advantage of a serious situation.
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Attacks Abroad Raise Cyber Debate At Home

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 11:47 AM Leave a comment

As tensions in the Middle East and North Africa remain on high, governments in Europe and Asia have also been handed their own form of opposition over the past few days.

Rocked by a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks this week, both France and South Korea have launched investigations into attacks made on the nations’ government websites.

According to the AFP, the French finance ministry had to shut down 10,000 of its computers Monday, following word that hackers attacked government networks, enabling access to private Group of 20 (G20) documents, relating to the international financial system.
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