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SOPA Cyber Attacks and Security Legislation on the Way

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 7:30 PM 1 comment

As the protests against SOPA and PIPA continue to hog media headlines this week, hacktivist group Anonymous has set out on its own efforts to contest the proposed anti-piracy plans.

According to Politico, following the Department of Justice’s latest move to shut down file-sharing site MegaUpload.com, Anonymous struck back with a distributed denial-of-service cyber attack on the DOJ’s website, as well as others lending support to anti-piracy, including the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Responding to the attack, the MPAA released a statement asserting, “Unfortunately, some groups believe that speech or ideas that they disagree with should be silenced. This could not be more wrong. No matter the point of view, everyone has a right to be heard.”

So it seems, the White House also has the right to be heard when it comes to Internet piracy. Posting on the White House blog on Sunday morning, Administration officials Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra, and Howard Schmidt wrote on “Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet.” Read more…

The Pentagon, Power Grid and Israel on the Cyber Defense

Friday, January 13, 2012 | 11:15 AM 3 comments

It’s all about cyber defense this week, as nations and their governments, industry and individual businesses scurry to secure key technological infrastructure.

Starting with President Obama, who late last week, rolled out his new plan to ramp up the U.S. military’s efforts, including those on cybersecurity, despite having to make several spending cuts due to the budget crunch.

Highlighting the need for more investments to help fend off attacks against the nation’s defense systems, the President noted in a press conference, “Our military will be leaner, but the world must know: The United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats,” according to Bloomberg.

But, in conjunction with the National Security Agency, the Pentagon is already working on its own defenses to thwart cyber attacks. Read more…

2012 Outlook, Japan’s Cyber Defense & Congress Considers Legislation

Friday, January 6, 2012 | 9:36 AM 2 comments

The New Year marks new challenges for cybersecurity, according to tech experts and policy forecasters following the topic.

Compiling its own list of cyber risks, security giant McAfee released a new report on the ‘2012 Threat Predictions,’ honing in on an expected rise in attacks on U.S. industrial systems and national infrastructure; an increase in “hacktivism,” or politically-motivated attacks; and more malware directed at smartphones and mobile devices.

“The past 12 months were a transformative year in many ways… We saw great changes in mobile threats, hacktivism, client-side exploitation, social-media exploitation, and targeted attacks,” McAfee said in its report. “Many of these changes and trends will continue to influence the threats landscape for years to come.”

Meanwhile, McAfee’s competitor Panda Security foresees privacy violations and data theft as the “top security issues organizations need to focus on in the coming year,” with foreign cyber-espionage as well as social networking attacks both contributing to the loss of government, corporate and personal data. Read more…

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