Hagel Accuses China of Cyber Attacks

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel publicly accused the Chinese government and military at the weekend of carrying out cyber attacks and expressed Washington’s determination to work “vigorously” to keep cyberspace safe. The accusation was made in an address on Saturday to the Shangri-La security conference in Singapore, which...

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Music, Light Used to Trigger Malware on Mobiles

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say they have developed and tested malware that can be triggered on a smartphone using light, sound, magnetic fields or vibration – posing a critical new cyber-security threat. In a paper released this month at a cyber-security symposium in Hangzhou, China, the researchers said...

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IT Security Professionals Speak Frankly about “Bring Your Own” Devices, Applications, Web Services, Cloud Storage and More

Sometimes the best learning opportunities are when IT security professionals sit around and talk to each other about their challenges, what they’ve tried for their own environments, what works and what doesn’t work. People need to talk to peers outside of their own organization to get a feel for what others are doing. This is the...

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Syrian Hackers Attack Media, Israeli Infrastructure

Anonymous backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have reportedly hacked the Twitter account of British broadcaster ITV and made a failed attempt to sabotage the water supply of Haifa in Israel. The attack on ITV last Friday took place just days after Twitter introduced its new “two-factor” authentication system in an attempt to...

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Is your company vulnerable to a DNS amplification attack? Maybe, but it’s in the hands of your Internet connectivity provider

In the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing more about a type of DDoS attack called a DNS amplification attack. In sending out a general alert about this type of attack, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) defined the problem as follows:   The basic attack technique consists of an attacker sending a DNS...

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