Small Is Beautiful for Cyber Criminals

Hackers are increasingly targeting small companies for cyber-attack and the amount of malware directed at mobile operating systems is rapidly escalating, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report for 2012. The report, issued last month, said half of all targeted attacks last year were aimed at businesses with fewer than...

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Commission Calls For ‘Aggressive’ Anti-Hack Laws

A high-level commission into the theft of US intellectual property (IP) has made wide-reaching recommendations on tightening cybersecurity, including “aggressive” changes to the law to bring it  up to date with rapidly evolving computer crime. The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, chaired by former...

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Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Could Cause Disaster

Critical infrastructure in the US –  including the energy sector with its nuclear power facilities – is increasingly coming under cyber attack from hostile nations and a range of other hackers, with potentially disastrous consequences. The warning was issued earlier this month by Charles Edwards, deputy inspector general of the...

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Stuxnet May Have Been a Flop, Report Says

A new report published by a respected British think tank has challenged the conventional wisdom that the Stuxnet worm was a major setback to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Ivanka Barzashka, a researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, said in the  report  – based largely on data from the...

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Possible Stuxnet Defense Developed

Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have developed an innovative way of protecting networked control systems from cyber attack – raising the possibility of a defense against Stuxnet-type sabotage. A release from NCSU (http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-chow-dncs/) said Dr. Mo-Yuen Chow and PhD student Wente Zeng had...

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