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Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

Businesses, Individuals Can Take Precautions Against Identity Theft

December 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Criminals stole personal information from tens of...

After E-Mail Leak, What's Next for Pascal?

December 16, 2014 7:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the...

For Data Breach Victims, Recovery a Difficult Road

December 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Target hack during last year's Black...

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Researchers Still Searching for Identity of Hackers

December 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they have a wealth of clues — but no clear answers — as to the identity of those behind a series of newly discovered cyberattacks targeting Russian and Eastern European embassies, oil companies and military officers.   The malware — nicknamed "Inception" — has been attacking mainly Russian or Eastern European targets in the fields of diplomacy, energy and finance.

North Korea Denies Role in Sony Hack

December 8, 2014 3:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.  Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

Attack on PlayStation Network Appears to be Unrelated to Sony Pictures Hack

December 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyberattack on the electronics and entertainment company.  Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo said Monday the problem lasted two hours but has been fixed globally. It said the cause is under investigation, but there is no sign of any material being stolen.

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Video: The Resilient Technology Collaborative

December 5, 2014 11:32 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Fred Bowne, Managing Principal at Aristata and and Director of the Resilient Technology Collaborative, discusses the goals of the RTC and how they hope to help business continuity professionals solve shared tech challenges from across the industry.

Experts Say It is 'Unlikely' That North Korea Perpetrated Sony Hack

December 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.  Speculation has been rampant that the hard-line communist state sponsored last week's hack in anger over the new Sony movie "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play television journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Chinese Nationals Arrested in Kenya had Equipment to Hack Government Servers

December 5, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Kenya are consulting technical experts to determine if 77 Chinese nationals arrested with advanced communications equipment in several houses in an upscale Nairobi neighborhood were committing espionage, an official said.  The Chinese were arrested since the weekend with equipment that Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper said was capable of hacking into government servers.

Video: Understanding the Implications of the Cloud in Your BC and DR Program

December 2, 2014 10:51 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Tim Mathews, Executive Director of Enterprise Resiliency for Educational Testing Service, discusses the impact the cloud could have on your BC/DR program, the risks it brings and why having an exit strategy in case data needs to be moved again is critical. 

Internal Systems at Sony Brought Down by Hack

December 2, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.  Sony's corporate email and other internal systems were knocked offline, according to reports.

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'Anonymous' Hacks Florida City's Websites

December 2, 2014 8:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least two of Fort Lauderdale's official websites were down temporarily after threats from the hacker group Anonymous over the city's ban on feeding the homeless.  The sites FortLauderdale.gov and FLPD.gov were offline for several hours Monday but back up later that evening.

Cars Could Become Targets for Hackers

November 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road.  In these and other connections, hackers see opportunity.

Home Depot Reports Profit Increase, But Can't Account for All Possible Losses from Breach

November 21, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers.  The nation's biggest home improvement retailer stuck to its outlook for all of 2014, but said that it could not account for all possible losses from a data breach it revealed in September that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

Polish Electoral Commission Targeted by Hackers

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Computer hackers have attacked the website of Poland's electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch, officials said Wednesday.  The State Electoral Commission said while the website hacking incident didn't add further difficulties to the vote counting process, it ordered its officials to change their passwords.

Hack Causes State Department to Shut Down Entire E-Mail System

November 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack.  A senior department official said "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network.

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Up to 70 Percent Of Cyber Attacks Start Internally

November 14, 2014 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Jeff Reinke and Bridget Bergin of Manufacturing.net discuss cyber attacks and how an overwhelming number of those attacks start internally.  Topics covered include fog computing, security within a network’s infrastructure, and the open source nature of IoT.

Large Banks to Pay Nearly $3.4 Billion in Fines

November 13, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank and UBS agreed to settlements totaling almost $3.4 billion with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The British regulator said Barclays remains under investigation.

Hackers Breach Computer Systems at National Weather Service

November 13, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers from China were able to breach government computer systems at the agency that oversees the National Weather Service, according to the chairman of a Congressional subcommittee that oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's budget.

Cyber Security a Serious Focus for Tibet Activists

November 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments.  The Internet safety slogan, one of several messages championed by digital security group Tibet Action Institute, is an example of how human rights defenders are seeking creative ways to protect activists from electronic espionage.

Inside the Mind of a Hacker: Jeremy Hammond

November 11, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacktivist for more than a decade, Hammond, 29, was arrested in 2012 after penetrating the U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, whose clients include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department.  He'd been working with a subgroup of the loose-knit hacking movement "Anonymous" when a member of the group enlisted him to help break into Stratfor's systems.

Effort to Protect Sensitive Data Struggling to Keep Pace with Cyberattacks

November 11, 2014 7:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

'Dark Web' an Increasing Concern for Government, Business

November 10, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Welcome to the "dark Web," an increasingly popular corner of the Internet where thousands of computer users from around the globe interact anonymously — and, in many cases, illegally.  The reach and anonymity of these 21st century Internet operations is difficult to penetrate.

New Security Measures in Place for Healthcare.Gov

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law.  Last year's chaotic debut of the program did not allow time to complete security testing.

British Journalists Admits to Hacking Voicemails

November 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story.  Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27.  The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges.

Russian Hacker to be Extradited to the United States

November 5, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government has approved the extradition to the United States of a Russian citizen accused of participating in a hacking ring that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen corporations and stole at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers.

Why Someone Else’s Data Breach Affects You

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn, Lootok | Lootok Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn of Lootok discuss how data breaches, even those at other organizations, can effect your company.  They discuss how cyber crime has a "ripple effect" and how effective business continuity planning can prevent attacks.

Breach Compromises Employee Records, Costs USIS Hundreds of Millions in Lost Contracts

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries said.  

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