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ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

Encrypted email provider ProtonMail is still being hit by a DDoS attack from what appears to be a nation state, as well as a secondary and separate lower-level assault from an identified assailant. However, the service is now operating normally, it seems. Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers an encrypted webmail system able to …
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TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops

Shares in TalkTalk dropped by 10.7 per cent this morning after the company released a statement admitting that a "cyber attack" may have exposed the data of its four million customers. TalkTalk is contacting all of its customers following what it called "a significant and sustained cyber attack" and intends to offer them free …
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EU plans tougher punishment for hackers – and their bosses

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve proposals to criminalise certain activity relating to cyber attacks last week. The proposals contain plans to make specified "legal persons" within companies liable for certain offences. "Legal persons would be liable for offences committed for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 3 Apr 2012
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Government plans cyberweapons programme

Whitehall officials have revealed that work has begun on a range of offensive cyberweapons to add to its defensive capability. It is understood that the Cabinet Office and the Cyber Security Operations Centre at GCHQ have taken the lead on the issue, and that in time there will be some input from the Ministry of Defence. The …
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UK public-sector union DDoS'd

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says that its website has been under sustained cyberattack for the past five days. A statement on the union's site, which is running slowly at time of writing, said on Monday that the union "has been experiencing ongoing severe technical problems that have affected some visitors' …
Team Register, 16 May 2011
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Israel mulls creation of elite counter-cyberterrorist unit

Israel is mulling the creation of a counter-cyberterrorism unit designed to safeguard both government agencies and core private sector firms against hacking attacks. The proposed unit would supplement the efforts of Mossad and other agencies in fighting cyberespionage and denial of service attacks. Israel is, of course, a …
John Leyden, 6 Apr 2011
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NASA systems dangerously at risk from cyberattack

An official audit of NASA's network has concluded that the space agency faces a high risk of cyberattack. Experts from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) paint a grim picture of the state of the space agency's server infrastructure, warning that vulnerabilities in its systems leave it open to defacement, denial of …
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2011
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Iran admits cyberattack hit nuke programme

The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today seemed to confirm speculation that the Stuxnet worm obstructed his regime's nuclear ambitions. "Several" uranium enrichment centrifuges were damaged by the virus, he told a press conference. "They were able to create problems on a limited basis for some of our centrifuges by …
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Polish government cyberattack blamed on Russia

A largely unsuccessful attack on Polish government systems last month reportedly originated in Russia. Details are scarce but it seemed that the attack coincided with the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two. Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported that the assault targeted Polish government systems and took …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2009
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Tories, LibDems under election day cyberattack?

The website of the Conservative Party was hit by a denial of service attack early on Thursday morning, just as Britons went to the polls for the most closely-watched European elections for years. The assault made the site largely unavailable between 7.23 and 8.20 on Thursday, after which service was restored more or less to …
John Leyden, 4 Jun 2009
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Chinese crackers blamed for US power blackouts

Chinese hackers have been blamed for two sets of cyber attacks that left US homes without electricity in recent years. Two blackouts in Florida and the Northeast were at least partially caused by Chinese crackers, computer security experts told the National Journal Magazine. The magazine bases its claims principally on Tim …
John Leyden, 2 Jun 2008

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