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We want it HARDER: City bankers survive simulated cyber-war

A Bank of England-sponsored exercise designed to test how well financial firms handle a major cyber attack has uncovered serious communication problems. Waking Shark II, which took place in November, was meant to test how investment banks and financial institutions held under a sustained assault by hackers. The overall …
John Leyden, 6 Feb 2014
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Playtime's over: Next NSA boss may be torn away from US cyber-war effort

The job of running both the NSA and the US Cyber Command – which tasked with defending Uncle Sam's military computer networks – may be split after their boss General Keith Alexander retires. Alexander became a four-star general after he took the combined roles of leading both the NSA and US Cyber Command following the creation …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2013
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'Chinese hack' scoops plan to Oz spook HQ

Australia is in the grip of a hacking scare, with its national broadcaster airing claims that Chinese attackers obtained copies of the plans for its new spooks' headquarters. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners program, copies of plans for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's new …

Forget the word 'cyberwar' says Marcus Ranum

Security veteran and CSO at Tenable Marcus Ranum has made a plea* for the world to stop using the expression “cyberwar”, for the very good reason that there's nearly no way in which it resembles war in the physical world. “How can you call something a domain of warfare when the most important properties of warfare cannot …
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'Lab-smashing' Stuxnet HELPED Iran's nuke effort, says brainiac

The Stuxnet worm may have actually pushed forward Iran's controversial nuclear programme over the long term. That's according to a report published by the Royal United Services Institute, an influential defence think tank in the UK. The infamous worm infected systems at Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz in 2009 and …
John Leyden, 21 May 2013
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South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

Banks and TV stations in South Korea have been hit by a debilitating attack on their computer networks. Three financial institutions - Shinhan, Nonghyup and Jeju - and two insurance firms as well as broadcasters KBS, MBC and YTN have either been partially or completely crippled by malware, it appears, according to South Korean …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013
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Dear gov cyber-ninjas, try NOT to KILL PEOPLE. Love from the lawyers

A NATO-backed manual that attempts to pull together all the bits of international law regarding the "hostile use" of the internet has prohibited attacks against civilian targets. According to the legal experts who helped draw up the manual, attacks in cyberspace should avoid anything that might affect civilian targets such as …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013
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Israeli cops penetrated by army of fake generals with trojans

Israeli police departments were pulled offline last Thursday following the discovery of a Trojan especially targeted at law enforcement networks in the Jewish state. The malware was distributed using spammed messages, spoofed so that they appeared to come from the head of the Israel Defense Forces, Benny Gantz. The malicious …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2012

Taiwan to ramp up cyberwar efforts

While budget constraints are crimping its overall military spending, Taiwan is to increase its outlays on cyberwar, according to the Taipei Times. The newspaper says the Ministry of National Defense has published plans to expand the Communication Electronics and Information Bureau, CEIB, adding a specialist “electronic and …
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Pentagon develops 'Plan X' for next-gen online combat

The Pentagon is asking for submissions for its next generation of online defenses with a workshop organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the tools to protect US networks. The Foundational Cyberwarfare (Plan X) Proposers’ Day Workshop will be held on September 27 at DARPA's conference …
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2012
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Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

Iran's military will establish a cyber-defence headquarters, the country's official news agency IRNA reports - just in time to sort out an alleged heavy-metal infection at its nuclear labs. The centre - staffed by an unspecified number of personnel - "would be commissioned to design and adopt comprehensive approaches in line …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012
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Iran: If the Madi cyber-strike was us it would've been another Stuxnet

Analysis Iranian state media has angrily rejected suggestions that the Madi cyber espionage campaign is anything to do with the Islamic Republic. Madi had claimed more than 800 victims located in Iran, Israel, Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to the results of an eight month investigation into the cyber-espionage tool by Kaspersky …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2012
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Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'

The Iranian government has warned of yet another cyberattack against its nuclear facilities. Iranian state television reports that the discovery of the assault followed the breakdown on Tuesday of international talks related to Iran's controversial nuclear programme, which Western governments allege is aimed at manufacturing …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2012
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Flame was scout ahead of Stuxnet attack on Iran nukes - US spooks

Flame was created by the US and Israel in order to collect intelligence on Iranian computer networks as part of the same covert operation that spawned Stuxnet. Anonymous US officials told the Washington Post that Flame was created as part of of the secret programme codenamed Olympic Games. Flame was designed as a means to map …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2012
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Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

CyCon 2012 Germany has confirmed that its military maintains an operational cyberwarfare unit with offensive capabilities. The admission, which appeared in parliamentary documents published on Tuesday, gave no details of the size of the unit much less any operations that it might have run. However documents delivered to the German …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2012
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Relax hackers! NATO has no cyber-attack plans - top brass

CyCon 2012 NATO does NOT need cyber-offensive capabilities, according to a senior military commander. Major General Jaap Willemse, who was speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon), said launching barrages of computer-based attacks is off the agenda for the Western military alliance, at least for the immediate …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2012
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US officials confirm Stuxnet was a joint US-Israeli op

Cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear program were a US-Israel effort started under the Bush administration and continued by President Obama, The New York Times reports. The confirmation from Obama-administration officials that Stuxnet was a joint US-operation comes from extracts from a forthcoming book, Confront and Conceal: Obama' …
John Leyden, 1 Jun 2012
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'Super-powerful' Flame worm actually boring BLOATWARE

Analysis Flame may be big in size but it's nothing like the supposedly devastating cyberwarfare mega-weapon early reports of the malware suggested. This new nasty is quite complex by design, yet researchers are still hunting for any truly evil and innovative attack techniques, or similar threats, within the code. The cyber-espionage …
John Leyden, 31 May 2012

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