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They've only gone and made a chemical-threat-detecting ring

Smartwatches and Fitbits might be the cool wearables du jour, but they're hardly able to tell you if you're standing in a cloud of noxious chemicals. However, a team of boffins hopes to some day fill this, er, gap in the market with their hip prototype, the broad goal of which is to help keep you alive. Juliane Sempionatto, …
Andrew Silver, 11 Oct 2017
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The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

Analysis The British government is publicly threatening to stop giving defence contracts to American aerospace firm Boeing – even though this is laughably unrealistic. Both the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary have, over the last couple of days, warned Boeing that it is undermining its relationship with the UK, in financial …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2017
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Australian Dept Defence pulling kit out of China-owned Global Switch

Paranoia will set the Australian government back AU$200 million between now and 2020, with the country's defence department deciding Chinese part-ownership of data hotel Global Switch represents a security risk. Global Switch is one of many companies with a place on the Federal government's data centre panel, and has operated …
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Japan investigating defence network break-in

Japanese defence officials are investigating a reported penetration of the country's high-speed Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) network. The attacks, which Bloomberg attributes to a possible state-based actor, took place in September but have only now come to light. The DII network is shared by the country's Defence …
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Google tries to cross out XSS attacks by releasing its own test tool

Google has spent more than US$1.2 million (£920,400, A$1.6 million) in the last two years paying researchers for reporting cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks and has kicked off an effort to help crush the threat. XSS attacks are one of the most pervasive and enduring web application security threats because they allow …
Darren Pauli, 27 Sep 2016
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Hopeless Vic agencies have two years to hit infosec best practice

Government agencies in the Australian state of Victoria will have two years to move from near ground zero to stand up fully-fledged and updated information security, risk, and governance policies. The requirements are a big ask for agencies in the southern state, previously described as in information security turmoil after …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2016

Australia's Defence Department tips AU$12M to seat spies with students

The Department of Defence has tipped A$12 million (£6.1 million, US$9.1 million) into an information security facility to attract new blood by housing signals spooks alongside Australian National University academics. The "unusual" pairing is hoped to attract skilled students into the information security field and the country …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jun 2016
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Defence bankrolls Oz Govt's infosec threat sharing strategy

Budget 2016 The Department of Defence will haemorrhage A$122.2 million and the National Innovation and Science Agenda A$38 million to implement the Federal Government's A$230 Cyber Security Strategy, budget papers reveal. The funding Strategy announced last month was welcomed by many in security circles and seated information security …
Darren Pauli, 4 May 2016

SANS man lists five security things you're not doing but should

SANS Institute dean of research and head of the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) Johannes Ullrich has given systems admins some some light weekend reading with a list of five neglected security controls that "nobody implements". Ullrich reckons that if put these controls in place your security posture will improve and things …
Darren Pauli, 8 Apr 2016
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Oz defence to get $25 bn to spend on digital defences

Australia has reiterated its commitment to the Toothless Tiger Moth, with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing an expansion of defence capital and personnel. Ahead of the long-awaited defence white paper, due for release this week, the federal government has said it will meet former prime minister Tony Abbott's promise …

Pentagon can't check F-35 maintenance thanks to insecure database

The US Pentagon is unable to check in on key maintenance of the hugely expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) thanks to information security failings with a Lockheed Martin database. Engine and airframe maintenance data contained in the database is inaccessible because it is non-compliant with US Cyber Command's security …
Darren Pauli, 3 Feb 2016
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China wants international peace pact online and under water

China has outlined its preferred framework for international rules on internet governance, couching them as a push for peaceful development of the four “new frontiers” of “outer space, cyberspace, deep sea and polar regions.” Wang Qun, China's ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and director-general of the nation's Ministry …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Pentagon on manual mission to build nation-wide security database

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems. The scorecard is at present a manual effort to help identify vulnerabilities and propose the means …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015

Sysadmins: Your great power brings the chance to RUIN security

Risk management bod Kris French Junior has offered 10 tips to help security teams bin their boring, technical, and uniformed education schemes The Hyland Software education aficionado takes aim at what he sees as pervasive checkbox compliance-driven and complicated training programs that lack the excitement and pizazz of crowd …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2015

Microsoft gives EMET divine powers to repel God Mode attack

Microsoft has released an update to its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) that kills off an attack known as God Mode and improves Windows' defensive capabilities. The toolkit is designed to better protect Windows systems by diverting, terminating, and blocking the most common attacks. It hardens legacy applications …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2015
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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

BAE Systems, which has been working with the US Navy on its futuristic railgun weapon project, has suggested the Mach 7 electromagnetic metal-slinger could be useful for the next generation of the US Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The Brit company made the comments at the Association of the US Army annual conference, …

Vulnerable utilities, telcos, top of new Aussie natsec centre's to-do list

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) will increase its headcount from 90 to 150 as soon as possible, then grow to full capacity of 300 seats by year's end. The centre's opening was delayed to allow staff to move into the new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) ASIO building to avoid burning taxpayer …
Darren Pauli, 16 Oct 2014

Feds charge three in brain-ache $15m Pentagon payroll pillage plot

Three men have been indicted in the US for trying to steal at least $15m by hacking into the Department of Defence's payroll service and customer accounts at 14 different financial institutions. The US Attorney's office in New Jersey has charged two men from Kiev in Ukraine, Oleksiy Sharapka and Leonid Yanovitsky, and a third …

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