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AI-powered IT security seems cool – until you clock miscreants wielding it too

Comment We're hearing more about AI or machine learning being used in security, monitoring, and intrusion-detection systems. But what happens when AI turns bad? Two interesting themes emerged from separate recent studies: the growth of artificial intelligence coupled with concerns about their potential impact on security. A survey of …
David Gordon, 1 Oct 2018

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The Australian teen who last month admitted hacking into Apple's internal network and stealing data from the Cupertino giant has been spared jail. A magistrate judge in the Melbourne children's court sentenced the young man – now an adult at 19 but who was 16 at the time he broke the law – to eight months probation with no …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2018

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

Comment A cybersecurity czar has been a long-established presence in US government – until recently. Against a rising tide of attacks on the nation's infrastructure and election systems, Donald Trump eliminated the post through an executive order in May. As if to highlight the deficiency of such a move, just two months later the US …
David Gordon, 27 Sep 2018
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The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

Analysis Nothing super-fuels a security sales pitch like the sort of threat it’s hard to ignore. After China’s massive Aurora attacks on Gmail in 2009, it was the terror of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) that helped make fortunes for a new wave of security startups, post-incident forensic companies, and others peddling intelligence …
John E Dunn, 22 Sep 2018
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C'mon, biz: Give white hats a chance to tell you how screwed you are

There have never been more white-hat researchers hunting for vulnerabilities on internet-facing systems and yet barely any organisations provide a way for them to report the issues they find. In theory, the easiest way is to publish a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP), yet recent research here and here (PDFs) from bug …
John E Dunn, 18 Sep 2018

Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

Equifax was so unsure how much data had been stolen during its 2017 mega-hack that its IT staff spent weeks rerunning the hackers' database queries on a test system to find out. That's just one intriguing info-nugget from the US Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report, Actions Taken by Equifax and Federal Agencies in …
John E Dunn, 17 Sep 2018
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Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job

Motorists tend to believe speed limits are a good idea and that everyone should stick to them. They know that when they break the limit the risk of an accident rises. But they also "know" that it is everyone else breaking the speed limit that pose the real danger. When it comes to cybersecurity insider threats, it appears that …
David Gordon, 14 Sep 2018
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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

Analysis If Equifax's mother-of-all-security-disasters last year underlined one thing, it was that big companies think they can weather just about anything cybercriminals – and regulators – can throw at them. One unpatched web server, 147 million mostly US customer records swiped, and a political beating that should pulverise a company …
John E Dunn, 12 Sep 2018
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Email security crisis... What email security crisis?

In late August, Microsoft announced a free service that arguably reveals more about the future of the email business and its struggles with security than several years' worth of earnest press releases. Called AccountGuard, it's Microsoft's answer to the phenomenon of Russian phishing meddling with the US elections and the …
John E Dunn, 11 Sep 2018
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Could you hack your bosses without hesitation, repetition or deviation? AI says: No

Comment Businesses find themselves in a world where the threat to their networks often comes not simply from a compromise of their computers, servers, or infrastructure, but from legitimate, sanctioned users. There is nothing new about the notion of cyber-attackers seeing human beings as their biggest target. For years, real-world …
John E Dunn, 7 Sep 2018
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Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

Analysis Not since the days of the US Clipper chip in the early 1990s, have backdoors put there by government decree to bypass encryption been this fashionable with governments. Clipper – an encryption chipset with a US-government-accessible backdoor backed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) – foundered on the stubborn resistance …
John E Dunn, 6 Sep 2018
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Black hats are baddie hackers, white hats are goodies, grey hats will sell IP to kids in hoodies

The threat from rogue insiders, for so long dismissed as scare stories, has quietly bubbled back on to the official worry list. High-profile cases – like that brought against Anthony Levandowski over IP he was accused of stealing from Google's Waymo car division, and Jiaqiang Xu, who got five years in the clink for stealing …
John E Dunn, 28 Aug 2018
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Uni credential-swiping hack campaign linked to Iranian government

US infosec biz Secureworks reckons it has uncovered a login credential-hoovering operation linked to Iran that targeted universities across a number of Western nations. Secureworks' Counter Threat Unit (CTU) found a mass credential-stealing campaign targeting over 70 universities in 14 countries, including Australia, Canada, …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Aug 2018
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Castaway hacker guilty of sedating children's hospital computers

A self-styled Anonymous hacker who attempted to flee the US in a sailboat has been convicted of two felonies for his role in a 2014 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on a children's hospital. A jury in the Massachusetts US district court found Martin Gottesfeld guilty this week on charges of conspiracy to …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2018
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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

For hackers unpatched servers are the best thing since sliced bread. From Heartbleed to WannaCry, slow-to-update servers invite attackers in with a red carpet. Many of the most significant breaches were caused by unpatched servers, and analysts expect things to only get worse. Will we ever rid ourselves of the need to update …
Guy Podjarny, 15 May 2018
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World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed

Cops yesterday cuffed IT admins behind the "world’s biggest DDoS marketplace", webstresser.org, Europol confirmed today. Europol said Webstresser.org had 136,000 registered users and four million attacks measured by April 2018, targeting online services from banks, government institutions, police forces and the gaming world. …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2018
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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

A teenager from Leicestershire, England, has admitted to trying to hack US government officials including the director of the CIA and Obama's Director of National Intelligence. Kane Gamble, 18, pleaded guilty on Friday to 10 charges at Leicester crown court. Other targets included Avril Haines, Barack Obama’s deputy national …
Kat Hall, 6 Oct 2017
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Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

HBO is the latest entertainment giant to have its precious content stolen and leaked by hackers, including program episodes and possibly Game of Thrones scripts. The security breach reportedly includes the script or a script treatment for next week's Game of Thrones episode, meaning fans will be disappointed to realize it's …

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