CONMAN SPARED PRISON FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUDS

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A conman who used a builder’s credit card to acquire expensive drills has narrowly avoided an immediate prison sentence. Magistrates heard how Stephen Wildgoose, 36, used the credit card at builders’ merchants in Workington and Penrith, claiming that he was entitled to use it to buy equipment. He admitted three…


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Security experts predict cyber attacks on critical infrastructure

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A survey by Intel Security and the Aspen Institute revealed that 18 per cent of US security professionals and three per cent of those in the UK believe an incident to be “extremely likely”. Such an attack could result in the loss of human life, the report said. More than…


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White House delays report on cybersecurity sprint

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The results of the White House’s 30-day cybersecurity sprint, which were supposed to be released Monday at the latest, will be delayed, FedScoop has learned. Sources tell FedScoop that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget is still assessing and analyzing data received from agencies during the sprint, with…


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Cyber fraud is big business here

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Financial fraud is big business, contributing to an estimated $20 billion in direct losses annually. Industry experts suspect that this figure is actually much higher, as firms cannot accurately identify and measure losses due to fraud, says the ASSOCHAM–PwC(PricewaterhouseCoopers) report titled ‘Current Fraud Trends in the Financial Sector’. The report…


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US Spy Chief James Clapper Says China ‘Lead Suspect’ In Cyber Hack

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A US Intelligence Chief, James Clapper, has accused China of being a “leading suspect” in the massive hack of a US government agency holding the personnel records of millions of Americans. Clapper is the highest-ranking US official to publicly implicate Beijing since news of the data breach emerged. The statement…


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Ministry of Defence fends off ‘thousands’ of daily cyber attacks

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High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email [email protected] to buy additional rights. The UK’s Ministry of Defence is being hit by “hundreds, if not…


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Hacked federal files couldn’t be encrypted because government computers are too old

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Millions of government employee records apparently stolen by Chinese hackers were not encrypted, and software designed to detect computer breaches has not been installed to cover most of the files, officials said Tuesday. The disclosure this month of two devastating hacks at the Office of Personnel Management has exposed vulnerable…


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Stop ignoring the ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’

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What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or — less box office but just as bad — the US Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents? The next day, the newspapers and morning TV shows would show pictures of the broken locks and…


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The OPM Hacking Scandal Just Got Worse

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The other day I explained in detail how the mega-hack of the Office of Personnel Management’s internal servers looks like a genuine disaster for the U.S. Government, a setback that will have long-lasting and painful counterintelligence consequences. In particular I explained what the four million Americans whose records have been…


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Cyber Attack Targeted Iran Nuclear Talks, Russian Lab Concludes

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A sophisticated computer virus was found at hotels linked to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Russian computer security company Kaspersky Labs announced Wednesday. The virus, which can allow hackers to use the target computers for surveillance, has been attributed to Israel. The Wall Street Journal reported that the virus was first…


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World Begins Another Day At Mercy Of 19-Year-Old Estonian Hacker

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TALLINN, ESTONIA—With the private data of national governments and entire global industries at his fingertips, sources confirmed this morning that yet another day had begun with the whole world helplessly at the mercy of 19-year-old Estonian computer hacker Jüri Pevkur. According to reports, as trillions of dollars in financial transactions,…


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South Africa’s cyber security deal with China is concerning: DA

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The recently signed Cyber Security Pact with China is cause for concern about South Africa’s attitude towards restrictions on Internet freedom and cyber surveillance of Internet users, according to the DA. The DA’s Marian Shinn said she has written to Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele, asking for details of the terms…


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Cyber expert: People are missing the real question we should ask about Israel spying on Iran talks

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The global cybersecurity firm that uncovered sophisticated spyware in the computers of European hotels hosting the Iran nuclear talks  has reported on the powerful Israeli-linked virus before. Interestingly, however, Kaspersky Lab — a Moscow-based firm — has only ever traced spyware with similar espionage capabilities as the “Duqu” code detailed…


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President Obama vouches for better cyber security at the G7 Summit

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During a news conference on June 8 at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Germany, President Barack Obama made it a point to focus on cyber security. The President claimed that the country needs to be as “nimble, aggressive, and well-resourced” as hackers who are breaking into some of…


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US Must Be More Aggressive on Cybersecurity, Obama Says

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President Barack Obama says the United States is going to have to be much more aggressive when it comes to cybersecurity, but he refused to say who he believes is behind the massive hacking of U.S. government computers revealed last week. Obama was questioned about the data breach at a…


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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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We are in the early years of a cyber war arms race, security guru Bruce Schneier warned delegates at the Infosecurity Europe exhibition on Wednesday. Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, said the much publicised Stuxnet attacks on Iran by the US and Israel in 2010, Iran’s attack on Saudi Aramco,…


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Congress: US military highly vulnerable to cyber attacks

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Congress wants the Pentagon to spend more than $200 million to identify holes in U.S. weapons and communications software that could allow foreign militaries to disrupt or defeat advanced arms in cyber attacks. The House version of the $612 billion fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill warns that despite a 2013…


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Incident response spend up as firms recognise cyber attacks are inevitable

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European firms are shifting their cyber security investment from traditional prevention and protection to detection and response capabilities, a study has revealed. The shift in spending is due to a realisation that cyber attacks are inevitable, according to the study by analysis and consultancy firm Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC). But…


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How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

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As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office. When President Obama took office back in 2009, “cybersecurity” was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn’t debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses, and the federal…


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FBI questions in-flight hacker who claims plane takeover

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A hacker told the FBI last week he has been able to crack aircraft computers on numerous occasions—as a passenger. According to the affidavit, Chris Roberts claims he caused a plane to move laterally and climb while he was connected to its onboard entertainment system. During an April 15 flight…


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