‘Hack-proof’ quantum internet networks closer to reality, studies say

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A powerful quantum internet that’s impervious to hacking is a little closer to reality thanks to breakthroughs outlined in two new studies this week. But an expert warns the super-secure quantum-based network may still be at least a decade away. Quantum physics and the pursuit of an “unhackable” internet rely…


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Social media ‘bots’ distorting global politics

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Washington – A wave of “computational propaganda”, largely driven by Russia, is impacting politics around the world by spreading misinformation designed to manipulate public opinion, researchers said on Tuesday. The Oxford University team presented research in Washington on the use of automated programs or “bots” on social media aimed at…


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Artificial Intelligence: Cybersecurity friend or foe?

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Security strategies need to undergo a radical evolution. Tomorrow’s security devices will need to see and interoperate with each other to recognise changes in the networked environment, anticipate new risks and automatically update and enforce policies. The devices must be able to monitor and share critical information and synchronise responses…


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The Number of Employment-Related Identity Theft Victims Is Significantly Greater Than Identified

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WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service (IRS) processes are not sufficient to identify all employment identity theft victims, according to a report issued today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Employment-related identity theft occurs when an identity thief uses another person’s identity to gain employment. Taxpayers may first…


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U.S. education officials contact University of Oklahoma over cybersecurity

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The U.S. Department of Education has been in contact with the University of Oklahoma regarding a lapse in security protocol that allowed anyone with a campus-issued email to search for and view sensitive student records. The now corrected cybersecurity error enabled anyone with an @ou.edu email to search for records…


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Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage

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The global cybercrime epidemic – predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 – is creating an unprecedented shortage of cybersecurity workers. These 10 facts, figures, statistics, and observations sum up the employment crisis – and offer a few ideas and programs that may help solve the problem:…


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Trump’s cybersecurity EO is ‘terrible’ says former AT&T CISO, recommends focus on 3 areas

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Ed Amoroso, the former chief security officer of AT&T, once wrote a blog post grading the previous administrations in Washington in cybersecurity. They all rated badly. That included the recent Obama administration, which Amoroso said, got “too wrapped up in privacy.” He gave the Obama administration a simple recommendation on…


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Hacked: How Business Is Fighting Back Against the Explosion in Cybercrime

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Business is under assault from cybercriminals like never before, and the cost to companies is exploding. Here’s what you need to know about safeguarding your digital assets. 1. Under attack In the summer of 2015, several of New York’s most prestigious and trusted corporate law firms, including Cravath Swaine &…


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After burglary, customers using Applebee’s Entree Express in March and April should check credit for identity theft

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On June 20, 2017, at about 6:00 am, Applebee’s restaurant located on Hilltop Dr. had a storage area broken into. Two boxes of receipts were stolen during the burglary. The records taken were Entree Express receipts for the months of March and April 2017. The records stolen had patrons’ names,…


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Norwalk UPS Driver Charged With Identity Theft In Wilton Cell Phone Scheme

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WILTON, Conn. — A UPS driver from Norwalk was arrested for taking part in a scam where cell phones were fraudulently bought online and delivered to homes in Wilton without the homeowner’s knowledge, according to police. In April the Wilton Police Department received two separate complaints from residents of Tolland…


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A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’

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There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer at IDT,…


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Wikileaks dumps info on ‘Brutal Kangeroo’, the CIA’s malware toolkit for hacking ‘air-gapped’ networks

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CIA’s Brutal Kangeroo malware suite likened to Stuxnet Wikileaks has revealed yet more information about the CIA’s trove of malware tools, this time revealing how it takes on ‘air gapped’ networks – computers and networks not attached to the internet for security reasons. “Brutal Kangaroo is a tool suite for…


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Ministers and senior police have their computer PASSWORDS sold online after their details were stolen by Russian hackers

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The three most common passwords associated with police email addresses were ‘police’, police1′ and ‘password’ SECRET computer passwords belonging to cabinet ministers, ambassadors. civil servants and police chiefs have been sold online by Russian hackers, it’s been reported. Sensitive email addresses and passwords used by education secretary Justine Greening and…


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Hacking as civil disobedience: A dichotomy for Americans

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Although it’s fueled by a cultivated institutional distrust, it is illegal. This is true even though the definition of data as property is tangled. On June 16, the criminal trial of Jeronimo Yanez in the matter of Philando Castile concluded with the jury finding Yanez not guilty on all counts….


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Hundreds of thousands of Virgin Media customers advised over hacking risk

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Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it. The company said the risk to customers with a Super Hub 2 router was “small” but advised them to change both their network…


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Two Men Arrested for Hacking Microsoft

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British police announced today they arrested two suspects part of an international group that hacked into Microsoft’s network. The two suspects are a 22-year-old man from Lincolnshire and a 25-year-old man from Bracknell. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) arrested the two this morning, searched their homes for…


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Hackers Leaked ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Despite Receiving $50,000 Ransom

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A hacking group known as The Dark Overlord that has been terrorizing Hollywood in recent months reportedly received $50,000 in ransom money before leaking the latest season of the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black in May. Variety is reporting that the hacking collective confirmed that it demanded…


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Germany Just Gave Cops More Hacking Powers to Get Around Encryption

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Hacking may soon be used to combat money laundering, cash counterfeiting, drug trafficking, and over 30 other crimes. Cops are getting comfortable with hacking. Already, agencies across the world are using malware or other techniques to identify child pornographers, bomb hoaxers, and stalkers. But, in the continuing battle over the…


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Court Strikes Defense Answer After Finding Hacking of Emails

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A Manhattan judge has struck a defendant’s answer in a media-based breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition suit, after finding that 2,000 emails, including attorney-client privileged information possessed by plaintiffs, had been hacked and stolen. “The hacking of plaintiffs’ email during litigation can only be seen as an attempt…


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Hacking group CyberTeam claiming responsibility for Skype outage, threatens Steam

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A hacking group called CyberTeam has taken responsibility for an attack against Skype that has impacted that service for the last two days and said the gaming site Steam is next on their target list, but whether this assertion is true remains in doubt. As of June 21 CyberTeam’s claim…


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