Is Russia unhackable? Kremlin computer networks can’t be cracked, claim officials

The Kremlin’s state computer networks holding sensitive government data “can’t be hacked” because they are not connected to the internet, a Russian internet security official has said. Sergei Plugotarenko, director of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC), a major internet watchdog, was responding to recent reports that US military…

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A Cyber Agency for Cyber Terror

Cyber espionage in India is not a new concept but has been in existence for the last decade. It may be carried out by an insider or an outsider by exploiting the vulnerabilities in the cyber security of an organisation. The real problem lies in the fact that cyber espionage…

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U.S. is also guilty of cyberspying

U.S. is guilty of its own cyberspying Writer Eli Lake’s Opinion piece on the hacking of computers at the Democratic National Committee lists reasons to explain why the United States is treating this incident less sternly than cyberattacks by China, Iran and North Korea [“Why Russia gets away with hacking,”…

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Turkey blocks WikiLeaks after mass e-mail leak

The Turkish government has blocked access to the WikiLeaks Web site in the country after the whistle-blower organisation released nearly 300 000 e-mails from president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The country’s Internet watchdog, TIB, said an “administrative measure” had been taken against the Web site…

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Cyber Justice Against Foreign Hackers

A number of high-profile cases involving international cyber attacks on the U.S. have been unsealed for the public. The incidents, released by the Department of Justice, involve everything from hacking U.S. banks to online hoaxes regarding a terrorist attack, and hacking critical infrastructure sectors—including a defense contractor and a New…

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Weaponization of cyber by terrorists

While non-state actors today are not on par with nation states as far as cyber capabilities are concerned, terrorist groups, criminals, hackers and the like could possess destructive capabilities enjoyed by a small circle of nations in the not-so-distant future. According to Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber…

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US begins to engage cyber war against Isis

The US has begun waging cyber warfare against Isis, defence secretary Ashton Carter has confirmed. As the Financial Times reports, Carter said he has issued orders to the US Cyber Command to launch online attacks against the fundamentalist group. Speaking to the paper, he said: “I have given Cyber Command…

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Coast Guard Unveils New Cyber Strategy

The Coast Guard’s leadership has outlined a new cyber strategy while renewing long-standing complaints that a lack of funding has hamstrung proven efforts to interdict drug trafficking. The leadership last week put forward arguments for increased support of a unique service with law enforcement authority under the Department of Homeland…

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The ever-evolving cyber threat to planes

Hackers and cyber-terrorists present an ever-evolving threat to airlines, with experts constantly testing for new vulnerabilities—including the fear that drones could be used to throw a plane off course. Most agree hacking a plane would be a near-impossible feat, but some professional hackers have claimed airline computer systems are riddled…

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