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Seoul, Toyko Pledge to Work with US to Combat Cyber Crime

December 22, 2014 11:10 am | by Phys.org | Comments

South Korea and Japan have vowed to work closely with the US to combat cyber crime, after Seoul blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures.                         

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Attack Code Puts Servers at Risk

December 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Several critical vulnerabilities in the protocol implementation used to synchronize clock settings over the Internet are putting countless servers at risk of remote hijacks until they install a security patch, an advisory issued by the federal government warned.

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China Condemns Cyber Attacks, Says No Proof North Korea Hacked Sony

December 22, 2014 10:44 am | by Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland, Reuters | Comments

China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyber attacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said.                    

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South Korea Nuclear Plants Stage Cyberattack Drill

December 22, 2014 10:32 am | by Phys.org | Comments

South Korea's nuclear power plant operator launched a two-day drill Monday to test its ability to thwart a cyber attack, after a series of online information leaks by a suspected hacker.                  

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Gingrich Declares First US Cyberwar Lost

December 19, 2014 10:46 am | Comments

Former Speaker for the House Newt Gingrich declared in a tweet that: “With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.” This is the weirdness of modernity.

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US Must Defend Against Hackers

December 19, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

If we are lucky, the successful terrorist cyberattack against Sony Pictures will shock the U.S. government into more vigorously defending its people and businesses from hackers. If we are unlucky, that turning point won’t come until somebody uses cyber weapons to kill Americans, an attack that many experts believe is inevitable.

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Good Hackers Don't Leave Evidence

December 19, 2014 10:29 am | Comments

Over the past few years, there have been several high-profile cyber crimes against large companies, including Target and Home Depot, that have resulted in little, if no, consequences for the criminals. So, how often do hackers get caught?

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Darker DarkNet Emerging Since FBI Takedowns

December 19, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

Since last month's FBI shutdown of online drug marketplace Silk Road, the site now known as the leading online black market for illegal drugs - Evolution Marketplace - has seen explosive growth in its offering of drugs and other illegal items.  

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Cyber Crime Scene Procedures

December 19, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

Federal IT and security professionals can take a few tips from law enforcement and learn to secure technological "crime scenes," assess the damage and report on how an attack was carried out.                                       

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Measure DNA Molecules Using Smartphone Microscope

December 19, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

Researchers from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have reported the first demonstration of imaging and measuring the size of individual DNA molecules using a lightweight and compact device that converts an ordinary smartphone into an advanced fluorescence microscope.

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South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.

DNA Linking Lab Worker to Murder Likely Contaminated

December 19, 2014 9:21 am | Comments

The DNA evidence linking a one-time San Diego police lab worker to the 1984 murder of a 14-year-old girl was likely the result of cross-contamination, an attorney for his family said Thursday.  

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Secret Service Understaffed, Needs Leadership

December 19, 2014 9:17 am | Comments

The Secret Service “is stretched to and, in many cases, beyond its limits” and needs to hire 85 agents and 200 uniformed officers to sufficiently perform its mission, according to a report released on Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security.

Coolpad Android Devices Have Built in Backdoor

December 18, 2014 11:13 am | Comments

Security researchers have discovered a backdoor in Android devices sold by Coolpad, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer. The “CoolReaper” vuln has exposed over 10 million users to potential malicious activity. Palo Alto Networks reckons the malware was “installed and maintained by Coolpad despite objections from customers”.

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Spearfishing Attack Hooks ICANN

December 18, 2014 11:02 am | Comments

A "spearfishing" attack aimed at US-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hooked staff members with emails crafted to appear as though they were sent from peers using "icann.org" addresses, according to a blog post.

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Cyberattack on Syria Suggests Work of Islamic State Group

December 18, 2014 10:56 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | Comments

A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal. Internet watchdog Citizen Lab says an attempt to hack into systems operated by dissidents within the self-styled caliphate could be the work of hackers affiliated with the Islamic State group.

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