Quantum Dawn 2 cyber war game to test defenses of U.S. banks

A simulated cyber attack with the Hollywood-esque title Quantum Dawn 2 will bombard the defenses of American banks on June 28 – in an exercise designed to test how Wall Street would endure a sustained hi-tech assault.

Britain launches £4m campaign to protect against small business cyber crime

The British government has launched the first stage of a £4 million ($6.1 million) campaign to educate consumers and small businesses about the dangers of cyber crime.

Hackers “could take over” surveillance cameras in banks and prisons, says ex-NSA man

Hackers could remotely attack security cameras commonly used in banks and prisons – and either spy on secure facilities or replace “real” video feeds with fakes, according to a U.S. security expert.

Microsoft liberates two million PCs from $500m cybercrime botnet

Microsoft has said that it has “liberated” two million PCs worldwide from Citadel botnets after an action on June 5 which targeted 1,400 networks.

Healthcare IT: seeking better outcomes through smarter security

Security of data in healthcare IT systems is critical to patient care and patient trust, yet on average data on 17,000 patients is exposed every day in America due to security breaches. Why is this and what does it portend for initiatives like telemedicine?

Cyber attacks “erode world economic growth”, says former White House official

Cyber attacks are damaging the world economy, a former White House official has warned, and leading economies need to put aside political differences to deal with the threat.

FDA issues cyber attack warning over 300 medical devices

Medical devices including heart defibrillators, patient monitors and anaesthesia devices include a dangerous password vulnerability which could be exploited by cyber attackers, according to the FDA.

Iranian election phishing campaigns thwarted by Google

Google claims to have spotted and disrupted several phishing campaigns in Iran – attempts to compromise tens of thousands of email accounts in the run-up to the country’s presidential elections this Friday.

Secure passwords – could sticking your tongue out be the password of the future?

A new era of secure passwords could be upon us with a facial password system that can unlock phones using facial expressions – with users required to stick tongues out or frown at the camera instead of typing a password.

Banks “ignore early warnings” of cyber attacks, says Australian security chief

Banks should look to spam emails and their own server errors as a source of information, says Nicholas Scott of National Australia Bank (NAB), speaking at the RSA Conference Asia-Pacific in Singapore.

British Prime Minister warned over Huawei security risks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned that telecoms equipment made by Chinse firm Huawei should be tested by security services to protect against cyber attacks.

FBI and Microsoft break up $500 million Citadel botnet

Microsoft and the FBI have broken up a large portion of the Citadel botnet – a network which had stolen $500 million from bank accounts in 90 countries around the world by installing keylogger software on five million machines.

Six months with Windows 8 (white paper)

ESET security researchers release white paper looking at the first six months of Windows 8. Just how secure is Microsoft’s new operating system?

Operation Hangover: more links to the Oslo Freedom Forum incident

In our previous post on Operation Hangover, we revealed the existence of an attack group, apparently operating from within India, who were mainly targeting systems in Pakistan. In this post, we will analyze the Mac OS X samples that have been linked to this group and will provide new evidence that the Mac and Windows spywares are related.

China has “mountains of data” on U.S. cyber attacks, top official claims

A top internet security official in China has said that his organization has “mountains of data” on U.S. cyber attacks against the country. Huang Chengqing, the director of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center of China (CNCERT), made the comments in the state-run China Daily newspaper, calling for greater cooperation between the two states on hacking.

Lock folders with fingerprint security in Windows 8.1 as biometrics becomes “integral”

The upcoming 8.1 update to Windows 8 will offer improved fingerprint security – including the option to secure folders using a fingertip, as well as signing into Microsoft accounts and authenticating online payments.

Silicon Valley “needs to lead” battle against cyber attacks, says ex-Homeland Security chief

Silicon Valley technology firms should take the lead in defending the private sector against cyber attacks, says Paul Rosenzweig, a former Department of Homeland Security official, now founder of Red Branch Consulting.

Fake iPhone charger can hack iOS in under 60 seconds

A fake iPhone charger could be used to bypass the defenses of Apple’s smartphone, three researchers from Georgia Tech have claimed. In an upcoming presentation at this summer’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, the researchers claim to have created a “malicious charger” which can inject software into an iOS device in under a minute.

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