Governments around the world are recruiting “cyber-mercenaries” – groups of skilled cyber professionals who target institutions such as banks and energy companies, British politicians have warned.
A U.S. Government department threw away IT components including printers, computer mice and keyboards in an effort to root out a “sophisticated” and “persistent” malware threat – which did not exist.
Cybercriminals have targeted U.S. energy companies with a wave of brute force cyber attacks, according to the Industrial Control Systems Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).
Every month, around 70 sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns target government or industry networks, Sir Iain Lobban, head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said.
Yahoo defended its plan to recycle inactive user IDs this week, saying that it had put in place safeguards to prevent the recycled usernames being used for identity theft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designs for more than two dozen advanced weapons systems have been compromised by hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon. The hackers are said to be Chinese.
American companies are facing an “unprecedented” onslaught of data theft, costing “hundreds of billions”, according to a report by a private group headed by high-ranking ex-government officials.
Electrical grids worldwide have become more susceptible to cyber attacks, due to the use of industrial control systems, according to market analysts ABI Research.
The FBI has offered temporary security clearances to security officers from U.S. banks in order to share information into repeated cyber attacks which have disrupted online banking websites in recent months.
Cybersecurity is among the top defense priorities of the United States, the U.S. Navy’s top admiral said this week – on the same level as strategic nuclear weapons.
A proposed new law, the Deter Cyber Theft Act, would help defend U.S. companies against data theft and computer espionage by foreign interests, a bipartisan group of senators said this week.
China has accused the United States of being, “the real hacking empire” after a Pentagon report which said for the first time that cyber attacks on the U.S. were “directly attributable” to Beijing.
The Chinese government and military are behind large numbers of cyberespionage attacks directed at U.S. government computer systems, according to a Pentagon report released this week.
The new feature allows users to log in even if they have also lost access to their email account and cannot initiate a password reset.
Daily deals site LivingSocial has become the latest high-profile site to fall victim to hackers, after an attack accessed information for 50 million accounts last week.
The American banking system needs to prepare or further cyber attacks in the coming months, a leading financial stability group has warned.