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New British Cyber defense force will protect industry – and “if needed, strike in cyberspace”

A new cyber defense force is being set up in the UK to protect critical private and government computer networks from attack – “if necessary, to strike in cyberspace,” Britain’s Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Future cyber attacks could attack medical implants – or wage “psychological war” in virtual reality, Europol warns

New hi-tech cyber attacks could threaten energy supplies, “wearable” computers – and even medical implants, according to a study conducted by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA).

Researchers “remote control” an $80 million yacht – and even aircraft could be vulnerable

A hi-tech spoofing attack took “remote control” of a 213-foot yacht – steering it off course, without anyone touching the steering wheel.

Lost in space? NASA “fell short” on cloud security, report finds

NASA is no stranger to peering into nebulae in space – but the space agency found itself perplexed by the more Earthbound puzzle of cloud computing security, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General.

NIST cybersecurity framework rolls on amid murmurs of regulation

What needs to happen before the President of the United States can stand before the American people and assure them that a comprehensive and good faith effort has been made to stop cyber attacks disrupting the delivery of essential goods and services? The NIST workshops are seeking answers to that question.

“Warning fatigue” means browser users ignore up to 70% of security alerts

Browser security warnings can work to protect users from phishing and malware sites – but “warning fatigue” means important alerts over site security can be conmpletely ignored.

Facial recognition system “reads” blood vessels for unbreakable security

A new biometrics system could “read” blood vessels under the skin using thermal imaging cameras – a system which its inventors claim would be “almost impossible to spoof.”

Old-school security? Kremlin orders $15,000-worth of electric typewriters

A Kremlin security agency has ordered $15,000 of electric typewriters – sparking international gossip about a return to “old school” security measures.

“Cyber-mercenaries” pose serious new threat, British government warns

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.

U.S. Government destroys $170,000 of PCS in malware scare – even mice and keyboards

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.

Natural gas plants in U.S. face wave of brute force cyber attacks

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).

Business secrets being stolen on “industrial scale” says UK spy agency chief

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 defends plan to recycle user IDs amid identity theft fears

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advanced U.S. weapons system designs are “compromised by hackers”

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.

“Stronger action” urged in face of IP theft from American companies

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 “woefully prepared” for cyber attacks, warns analyst

Electrical grids worldwide have become more susceptible to cyber attacks, due to the use of industrial control systems, according to market analysts ABI Research.

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