A classic cyber war?
It is again eventful times in cyberspace. It all started earlier this month with the entry of Russian troops into neighbouring Georgia’s South Ossetia, a region not reconciled to its present political status within Georgia, and with strong affinity for North Ossetia that is part of Russia. Reported in The Hindu Businessline
Public, private sectors at odds over cyber security
The government has largely argued that the private sector is better suited to tackle the problem. But big corporations say it's too big for them to handle.
By Joseph Menn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Three very big and very different computer security breaches that have dominated recent headlines did more than show how badly the Internet needs major repairs. They also exposed the huge rift between corporate America and the federal government over who should fix it, cyber-security experts say. Reported in La Times
Thousands of cyber attacks each day on key utilities Jonathan Richards
Computer networks controlling electricity supplies, telecommunications and banking are being attacked thousands of times a day in a new cyberwar against Britain waged by criminals and terrorists — some of them backed by foreign states — the Government has said. Reported in Times Online
Hacker gets into Federal Emergency Management Agency's phone system
The FBI is investigating more than $12,000 in calls made when a hacker broke into the Federal Emergency Management Agency's phone system.
Source: newschannel5 Reported in Crime-Research
Hackers attack Iraq's vulnerable computers
Ahmed Khathem, the head of Iraq's newly formed cybercrimes division, sits in a borrowed office, at a borrowed desk, working on a laptop borrowed from one of his subordinates.
It is his unit's lone computer, highlighting the country's vulnerability to a community of Iraqi hackers defacing websites and attempting to hack into sensitive internal networks.
Source: USAtoday.com Reported in Crime Research
Indian hacker alleged brain behind biggest cyber-heist
LONDON: An unknown Indian hacker is being charged with the greatest cyber-heist in history for allegedly helping a criminal gang steal identities of an estimated eight million people in a hacking raid that could ultimately net more than 2.8 billion pounds in illegal funds. Reported in Economic Times
Survey: IT staff would steal secrets if laid off
Computerworld UK — Most IT staff would steal sensitive company information, including CEO's passwords and customer details, if they were laid off, according to a new survey from Cyber-Ark.
A staggering 88 percent of IT administrators admitted they would take corporate secrets, if they were suddenly made redundant. The target information included CEO passwords, customer database, research and development plans, financial reports, M&A plans and the company's list of privileged passwords. Reported in IT World
Cyber-threat environment becoming increasingly severe
Today's cyber-threat environment is increasingly severe, compounded by the emergence of new types of attacks.
This is according to TippingPoint, an intrusion prevention company which also provides IPS-secured (intrusion prevention system) network. They say the situation is worsened by the shrinking time between the discovery of vulnerabilities and the development of ways to exploit them, plus the dissolving network perimeter. Reported in Network World
The new multiple face of Internet threats
E-mail viruses are so yesterday. These days, it's your browser that has online criminals salivating.
Network worms and viruses spread by mass e-mails are unlikely to ever become extinct, but they are no longer the primary weapon used by the bad guys of the virtual world to steal your identity or life's savings. Reported in Canada.com
Hard disks seized from 3 cyber cafes
21 Aug 2008, Ahmedabad/Vadodara: Three cyber cafes in Vadodara's old city area were searched by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch and local Special Operation Group (SOG) officials in connection with Ahmedabad blasts late on Wednesday after information that those behind the blasts, including computer expert Abdul Subhan alias Taufique Bilal from Mumbai, visited these cafes. The investigating team seized 28 hard disks from all three cafes and sent it to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) tests. Reported in Times of India
Dalhousie to help U.S. catch cyber terrorists
A major software project is underway by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to monitor levels of Internet traffic and detect possible security breaches — and Dalhousie University is going to help build it. Reported in The Chronicle Herald
More tools developed to crack cyber crimes
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Law enforcing agencies are now armed with more software tools to fight cyber crimes with a premier centre claiming to have developed them.
Emailtracer, CyberCheck, Siman and Calltrack are some of the softwares (sic) developed indigenously by the Resource Centre for Cyber Forensic (RCCF) here. Reported in Economic Times
Cyber forensic tools will soon be considered as evidence
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Evidence gathered using various cyber forensics tools developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) would soon be considered as evidence in cyber crimes.
Necessary amendments in this regard would be made in the IT Act, said Communication and Information Technology Minister A Raja. He was speaking at a function organised in connection with the dedication of the Resource Centre for Cyber Forensics (RCCF) at CDAC here to the nation on Saturday. Reported in NewIndPress
City turning a hackers' den
HYDERABAD: The source code theft involving a senior techie could be a highend cyber crime but the city's netizens have been witness to a range of cyber concerns from hacked email accounts, credit card frauds to the most common crime of posting pornographic material on the profiles of social networking site members.
And this has made internet security experts brand Hyderabad as a hackers' den. They say the city has become a haven for cyber crimes, and that among the southern Indian cities Hyderabad perhaps also ranks the highest on the cyber crime radar with city internet security firms receiving cases of corporate data theft, email frauds and impersonations and mobile phone related crimes. Reported in Times of India
Covering Cyber Threats
Companies spent more than $6.3 million on data breaches in 2007
By Greg Bordonaro
As companies face a host of new risks associated with their digital data, insurers are scrambling to create a whole new field of coverage: cyber liability.
Costly and legally troublesome problems ranging from data breaches to infringement cases are on the rise, and 43 states, including Connecticut, have passed laws spelling out rules for companies that experience them. Reported in Hartford Business