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Survey: 92% think US government must react to foreign cyberattacks

It turns out 92 percent of Americans think the US government should take some form of action in retaliation for cyberattacks and data breaches, according to a survey from the Vormetric cybersecurity company. The US government is under attack by cybercriminals, and they are proving to be successful in their efforts to steal data and compromise networks.

 

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The survey found 45 percent of Americans believe the Obama Administration should initiate talks with the suspected country's leaders to stop future breaches. Thirty-six percent say trade sanctions should be created, and 31 percent believe diplomatic sanctions on a nation's representatives located in the United States should take place.

 

A surprising number of people think there should be more stringent measures, including 25 percent of respondents saying all ties should be cut off with the responsible country - and 10 percent even think a retaliatory cyberattack might help.

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Israel focusing more on cybersecurity as it faces nonstop attacks

Israel understands the importance of building a strong cybersecurity defense, as attacks on its critical infrastructure greatly increased over the past few years.

 

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Israel Electric, responsible for more than 80 percent of Israel's power production and infrastructure, saw cyberattacks increase from a few hundred per hour in 2013 - up to 20,000 per hour in 2014, according to reports. The Israeli government and major businesses are on a cybersecurity hiring spree, trying to help defend against evolving threats.

 

"You can't be a good defender unless you understand the offense," said Amos Yadlin, former military chief and head of the Tel Aviv University Institute for National Security Studies, in a statement to Bloomberg News. "Therefore, defensive efforts must overlap to some degree with offensive efforts, including those of intelligence collection."

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Doesn't look like Gov. Christie is a big fan of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden may have support from a lot of American citizens, but don't count New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a fan of the former NSA worker.

 

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Recently, Christie described Snowden as a "piece of garbage," and said he "wouldn't send the SEALs in to pick up that piece of garbage," when asked he would send in the special ops unit to retrieve the American.

 

Just a few months ago, Christie described Snowden's whistleblowing behavior as "treasonous" and that he "should be forced to come home... and face prosecution."

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Anonymous takes credit for hacking US Census Bureau

After Anonymous took credit for a data breach targeting the US Census Bureau, the agency is now investigating the incident. The Federal Audit Clearinghouse is responsible for collecting and storing audit information from local and state governments, Indian tribes and non-profit groups.

 

 

The Federal Audit Clearinghouse stores non-confidential information, including names, site user names, and organization addresses and phone numbers.

 

Don't worry, as all internal confidential information remains secure: "That information remains safe, secure and on an internal network segmented apart from the external site and the affected database," said John Thompson, director of the Census Bureau, in a blog post.

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Security issues plague contactless payments, Which? group finds

As there is a big push for consumers and retailers to adopt contactless payments, there are plenty of cybersecurity headaches that must be addressed.

 

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The Which? Consumer group noted that data from contactless debit and credit cards can be intercepted - and while not all data is taken - it's enough to make fraudulent purchases.

 

"Using an easily obtainable reader and free software to decode data, we were able to read the card number and expiry date from all 10 cards," said a spokesperson from Which?, in a statement published by Sky News. "We were also able to read limited details of the last 10 transactions, although no cards revealed the CVV security code."

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BlackBerry speaks about security efforts, as business focus changes

BlackBerry is looking for new business opportunities away from just smartphone handsets, and recently showed off a new line of security products. The company wants to continue its evolution from just a smartphone maker, and has focused more on software and cloud-based offerings.

 

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The full turnaround may take a bit longer than what the company previously predicted, and instead of it taking six months, could take an additional 12 to 18 months.

 

"I'm pretty satisfied with the progress on the turnaround so far," said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, in a statement to Reuters. "I laid out the $500 million software revenue target and I'm still comfortable with that commitment for this fiscal year, it looks good."

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FBI director warns of cyberattacks from terrorist groups

It looks like terrorists are communicating about different attack strategies to launch cyberattacks against the United States, according to FBI director James Comey.

 

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"We are picking up signs of increasing content," Comey said during the Aspen Security Forum. "It's a small but potentially growing problem." Comey didn't publicly discuss what types of attacks could take place - and any initial plans are relatively rudimentary - but shows increased concern from the US government.

 

Cybercriminals have found numerous ways to target US interests online, but there is specific concern of attacks against critical infrastructure. It would seem like organized foreign states, or state-sponsored hackers pose a greater concern, but terrorists could coordinate with hacker mercenaries.

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Pirated Jurassic World found seeding from Universal's office in France

Oops! It looks like a Universal Pictures studio in France may have been responsible for seeding a pirated version of Jurassic World from its office.

 

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Universal submitted a US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice to Google, asking it to block requests to hosted and linked copies of Jurassic World. One link was http://127.0.0.1:4001/#/fr, indicating it was a "localhost" machine. Movie studios typically use automated scanners to identify sources of their pirated content, and it would seem chaotic that the scanner identified a Universal machine.

 

It's not surprising that movie pirates have been all over Jurassic World, as it smashed box office records after its release on June 12. A Jurassic World sequel is planned for 2018, as the movie generated so much international box office revenue. In case you missed it, here is the TweakTown review of the film.

Authorities arrest four people with ties to JPMorgan Chase breach

Four men in the United States and Israel have been arrested for their alleged participation in a massive JPMorgan Chase data breach that took place last summer. It was originally believed the hackers were after financial data, but it looks like operators were more interested in a pump-and-dump stock operation.

 

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In March, federal authorities said they were a step closer to identifying - and apprehending - suspects behind the breach. The four have been tied to fraudulent investment schemes throughout the world, and haven't been charged with email theft or hacking. Instead, they likely wanted to use the email addresses to identify victims for their penny stock scam.

 

Yuri Lebedev and Anthony Murgio, living in Florida, have been charged with operating an unauthorized money-transfer operation that laundered bitcoins into hard currency for criminals. Information regarding those arrested in Israel remains scarce.

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Due to high-profile hack, Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4M vehicles

Following news that cybersecurity researchers were able to remotely hack an operational Jeep, it looks like Fiat Chrysler has issued a 1.4 million vehicle voluntary safety recall. This is the first time any automaker in the United States has issued a recall because of a cybersecurity threat - after hackers used the infotainment system to gain access to the vehicle.

 

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The security recall will include upgraded vehicle software that has enhanced security features able to resolve the problem. However, it looks like political leaders in Washington want a more proactive response, as more connected vehicles hit the road:

 

"There are no assurances that these vehicles are the only ones that are this unprotected from cyberattack," said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass), as he called upon the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to launch a full investigation. "A safe and fully-equipped vehicle should be one that is equipped to protect drivers from hackers and thieves. Both automakers and NHTSA should immediately take steps to verify that other similar vulnerabilities do not exist in other models that are on the road."

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