Cybersecurity giant Symantec plays down unreported breach of test data

The American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government agencies.   The list extracted in the February incident, seen by Guardian Australia, suggests that all major federal government departments were among the targets of …


GOOGLE AND SISTER COMPANY TO OFFER CYBER SECURITY TO ELECTION GROUPS

Google and sister company Jigsaw are joining forces to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge as the broader tech industry seeks to fend off criticism that it is not doing enough to stop online efforts to distort elections. The growing frequency of politically-motivated online attacks — from the recent …


GERMAN CYBERSECURITY WATCHDOG RAISES ATTACK LEVEL

Germany has raised its alert level against cyber attacks to “heightened readiness” ahead of parliamentary elections, saying government websites are already subjected to daily assault, newspaper Welt am Sonntag said. “We are noticing attacks against government networks on a daily basis,” Arne Schoenbohm, president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), told the paper. …


CYBER SECURITY: EXPERTS WARN ON RISE OF HACKER RANSOMS

Smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom over personal data, cyber security experts have warned. Ransomware, which makes devices unusable until their owners pay to unlock them, has become increasingly prevalent in the past year, they say. Source: BBC Read the full story >


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CONGRESSMAN: WE NEED A NATIONAL GUARD FOR CYBERSECURITY

There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. Source: CNN Read the full story >


CIA ‘MISSION’ ON CARS SHOWS CONCERN ABOUT NEXT-GENERATION VEHICLES

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – WikiLeaks documents showing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency considered a “mission” against connected car technology underscores auto industry concern that the science behind the next generation of vehicles could be turned against them. Source: Yahoo Read the full story >


HOW WILL GOVERNORS ADDRESS CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2017?

The National Governors Association (NGA) 2017 Midyear meeting was held last weekend in Washington, D.C., and the top priorities included cybersecurity and innovative infrastructure strategies in the states. Here are top highlights and several next steps. Source: Government Security Read the full story >


NEW MALWARE ATTACK SHUTTERS LONDON HOSPITAL

A previously unseen malware is being blamed for an attack on a London hospital that forced the facility to shut down a segment of its systems for a few days as a precautionary measure. Source: SC Magazine Read the full story >


CYBER SECURITY NEED NOT COST A FORTUNE, SAYS RESEARCHER

Organisations can bolster their cyber security without incurring huge costs by tapping into free resources and following best practices, according to a security researcher. Source: Computer Weekly Read the full story >


CYBERSECURITY OF THE POWER GRID

Until 2015, the threat was hypothetical. But now we know cyberattacks can penetrate electricity grid control networks, shutting down power to large numbers of people. It happened in Ukraine in 2015 and again in 2016, and it could happen here in the U.S., too. Source: The Conservation Read the full story >


CYBER SECURITY SHOULD BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CTO

Cyber security has transitioned from an IT issue, to a business critical issue and its responsibility should lie with the CTO – according to Advanced’s Jon Wrennall. Source: Information Age Read the full story >