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Russian cybergroup eyes bank attacks

A group of Russian hackers known for targeting military, government and media organizations is now preparing to attack banks in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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House okays cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House voted 307 to 116 on Wednesday to approve the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.


Malware used in White House and State Department hacks possibly linked to Russia

The group of attackers behind cyberintrusions at the White House and the State Department last year used malware that bears strong similarities to cyberespionage tools suspected to be of Russian origin.


Pawn Storm cyberspy group targets NATO, other gov't agencies

Even though its activities were exposed last year, the Pawn Storm cyberespionage group has ramped up its efforts in recent months, targeting NATO members and potentially the White House.

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Time to let domestic-spy Patriot Act rules die

How long can you trust the judgement of people who think iPhone is a terrorist weapon and can't even lie effectively about how big a waste domestic surveillance programs have really been?

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U.S. sounds alarm on hacking of passenger jets, air traffic control

Millions of air passengers could be at risk if more isn't done to prevent hackers targeting aircraft and air traffic control systems, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.

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Deterrence will keep a lid on cyberwar, former spy chief says

Major sponsors of cyberwarfare forces are reaching a state of deterrence resembling the mutually assured destruction in nuclear weapons standoffs, former U.S. national intelligence director Dennis Blair said Tuesday.

Chinese hacker group among first to target networks isolated from Internet

An otherwise unremarkable hacking group likely aligned with China appears to be one of the first to have targeted so-called air-gapped networks that are not directly connected to the Internet, according to FireEye.

U.S. issues bogus, unenforceable ban of supercomputer chips for China

U.S. Department of Commerce uses bogus excuse to ban sale of Xeons for Tianhe-2 supercomputer, impacting nothing except Intel's sales.

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The 'Great Cannon' of China enforces Internet censorship

China is deploying an online tool that can be used to launch huge distributed denial-of-service attacks to enforce Internet censorship.

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Islamist hackers take French broadcaster TV5Monde off air

French-language TV network TV5Monde was hit by a crippling cyberattack Wednesday that disrupted broadcasting across its channels and also involved the hijacking of its website and social media accounts.

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In a mock cyberattack, Deloitte teaches business how to respond

Deloitte conducted a cyber incident war-game for the media on Tuesday to show how businesses should respond in the event of a cyberattack.

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Russian hackers accessed White House email

Hackers working for the Russian government were able to access President Obama's email system inside the White House, CNN reported Tuesday.

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Tech apocalypse! 9 doomsday scenarios

Far-reaching fallout awaits us at the littlest hack or glitch, thanks to our increasing reliance on hyperadvanced computing and vast communication networks.

Obama cyberattacker sanctions raise due process, attribution concerns

New U.S. government sanctions targeting the bank accounts of suspected cyberattackers raise questions about due process for people who feel they're wrongly accused and about how agencies will identify the source of attacks.

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Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle

The Mozilla Foundation plans to reject new digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center in its products, but will continue to trust certificates that already exist.


Update: Obama authorizes sanctions against hackers

President Obama signed an executive order allowing the U.S. government to impose sanctions on people, organizations and governments that conduct "malicious cyber-enabled activities" that harm the country.


Congress moves quickly on cyberthreat information sharing

Congress is moving forward quickly with legislation that would encourage private companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies, despite concerns that two leading bills weaken consumer privacy...

If it's your drone, you'd probably like to be the one deciding what it shoots at.

Pentagon aims to keep enemy from controlling its best weapons

Even if we keep our smartest weapons systems from being turned on us, we're still a little slow on the whole electronic warfare, thing, according to the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, tester.

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