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SCADA and ICS Security: Welcome to the Patching Treadmill

March 15, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

After Stuxnet, security researchers and hackers on the prowl for new targets to exploit shifted their efforts to critical industrial infrastructure. Unfortunately, the SCADA and Industrial Control Systems applications they are now focusing on are sitting ducks.

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From Cyber Quarrelling to Cyber Diplomacy

March 15, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Cyber quarrelling ‒ lately practiced by the US and China ‒ makes the need for increased openness and international cooperation in the domain clearly evident...

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Symantec Uncovers Earliest Known Version of Stuxnet (Version 0.5)

February 26, 2013 Added by:Mike Lennon

According to Symantec, Stuxnet Version 0.5, an earlier and less sophisticated version of Stuxnet, was designed to close crucial valves that feed uranium hexafluoride gas into the centrifuges, causing serious damage to the centrifuges and the uranium enrichment system as a whole.

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China's PLA Behind Massive Cyber Espionage Operation

February 19, 2013 Added by:Mike Lennon

In a fascinating, unprecedented, and statistics-packed report, security firm Mandiant made direct allegations and exposed a multi-year, massive cyber espionage campaign that they say with confidence is the work of China.

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Defining the Qualities of Cyber Warfare

February 14, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Cyber warfare is one of the hottest topics currently trending in newsfeeds and, although many are quick to use the term, not everyone fully understands the concept.

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Time to Speak Up on New IF-MAP Specs for ICS and SCADA Security

February 12, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Something I believe industry urgently needs is better standards for information exchange between security solutions. Unfortunately while TCG has had feedback from the IT community, they have received little from the SCADA or ICS community. I encourage everyone involved with SCADA and ICS security to review the specification.

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New York Times Says It Was Infiltrated By Chinese Hackers

January 31, 2013 Added by:Infosec Island

The New York Times said it had fallen victim to hackers possibly connected to China's military, linking the sophisticated attacks to its expose of the vast wealth amassed by Premier Wen Jiabao's family.

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How the US is Preparing for Cyber Warfare

January 29, 2013 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

The US and Israel are considered in cyber warfare context to be the most advanced nations, and according the international press they have been been involved in the creation of the first worldwide recognized cyber weapon, Stuxnet, and many other related spy tools kits such as Flame...

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Panetta is Critical of the Security Level on NATO Networks

January 23, 2013 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

The Atlantic Council website has published excerpts of remarks by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on the inability of NATO networks to repel cyber threats. According the officials, the situation appears to be critical in both the private and public sectors, and it is also very concerning for military environments...

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Perfect Citizen, US vulnerability assessment program on critical infrastructures

January 02, 2013 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

CNET web site has published a news on a secret National Security Agency program named Perfect Citizen that is targeting on large-scale the control systems inside utilities, including power grid and gas pipeline controllers, with the purpose to discover security vulnerabilities.

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Flipping Malware: A Profit Opportunity for Corporate IT Departments

December 09, 2012 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

Some of the more forward-looking DOD contractors who have robust internal CERT with engineers who do reverse-engineering could be in the best position to offer free or low-cost network defense to corporations who want to "flip" the malware found on their network for a nice profit...

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Who Needs Words for Wars?

December 09, 2012 Added by:Jayson Wylie

This article holds little validity in my mind and I’m sure that runs up the chain of the Government to President Obama who is the only one, at this time, that seems to be able to have a majority consensus for a direction or secret directives for Cyberspace activities, rules and laws...

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HostDime, SoftLayer, et al, Need to be Federally Bitch-Slapped For Violating Syrian Sanctions

November 30, 2012 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

When the New York Times released its story that some of the Syrian government's websites were hosted outside of Syria, I wasn't surprised to see SoftLayer as one of the hosts. They are the company that hosted StopGeorgia.ru, the Russian forum which coordinated many of the cyber attacks...

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Our Massively Dysfunctional Cyber System

November 28, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

What should be done to stop theft of intellectual property by state actors (China) would require a Presidential Finding but our leadership structure is devoid of real leaders. That is not a political statement, that is a statement about our country...

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US Responses to Cyberattacks – Circus du Jour

October 31, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

Who is in charge? Don’t answer that, you don’t want to know. Who is in charge of our national response to anything? It depends? What do you mean? Do you mean to say that there is no one person or office, no agency or even a department with the mission of coordinating a national response?

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Canada´s audit on cyber threats to national critical infrastructure

October 25, 2012 Added by:Stefano Mele

The Office of the Auditor General of the Canada revealed in an audit made public October 23 that "the cyber threat environment is evolving more rapidly than the Canada government´s ability to keep pace"...

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