Apr 23, 2015

New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department “should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an ...

Apr 18, 2015

Israeli military networks breached by hackers using budget tools

Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc. The 4-month-old effort, most likely by Arabic-speaking programmers, shows how ...

U.S. report warns hackers might tunnel into planes' avionics

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. report warns hackers might tunnel into planes' avionics

Hackers could exploit in-flight entertainment systems to fatally sabotage the cockpit electronics of a new generation of airliners connected to the Internet, a U.S. government report warns. It comes weeks after a co-pilot crashed his Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps, killing all ...

18-hour 'unprecedented' jihadi hack ends; French TV station back live on air

Apr 10, 2015

18-hour 'unprecedented' jihadi hack ends; French TV station back live on air

France’s TV5Monde television channel resumed full operations Thursday, 18 hours after an “unprecedented” hack by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who shut down transmissions and hijacked its website and social networks. Authorities said the hack was likely a “terrorist act” and urged media companies to ...

Mar 31, 2015

South Korea creates cybersecurity post to counter threat from Pyongyang

Concerned by the growing threat of cyberattacks from North Korea, South Korea’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security. The post will provide a “control tower” for efforts to counter North Korean hackers, presidential spokesman Min Kyung-Wook told ...

Mar 18, 2015

North Korea Web outage was reprisal for Sony hack, U.S. lawmaker says

A December blackout of North Korea’s Internet was retaliation for that nation’s hacking of computers at Sony Corp.’s Hollywood studio, a top U.S. lawmaker on cybersecurity issues said without identifying who was responsible. Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House ...

In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London

Mar 14, 2015

In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London

Julian Assange and his supporters warily welcomed a surprise U-turn Friday by Swedish prosecutors, who now say they are willing to come to London to quiz the WikiLeaks founder over alleged sex crimes. The reversal, however, doesn’t mean the anti-secrecy activist will soon be ...

Japanese websites allegedly hacked by Islamic State group

Mar 12, 2015

Japanese websites allegedly hacked by Islamic State group

Several organizations in Japan appear to have had their websites hacked and temporarily defaced by the Islamic State militant group, according to informed sources. At least eight entities in five prefectures have been targeted, the sources said. They include the Nishinomiya Tourism Association in ...

Politics intrude as cybersecurity firms hunt for spies

Mar 12, 2015

Politics intrude as cybersecurity firms hunt for spies

The $71 billion cybersecurity industry is fragmenting along geopolitical lines as firms chase after government contracts, share information with spy agencies, and market themselves as protectors against attacks by other nations. Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has become a leading authority on American computer ...