Australia shuts down online census over cyberattacks

Aug 10, 2016

Australia shuts down online census over cyberattacks

Australia’s first attempt to conduct a census online was in disarray after cyberattacks and a hardware failure led to the website being shut down, officials said Wednesday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the site to protect data on Tuesday night shortly after ...

Famed hacker creates new ratings system for software

Aug 7, 2016

Famed hacker creates new ratings system for software

A famed hacker who nearly 20 years ago told Congress he could take down the internet in 30 minutes is now going after the software industry, whose standard practices all but guarantee that most products are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Peiter Zatko, known in the ...

Obama prepares to elevate military cyberoperations, sources say

Aug 6, 2016

Obama prepares to elevate military cyberoperations, sources say

The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing tools to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as the Islamic State group, current and former officials told Reuters. Under ...

Geeks win millions for teaching computers to battle each other

Aug 5, 2016

Geeks win millions for teaching computers to battle each other

A software program dubbed “Mayhem” was poised to win the final round of a three-year contest to teach computers to launch and defend against cyberattacks, earning a $2 million prize for the team that wrote the winning code. The event, known as the CyberGrand ...

Bitcoin sinks after hackers steal $65 million from exchange

Aug 3, 2016

Bitcoin sinks after hackers steal $65 million from exchange

Bitcoin plunged after one of the largest exchanges halted trading because hackers stole about $65 million (¥6.6 billion) of the digital currency. Bitcoin slumped 5.3 percent against the dollar as of 10:17 a.m. on Wednesday in Tokyo, bringing its two-day drop to 13 percent. ...