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Cyber crimes against NATO and its members

Via Atlantic Council – New Twists in Russia’s Cyber Campaign Against NATO and Its Members By Sam Jones, Financial Times: “Russia’s aggressive actions in cyber space are all carefully designed to fall short of warranting any kind of serious military or aggressive response. One of Moscow’s new favoured tactics is to arm crime syndicates withContinue Reading

IT Salary Survey 2015

ComputerWorld 29th Annual Report It Salary Survey: “After years of tight budgets, employers are boosting pay to attract and retain hot IT talent. Our survey of more than 4,800 tech workers reveals who’s getting the cash — and how you can too..Topics include: Cash Is Back!; IT Pay All the Numbers; Job Seekers Call theContinue Reading

GasPot Experiment: Unexamined Perils in Using Gas-Tank-Monitoring Systems

TrendMicro Report, Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) Team: “…In places like the United States (US) and others worldwide, gas stations are primarily privately owned. Some business owners can be described as independent, tech-savvy, and modern. Gas retailers are aware of the risks tied to their business and so heavily invest inContinue Reading

Report on How Shadowy Cyberlocker Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions

Behind the Cyberlocker Door: A Report on How Shadowy Cyberlocker Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions A NetNames Report for Digital Citizens Alliance “As a society, we can no longer shrug off content theft as the isolated activity of high school and college students who want to watch a movie or listen toContinue Reading

Key Findings from Global State of API Security Survey 2015

Akana Report (reg reqd) – “The front lines of information security risk management evolve in parallel with the dominant technologies in common use.  The emergence of the Web brought Web-based threats and resulting countermeasures.   The rise of SQL databases brought SQL injection and its mitigations.  Now, we have the increasing usage and business importance ofContinue Reading

Cybersecurity Reporting – specific statistics about cybersecurity posture of the 24 CFO Act agencies

Cybersecurity Sprint Results July 2015 – Executive Office of the President.

Govt posts Request for Quotations in response to massive employee data breach

FCW.com -“At long last, vendors can size up the official requirements for protecting the identities of 21.5 million affected by the Office of Personnel Management background check breach. The full load could be more like 28 million, and whoever wins will have to let the feds inside their own databases. Quotations are due Aug. 14Continue Reading

Privacy Laws in Asia – free download available

Bloomberg BNA – “With its critical impact on the world economy and global trade, privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the last several years. A recently released report, Privacy Laws in Asia, written by Cynthia Rich of Morrison & Foerster LLP for Bloomberg BNA, analyzes commonalities and differences in the privacy andContinue Reading

FireEye – Uncovering Malware Backdoor that Uses Twitter

FireEye announcement: “It hides in network communications, in all the noise—designed so that defenders can neither detect nor characterize its activity. But its purpose is transparent: to use Twitter, GitHub, and cloud storage services to relay commands and extract data from compromised networks. Download the report [reg. req’d] and read about the recently discovered HAMMERTOSS,Continue Reading

Cyber Intrusion into U.S. Office of Personnel Management: In Brief

CRS – Cyber Intrusion into U.S. Office of Personnel Management: In Brief, July 17, 2015. “On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that a cyber intrusion had impacted its information technology systems and data, potentially compromising the personal information of about 4.2 million former and current federal employees. Later thatContinue Reading

CRS Insights – OPM Data Breach

OPM Data Breach: Personnel Security Background Investigation Data. Michelle D. Christensen, Analyst in Government Organization and Management, July 24, 2015 (IN10327): “In a July 9, 2015, news release on the cyber-intrusions of its systems, OPM “concluded with high confidence that sensitive information, including the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 21.5 million individuals, was stolen from theContinue Reading

Hackers continue to leak federal government employee data

NextGov.com: “The group of hacktivists, Anonymous, claimed in a tweet on Wednesday they hacked the Census Bureau and leaked employee details online. The hack was in protest of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), which is an agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and E.U. critics say would increase corporate power and make it moreContinue Reading