Hello all, hope you had a lovely and cyber safe long weekend. As we approach this lovely short work week, we bring you our latest finds for news pieces you should keep top of mind while surfing the net and working about.
Hackers are busy down at Anonymous breaking into UK government sites and planning their attacks on more Chinese sites.
This time, the hackers announced in advance that they would be hacking into UK government sites, leaving UK officials time for preperation. Sunday evening,
“The resulting distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks disrupted the target websites for a time. Tweets apparently from Anonymous described this as a “digital protest” rather than hacking and threatened further similar actions every Saturday against U.K. government sites” – Wall Street Journal
To read more: http://on.wsj.com/HnLJCC
“The activist hacker group Anonymous plans to launch further attacks on Chinese government websites in a bid to uncover corruption and lobby for human rights, a member of the group said on Monday.”
Currently, China blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other websites citing a need to maintain social stability.
To read more: http://bit.ly/HnMiwd
Is CISPA the new enemy? We saw the backlash of SOPA and PIPA and watched the drama unfold. Now, a new legislation that has “wide-ranging privacy implications”, enter: CISPA.
“The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, focuses on defending companies from cyber-attacks and theft… CISPA addresses how information would be shared between private companies and the government to catch malicious actors breaching networks to steal information or sabotaging systems.”
To read more: http://bit.ly/HnMlIq
UK teachers have recently reported widespread cyber bullying by pupils and… wait for it.. parents! These teachers have been issued with death threats, accused of serious crimes against children and sexist/racial abuse.
“Almost half (49%) of teachers who were subjected to abusive comments from parents said they did not feel supported or had no action taken as a result, with just 29% feeling that appropriate action was taken.”
To read more: http://bit.ly/HS0CxU
And that is just the beginning folks, stay tuned to all of our regular cyber related updates @fednetworks on twitter!
Cyber security costs are high and budget cuts could put it this important issue at risk.
Confronting today’s cyber challenges requires a highly skilled and motivated research community, and it’s well documented that the demand for cyber expertise greatly exceeds the supply,” James Peery, director of the Information Systems Analysis Center at Sandia National Laboratories, told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing this week.
Read more: http://politi.co/GIVSrT
In cyber crime news… hackers contributed to 22% of the data breaches targeting large organizations, and stole almost twice as records from big organizations and government agencies.
Read more: http://cnet.co/GIVXff
Being the go- to for start ups and tech companies, San Francisco is also a haven for hackers and cybercrime. Enter eCrime unit.
eCrime aims to “make sure that vulnerable populations are safe, that consumers are safe, and that we allow good behavior to occur…”
Read more: http://cnet.co/GIVYQv
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This weeks up’s and down’s in the cyber world, are nothing new to us here at Federated Networks… we just like to keep you in the know!
Recently, another Obama administration official is in support of the major cybersecurity legislation pending in the Senate; with US businesses becoming more and more vulnerable to espionage without the passing of such legislation.
“Over the past five years, a highly sophisticated team of operatives have stealthily infiltrated more than 70 U.S. corporations and organizations to steal priceless company secrets. They did it without ever setting foot in any victim’s office. Sitting at undisclosed computers, they could be anywhere in the world,” Bryson wrote. “This is the new face of corporate espionage.”
To read more: http://bit.ly/AmPIaE
A much needed new campaign, aims to highlight the dangers and threats of cyber crime. They aim to educate and provide insight into how both women and men can protect their identities online.
“We need to make sure that we provide the tools and information in order to assure them that if you follow some simple protection measures the risks of becoming a victim will be significantly reduced.”
The campaign outlines what people should look out for when it comes to fraud and the methods fraudsters use to target them.
To read more: http://bit.ly/y8qYIW
According to the BBC, Iranian hackers targeted Persian services.
To read more: http://on.ft.com/wf8mi1
Now the corporation’s chief is taking things a step further by accusing Iran of masterminding a “sophisticated cyber-attack” that involved jamming satellite feeds in an effort to wreak havoc with broadcasts into the country.“It now looks as if those who seek to disrupt or block BBC Persian may be widening their tactics,” Mr Thompson is expected to say in a speech to the Royal Television Society on Wednesday.’”
To read more: http://on.ft.com/w7Rru1