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Russia Won't Ban Gmail or Skype Amid Security Concerns

It looks like Russia won't be banning Skype or Gmail, after all. The Kremlin was reportedly considering blocking both services, along with Hotmail, in response to a major cyberattack that crippled the country's most popular blog and an independent news site. Some within the Kremlin had believed the services posed a major threat to national security, but some critics had thought the government may ...

E.U. Facing Cyberattack as Summit Approaches

The E.U. is facing a cyber-attack of unprecedented proportions, a spokesman for the European Commission said yesterday. The attack began earlier this week, as the Commission prepared for a summit during which a military response in Libya, among other topics, is expected to be discussed. This ain't exactly the E.U.'s first time at the cyber-attack rodeo; E.U. computers are attacked frequently. S...

South Korean Government Falls Prey to Cyber Attacks

About 40 governmental websites in South Korea were hit by cyber-attacks this morning, forcing the country to issue a nationwide alert. According to AhnLab, a South Korean anti-virus software manufacturer, the sites fell prey to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack at around 10:00 a.m., local time, and more attacks could be on the way. Websites run by the presidential office, South K...

U.S. Cyber-Security Czar: Don't Use the Term 'Cyber-War' Lightly

U.S. security officials are asking that the rhetoric surrounding the potential for "cyber-war" be tempered in favor of a rational discussion on how to distinguish an actual cyber-war between nations from cyber-attacks that use war-like tactics. It's a blurry line, but White House cyber-security czar Howard Schmidt, who spoke at the RSA computer security conference in San Fransisco, said using the ...

Anonymous Leaks 50,000 E-Mails From Security Expert Who Planned to Rat Them Out

On Friday, the Financial Times published a story about the ongoing criminal investigation into Anonymous -- the notorious online collective of hacktivists that have orchestrated cyber-attacks on Visa, MasterCard, and a handful of authoritarian governments. In the article, the paper quoted a computer security expert named Aaron Barr, who claimed to have "penetrated" the group, and said that his fin...

The Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill: What It Is, and Why It Won't Die

On the very day that the Egyptian government shut down an overwhelming majority of the country's Internet servers, Republican Senator Susan Collins began floating a piece of legislation which, if passed, would grant the President the power to do essentially the same thing in the U.S. The so-called 'kill switch' bill was approved by the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ...

Elite, All-Voluntary Cyber Defense League Keeps Estonia's 'Net Secure

The small post-Soviet nation of Estonia has created a bit of a paradigm for cyber-security: an elite, all-voluntary force of private and public sector tech pros, from programmers to administrators to top army officials. It's kind of like a cyber-Justice League. Before this starts to sound like a tale of vigilante justice, some history: in 2007, after Estonia made a decision to move a Russian wa...

Attack on Gawker Spawns Twitter 'Açai Berry' Spam

Yesterday, Gawker announced that its servers had been hacked, and that more than a million of its user account passwords had been compromised. According to the site, all passwords were encrypted, but "simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack." Gawker recommended that all users change their passwords on its platform, and on any other site where they had used the same password. The dama...

Dutch Teen Confesses to Participating in Pro-WikiLeaks Cyberattacks, Gets Arrested

A teenager in the Netherlands has been arrested after he confessed to participating in the recent pro-WikiLeaks cyberattacks on Visa and MasterCard. According to a press release from the Dutch National Office, the 16-year-old boy is part of the recently notorious online group called Anonymous, which has been orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on all companies that have seve...

Cyberattack Cripples Myanmar's Servers, Just in Time for Election

This Sunday, Myanmar will hold its first free elections in 20 years. Whether or not the rest of the world hears about them, however, remains to be seen. Last week, a major cyberattack struck the troubled Southeast Asian country, crippling Internet services just in time for the election. IT security firm Arbor Networks says the country's servers seem to have fallen prey to a Distributed Denial ...

New Cyber-Security PSA Wants You to 'Stop. Think. Connect.'

"Stop. Think. Connect." That's the unifying message for this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the slogan for a new public education campaign. Said campaign is being spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), countless government agencies (including the Department of Homeland Security), and companies such as Microsoft, Google, PayPal and ...

Mysterious 'Myrtus' Biblical Reference Spotted in Stuxnet Code

The powerful and dynamic Stuxnet worm has completely baffled security experts since its discovery in June. The mysteriously imperceptible and untraceable mega-malware has disseminated through various machines and facilities in Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Russia, but a recent attack on an Iranian nuclear facility has sparked a global firestorm of publicity and conjecture. Now, some analysts beli...

Stuxnet Worm Strikes Nuclear Plant in Iran

Officials in Iran have confirmed that the Stuxnet super worm has infected personal computers at one of the country's nuclear power plants, just a few days after cyber-security experts warned the public that the malware might be targeting Tehran's nuclear facilities. Mahmoud Jafari, who leads Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, told the IRNA news agency that authorities at the plant are currently trying...

Stuxnet Could Be Most Complex Malware Ever, Targeting Iranian Nuclear Plants?

An awe-inspiringly complex piece of malware named 'Stuxnet' has some security experts openly wondering whether or not it's the most sophisticated worm ever to hit the planet. Others are speculating that it may be used to target a nuclear plant in Iran. Although the worm originally popped up in June, when it attacked Windows PCs operating industrial control systems, cyber experts are only now r...

INTERPOL Secretary General's Identity Swiped via Facebook

As the head of the world's most important cross-border police force, INTERPOL security general Ronald K. Noble clearly knows a thing or two about security -- except, apparently, when it comes to Facebook. At the inaugural INTERPOL Information Security Conference held in Hong Kong last week, Noble revealed that his personal identity was stolen through Facebook. According to the Daily Mail, cyber...