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Experts: Small Targets No Match for Savvy Hackers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An online attack against dozens of rural American law enforcement agencies in which emails, credit card numbers and crime tips were stolen and posted on the Internet has left some officials wondering how they can ward off future hacking attempts, if at all. The attack by the hackers’ collective Anonymous… Keep Reading

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Mexico: Anti-technology Group Sent College Bomb

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An anti-technology group calling itself "Individuals Tending to Savagery" was responsible for a package bomb that injured two university professors just outside Mexico City, a state prosecutor said Tuesday. Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced that a suspicious envelope presumbly containing explosives was found at Mexico’s National Polytechnical Institute on Tuesday, though… Keep Reading

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China Says It Was Targeted in 500,000 Cyberattacks

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 500,000 cyberattacks were aimed at computers in China last year and almost half originated overseas, the government said Tuesday, following recent suggestions Beijing might be behind long-term security attacks internationally. The vast majority of the attacks a Chinese monitoring agency reported were in the form of Trojan horse malware that installs… Keep Reading

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Kids and Hackers, Oh My! DefCon Adds Kids Track

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fewer things seem out of place at the rough-hewn DefCon hacker convention than a swarm of kids. For 18 years, hackers — and the computer security experts who track them — have gathered at DefCon, one of the largest and longest-running conferences of its kind, to share information about breaching and… Keep Reading

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Expert: Rural US Websites Easy Target for Hackers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The digital trove of credit card numbers and emails stolen by the group known as Anonymous came from towns across rural America — places like Gassville, Ark. and Tishomingo County, Miss., where officers don’t usually have to worry about international hackers. That may have made them an easy score. The… Keep Reading

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Group Hacks US Law Enforcement Sites, Steals Data

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a data breach that at least one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about anongoing investigation. The loose-knit international hacking collective posted a cache of data to the… Keep Reading

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GAO Prescribes Improvements to Cybersecurity for State Dept. Unclassified Network

The State Department has implemented a custom solution for monitoring intrusions on its unclassified network, but the cybersecurity solution faces serious limitations, congressional investigators warned Monday. The department has been on the "forefront" of federal efforts to implement a continuous monitoring system due in part to its iPost solution, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said… Keep Reading

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Report: Global Cyberattack Under Way for 5 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations around the world to steal troves of data. McAfee Inc. said in a report Wednesday that the attacks have targeted a broad range of organizations, including the… Keep Reading

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Report: Global Cyberattack Under Way for 5 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations around the world to steal troves of data. McAfee Inc. said in a report Wednesday that the attacks have targeted a broad range of organizations, including the… Keep Reading

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UK Phone Hack Suspect Arrested

LONDON (AP) — Police investigating phone hacking and police bribery at defunct British tabloid News of the World on Tuesday arrested a man, believed to be a former executive at the newspaper. The Metropolitan Police saida 71-year-old manhad been arrested by appointment Tuesday morning at a London police station. They did not name him in… Keep Reading

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Readers of British Tabloid Warned Over Cyberattack

LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch is warning some readers that their personal details may have been stolen during a cyberattack. News International says addresses, birthdates and phone numbers of people who participated in online competitions may have been compromised during the July 19 attack on The Sun. It says no… Keep Reading

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Alleged LulzSec Teenage Hacker Released on Bail

LONDON (AP) — A teenager accused of acting as a spokesman for computer hacking groups that targeted Sony, Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers and a British crime agency was freed on bail Monday as he awaits trial. Jake Davis, who was arrested last week at home on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands by the police e-crime unit, is… Keep Reading

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Sony Sinks to $199M Quarterly Loss on Disaster

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. sank to a 15.5 billion yen ($199 million) quarterly loss, hurt by the disasters in northeastern Japan, a massive online security breach and plunging TV prices. The Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment company said Thursday it had lowered its profit forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2012 to 60 billion… Keep Reading

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Market Monitor: Companies Target Cybersecurity for Growth

Major American companies in the homeland security and defense markets are putting a high priority on building up their cybersecurity business through acquisitions and organic growth. The appeal of the market is clear. It is predicted to grow strongly at a time when overall government expenditures will be under pressure. A May 2011 report titled… Keep Reading

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Nebraska Ave.: Selling Cybersecurity on the Hill

Cybersecurity has been a hard portfolio to hold at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). And now it is squarely in the hands of Greg Schaffer, who gets to sit in the hot seat as he attempts to sell the administration’s ideas to a skeptical Congress. When DHS formed in 2003, critics continually faulted it… Keep Reading

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ID Management: Building Trust in Cyberspace

A new program aims to protect Americans on the Internet and also preserve their privacy. Can the two aims be reconciled? Years ago, when the Department of Defense banned the use of passwords to log onto its computer networks and instead required the use of secure cards, it saw network intrusions drop by 46 percent.… Keep Reading

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Internet Privacy Controls Challenge Tech Industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web — or face regulation. Yet for all its innovative know-how and entrepreneurial spirit, the technology industry has yet to agree on a simple, meaningful solution… Keep Reading

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GAO: More Work Needed to Create Information Sharing Environment

Though federal intelligence agencies have made progress in implementing a discrete set of goals and activities, these actions have not yet resulted in a fully functioning Information Sharing Environment (ISE) consistent with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Intelligence Reform), according to an audit report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report,… Keep Reading

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Army Chief Sees Cybersecurity as ‘Defining Issue’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is telling Congress that he expects cybersecurity to be a defining issue of his tenure. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, in testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing, also said he supports President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw 10,000… Keep Reading

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FBI Inquiry of Murdoch’s Empire: Reliance on Brits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is just cranking up a preliminary review of whether alleged phone hacking and bribery by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire violated U.S. laws, but any resolution may well have to await the outcome of British investigations. The FBI’s early fact-gathering could turn into a long saga that tests or reinforces the… Keep Reading

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