Cyberattack / News Briefs

Obama, Xi Reach 'Common Understanding' on Curbing Cyber Espionage

resident Obama announced today that he has reached a "common understanding" with Chinese President Xi Jinping on curbing economic cyber espionage, but threatened to impose U.S. sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes. more»

Apple App Store Hit With Major Cyberattack

Many of the most popular iPhone apps in China have been infected with malicious software in what researchers are calling the first major cyberattack on Apple's iOS App Store. According to multiple security research firms, numerous widely used apps such as mobile chat app WeChat, which boasts nearly 500 million active users, have been compromised. more»

U.S. and China Negotiating Cyeberwarfare Control Deal

United States and China are in negotiation to establish a cyberattack agreement, according to reports. If successful, it "could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other's critical infrastructure during peacetime," reports David Sanger in the New York Times. more»

Senior U.S. and Chinese Officials Conclude Four-Day Meeting on Cyber Security

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials concluded a four day meeting on Saturday discussing cyber security issues ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington later this month. more»

Hacking Increasingly Becoming a Physical Concern

If this past quarter's stories are any indication, we could very well be seeing the rise of a new wave of threats that will affect people in a more pronounced and physical level, reports Trend Micro in its Q2 Security Roundup Report. more»

Efforts to Curb Cyber Espionage Will Further Fragment Internet Regulatory Environment

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington at the end of September, the White House reportedly is ready to announce sanctions against Chinese entities allegedly involved in industrial espionage. more»

U.S. Preparing Sanctions Against Chinese Firms and Individuals over Cyberespionage

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. The U.S. government has not yet decided whether to issue these sanctions, but a final call is expected soon, perhaps even within the next two weeks. more»

ICANN Website Breached, Passwords Obtained by an Unauthorized Person

Usernames/email addresses and encrypted passwords for profile accounts created on the public website have been obtained by an unauthorized person, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced Wednesday night. more»

US Army Site Hacked as Obama Vows 'Aggressive' Response to Cyberattacks

The US Army was forced to close down its official website yesterday after it was defaced by the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group. The news came as US President Barack Obama promised Washington will become more 'aggressive' in defending itself against cyber-attacks. more»

Record Number of Malware Variants Detected in Q4 of 2014, Retail/Service Most Targeted

During the 4th quarter of 2014, a record number of malware variants were detected -- an average of 255,000 new threats each day, according a recent report by Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The group further reports that the number of unique phishing reports submitted to APWG during Q4 was 197,252 -- an increase of 18 percent from the 163,333 received in Q3 of 2014. more»

UK Power Grid Under Minute-by-Minute Cyberattack

A senior government figure says that the UK's power grid is under "minute-by-minute" attacks from computer hackers but information security experts aren't so sure. Conservative MP James Arbuthnot chaired the Defence Select Committee up until last year and said that the National Grid is facing cyberattacks every minute. He plans to visit the National grid next month to discuss the issue. more»

South Korea Receives Nuclear Plan Cyberattack Threats, Takes Emergency Measures

South Korea's nuclear operator and the energy ministry is keeping emergency teams on stand-by to the end of this year in case of any cyberattacks on nuclear plants as threatened by a hacker... The company and the ministry set up emergency teams on Wednesday after a hacker demanded the shutdown of three reactors by Thursday, threatening, in Twitter messages, "destruction" if not. more»

ICANN Targeted in Spear Phishing Attack

In an announcement on Tuesday, ICANN reports that it is investigating a recent intrusion into its systems. The agency believes a "spear phishing" attack was initiated in late November 2014. It involved email messages that were crafted to appear to come from its own domain being sent to members of its staff. more»

DNS Based DDoS Attacks Using White House Press Releases

Akamai has issued a security bulletin about a new form of Domain Name Service-based distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that emerged in October, attacks that can significantly boost the volume of data flung at a targeted server. The method builds upon the well-worn DNS reflection attack method used frequently in past DDoS attacks, exploiting part of the DNS record returned by domain queries to increase the amount of data sent to the target -- by stuffing it full of information from President Barack Obama's press office. more»

Former DHS Chief Teaming Up With Insurance Giant Lloyd's of London to Sell Cyber Insurance

Cyberattacks like the ones that hit JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot and Target only seem to be getting worse, and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has one way for companies to protect themselves. more»