Israeli breakthrough and special ops RFI

From: FCW

Israelis unveil off-line access ’breakthrough’

Researchers in the cybersecurity labs at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University have found what they’re calling a breakthrough method that can be used to remotely access critical infrastructure and federal computers without going online.

The method, dubbed AirHopper by researchers in a paper prepared for a conference on malware sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, can access small sets of data from an isolated computer via a mobile phone without using a cellular or Wi-Fi network.

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U.S.-Nordic Defense Industry Cooperation: Adding Value to the Transatlantic Partnership

Editor’s Note: For more information on energy security in the Arctic, see here. For more information on using TTIP to harmonize cybersecurity, see here.

From: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/Zurich

Should Europe’s Nordic countries forge a stronger defense-industrial partnership with the United States? Michael Mohr and Erik Brattberg believe so. Closer ties will strengthen Nordic-Baltic defense capabilities, boost regional energy security and enhance the overall security of the Arctic and the rest of Europe.

By Erik Brattberg and Michael Mohr for Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR)


MIT wants to set drone cybersecurity policy

From: The Hill

By Cory Bennett

A former top Obama administration official is hoping to help establish cybersecurity policy for driverless cars, delivery drones, and health and financial data.

Daniel Weitzner, President Obama’s deputy chief technology officer from 2011-2012, will head a new cybersecurity policy initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


“This is the state of cybersecurity policy today: growing urgency, but no metrics and little science,” Weitzner said.

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U.S. government warns on bug in Apple’s iOS software

From: Reuters

The U.S. government warned iPhone and iPad users on Thursday to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data.

There was the potential for hacks using a newly identified technique known as the “Masque Attack,” the government said in an online bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams.

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University of Maryland hosts girls’ cybersecurity career workshop

From: The Diamondback

Marissa Paiano/For The Diamondback

At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, a group of middle school girls wearing matching white T-shirts formed a line leading into the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.

The 350 girls from local schools were headed to the Cool Careers in Cybersecurity for Girls Workshop. The Maryland Cybersecurity Center and the Maryland Center for Women in Computing partnered with the National CyberWatch Center K-12 Division to host the annual event.

The event aims to foster discussion about cybersecurity careers and spark girls’ interest in the field.

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Cyber security vulnerabilities in traffic lights, including some in Chicago


A new report identifies the city of Chicago among the U.S. locations utilizing Sensys Networks wireless technology in traffic light systems recently identified as vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The findings of a NBC 5 Chicago investigation released on Tuesday found that Sensys Networks systems are used in 10 countries, and 45 U.S. states — including Illinois. A Chicago Department of Transportation spokesperson told NBC reporters that only 12 intersections in Chicago utilize Sensys Networks wireless technology, but could not say whether a security patch issued by the company had been applied to the affected traffic lights.


The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

From: The Spectator

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks at the ‘social economy’ - think tax loopholes for financiers of politically favoured endeavours; while Camilla Swift peruses credit cards such as Kanye West’s ‘African American Express’ and the Dubai First Royale,


If true, could we blame 26-year-old ‘Defcon’? Sneaking around is for plebs; Silk Road 2.0 banked monthly commissions worth $400,000, the FBI estimates. Success breeds complacency and besides, if rappers and cronies and sheikhs needn’t be discreet, why should the geeks?


Hackers plague federal agencies

From: AP via The Fresno Bee

By Martha Mendoza

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and unwittingly is being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

Workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyberincidents reported each year since 2010, according to an Associated Press analysis of records.


Security Contractor Data Breach Undetected for Months

From: Claims Journal


A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government’s leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press.

The breach compromised the private records of at least 25,000 employees at the Homeland Security Department and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in lost government contracts.

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Qatar, UK sign security accord

From: Gulf Times

The governments of Qatar and the  United Kingdom signed  a Memorandum of Understanding on security  co-operation following several high-level meetings between HH the Emir  Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and senior British government officials  here yesterday.

The Emir held separate meetings in the  morning with British Home Secretary Theresa May, Defence Secretary  Michael Fallon and British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

Later in the day, the Emir met the Mayor of  London Boris Johnson and UK Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord  Paul Clive Deighton at the Olympic Village.


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