Va. patients affected by Chinese cyber attack on hospital network

From: CBS 6

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) –Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients in its physician network. 

The cyber-attack affects doesn’t affect the patients or former patients at any CHS hospitals, a spokesperson said. The computer network that was targeted by criminals contained information belonging to some patients seen at “physician practices and clinics affiliated with CHS hospitals, like Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Petersburg.”

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One Of The Best Cybersecurity Minds On Earth Uses A Pager, Not A Phone

From: Gizmodo

Dan Geer is world-renowned cyber security researcher. He’s Chief Information Security Officer at In-Q-Tel, a non-profit venture capital firm. Hid company invests in technology to support the CIA. He’s knows his shit. And he uses a pager instead of a smartphone.

The Washington Post spoke to Geer after the keynote speech at last week’s Black Hat security conference. They asked him about his use of technology:


Call to regulate cyber security

From: Gulf Daily News

 By Ahmed Al Omari

BAHRAIN needs to establish a unified body to regulate cyber security in different sectors, including telecommunication and banking, according to a report.

Consultancy firm Strategy& in co-operation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) yesterday released a report titled Rethinking ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Regulation: Regulators’ essential role in capturing the full potential of the ICT sector.

The 24-page document details the current global trends in telecommunication regulation, comparing Bahrain with the UK, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Singapore.


China spies — sex to cyber

From: Toronto Sun

David B. Harris

Sex-and-spying award winner?

China’s nominee is surely Katrina Leung, codenamed Parlour Maid. She’d pocketed $1.7 million in FBI money to spy on China by the time Washington figured out she was moonlighting as a double agent for Beijing – while bedding two senior FBI counterintelligence officers, in the process.

Now, that’s dexterity.


Chinese citizen Su first graced our shores in 2002. The aerospace engineer owns PRC-based Lode-Tech, an aviation-technology company. Feds call him the “directing mind” of a cyberspy ring targeting U.S. defence contractors, including Boeing. Nothing has been proved, but a Canadian judge ordered Su held, pending proceedings aimed at sending him to the United States for quality time with American prosecutors.


Symantec, Kaspersky Security Products Blacklisted by Chinese Government

From: Softpedia

The Chinese government has banned the usage of security products from foreign developers Symantec and Kaspersky for national security and public interests.
At the moment, on the list of the government’s procurement agency there are five approved security software brands, all from China. These include Qihoo 360 Technology, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin, and Rising.

The announcement came from People’s Daily newpaper, which first posted the news on Twitter and then offered slightly more details on their Facebook page.

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China Ratchets up Tension with US by Excluding Apple Products from Procurement List over Security Concerns

From: Patently Apple

It’s being reported today that China’s government has officially excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns, according to government officials familiar with the matter. This shouldn’t come as any surprise – as the government was likely the force behind getting China’s CCTV to get the ball rolling in starting a FUD campaign against Apple. They were the first to associate the iPhone with “national security” concerns. Even though Apple officially refuted such claims within 24 hours, it was irrelevant as this was really a government initiative. 


Hacker Claims Airplane Security at Risk of Cyber Attacks

From: RIA Novosti

Passenger jet security systems could be susceptible to cyber-attacks, as cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta claims to have found a way to access the airplanes satellite communications through WIFI and inflight entertainment systems, Reuters reported earlier this week.

“These devices are wide open. The goal of this talk is to help change that situation,” he told the news agency.

Ruben Santamarta will reveal all the details of his latest study at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. This annual meeting houses thousands of hackers and security experts that report the most recent cyber threats and find ways of preventing them.


China Harasses U.S. Tech Companies

From: The New York Times


China has opened what appear to be politically motivated antitrust investigations into American technology companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm. Foreign companies operating in the Communist country could be in for more intense harassment than ever before.

It is always hard to tell what the government is up to because it is incredibly secretive and different agencies often have competing interests and agendas. But recent moves by Chinese officials come on the heels of rising tensions between the United States and China about spying and hacking. The investigations also follow statements by President Xi Jinping that the country needs to reduce its reliance on foreign technology suppliers and bolster its domestic industry.


Mikulski, Cardin Announce More Than $700,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Enhance Cybersecurity Curriculum at Hagerstown Community College

From: Sen. Mikulski

New partnership with Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute will increase opportunities for students to receive hands-on training in cybersecurity.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced today that Hagerstown Community College (HCC) received a $713,996 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance the college’s cybersecurity curriculum and provide its students with more opportunities for hands-on research through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute. The funds will also be used to recruit students to the cybersecurity program, particularly women and minorities.   


Zambia: First Cyber Security Lab Unveiled

From: AllAfrica

VISITING International Telecommunications Union (ITU) deputy secretary-general Houlin Zhao has launched the first-ever cyber security laboratory in Zambia, which will enable law-enforcement agencies to combat Information Communication Technology (ICT)-related crimes. 

The laboratory is based at the Zambia Police Service headquarters in Lusaka, whose refurbishment and procurement of equipment was done by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) at a cost of K700,000.

Mr Zhao said that cyber crime was a fast-growing phenomenon as more and more criminals were exploiting connectivity, convenience and anonymity of the Internet to commit various crimes that had no borders. 

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