Nine Iranians charged, sanctioned over sweeping hacking campaign

From: The Hill


Nine Iranian nationals and one Iranian entity on Friday were sanctioned by the Treasury Department and charged by the Department of Jusitice for allegedly hacking into hundreds of universities and other organizations, stealing information on behalf of Iran’s government.

The individuals worked in some capacity for an Iran-based company called the Mabna Institute, which investigators say was founded in 2013 to help Iranian universities and scientific and research organizations gain access to non-Iranian scientific materials.

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The sad old-but-true joke of IoT security

From: ZDNet

A new issues paper from ASPI highlights the risks to Australia’s critical infrastructure, but suggests that regulation and new government structures may not be ready to face the challenge.

By for The Full Tilt

Finding the path to a secure Internet of Things (IoT) is like the old joke about a tourist asking for directions, according to Tom Uren. “Well if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.”


Uren is a visiting fellow at the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), and is co-author with research intern Eliza Chapman of the issues paper, The Internet of Insecure Things, released on Monday.


NATO countries are working to determine when a cyber attack would trigger the collective defense provision

From: Raw Story

NATO countries are working to determine when a cyber attack would trigger the collective defense provision in the alliance’s charter, a US general said on Thursday.

The alliance is “dealing with the issue around this and in cyber and working to define an understanding of what would be a trigger for Article 5,” General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, told a US Senate committee.

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Israeli researchers find cybersecurity flaws in baby monitors, web cameras

From: The Times of Israel

Ben-Gurion University team was able to blast music through a baby monitor, turn off a thermostat and turn on a camera remotely


U.S. military ineffectively prepared to counter Russian cyber threats: NATO Europe commander

From: The Washington Times

By Andrew Blake

The top U.S. general in Europe has become the latest high-ranking official to acknowledge weaknesses in the country’s ability to effectively counter Russian cyber threats.

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told lawmakers Thursday that the U.S. needs a better approach for dealing with cyberattacks and other electronic threats attributed to Russia, adding his name to a growing list of of government officials still wary of the risks posed by state-sponsored operatives in the aftermath of Moscow allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

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UK Government defends immigration exemption to data law

From: The Law Society Gazette


Ministers have defended their proposal to exempt the Home Office from a key part of the data protection regime despite concerns raised by the legal profession. Culture secretary Matt Hancock MP told the House of Commons yesterday that exemptions from subject access requests are necessary to ensure that ’a minority of individuals cannot abuse data protection law with the sole intent of undermining immigration controls’.


Secretive U.S. security panel reportedly discussing Broadcom’s Qualcomm bid

From: San Diego Union-Tribune

Diane Bartz/Reuters


Last week, San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to order CFIUS to review the national security implications of Broadcom’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm.


“Such a company could, if motivated by a nation or groups not friendly to the United States, compromise critical communications and install lock out features that would prevent U.S. security teams from monitoring mobile data,” wrote Hunter. “The potential impact on U.S. security in critical situations are numerous.”


Canadian federal government to invest up to $1bn in cybersecurity

From: Business Chief

Jonathan Dyble

With the federal government set to announce the budget tomorrow, a significant investment of up to $1bn is expected to be committed to enhancing Canada’s public sector cyber defences.

According to CBC, citing a number of government sources, a number of departments and agencies have requested these investments in the aim of addressing the world’s growing cyber threats.

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Government of Spain Considers Blockchain-Friendly Regulations

From: Bitcoin Magazine


The government of Spain is preparing blockchain-friendly legislation including possible tax breaks to attract companies in the emerging blockchain technology sector, Bloomberg Politics reports.

“We hope to get the legislation ready this year,” said MP Teodoro Garcia Egea, who is preparing a comprehensive cryptocurrency-related bill. “We want to set up Europe’s safest framework to invest in ICOs.”

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State Government of South Australia released Cyber Security Strategic Plan 2018-2021


By: Priyankar Bhunia

According to the Plan, the first 12 to 18 months of the strategy will witness a significant amount of work undertaken across three strategic themes. This initial period will form the foundation for the future deliverables and inform the first strategic plan review in early 2019.

The state government of South Australia (SA) recently released a Cyber Security Strategic Plan 2018-2021. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is tasked with the responsibility of leading the delivery of this plan on behalf of the South Australian Government. The Plan states that the SA Government supports the themes and ambitions within the Australian Government’s Cyber Security Strategy launched in 2016.

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