Apr
09

Diving into the Dark Web: Where does your stolen data go?

From: ZDNet

Summary:If your sensitive data is stolen online, where does it go — and who sees it? One security team found out.

By for Zero Day

When a data breach occurs and personal information is stolen, where does it end up? Bitglass researchers decided to find out.

Target, Morgan Stanley, Sony, Anthem — the list of today’s major data breaches goes on. In the last few years alone, high-profile attacks have been launched against these companies and countless others, resulting in the theft of private communication, names, Social Security numbers, addresses, financial data and account credentials.

Apr
08

Government data is fuel for job creation, says Commerce Department CDO

From: Tech Republic

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Ian J. Kalin, the first chief data officer (CDO) at the Commerce Department, is figuring out how to tie data products and science to a core mission of his agency: enhancing business and commerce.

The US has been collecting and publishing nautical data since the 19th century, providing navigators with better maps of the oceans that they sailed and then steamed across. Today, government agencies publish data about labor, energy, health, transit, telecommunications, criminal justice, and just about everything else than can be measured, managed, performed, or regulated by state entities.

Apr
07

The CIA, Co-ops and Cybersecurity

From: ECT.coop

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer

RENO, Nev—You can say this about cyber crooks: They don’t discriminate.

Digital criminals are trying to exploit every possible vulnerability and that’s why even the smallest electric cooperative should prioritize cybersecurity as much as the CIA, the agency’s ex-chief said.

“We are in a permanent tail chase now to catch up to and make safer all the stuff you and I have decided to put up [on the Internet],” former CIA Director Michael Hayden told the NRECA Directors Conference.

Apr
06

U.S. targets overseas cyber attackers with sanctions program

From: Reuters

By Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal

President Barack Obama launched a sanctions program on Wednesday to target individuals and groups outside the United States that use cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy, national security or economic stability.

In an executive order, Obama declared such activities a “national emergency” and allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to freeze assets and bar other financial transactions of entities engaged in destructive cyber attacks.

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Apr
02

Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle

From: PC World

The Mozilla Foundation plans to reject new digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in its products, but will continue to trust certificates that already exist.

The move will follow a similar decision announced Wednesday by Google and is the result of CNNIC, a certificate authority (CA) trusted in most browsers and operating systems, issuing an unrestricted intermediary certificate to an Egyptian company called MCS Holdings.

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