Hacked in the USA: China’s ‘hidden’ infiltration op

From: Bloomberg News via Detroit News

Chris Strohm, Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson

The vast cyber-attack in Washington began with, of all things, travel reservations.

More than two years ago, troves of personal data were stolen from U.S. travel companies. Hackers subsequently made off with health records at big insurance companies and infiltrated federal computers where they stole personnel records on 21.5 million people — in what apparently is the largest such theft of U.S. government records in history.

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Terrorist Threats and Encryption Issues

From: C-SPAN

FBI Director James Comey testified at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on terrorist threats as well as the effect of commercial encryption on the FBI’s investigative tools.


FBI director: OPM breach is ‘enormous,’ affects more than federal workers

From: WTOP

WASHINGTON — FBI director James Comey says more information should be released soon on the recent hack attack on the Office of Personnel Management, which he calls an “enormous breach.”

Comey says adversaries may have accessed decades of personal and sensitive information on federal employees, as well as anyone noted in their background checks, such as spouses, siblings, children and references.

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Network Equality

From: Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor, Fordham School of Law

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge, MA  02138
RSVP required for those attending in person via the form below

This event will be webcast live on this page at 12:00 pm


With digital signalling en route, could UK railways become a target for terrorists?

From: Railway-Technology.com

Eva Grey

As the UK national railways prepare to go digital with a new signalling system, the spectre of cyber attacks has added a layer of risk to rail operations. But how serious are the risks, and what security plans have been put in place before the system is fully operational?

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is in the preliminary stages of a plan to replace the old, analogue train signals with the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), a digitalised, more effective system that is rapidly becoming the norm internationally. But recently, an expert in networked electronic and radio systems raised concerns that the switch could leave trains vulnerable to security breaches and cyber attacks, potentially with deadly consequences.


Government cloud on the rise: NSA and DOJ move to Amazon Web Services

From: CloudTech

At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last nine months.

“The infrastructure as a service which Amazon provides has shown us significant IT efficiencies,” said Alex Voultepsis, chief of the engineering for the NSA’s Intelligence Community Special Operations Group, at a panel last week. Voultepsis then estimated that the agency will save 50-55% on infrastructure costs alone by moving to AWS.


FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment ‘Tool’ Goes Live

From: American Banker


WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Tuesday unveiled a much-anticipated tool meant to help institutions assess their own cybersecurity systems.

The “cybersecurity assessment tool” — released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council — is designed to help financial institutions not only identify their level of risk to a cyber-attack but also to gauge their ability to manage and control their own specific threat levels.

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