NEWS & ANALYSIS

Large-scale Cyberattack Knocks Parts of Canadian Government Offline

A large cyberattack traced back to servers in China and first detected in early January has led the Canadian government to shut down Internet access at two government departments.

Google Searches Warn Against Hacked Web Sites

In an effort to help its customers avoid compromised Web sites, Google has added a new tool to its search engine that notifies users when it has detected suspicious activity on a Web site.

GAO Finds Hackers Could Exploit Wireless Vulnerabilities

Congress's watchdog reports finds that many federal agencies inconsistently apply security guidelines and best practices, leaving government networks and information vulnerable to attack.

Mobile Malware Will Grow in 2011, Predicts IT Security Firm

Cybercriminals will feast on the insatiable demand for smartphones and tablets, like Apple's iPad, to infest as many devices with malware as possible in 2011, security firm M86 predicts.

Cybercriminals Try to Spear Retail Sector with Targeted Attacks

Over the last month the retail sector has become the targets of spear phishermen, a particularly devious and hard to detect targeted attack, according to the cybersecurity firm MessageLabs Intelligence.

DHS Cyber Team Helps Industry Secure Critical Infrastructure Networks

The Department of Homeland Security's ICS-Cyber Emergency Response Team is helping owners and operators secure their industrial control systems.

Symantec Discovers Fast Food Phishing Scam

A researcher at security software giant Symantec has discovered a new type of phishing attack that attempts to lure unsuspecting victims to give up financial information by using a survey.

Colombia: Killers Post Two Hit Lists on Facebook; Three Teenagers Murdered

Unknown killers posted two hit lists on Facebook, listing 100 names from the Colombian town of Puerto Asis. Three teenagers on the list have met violent deaths.

URL Shortened Spam Continues to Grow

Spammers are increasingly using url shortening services to disguise links in spam and lure e-mail users to click on links they normally wouldn't, according to MessageLabs Intelligence.

President Needs Emergency Cybersecurity Powers, Sen. Collins Says

The White House needs to have the emergency authority to compel the private sector to protect U.S. critical infrastructure if it came under a sustained cyberattack, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Tuesday.
 




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