NEWS & ANALYSIS

Government Wants YOU to Help Fight Cyber Attacks

All computer users, not just those working in government or industry, can play an important role in defending the country’s digital networks from cyberattacks, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a Webcast yesterday.

DHS Needs Better Web Security Management Practices, OIG Report Says

A newly released report from the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog says that the department and its member agencies' public-facing Web sites are vulnerable to attack that could leave them open to defacement, service interruption, and resource loss.

FBI Phries Phishers

The FBI began arresting 53 alleged U.S.cybercriminals yesterday after uncovering an international phishing scam that stole nearly $2 million.

Hackers Using Fake Facebook Profiles to Peddle Fake Antispyware

Hackers have discovered a way to automate the creation of fake Facebook pages to peddle fake antispyware, underlining once again the threats organizations face that let their employees use social networking sites, a security researcher warned.

Cybercriminals Keep Malware Alive Longer

Cybercriminals have found a new, more cost-effective way to get the most bang for their buck when spreading malware, according to Symantec’s MessageLabs.

Phishing E-Mails Dramatically, Inexplicably Drop in First Half of Year

The amount of phishing emails has precipitously dropped since this time last year, reports the Associated Press.

Hackers Riddle Fake DHS E-mails with Malware

Hackers have a new guise to attack federal, state, and local government and law enforcement departments: fake malware-riddled e-mails from the Department of Homeland Security.

China: Hacker Schools Become Big Business

China has seen the emergence of online training schools that teach students the skills necessary to either be a network defender or a cybercriminal.

Hack Works Like Phone Tap

Hackers at the Black Hat and DefCon security conferences this weekend demonstrated a hack that works much like a phone tap does, the Associated Press reports.

Pentagon Weighs Banning Social Networking

The Pentagon is once again seriously considering a "near-total ban" of all social networking Web sites from its unclassified network, Wired.com's Danger Room blog reports.
 




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