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U.S. Congressional Legislation: Cybersecurity

- A bill (S. 773) introduced by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) would develop a program to review and improve cybersecurity. The bill would establish a cybersecurity advisory panel to provide guidance to the President on cybersecurity issues relating to the federal government’s data systems. Under the proposal, the Secretary of Commerce would provide cybersecurity status and vulnerability information to the panel and would also create regional cybersecurity centers to help small and medium businesses protect their data systems.

Text Attacks

- Text messaging attacks have increased significantly this year, according to a Cisco Systems report. Many messages appear to come from banks and ask recipients to call a number to verify account information.

Site to See: NoScript

- The NoScript add-on can block cross-site scripting attacks.

Cybersecurity

- The Obama Administration’s review of national cybersecurity policy finds a need for strong federal leadership in protection of this increasingly critical—and vulnerable—infrastructure.

New Cybersecurity Push, Old Problem

- While the Obama administration develops a new cybersecurity plan, the private sector is wary of sharing proprietary information.

Data Security Through Deletion

- Instead of focusing on protection methods, one organization set out to limit the amount of sensitive data it collected.

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.

Malware Attacks

- Malware attacks grew at a record pace in 2008 and are increasingly designed to steal personal information, such as passwords, according to the most recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. Most new infections stem from Web surfing.

Hidden Vulnerabilities

- Sixty-three percent of Web sites have a serious vulnerability, according to a study by WhiteHat Security. The most common vulnerabilities allow cross-site scripting attacks.
 




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