Hackers using Chinese IP addresses gained full access to the IT systems of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2011, allowing them to steal information and manipulate high-profile user accounts, a senior Nasa official told US Congress last week.
The Obama administration will simulate a cyber attack crippling New York City’s electric supply during a summer heat wave to drum up support for cybersecurity legislation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and Justice Department are among agencies in Washington involved today in a Senate briefing on the New York scenario, said Vincent Morris, a spokesman for Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser, are taking part.
Remember back last summer when LulzSec leader "Sabu" suddenly dropped off the grid after the arrest of several members of the Anonymous splinter group? Speculation at the time centered around whether he, too, had been swept up in the arrests. Turns out he indeed was nabbed by the feds, ultimately pleading guilty to hacking charges in August 2011 and serving as an informant on his fellow LulzSec members, according to information released Tuesday by the FBI.
When a few members of the politically motivated hacking group Anonymous floated a plan recently to cripple the Internet's core address system, the idea was roundly dismissed by other members of the group. Trying to disable the Internet by attacking servers critical to the Domain Name System -- the Internet's address look-up system -- would be counter to the group's actions, which depend on a constant online presence, they said.
RSA CONFERENCE 2012 – A lot can happen in 10 years, and that's an understatement when it comes to malware: According to new data released by Microsoft this week, the number of malware variants went from 1,000 in 1991 to millions in 2011. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the launch of its Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft published a special edition of its Security Intelligence Report (SIR). "What we wanted to do from the Security Intelligence Report was look at the past 10 years and how the threat landscape" has evolved, said Tim Rains, director of Microsoft's TwC. "A lot of these samples were new variants of a same family."
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