Cyber Nukes

The U.S. Government Accuses the Chinese Military of Snooping, Reading Its Diary

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After several months of near-constant chatter about Chinese hackers, the U.S. government has finally come right out and said it: the Chinese military is probably, right this very minute, trying to hack into America’s computers to steal our precious bodily fluids state secrets.

That’s from the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress which, as the New York Times reports, was unusually direct in accusing China of hax0ring America’s shit. For example: Read More

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The ‘Scariest Search Engine on the Internet’ Finds Web-Connected Devices Google Doesn’t Index

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Devices like security cameras, traffic light systems, and high tech temperature controls can all be connected to the web, but they aren’t indexed by Google, which makes them difficult to find without deep computer expertise. Now SHODAN, a search engine that crawls the web for devices like routers, webcams and servers, is helping to expose some of the security flaws inherent to these devices. Read More

National Security

Gene Parmesan of Cybersecurity Wears Costumes and Tricks People Into Falling for Cyberattacks

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If you’ve recently received an email–not sent by your kooky aunt–with the subject line “Check out these kitties! :-),” you may have been the victim of a fake cyberattack. The Wall Street Journal reports that companies are hiring “ethical hackers” to build fake phishing scam emails to test which employees are dumb enough–or big enough cat lovers–to fall for them. Read More

National Security

President Obama Authorizes Secret Directive to Fight Cyber-Attacks

President Barack Obama does not want Wikipedia to shut down again. (Photo: Wikimedia)

At some point in October this year, President Obama signed the slightly creepy-sounding and secret Presidential Policy Directive 20, a source tells The Washington Post. According to the Post, the directive gives the military license to “act more aggressively” when combating cyber-attacks directed at major U.S. networks.

In essence, anyone waging war on the country via the internet is on notice: Read More

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Even Literal Rocket Scientists Can’t Keep Their Social Security Numbers Safe

Someday, Bre Pettis. Someday. (Photo: flickr.com/usnavy)

Maybe Mat Honan is right–for all the importance we place on them, passwords don’t really work worth a damn. Many privacy breaches skip straight to the goodies, like social security and credit card numbers. The latest illustration: Reuters reports that NASA is telling employees that a laptop packed with personal information was lifted from a (locked) car.

Apparently there’s so much information “that must be reviewed and validated,” it could take as long as 60 days to notify everyone involved.

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Cybersecurity Experts Concerned Hackers Could Steal Your Email Vote

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Superstorm Sandy washed and blew away some polling places and displaced thousands of residents in New York and New Jersey. New Jersey, in an effort to make sure every voice is heard, has enabled voting via email.

New York didn’t want to go with the email voting option because officials feel it might be vulnerable to fraud.

Writing in Norman’s “Security Exposed” blog, Norman’s vice president and GM Darin Andersen examines the problem of email voting.

Mr. Andersen writes that polling machines may have their own security problems but admits there hasn’t been reliable evidence of hacker interference in previous elections. However, Mr. Andersen is wary of email voting: Read More