Using the Lingo of Wall Street, Hackers Breach Health Care Companies’ Email

For more than a year, a group of cybercriminals has been pilfering email correspondence from more than 100 organizations — most of them publicly traded health care or pharmaceutical companies — apparently in pursuit of information significant enough to affect global financial markets….


Iranian Operation Cleaver hackers hit 50 organisations in 16 countries

Iranian hackers have broken into the networks of 50 governments and critical infrastructure firms in 16 nations in the latest major threat to come to light.

A report from security company Cylance details evidence that hackers from Iran have been hitting targets in countries including the UK, the US, Canada, Germany and South Korea from as far back as 2010.

Cylance said that it tracked the source of the attacks to a hacker team named Tarh Andishan in Tehran….


Has Iran Been Hacking Major Infrastructure for the Last Two Years?

Last year, we discovered that Iranian hackers had breached Navy computer systems, which sent an understandable wave of panic through the administration. But it looks like that might’ve just been the tip of a much bigger, more sophisticated and more deadly iceberg.

According to a just-released report from U.S. security firm Cylance, a team of hackers, believed to be Iranian and working under the name ‘Cleaver’, have been targeting military and civil infrastructure in the US and other countries for the last two years. The team has used a range of techniques to attack targets like hospitals, energy companies, military targets and transport infrastructure, stealing information and compromising the security of some systems. Countries attacked include the the ones you’d expect — US, Canada and UK — but also perhaps some you wouldn’t, like China, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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Cybersecurity was missing in action on Election Day

In the run-up to the recent election, there were many discussions of issues like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), immigration, the Ebola virus and the Keystone XL pipeline, just to name a few. The one area missing from the pre-election dialogue: a serious discussion about cybersecurity.

Perhaps this was because discussions on cybersecurity can quickly turn into arcane discussions of technical and policy minutiae, and candidates are incessantly advised by their handlers not to provide detailed positions on anything — to eschew the minutae in favor of the time-tested political platitude. The bumper sticker slogan always beats the well-reasoned complex argument in American politics.

But the year was full of headlines detailing the latest cyber crimes. We still remember….


How to Protect Your Privacy on Public WiFi Networks

So you’re at your favorite coffee shop and have hopped on to the free WiFi with your tablet to check your social networks, read the latest news, and maybe take a quick peek at your bank balance while you’re enjoying your latte. We’re so used to having Internet access whenever and wherever we need it that we don’t often stop to consider whether logging into a public network is safe.

There are three major ways these free, open hotspots could get you into trouble….


Who is to blame for “hacked” private cameras?

Recent news about “hacked webcams,” “breached baby monitors” and even a “Russian website monitoring British citizens appears to be all over the place. Judging by comments from all of the affected parties, the situation is indeed serious. Why is that?

For starters, everyone from users to officials and webcam manufacturers is blaming each other instead of trying to find a solution to the problem. Ultimately, one major take away from this story is that if you own a device that is connected to the Internet, you should certainly follow security news. Otherwise, your private life may, at some point, surface online and you won’t even know about it.

So what happened? ….


How Russian Website Is Spying on Thousands of Private Moments

A baby is seen sleeping in a crib in Orange, California. A woman is watched as she sits at her kitchen table reading the newspaper in Burlington, New Jersey. An office in Plano, Texas, is shown just as the work day begins.

They’re all scenes from the 4,591 webcams in the United States that are being broadcast on a Russian website. The cameras haven’t been hacked. They’re simply unsecured, making them easy targets for the Moscow-based website ….


Russian spy threat to troops’ phones and computers

British troops on military exercise in Poland have been ordered not to take mobile phones or computers amid fears they will be targeted by Russian cyber spies.

Troops have been warned of a “very clear and evident counter-intelligence threat” while they take part in Exercise Black Eagle in south western Poland this month. An armoured battle group of more than 1,300 troops, Challenger tanks and Warrior fighting vehicles is taking part Britain’s biggest Eastern European manoeuvres since 2008.

The exercise is designed to reassure Britain’s Nato allies in the region that they will be backed against aggression from Moscow in the wake of Ukraine crisis and annexation of Crimea.

Britain’s security services and military intelligence experts have decided troops’ laptops, smartphones and electronic devices could be targets for Russian intelligence agencies, or state-sponsored criminal….


Uber executive stirs up privacy controversy

An Uber executive’s suggestion that the company should investigate the private lives of journalists has sparked a backlash against the popular car service, offering a potent reminder that tech companies are amassing detailed — and potentially embarrassing — records of users’ communications, Internet traffic and even physical movements.

The controversy stemmed from remarks by Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael on Friday night as he spoke of his desire to spend $1 million to dig up information on “your personal lives, your families,” referring to journalists who write critically about the company….