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Security Tracker: Whatsapp flaw, Govt cyber warfare division, BSE security centre & more

“This division is expected to have over 1000 members, and will primarily focus of non-civilian cyber security issues, and critical infrastructure” writes Riddhi Mukherjee for medianama.com. The first delegation, headed by the Governor of Colorado,  John Hickenlooper has held talks with 10 India companies with the objective of collaborating on cyber security issues at the National Cyber Security Center, Colorado Springs.This month, two delegations from the United States have arrived in India to discuss collaborations and cooperation in the field of cyber security, among others.It appears that the WPA2 ( Wi-Fi Protected…

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‘Cyber cold war’ is just getting started

“In other comments during the Cheltenham literary festival, she accused the Kremlin of waging an information war throughout the 2016 US election process” writes Patrick Wintour for theguardian.com. But Clinton observed that Donald Trump had admitted to sexual attack and had a long history of misogyny, yet his supporters were comfortable that he was now in the Oval Office. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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North Korea behind WannaCry attack which crippled the NHS after stealing US cyber weapons, Microsoft chief claims

“North Korea was behind the WannaCry attack which crippled the NHS after stealing US cyber weapons,the head of Microsoft has claimed” writes Nicola Harley for telegraph.co.uk. Now the President of Microsoft has told ITV News that the government of North Korea was responsible for the attack.The cyber attack in May was the largest in the NHS’s history and put lives under threat as hundreds of operations were cancelled.North Korea has been widely linked with the WannaCry cyber-attack but this is the first time that an executive at Microsoft has blamed…

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attackers had attempted to hack into computers that banks use to access the organization’s proprietary network

“SWIFT shares technical information about cyber attacks and other details on how hackers target banks on a private portal open to its members” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The disclosure underscores that banks remain at risk of cyber attacks targeting computers used to access SWIFT almost two years after the February 2016 theft from a Bangladesh Bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.As an example, he said that SWIFT had stopped some heists thanks to an update to its software that automatically sends alerts when hackers tamper…

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Joint Strike Fighter plans stolen in Australia cyber attack

“A spokesman for the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), a government agency, said the government would not release further details about the cyber attack” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Australian Defence Force/Handout via REUTERS SYDNEY (Reuters) – A hacker stole non-classified information about Australia’s Joint Strike Fighter program and other military hardware last year after breaching the network of a defense contractor, the defense industry minister said on Thursday.The attack on the defense contractor was carried out by a “malicious cyber adversary”, it said.The ACSC said in a report on…

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Trump expected to nominate Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary: Official

“Nielsen is considered an expert on cyber security, one of the primary issues under the Homeland Security Department’s sprawling portfolio” reports foxbusiness.com. Nielsen is an expert in homeland and national security policy and strategy, with a focus on critical infrastructure protection, according to her biography on GWU’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Kaspersky software ‘used by Russian state hackers to trawl for US secrets’

“Cyber spies allegedly used software from the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab which is installed on computers around the world to improvise a search tool and look for the codenames of secret US programs” writes Ben Farmer for telegraph.co.uk. Discovery of the operation led the American government to last month order the removal of the software from its computers, the New York Times reported.The software is used by 400 million people worldwide and is one of the most widely used anti-virus tools in Britain, installed by hundreds of thousands to protect their…

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11 million U.S. driver’s licenses compromised in Equifax cyber breach

“Overall, around 145.5 million people had their information compromised, including Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses” reports autoblog.com. The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that 10.9 million Americans’ driver’s license numbers were compromised in the massive Equifax cyberattack disclosed last month.While most of that 145.5 million customer total was in the United States, Equifax said Tuesday that 15.2 million client records in Britain were compromised, including sensitive information about nearly 700,000 consumers.The breach has prompted investigations by multiple federal and state agencies, including a criminal probe by the…

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