Technology

U.S. General: Iran Strengthened its Cyberterrorism Capabilities Since Stuxnet

January 17, 2013

“Western analysts say Iran has launched increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks in a growing confrontation with its adversaries, including the United States, Israel and Gulf Arabs, at a time of rising pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear program.”

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Department of Homeland Security: Malicious Computer Virus Infiltrated and Shut Down a U.S. Power Plant Last October

January 16, 2013

“A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a U.S. power company last fall when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping a plant off line for three weeks.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) Releases Game App Approved for 4 Year-Old Children

January 16, 2013

“NRA: Practice Range, a new iTunes app released Sunday by the nation’s largest gun-industry lobby, offers users a shooting-practice feature, tips on safety training and a state-by-state gun law database.”

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Mars Curiosity Rover Preparing to Drill in Martian Soil for the First Time

January 16, 2013

“The Mars Science Laboratory team has identified an area of Mars with a highly diverse set of rocks as their first test bed for the untried drill.”

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New York Police Department (NYPD) to Hide GPS Tracking Chips in Fake Prescription Pill Bottles

January 15, 2013

“Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves.”

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Java 7 Releases Updated Patch to Fix Vulnerability; Experts Claim There May Still Be Flaws

January 15, 2013

“Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer’s operating system.”

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Computer Consultant: Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control System Vulnerable to Hackers

January 15, 2013

“The FAA is already in the process of rolling out its Next Generation Air Transportation System, of NextGen, a state-of-the-art program that will keep tabs on every plane in US airspace using GPS technology in lieu of relying on traditional radar.”

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Internet Security Firm Kaspersky Labs Discovers Five-Year Cyber-espionage Effort Called “Red October”

January 15, 2013

“Kaspersky Labs, an online security firm, announced Monday that for at least five years, a cyber-espionage campaign has breached computer networks at diplomatic, government and scientific research organizations.”

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DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team: U.S. Unprepared for Cyberattacks Against Critical Infrastructure

January 12, 2013

“America’s cyberdefense situation is in need of improvement, according at least to a newsletter published by the Homeland Security Department’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, the ICS-CERT Monitor.”

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Orange County Sherrif’s Office Will Experiment with Two Surveillance Drones in Orlando, FL During the Summer

January 12, 2013

“Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones.”

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Security Experts Discover a Vulnerability in Java 7 Update 10 Software

January 11, 2013

“Oracle’s Java platform is used and installed on more than one billion user computers worldwide. Three billion mobile phones are running the software too.”

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Iranian Police Chief: Iran is Developing Software to Restrict Access to Social Networking Websites

January 7, 2013

“Iranians currently have access to most of the Internet, although authorities block some sites affiliated with the opposition, as well as those that are seen as promoting dissent or considered morally corrupt.”

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Report: Saudi Arabia Has Provided Fighter Jets to Help the U.S. with its Drone Strikes in Yemen

January 4, 2013

“US drone attacks in Yemen nearly tripled in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Washington-based think tank New America Foundation, and for the first time totalled more than in Pakistan last year.”

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Website for the Council of Foreign Relations Infiltrated by Unknown Computer Hackers

January 3, 2013

“The CFR website compromise was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news blog that quoted anonymous sources as saying the attack seemed to originate in China.”

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Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Cyber Alert Warning of Remote Attackers through an Internet Explorer Vulnerability

January 3, 2013

“Use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 through 8 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted web site that triggers access to an object that (1) was not properly allocated or (2) is deleted, as demonstrated by a CDwnBindInfo object.”

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