NEWS & ANALYSIS

Foreign Hackers are Overwhelming U.S. Government Computers, says Analyst

Foreign hackers have accessed between half and all of the U.S. government and military computers they “have an interest in,” according to one analyst.

Brazil: Logging Firms Hire Hackers to Change Lumber Quotas

Brazilian logging companies have hired hackers to break into their country's government's Web-based permit system to allow them to harvest many more trees than allowed, according to Greenpeace's blog.

U.S. Needs Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy, Recommends Commission

The United States needs a comprehensive strategy against cyberattacks and should create a cabinet-level position within the White House to reflect its importance, recommends a 96-page report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

U.S. Judge Hits Facebook Spammer with Massive Damages

A spammer was ordered to pay Facebook $873 million in damages by a federal judge last Friday, but the popular social networking Web site’s security director says he doesn’t expect payment in full.

Intelligence Official Proposes U.S. Government Help Companies Protect Proprietary Data

The principal deputy director of national intelligence says the government should consider taking equity stakes in high technology companies to prevent proprietary information from falling into the wrong hands.

Malware Attacks Show the Connection Between Markets and Cybercrime

Malware attacks have shifted and spiked in frequency during the financial crisis.

Cybersecurity No Longer a "Stepchild," says DHS Chief

Teens and twenty-somethings, who long neglected network security, are now aspiring to "master protection of electronic systems," said Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Despite Widespread Security Problems, Ohio Will Use Electronic Voting Systems This Election

Electronic voting machines that have "critical security failures" will once again count votes in Ohio during this year's presidential election. Ohio's secretary of state, however, said a hand counting pilot program may be instituted next year.

Group to Launch IT Security Metrics

The nonprofit Center for Information Security is planning to release guidelines to help companies better gauge the cost-effectiveness of their security programs

Employees Routinely Risk Data Leaks Through Negligent Behaviors, Study Says

In a survey commissioned by Cisco, just over one-half of respondents said they altered company security settings even though it was against company policy.
 




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