Author Archives: Iteknowledgies

House Panel Wants To Cut Border Tech Funding

House Panel Wants To Cut Border Tech Funding Despite all of the concern over U.S. border security and the billions sunk into supporting technologies, a House Appropriations Committee markup of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget proposes cutting border control technology efforts. While the committee wants the Coast Guard to have an additional […]

Honda Canada warns customers of major data breach

Honda Canada warns customers of major data breach TORONTO | Fri May 27, 2011 4:13pm EDT (Reuters) – The personal information of more than 283,000 customers at Honda Canada has been breached, the company confirmed on Friday. Honda Canada said the stolen data included names, addresses, vehicle identification numbers and in some cases financing account numbers. It […]

Hackers breached U.S. defense contractors

Exclusive: Hackers breached U.S. defense contractors By Jim Finkle and Andrea Shalal-Esa BOSTON/WASHINGTON | Fri May 27, 2011 7:51pm EDT (Reuters) – Unknown hackers have broken into the security networks of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and several other U.S. military contractors, a source with direct knowledge of the attacks told Reuters. They breached security systems designed to keep out intruders […]

Lockheed network hit by major disruption: sources

Lockheed network hit by major disruption: sources By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON/BOSTON | Thu May 26, 2011 7:55pm EDT (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, is experiencing a major disruption to its computer systems that could be related to a problem with network security, a defense official and two sources familiar with the issue said […]

Serious hole in critical-infrastructure software, says U.S.

by Elinor Mills The U.S. government is warning critical-infrastructure operators of a serious hole in software used in oil and gas; water; electric utilities; and manufacturing plants around the world. The stack overflow vulnerability affects the Genesis32 supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and BizViz software sold by ICONICS, according to an advisory (PDF) released […]

SCADA hack talk canceled after U.S., Siemens request

by Elinor Mills The researchers were scheduled to give their talk at the TakeDown Conference in Dallas today. Two researchers say they canceled a talk at a security conference today on how to attack critical infrastructure systems, after U.S. cybersecurity and Siemens representatives asked them not to discuss their work publicly. “We were asked very […]

Siemens, McAfee team up to defend against critical infrastructure attacks Published 18 April 2011

McAfee and Siemens will work together to help secure critical infrastructure against cyber attacks that target industrial control processes like the Stuxnet worm which destroyed nuclear centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility; the two companies are targeting Advanced Persistent Threats aimed at the manufacturing and process industry; this new security product could help ease […]

An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens

(Reuters) – An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday. Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civilian defense, said the Stuxnet virus aimed at Iran’s atomic program was the work of its two biggest […]

Disaster-zone phone communication software available for free

Published 14 April 2011 Australian researchers developed software which enables mobile phones to communicate during a disaster; it will be freely available to the public by the end of the year thanks to the support of the Dutch NLnet Foundation; the software can be used on compatible mobile phone handsets to create an alternative “network” […]

Securing critical infrastructure no short term fix

Federal officials have long sought to secure critical infrastructure from potential attack, and recent events like the 2003 blackouts and the Stuxnet virus have added increasing urgency to government and private sector efforts; speaking on a panel at the Government Security conference and expo in Washington, D.C., security experts that specialize in critical infrastructure discussed […]