Category SECURITY

A precursor to the next Stuxnet discovered

A precursor to the next Stuxnet discovered Symantec reports the discovery of a sample malware that appeared to be very similar to Stuxnet, the malware which wreaked havoc in Iran’s nuclear centrifuge farms last summer; the new malware — dubbed Duqu — is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack; the threat was written […]

Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

By Noah Shachtman A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones. The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying […]

Northrop Grumman and UMBC Open Incubator Program to Develop Innovative Solutions to Meet the Growing Cybersecurity Threat

Five Directions and Rogue Networks Are the First Companies to Join the Cync Program BALTIMORE, April 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Research Park Corporation officially opened the Cync Program today, an incubator dedicated to cultivating companies developing solutions to counter cybersecurity threats. The […]

DHS tests three radiation detection systems at Belmont Stakes race

DHS officials recently announced that it had tested three developmental systems designed to detect radiological weapons at the Belmont Stakes horse race in New York held on Saturday, 11 June; DHS tested two mobile Stand-Off Radiation Detection Systems; the third device tested was a Roadside tracker which scans for radiation sources in vehicles DHS officials […]

China software bug makes infrastructure vulnerable

By Jim Finkle NEW YORK | Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:28pm EDT (Reuters) – Software widely used in China to help run weapons systems, utilities and chemical plants has bugs that hackers could exploit to damage public infrastructure, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The department issued an advisory on Thursday warning of vulnerabilities […]

Analysis: Venture capitalists bulk up in computer security

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:09pm EDT (Reuters) – Silicon Valley venture capitalists are betting big on new technologies to protect computer networks, hoping they will profit from a spate of high-profile cyber attacks on corporate and government bodies. Many security start-ups are focusing on protection at the network level, rather than […]

House drastically cuts DHS science and technology

The Republican majority in the House last week passed a proposed DHS budget which drastically cuts the department’s Science & Technology Directorate’s (S&T) budget by 52 percent, from $827 million to $398 million; the Obama administration has requested $1.2 billion for that program in fiscal year 2012, which begins on 1 October; the S&T reductions […]

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 […]