Analysis The infamous Stuxnet worm has reportedly begun spreading in China. The worm, which targets supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, has infected “millions of computers” across the country, AFP reports. Local anti-virus outfit Rising International told the official Xinhua news agency that six million individuals and nearly 1,000 corporate accounts across China had been infected […]

Darned compelling, and darned depressing. Not only because it snatches away our vicarious pride in U.S./Israeli ingenuity, but it feeds into western jitters about Chinese omnicompetence. Why, I’ll bet it was those Shanghai teens who cooked this thing up. During recess. The circumstantial evidence is impressive. Just one question: Why would China do it? China has an intimate […]

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 […]

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 […]

POSTED BY: EVAN ACKERMAN   Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer from Taiwan with huge factories in China, generates about 40 percent of the global consumer electronics revenue by creating things like iPhones and computer components on giant assembly lines staffed by humans. Until recently, you’d probably never heard of Foxconn, but a series of worker suicides made […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]