The Cybersecurity (CS) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary for cybersecurity professionals. It is transmitted in an HTML-formatted email and provides links to articles and news summaries across a spectrum of cybersecurity topics.
Cybercom Chief: Cyber Threats Blur Roles, Relationships - Official Wire
Over five years of U.S. Cyber Command operations, global movement of threat activity through cyberspace has blurred roles and relationships among government agencies, as well as between the public and private sectors and the real and virtual worlds, the Cybercom commander told a House panel.
Since the first month of the year, the country recording by far the largest number of infections with Upatre malware downloader is the United States, with 5,326,970 detections.
Malware Uses Windows Product IDs to Mix Mutex - The Register
Malware writers are using Windows unique product numbers to generate mutex values to evade researchers.
Yahoo Puts Email Encryption Plugin Source Code Up for Review - Computer World
Yahoo released the source code for a plugin that will enable end-to-end encryption of email messages, a planned data-security improvement prompted by disclosures of U.S. National Security Agency snooping.
Previously thought limited to Apple and Google browsers, the flaw leaves communications between affected users and websites open to interception.
HPC will play a vital role in future Army strategy planning.
Research analyzing today's smart home devices has revealed disturbing security implications for consumers.
The FCC's Open Internet rules protect and maintain open, uninhibited access to legal online content without broadband Internet access providers being allowed to block, impair, or establish fast/slow lanes to lawful content.
Senate Intel Committee’s Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Gets Panned by Privacy, Security Coalition - Fierce Government IT
Several dozen advocacy groups, security experts and academics sent a letter March 2 to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, opposing the most recent version of a controversial bill that would encourage companies to voluntarily share information about cyberattacks with the federal government.
The White House unveiled an ambitious legislative proposal to restrict how companies, including Web giants like Facebook and Google, can handle private information.
Senior Republicans conceded that the grueling fight with President Obama over the regulation of Internet service appears over, with the president and an army of Internet activists victorious.
2,400 Unsafe Mobile Apps Found in Average Large Enterprise - Net-Security
The average global enterprise has approximately 2,400 unsafe applications installed in its mobile environment, according to Veracode.
Mass Infection Malware Attack Targets Android - Net-Security
AdaptiveMobile uncovered one of the single largest messaging-initiated mobile malware outbreaks.
Researchers with Trend Micro have analyzed malware that first connects to home routers and scans for connected devices, and then sends the information it gathers to a command-and-control (C&C) server before deleting itself without a trace.
D-Link has released firmware updates for its DIR-820L router in the wake of a report from an independent security researcher who found multiple security flaws in the device, amoung others, allowing a remote attacker complete takeover.
Anthem Attribution to China: Useful? - Gov Info Security
New clues have emerged, further suggesting that the hack of health insurer Anthem was launched from China. Some information security experts say that attribution offers vital clues, but others question its applicability to the businesses that must defend themselves against APT attackers.
The State Department says it needs to reconstruct its classified computer systems after suffering a hack the agency has said only affected its unclassified networks.
Spy agency will incorporate digital innovations into intelligence gathering and follows major shifts in the CIA's role and operations in the years since 9/11.
The White House has released its yearlyassessment of agency compliance with the governmentwide cyber law known as the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Russia Adopts Quantum Computing to Counter Foreign Spyware and Sabotaged Cyber-Imports - SC Magazine
Russian government agencies have detected foreign-controlled spyware networks in the country, and a host of compromised devices, leading to moves to adopt quatum computing solutions.
Hacker Finds a Simple Way to Fool IRIS Biometric Security Systems - The Hacker News
Biometric security systems that involve person's unique identification (ID), such as Retinal, IRIS, Fingerprint or DNA, are still evolving to change our lives for the better even though the biometric scanning technology still has many concerns such as information privacy, and physical privacy.
A researcher has demonstrated that lossy image compressors can be used to hide arbitrary code inside PDF documents. The method could be highly efficient for malicious actors because security products are designed to ignore such data.
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