Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff July 30, 2018 A few weeks ago, the director of national intelligence warned that US computer systems are so vulnerable that the nation may be facing a “cyber 9/11.” Then the US Department of Homeland Security revealed that Russian hackers could get inside the nation’s utilities and turn off the lights in much of the United States.What next? How about some payback, targeting the attackers who target us?Some cyber security experts and lawmakers argue that tougher passwords and thicker firewalls alone won’t protect America’s digital assets, because any defense can be breached. Instead, they want the US government, and even private companies and individuals, to go on the offensiveby using the hackers’ own methods against them. Advertisement “You try to go about hacking the hackers,” said … [Read more...] about As cyber-attacks on the US rise, is the answer to hack back?
The University of Arizona’s cyber operations program has joined a small group of institutions designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency. Only 20 programs have this designation, and the UA’s program, based at the UA South campus in Sierra Vista, is a bachelor’s of applied science program and a transfer degree, meaning students start at a community college and transfer to finish their last two years with UA, according to Melody Buckner, interim dean at UA South. “Our program has always been accredited to be a full degree at the University of Arizona,” Buckner said. “Now, it’s going to have this behind it, so it will attract more attention. We will be getting money from the NSA, students will see that this has been elevated, because we met their criteria.” RELATED: Breakthrough peptides developed for skin … [Read more...] about UA’s Cyber Operations program designated as one of the best in the nation
Rosie Perper, provided by Published 12:49 am, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images A North Korean-linked hacking group has been tied to a series of cyberattacks spanning a wide range of industries across 17 countries. A new report found that a major hacking campaign, dubbed Operation GhostSecret, used a variety of tools and malware programs associated with the reported North Korean state-sponsored cyber unit Lazarus. The cyber offensive was thought to have only targeted Turkish financial institutions in early March. Lazarus has been suspected of masterminding malware for several high-stakes hacks, including the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures and last year's global WannaCry attack. A new report by McAfee Advanced Threat Research found a major hacking campaign, dubbed Operation GhostSecret, sought to steal sensitive data from a wide range of industries including critical infrastructure, entertainment, finance, health care, and … [Read more...] about North Korean-linked hackers stole data from 17 countries in an ongoing cyber attack that’s far bigger than we thought
With help from Eric Geller and Martin Matishak OMNICYBER — The reaction to the omnibus spending bill deal, H.R. 1625 (115), that included $380 million for voting machine upgrades has been widely positive, even if some observe that the job isn’t finished. National Association of Secretaries of State President Connie Lawson, also Indiana’s secretary of state, said states will be “investing those dollars in system upgrades, voting protections, and voter education.” Top House Homeland Security Democrat Bennie Thompson, who helped lead a House Democrat task force on election security, praised the inclusion but added that the money is “just a down payment towards securing our elections.” Other Democrats involved in overseeing election security offered similar sentiments. A senior Democratic aide mentioned the $380 million as a “Democratic win” in the bill, although at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this week, lawmakers noted … [Read more...] about Plenty of cyber nuggets in the omnibus
Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry. Malware shut down 32,000 computers and servers at three major South Korean TV networks and three banks last Wednesday, disrupting communications and banking businesses. The investigation into who planted the malware could take weeks or even months. South Korean investigators have produced no proof yet that North Korea was behind the cyberattack. Some of the malware was traced to a Seoul computer. Without elaborating, police said Monday that some of the malicious code also came from the United States and three European countries, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. But South Korea has pointed the finger at Pyongyang in six cyberattacks since 2009, even … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Experts: North Korea training teams of “cyber warriors”