Cyber Warfare

SEOUL, June 8 (UPI) — North Korea‘s patterns of cyberattack could be evolving, Seoul’s police agency said Wednesday. North Korean hackers have mainly used viruses to gain access to South Korean computers, turning individual PCs into “zombies” that could then be used to conduct distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS attacks. But investigations in Seoul revealed North […]

ANALYSIS/OPINION: One of the things that keeps our intelligence and military leaders from sleeping soundly is the problem of cyberwar and its subsets, cyber-espionage, cybersabotage and what most people call “hacking,” which isn’t something that only teenagers do from their parents’ basements. For years, there has been a continuous string of attempted penetrations of U.S. […]

Which is a greater financial cyber threat: North Korea or the National Security Agency? The answer should be obvious – but it’s not. Last month brought news of several new hack attacks on banks and financial institutions. Someone impersonating the New York Federal Reserve Bank stole $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh. Reports […]

Infosec 2016 Cyber-conflict between nations has entered a new phase with a switch from espionage to sabotage and theft, according to infosec guru Mikko Hyppönen. The BlackEnergy-related attacks on the electricity grid last December and the more recent attack on at least four international banks have upped the ante in the sphere of cyber-conflict, according […]

Sound risk management requires its practitioners to perform many tasks, and to perform them well. Some are obvious, like making sure insurance purchased adequately covers the exposures involved. Others may not be so obvious. One key element to sound risk management may sound esoteric, but it’s not — that is being able to think about […]

The relationship between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, the crucial dividing line that polarises the non-Israeli Middle East, has hit a new low. On Sunday Tehran said that tens of thousands of Iranian pilgrims would this September boycott the hajj, a hugely important spiritual journey to Mecca by Muslims that more than two million […]

By Shahin Azimi When Iran’s top civil defence official said his country was preparing for major cyber-attacks from Saudi Arabia, perhaps even he did not think it would take such a short time for his warnings to become reality. In mid-May, Gen Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, said he saw the […]

Media captionNeither government has publicly endorsed or intervened to stop the hackings. When Iran’s top civil defence official said his country was preparing for major cyber-attacks from Saudi Arabia, perhaps even he did not think it would take such a short time for his warnings to become reality. In mid-May, Gen Gholamreza Jalali, the head […]