Cyber Espionage

If there’s one thing you can say for Rex Tillerson’s leadership of the State Department, it is that he doesn’t appear all that concerned with the “optics” of his policy changes. We recently reported that Tillerson is poised to shutter the office of war crimes, to the great consternation of human rights advocates and international […]

reader comments 17 On the heels of the resignation of State Department Cyber Coordinator Chris Painter—the top diplomat for negotiations on setting norms for nations’ behavior in “cyberspace”—a State Department spokesperson confirmed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is moving toward shutting down the department’s Office for the Coordination of Cyber Issues. The office, set […]

Netflix oitnb Netflix  1 May 2017 Netflix found itself embroiled in an extortion attempt by The Dark Overlord, a hacking group that attacked post-production company Larson Studios.  The Dark Overlord stole new episodes of Netflix’s season five of Orange is the New Black from Larson Studios, which worked on the audio post-production of the show.  The hackers demanded $50,000, […]

An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo by NSA via Reuters WASHINGTON — After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation’s military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America’s ability to wage cyberwar against […]

When it comes to the business of security, provenance matters. For years, the United States has effectively banned the Chinese tech giant Huawei from entering its network equipment market for fear of possible government-mandated backdoors. Former President Barack Obama last year blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring Aixtron, a German chip equipment maker with […]

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation’s military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America’s ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials. Under the plans, U.S. Cyber Command would eventually be split off from […]

When it comes to the business of security, provenance matters. For years, the United States has effectively banned the Chinese tech giant Huawei from entering its network equipment market for fear of possible government-mandated backdoors. Former President Barack Obama last year blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring Aixtron, a German chip equipment maker with […]

Close Germany is serious about spying and cyber attacks from foreign countries, describing it as “ticking time bombs” that could disrupt critical infrastructure and even pose a danger to national sovereignty. Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the domestic intelligence service of the Federal Republic of Germany, has published details of cyber attacks on the country in […]

Picture Credit: KasperskyLab Kaspersky Lab said today its researchers have connected a 2016 cyber-espionage attack on South Korea’s defense agency with a later attack that infected 60 ATMs and stole the data from over 2,000 credit cards. This was made possible following a detailed malware analysis, said Kaspersky.  Further, the malicious code and techniques used in […]

Donald Trump and it’s shady relationship with Russia puts Cyber Warfare in the spotlight. Image: Elmira. In this day and age, cyber warfare is no longer a thing of science fiction tales. Nations engage in digital attacks on a daily basis, and state-sponsored cyber espionage accounts for a significant portion of the workload that makes […]