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Trump ‘orders cyber attack’ on Iranian military computers

Trump ‘orders cyber attack’ on Iranian military computers

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By Lucia Binding, news reporter The US launched a cyber strike against Iranian military computer systems earlier this week as Donald Trump pulled out of airstrikes, officials have reportedly confirmed.The attacks were conducted with approval from the president on Thursday in response to Iran's downing of an American surveillance drone, two US officials told The Associated Press. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike and all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk publicly about the operation. Image: Iran's military has released video which it claims shows a US surveillance drone being shot down by Iranian forces The cyber attacks - plann...
Telegram boss links cyber attack during HK protests to China

Telegram boss links cyber attack during HK protests to China

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Telegram's founder Pavel Durov has said a massive cyber attack on his messaging service originated from China. On Wednesday, the firm confirmed it suffered a "powerful" Distributed Denial of Service attack which disrupted services for about an hour.In a DDos attack, hackers overwhelm a target's servers with junk requests. It came as protestors in Hong Kong used Telegram to coordinate demonstrations over a plan to allow extradition to China.In a post on Twitter, Telegram said the disruption affected users in the Americas and "other countries". Mr Durov later tweeted the IP addresses involved in the attack mostly came from China. China's Cyberspace Administration, which oversees the country's cyber policy, has yet to comment. Teleg...
Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

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By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent The defence secretary has announced an investment of £22m to fund a new army cyber operations centre and told NATO allies they must become more comfortable engaging in offensive cyber operations against enemies.Speaking to NATO ambassadors in London, Penny Mordaunt said "it is time to pay more than lip service to cyber". She said: "We know all about the dangers. Whether the attacks come from Russia, China or North Korea. Whether they come from hacktivists, criminals or extremists. Whether its malware or fake news. Cyber can bring down our national infrastructure and undermine our democracy."We must convince our adversaries their advances simply aren't worth the cost. Cyber enemies think they can a
'Honeypot of juicy political gossip hoovered up' in Oz cyber attack

'Honeypot of juicy political gossip hoovered up' in Oz cyber attack

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A "sophisticated state actor" has carried out a cyber attack on the Australian parliament's computing network - just a month before an election.The country's prime minister, Scott Morrison, described the attack as a "malicious intrusion" which also affected the network used by major political parties. Although there is no evidence that data was accessed as a result of the breach, politicians were being urged to change their passwords.Mr Morrison said the cyber attack was probably carried out by a foreign government, but he stopped short of naming any suspects.Alastair MacGibbon, the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, told reporters: "Our political institutions represent high-value targets. "We will continue to work with our friends and colleagues, both here and overseas,...
U.S. Navy inaugurates new cyber warfare reserve unit

U.S. Navy inaugurates new cyber warfare reserve unit

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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy announced it has inaugurated a new Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group Reserve unit. Deputy Commander Rear Adm. James Butler presided over the ceremony on Jan. 4 at Club Meade. "We at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command are determine to increase our competitive advantages over our nation's adversaries by focusing on our capabilities, processes, and mostly importantly, our people," Butler said in a statement. "This new Reserve unit will leverage reservists' skill sets to support the active duty NCWDG component and its overall mission to test and deliver advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the Navy." The new reserve unit was ordered on Jan. 1. Sailors and Marines previously operated as a directorate within the reserve structure and will no...