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U.S. Navy inaugurates new cyber warfare reserve unit

U.S. Navy inaugurates new cyber warfare reserve unit

Business
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...
German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

World
Germany's cybersecurity authority has defended its handling of a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians, after criticism it did not tell the police about the breach for weeks.The agency says it was not aware of the full extent of a systematic leak of information until Thursday night.Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online.It is unclear who was responsible.The attacks took place throughout December, but did not become public knowledge until Friday.The contacts, private chats and financial details of figures from every political party - except the far-right AfD - were posted on Twitter.The interior ministry says there is no evidence ...
Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Technology
UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017.Sky News previously revealed the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents throughout the whole of last year, with military data exposed to nation-state level cyber risks on dozens of occasions.These incidents included defence information being left unprotected to foreign states' surveillance of internet traffic, and checks not being performed to spot sophisticated espionage malware on computer devices.Similar slip-u...
Russian cyber security firm moves away from Moscow

Russian cyber security firm moves away from Moscow

Technology
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab is moving key parts of its business out of Moscow in a bid to address the risks arising from its exposure to the Russian intelligence services. Last year, the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS) and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued warnings regarding the use of Kaspersky software on critical government systems, citing legal powers in Russia, allowing the state to exert control over private companies.The warnings left Kaspersky Lab needing to reassure customers that their data was handled properly in what it has called a global transparency initiative.Crucial parts of its customer data processing and software production are being relocated to an automated data centre in a secured facility in the privac...
MoD hit by dozens of cyber security breaches

MoD hit by dozens of cyber security breaches

Technology
Ministry of Defence secrets were exposed in dozens of breaches of military cyber security policy last year, as hostile nations and spy agencies continue to probe the UK's defence sector. Heavily redacted reports obtained by Sky News have revealed that the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents in 2017.At the time, warnings issued by the MoD and National Cyber Security Centre mentioned a Chinese espionage group known as APT10 hacking IT suppliers to target military and intelligence information.Although espionage is considered an "acceptable" state behaviour and not a reasonable pretext for a forceful response, the theft of military secrets remains a serious threat to national security.The reports of breaches of British military infor...