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

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

Technology
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

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...