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Alister Shepherd

Cybersecurity Firm Warns Iranian Hacking on the Rise as U.S. Sanctions Intensify

Cybersecurity firm FireEye warned on Tuesday that Iranian hacking activity increased significantly after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. The firm tracked an especially vigorous “cyberespionage” effort against targets in the Middle East, U.S., and Japan through the month of July.

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Trump Administration Sanctions Russians for Interfering in 2016 Election

The Trump administration announced sanctions on Thursday against Russian individuals and organizations accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The sanctions designate five entities and 19 individuals under legislation and executive orders aimed at punishing those who engage in malicious cyber-activities.

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Report: North Korean Hackers Targeted U.S. Power Grid

According to a new report from security firm FireEye, “actors likely affiliated with the North Korean government” have attempted to hack American electric companies, in what appears to be “early-stage reconnaissance” for a possible future cyber attack.

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Founder of First Cyber Military Unit Deems Iran as ‘Most Persistent’ Threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. government civilian and military units have warned for nearly 25 years about a damaging cyber attack dubbed the “electronic Pearl Harbor,” but while threats continue to intensify, America’s ability to deter and defend against such an assault still suffers from capability gaps, testified a top expert before a House panel.

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Iran Hacks State Department Social Media Accounts

Unimpressed by their “historic” nuclear deal with the United States, and its billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran’s hackers have escalated their attacks on U.S. government officials over the past four months.

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Cyberwar Defeat: U.S. Pulls Assets from China After OPM Hack

CNN reported Wednesday that a U.S. official has confirmed that “the United States is pulling spies from China as a result of the cyberattack that compromised the personal data of 21.5 million government workers.”

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U.S. Considers Cyberwar Sanctions Against Russia, China

Hard on the heels of reports that China and Russia are busy using stolen U.S. government data to identify American intelligence officers and assets, comes word that the Obama administration is considering retaliatory sanctions against Russian and Chinese targets.

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Digital Warfare Takes Out ISIS’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Hacker

More details are emerging about Junaid Hussain, the twenty-something British expatriate who served as a key player in the Islamic State’s online army until a U.S. drone strike took him out this week. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal, Hussain was involved in most of ISIS’s hacking and social media exploits.

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Private Security Firm Believes They Know Who Is Behind OPM Hacks

FireEye, a private sector cybersecurity firm, told media that they believe they have discovered who was behind the massive hack on the federal Office of Personnel Management in which millions of federal employees’s data was stolen.

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Cyberterrorism Is the Next ‘Big Threat,’ Says Former CIA Chief

Many experts reckon the first cyberwar is already well under way. It’s not exactly a “cold war,” as the previous generation understood the term, because serious damage valued in millions of dollars has been done, and there’s nothing masked about the hostile intent of state-sponsored hackers. What has been masked is the sponsorship.

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Death by Snooze: North Korean Defense Minister Executed for Napping

North Korean Defense Minister Hyon Yong Chol, on the job for less than a year, allegedly developed a habit of falling asleep at public events. He made the mistake of doing this at an event attended by the communist dungeon state’s dictator Kim Jong-un, whose limited sense of humor about perceived insults was amply demonstrated to Hollywood last year.

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China Launches ‘Great Cannon,’ Internet Weapon Leaked by Snowden

China recently flooded American websites with a barrage of Internet traffic known as a “denial of service attack” to block providers that allowed China’s Internet users to circumvent websites blocked by government policies. The action was initially thought to be another example of China’s use of a program called the “Great Wall.” But academic researchers have determined that China appears to have reverse-engineered the capabilities of a powerful National Security Agency (NSA) program that was first described to the public in the leaked Edward Snowden files two years ago.

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Iran Hacked Sheldon Adelson’s Casinos: DNI Clapper Confirms

In testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed that Iran was behind a cyber-attack against Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corp. in 2014.

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Did NSA Surveillance Help Pin the Sony Hack on North Korea?

The Obama administration has officially linked the North Korean government to the Sony Pictures hack, perpetrated by a group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” in retaliation for a film that mocks North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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The Predictable Surprises of 2015—And Beyond

Back in 2005, two business-school professors, Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins, published a thoughtful book, Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them. A decade later, we can look ahead to the Predictable Surprises of 2015—and beyond.

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First Cyber War: Was the Sony Hack a Warm-Up for Bigger Things to Come?

The Sony Pictures hacking drama ended, at least for the moment, with the besieged studio deciding to authorize a limited release for “The Interview” after all. This came after a storm of criticism of Sony, and the U.S. government that failed to protect them, for caving in to the demands of a hacker group with, shall we say, very strong feelings about the impropriety of mocking North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.