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Sony Pictures on Wednesday cancelled the release of a comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling threats from hackers, as US investigators reportedly blamed Pyongyang for a damaging cyber-raid on the movie giant.
Indian police arrested Mehdi Masroor Biswas who is believed to be the handler of the influential Twitter account "ShamiWitness" which supports the Islamic State group, officials said.
Researchers say the attackers used a proxy network of routers as well as the WebDAV protocol to mask their identities.
A new report from the Association of National Advertisers and fraud detection firm WhiteOps estimates that bot fraud is costing the ad industry billions.
A series of spectacular cyberattacks drew headlines this year, and the situation will only worsen in 2015 as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks, security researchers at McAfee said.
On Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, the first Asian edition of Suits and Spooks will take place at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore.
North Korea denied Sunday involvement in a brazen cyber attack on Sony Pictures, but praised it as a "righteous deed" potentially orchestrated by supporters furious over a Hollywood comedy depicting a fictional CIA plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un.
Researchers from the University of Virginia say their technology can help prevent hackers from compromising unmanned aerial vehicles.
US authorities have warned troops to avoid drawing attention to their military ties on their social media accounts.
Symantec has released details of an extremely sophisticated cyber espionage tool that the company says has been used in “systematic spying campaigns” against a range of international targets since at least 2008.

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James McFarlin's picture
Does a dangerous threat lie with ISIS’s possible use of cyber weapons against American critical infrastructure, financial system or other targets? Will such attacks be attempted and do the capabilities exist within ISIS to do so?
James McFarlin's picture
Creative disruption, where a paradigm shift in thinking replaces an existing order, may be an elusive concept but its power as a driving force of human behavior cannot be denied.
James McFarlin's picture
One can only hope our nation’s alarm clocks wake up and stir our national leaders’ imaginations before a cyber incident of the magnitude of 9/11 results in the need for a “Cyber Strikes Commission Report.”
Tal Be'ery's picture
Defenders should use their "Strategic Depth" to mitigate attacks not on the perimeter but deeper within their network where they can leverage on their strategic advantage.
Jeffrey Carr's picture
The term “Tipping Point” is controversial because it has been so widely misused and loosely applied; two abuses that I often see in the cyber security marketplace.
Eric Knapp's picture
Enemy infrastructure is and always has been an important military target. The difference is that with increasingly automated and connected infrastructure, the ability for an enemy to target these systems digitally has increased, putting these systems at greater risk.
Mark Hatton's picture
I believe that no other nation can match the capabilities of the United States military, but at the same time, matching the level of resources and investment in cyber being made by nation states such as China could prove impossible.
Danelle Au's picture
The building blocks for a robust cybersecurity strategy are not uniquely different from security requirements for a traditional enterprise...
Oliver Rochford's picture
When the Chinese government states that it is not behind most of these attacks – it is possibly telling the truth. That the Chinese government has offensive cyber capabilities are not disputed. What is not a given is that all of this activity has been officially prompted or sanctioned.
Oliver Rochford's picture
It remains to be seen how the big powers will come to agree on the precise rules to govern cyber operations – currently the international legal status is uncertain, but the little players had better concentrate on improving old and developing new defensive measures.