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[ISN] Intel Assessment: Weak Response to Breaches Will Lead to More Cyber Attacks

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/intel-assessment-obama-admin-response-to-cyber-encourages-more-attacks/ By Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz Washington Free Beacon July 28, 2015 The United States will continue to suffer increasingly damaging cyber attacks against both government and private sector networks as long as there is no significant response, according to a recent U.S. intelligence community assessment. Disclosure of the intelligence assessment, an analytical consensus of 16 U.S. spy agencies, comes as the Obama administration is debating how to respond to a major cyber attack against the Office of Personnel Management. Sensitive records on 22.1 million federal workers, including millions cleared for access to secrets, were stolen by hackers linked to China’s government. U.S. officials familiar with the classified cyber assessment discussed its central conclusion but did not provide details. Spokesmen for the White House and office of the director of national intelligence declined to comment. Recent comments by President Obama and senior military and security officials, however, reflect the intelligence assessment. […]


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[ISN] Federal Employee May Have Been Cooking Meth at Government Agency’s Campus

http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/07/fbi-and-congress-are-investigating-if-meth-lab-exploded-federal-building/118751/ By Eric Katz Govexec.com July 30, 2015 A federal employee may have recently learned the hard way that cooking meth should be left to the chemistry experts. The FBI and a congressional committee are investigating whether a federal worker was manufacturing methamphetamine in a federal building after a room exploded earlier this month. After a July 18 explosion at a building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus, authorities found many of the key ingredients for making meth and a recipe for the drug, according to News4, the NBC’s Washington, D.C., affiliate. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is looking into whether a federal police lieutenant who was injured in the blast was involved in cooking the meth. The lieutenant resigned from NIST last week, according to The Washington Post. The officer originally told authorities the blast occurred after trying to refill a butane lighter. […]


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[ISN] Cybercom: Big Data Theft at OPM, Private Networks is New Trend in Cyber Attacks

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/cybercom-big-data-theft-at-opm-private-networks-is-new-trend-in-cyber-attacks/ By Bill Gertz Washington Free Beacon July 27, 2015 The commander of U.S. Cyber Command said last week that the Office of Personnel Management hack of millions of records of federal workers shows a new trend toward using Big Data analytics for both nation-state and criminal cyber attacks. “One of the lessons from OPM for me is we need to recognize that increasingly data has a value all its own and that there are people actively out there interested in acquiring data in volumes and numbers that we didn’t see before,” said Adm. Mike Rogers, the Cyber Command commander and also director of the National Security Agency. The theft of 22.1 million federal records, including sensitive background information on millions of security clearance holders, will assist foreign nations in conducting future cyber attacks through so-called “spear-phishing,” Rogers said, declining to name China as the nation state behind the OPM hacks. Additionally, China is suspected in the hack uncovered in February of 80 million medical records of the health care provider Anthem, which would have given it access to valuable personal intelligence that can be used to identify foreign spies and conduct additional cyber attacks. […]


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[ISN] Outrage: Iran deal commits U.S. to teach them how to defeat a cyber attack

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/07/outrage_iran_deal_commits_us_to_teach_them_how_to_defeat_a_cyber_attack_.html By Thomas Lifson American Thinker July 22, 2015 Perhaps the very worst aspect of the Iran deal reached in Vienna is the commitment of the U.S. and European powers to teach the Iranians how to resist attacks such as Stuxnet. Although it has received very little media coverage (Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon is the notable exception), the agreement states (buried on page 142 of the 159-page deal, in Annex III, under Civil Nuclear Cooperation, Section D, under Nuclear Safety, Safeguards and Security, item 10): 10. Nuclear Security E3/EU+3 parties, and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices. Co- operation in the following areas can be envisaged: 10. Co-operation in the form of training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems; 10. Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems. The language obviously s not limited to physical threats, so it must include advanced cyber warfare training. The Israelis are outraged. Ari Yasher of Israel National News writes: […]


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[ISN] Survey: Nearly 1 in 4 IT firms suffered security breach

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150726/NEWS/307269992/survey-nearly-1-in-4-it-firms-suffered-security-breach By TOM HENDERSON Crain’s Detroit Business July 26, 2015 Twenty-three percent of executives at technology companies say their firms have suffered a security breach in the past 12 months, according to the national annual Technology Industry Business Outlook survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. Three-fourths of executives surveyed say their companies will spend between 1 percent and 5 percent of annual revenue on IT security in the next 12 months. “The survey findings on security are an important marker, since tech companies are the pacesetters in IT security. How much and where tech companies spend on IT security, and how successful they are, can serve as guides for all other industries,” Gary Matuszak, global chairman of KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications practice, said in a release. The KPMG survey was of upper managers at 111 U.S.-based technology companies. Of the respondents, 54 percent were in companies with revenue of more than $1 billion a year, with the rest at companies with annual revenue between $100 million and $1 billion. […]


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[ISN] Hacking Team orchestrated brazen BGP hack to hijack IPs it didn’t own

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/hacking-team-orchestrated-brazen-bgp-hack-to-hijack-ips-it-didnt-own/ By Dan Goodin Ars Technica July 12, 2015 Spyware service provider Hacking Team orchestrated the hijacking of IP addresses it didn’t own to help Italian police regain control over several computers that were being monitored in an investigation, e-sent among company employees showed. Over a six day period in August 2013, Italian Web host Aruba S.p.A. fraudulently announced its ownership of 256 IP addresses into the global routing system known as border gateway protocol, the messages document. Aruba’s move came under the direction of Hacking Team and the Special Operations Group of the Italian National Military Police, which was using Hacking Team’s Remote Control System malware to monitor the computers of unidentified targets. The hijacking came after the IP addresses became unreachable under its rightful owner Santrex, the “bullet-proof” Web hosting provider that catered to criminals and went out of business in October 2013, according to KrebsOnSecurity. It’s not clear from the e-mails, but they appear to suggest Hacking Team and the Italian police were also relying on Santrex. The emails were included in some 400 gigabytes of proprietary data taken during last weekend’s breach of Hacking Team and then made public on the Internet. With the sudden loss of the block of IP addresses, Italy’s Special Operations Group was unable to communicate with several computers that were infected with the Hacking Team malware. The e-mails show Hacking Team support workers discussing how the law enforcement agency could regain control. Eventually, Italian police worked with Aruba to get the block—which was known as 46.166.163.0/24 in Internet routing parlance—announced in the BGP system as belonging to Aruba. It’s the first known case of an ISP fraudulently announcing another provider’s address space, said Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, which performs research on Internet performance. […]


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[ISN] Unit 8200: Israel’s cyber spy agency

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/69f150da-25b8-11e5-bd83-71cb60e8f08c.html By John Reed FT.com July 10, 2015 In a searingly hot afternoon at a campuslike new science park in Beer Sheva, southern Israel, I watched as a group of bright, geeky teenagers presented their graduation projects. Parents and uniformed army personnel milled around a windowless room packed with tables holding laptops, phones or other gadgets. There was excited chatter and a pungent smell of adolescent sweat. This was a recent graduation ceremony for Magshimim (which roughly translates as “fulfilment”), the three-year after-school programme for 16 to 18-year-old students with exceptional computer coding and hacking skills. Magshimim serves as a feeder system for potential recruits to Unit 8200, the Israeli military’s legendary high-tech spy agency, considered by intelligence analysts to be one of the most formidable of its kind in the world. Unit 8200, or shmone matayim as it’s called in Hebrew, is the equivalent of America’s National Security Agency and the largest single military unit in the Israel Defence Forces. It is also an elite institution whose graduates, after leaving service, can parlay their cutting-edge snooping and hacking skills into jobs in Israel, Silicon Valley or Boston’s high-tech corridor. The authors of Start-up Nation, the seminal 2009 book about Israel’s start-up culture, described 8200 and the Israeli military’s other elite units as “the nation’s equivalent of Harvard, Princeton and Yale”. With a female IDF minder at my side, I listened as the teenagers described their projects. More than half were boys but there were girls too, and 8200 is open to both. Omer, 19, had designed a USB key that can suck information out of one computer and organise it on another: essentially, a hacking tool. “We made it appear like a keyboard so you can infiltrate any company in the world,” he told me. “It’s a proof of concept.” […]


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