[ISN] USC hit with another personal data breach

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20130629/NEWS10/306290012/USC-hit-another-personal-data-breach By Andrew Shain GreenvilleOnline.com June 29, 2013 The University of South Carolina is dealing with another data breach while it continues work to eliminate unnecessary use of Social Security numbers. USC sent letters this week to 6,300 students whose personal information, including Social Security numbers, could have been on a laptop stolen from the physics department. The school’s new cyber-security program is more than a year from completion, USC officials said. And even when it’s in place, hackers and thieves might get valuable data from the school where more than 80,000 devices




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[ISN] NSA revelations throw wrench into lawmakers’ cybersecurity push

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/308563-nsa-revelations-throw-wrench-into-cybersecurity-push By Brendan Sasso Hillicon Valley The Hill 06/30/13 Revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs could make it more difficult for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation. Civil liberties groups have long argued that the House’s cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), could allow vast batches of private online information to fall into the hands of the NSA. The House passed CISPA earlier this year, but the Senate is still in preliminary talks about its own cybersecurity legislation. News that the NSA has been collecting records on virtually all U.S. phone calls and monitoring certain Internet users through a program called PRISM have brought privacy fears to the front burner in recent weeks. […]


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[ISN] New disk wiper malware linked to attacks in South Korea, researchers say

https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9240440/New_disk_wiper_malware_linked_to_attacks_in_South_Korea_researchers_say By Lucian Constantin IDG News Service June 28, 2013 A new piece of malware designed to delete files from hard disk drives and render computers unable to boot targets South Korean users, according to researchers from security firm Symantec. The malware is similar to the Jokra Trojan program that was used in March to wipe the hard drives of computers belonging to several banks and TV broadcasters in South Korea, leading to significant disruptions of their operations. The attack in March was attributed by security experts to a hacker gang called “DarkSeoul” that’s also believed to be responsible for the distributed denial-of-service attacks from Tuesday against South Korean websites, including that of South Korean President Park Guen-hye. The new hard-drive wiper malware is called Trojan.Korhigh and was found by Symantec researchers during their investigations into cyberattacks in South Korea. “Trojan.Korhigh has the functionality to systematically delete files and overwrite the Master Boot Record (MBR) on the compromised computer, rendering it unusable,” the Symantec researchers said Thursday in a blog post. […]


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[ISN] Chinese University issues new security alert to students over hacking

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1272163/chinese-university-issues-new-security-alert-students-over-hacking By Lana Lam and Emily Tsang South China Morning Post 30 June, 2013 Staff and students at Chinese University were warned yesterday to secure their computers against hacking. The caution came just over two weeks after claims by whistle-blower Edward Snowden that it had been among the targets of a US cyberspying programme. An e-mail sent by the information security section to all 8students and staff said: “Protecting our data and information against hackers has recently become the talk of the town.” Titled “Information security reminder – Keep your data out of hackers’ reach!”, the e-mail is understood to have landed in the inboxes of about 14,800 students and more than 7,500 staff yesterday afternoon. It included more than a dozen specific “do’s and don’ts” on how to block unauthorised access to personal data. “We strive to protect all data … processed and stored by the central information systems and data that flow through our campus network,” the e-mail said. […]


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[ISN] Was Halifax’s e-vote hacked?

http://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2013/06/27/was-halifaxs-e-vote-hacked By Rob Wipond The Coast June 27, 2013 It’s been several weeks since I revealed evidence that the online voting in last fall’s municipal elections in Halifax was not secure. Now I’m starting to wonder, does anyone care? How many people care about defending our most basic pillar of democracy


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