[ISN] Northrop Grumman Foundation Congratulates Top 28 Teams Advancing to CyberPatriot National Finals Competition

http://www.globenewswire.com/newsarchive/noc/press/pages/news_releases.html?d=10116947 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Jan. 26, 2015 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot VII, is proud to congratulate the top 25 high school and three middle school teams advancing to the national finals competition on March 13 in Washington, D.C. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the National Youth Cyber Education Program that’s inspiring students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, cyber camps, and an elementary school education program. This year’s finalists represent schools and other organizations from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Manitoba, Canada. Click here for a complete listing of finalists. “We are so proud of all the students who participated this year and we wish the top 28 finalists all the best as they prepare for the big showdown,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and vice president of Northrop Grumman Global Corporate Responsibility. “CyberPatriot has proven to be an innovative way to inspire young people to pursue a career in cybersecurity. It is filling the much-needed pipeline of qualified cyber talent and we couldn’t be more pleased with its success. CyberPatriot is a true example of how a hands-on, STEM initiative can make an impact by addressing a national imperative.” A record 2,175 teams, up 40 percent from the previous year, competed this year in a series of online rounds where students were given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and were tasked with finding vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Students competed from across the U.S. and in other parts of the world to be among the top finalists that receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Finals in Washington, D.C. “The need for cyber defenders has never been more relevant, or urgent,” said Diane Miller, director, CyberPatriot Programs, Northrop Grumman. “To address the increasingly complex threat requires diversity of education, experience, and approach to problem solving. CyberPatriot is inspiring our youth at every level and from every pocket of the country to cultivate a cyber workforce with a strong ethical foundation, the requisite technical skills and life skills in communications, leadership and teamwork so important to potential employers. These students are career-ready and poised to take on this national and global challenge.” In its fifth year as presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Corporation continue to devote time, talent and resources to support CyberPatriot. In addition to the foundation’s financial support, Northrop Grumman awards annual scholarship funds to the top winning teams and contributes employee volunteers and mentors. The company also provides internships to CyberPatriot competitors, as do other industry and government organizations. Northrop Grumman also partnered this year with Cyber Security Challenge UK to bring CyberPatriot to the U.K.. Known as CyberCenturion, this youth cyber defense competition will hold its finals competition on April 17 at Bletchley Park in London. The CyberPatriot VII Teams will compete face-to-face in a one-day event to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists will also face-off in four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, and a Mobile Application Challenge hosted by AT&T. These extra challenges expose teams to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them. As a global provider of cybersecurity solutions, Northrop Grumman is committed to grooming tomorrow’s cyber workforce and is engaged in supporting numerous cybersecurity education, training and technology initiatives. For more information on Northrop Grumman in cyber, go to www.northropgrumman.com/cyber. The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation. CONTACT: Marynoele Benson Northrop Grumman Corporation 703-556-1651 marynoele.benson@ngc.com




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[ISN] World’s largest DDoS attack reached 400Gbps, says Arbor Networks

http://www.techworld.com/news/security/worlds-largest-ddos-attack-reached-400gbps-says-arbor-networks-3595715/ By John E Dunn Techworld Jan 27, 2015 Some time in December 2014 an unnamed ISP experienced an NTP reflection DDoS attack that peaked at a router-straining 400Gbps, easily the largest denial of service event in Internet history, Arbor Networks’ 10th Annual Infrastructure Report has revealed. It’s an apparently small detail slipped into the firm’s larger narrative which is probably less important in the grand scheme of things than the fact that super-massive DDoS attacks are now common enough to have turned into dull statistics. Message – large DDoS attacks are here to stay. But what is driving this ballooning traffic? Arbor gets its numbers from Peakflow SP sensors in 330 customers’ premises feeding into the firm’s Atlas system, which it backs up with manual surveys of important ISPs and providers not contributing to this system. […]


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[ISN] Barrett Brown’s sentence is unjust, but it may become the norm for journalists

http://boingboing.net/2015/01/26/barrett-browns-sentence-is.html By Trevor Timm Jan 26, 2015 Investigative journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to an obscene 63 months in prison on Thursday, in part for sharing a hyperlink to a stolen document that he did not steal, and despite the fact that he was not guilty of a crime for linking to it. Maybe journalists think this is an anomaly, and some will ignore his case entirely since Brown also pled guilty to other charges that led to part of his sentence too. But be warned: if the White House passes its dramatic expansion of US computer law, journalists will constantly be under similar threat and reporting on hacked documents could become a crime. How is this possible, you ask? Well, first it’s important to understand the details of Brown’s case. […]


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[ISN] Who are Lizard Squad?

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/who-are-lizard-squad-10007363.html By KIRAN MOODLEY The Independent 28 January 2015 With a hacker affiliated with Lizard Squad apparently hacking Taylor Swift’s Twitter account yesterday, many will be asking who exactly are these latest online mischiefs. In a world where names such as LulzSec, Anonymous and the Syrian Electronic Army are banded around in an ever-increasingly porous internet, it can be difficult grasping the basics of the who, what and why of online hackers. Who are Lizard Squad? No one really knows. The name Lizard Squad is used as a signature on a site the group has hacked, displaying a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo. They were then behind the Christmas day attack on Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox Live. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, “Member One” said that he became part of the attack for moral reasons, that Microsoft could have prevented the hack and that it only took a few days to plan. […]


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[ISN] ‘Ghost’ flaws poses high risk to Linux distributions

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2875780/ghost-flaws-poses-high-risk-to-linux-distributions.html By Jeremy Kirk IDG News Service Jan 27, 2015 A fault in a widely used component of most Linux distributions could allow an attacker to take remote control of a system after merely sending a malicious email. The vulnerability, nicknamed “Ghost,” is in the GNU C Library known as glibc, according to security vendor Qualys, which disclosed the issue on Tuesday as many Linux distributions released patches. Glibc is a C library that defines system calls. Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu and Novell have issued fixes. It is advised administrators should patch as soon as possible. The bug first appeared in glibc in 2000. It actually was fixed on May 21, 2013, in between versions 2.17 and 2.18, Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek wrote in a blog post. […]


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