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FBI Investigating Attacks On Physical Internet Infrastructure

Squads of Chinese hackers aren’t the only threat to internet infrastructure in the US, it would seem: the FBI is reportedly investigating “at least 11″ physical attacks on high-capacity internet cables in the Bay Area dating back a year.


This Palm-Sized Bug Wirelessly Steals Laptop Crypto Keys

This self-contained snooping device can steal data from laptops within 19 inches of it, sniffing out information based on the radio waves that leak from processors as a result of their variations in power use. And, as its designers point out, it’s small enough to fit inside a pita.


Hackers May Have Personal Data Of 18 Million US Government Workers

The data breach that siphoned off the private information of over four million US government employees may actually be far larger, with some estimating that it actually affected 18 million people. CNN has an exclusive report on what is shaping up to be the biggest digital crime against the US government ever.


Am I An Idiot For Still Using A Password Manager? 

Hackers broke into popular password manager LastPass this week, which raises some obvious questions: If the service you use to protect your passwords from getting compromised gets compromised, should you still use it? Is it really wise to store all our passwords in the cloud?


Foxconn Played An Unwitting Role In The Hack On The Iran Nuclear Talks

The story of Israel using a sophisticated cyberweapon to spy on the United States and others attending nuclear talks is getting weirder. According to Kaspersky, the attackers not only used a Stuxnet-like weapon — they also used a stolen security certificate from Foxconn to sign the malware.


Can The Power Grid Survive A Cyberattack?

It’s very hard to overstate how important the US power grid is to American society and its economy. Every critical infrastructure, from communications to water, is built on it and every important business function from banking to milking cows is completely dependent on it.


Why It's Often Easier To Innovate In China Than In The United States

About a year and a half ago, I discovered this $US12 “Gongkai” mobile phone (pictured above) in the markets of Shenzhen, China. My most striking impression was that Chinese entrepreneurs had relatively unfettered access to cutting-edge technology, enabling start-ups to innovate while bootstrapping. Meanwhile, Western entrepreneurs often find themselves trapped in a spiderweb of IP frameworks, spending more money on lawyers than on tooling.


The US Secretly Expanded Domestic Spying While Praising Transparency

Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents.


IRS Failed To Update Security Systems Making Recent Hack More Likely

Reports issued to the Senate Finance Committee by a governmental watchdog reveal that the Internal Revenue Service has failed to upgrade its systems to fend off digital attacks, making the recent theft of 104,000 taxpayer details more straightforward than it should have been.


US Vows To Help Japan With Cybersecurity, Japan Has Huge Hack Days Later

This weekend, the US pledged to help beef up Japan’s cyber defence. Two days later, The Japan Times is reporting that 1.25 million sets of personal data from its pension system were leaked in a huge cyberattack.