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Enough Clucking – Start Fixing the SCADA Security Problem

September 12, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

I am not a SCADA Apologist. If anything, I consider people like myself and Joel Langill to be SCADA Realists. Clearly Joel and I believe security is important. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be in this business. And our clients don’t pay us to hear: “Do nothing; it’s the other guy’s fault.”

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The Electric Industry: Understanding Cyber Risk is Key to Resource Allocation

August 07, 2013 Added by:Lila Kee

Organizations, especially those involved in the electric industry, must view security investments as a viable risk-reduction tools that not only protect the nation’s way of life, but also investments they have made in their own businesses. To truly understand the risk that critical infrastructures face, and the level of security attention its different sectors require, you must first understand ...

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PRISM: Tip of the Cyber Intel Iceberg

July 16, 2013 Added by:Don Eijndhoven

Since somewhere as early as 2007 the various US intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies used the law to gain access to information harvested by tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype and Youtube.

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Emergency Alerting Systems Found Vulnerable to Remote Attack

July 08, 2013 Added by:Steve Ragan

Digital Alert Systems From Monroe Electronics Contain a Known SSH Private Key and are Vulnerable to Remote Attack

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Cyber Security Goes Ballistic

April 16, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Cyberweapons are now comparable to the ballistic nuclear missile arsenal of the US, which also resides under the jurisdiction of the President. Giving the President cyber-initiative responsibilities speaks volumes regarding the serious attitude to which they are treated.

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The Threat to Industrial Control Systems from Physical Persistent Design Features (PPDF)

April 01, 2013 Added by:Joe Weiss

Industrial control systems (ICSs) were designed for reliability and safety and to enable system operability and functionality. Many ICSs were originally designed before networking was commonplace. Consequently, cyber security was not a design consideration.

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SCADA and ICS Security Patching: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 26, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Let's examine the good, the bad and the ugly details of patching as a means to secure SCADA and ICS systems. And to begin, let’s suppose patches could be installed without shutting down the process...

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The Fight Against Secret Surveillance Law Continues: EFF Asks D.C. Circuit to Order Release of Secret Legal Opinion

March 19, 2013 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

In a brief filed on Friday, EFF continued its fight against secret surveillance law, asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to order the release of a secret opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

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Congress is Hurting the U.S. Regarding Cybersecurity

March 19, 2013 Added by:Joel Harding

If Congress doesn’t wake up and begin asking serious questions around cybersecurity, their inattention is going to cause us great harm in the coming years.

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From Cyber Quarrelling to Cyber Diplomacy

March 15, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Cyber quarrelling ‒ lately practiced by the US and China ‒ makes the need for increased openness and international cooperation in the domain clearly evident...

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Symantec Uncovers Earliest Known Version of Stuxnet (Version 0.5)

February 26, 2013 Added by:Mike Lennon

According to Symantec, Stuxnet Version 0.5, an earlier and less sophisticated version of Stuxnet, was designed to close crucial valves that feed uranium hexafluoride gas into the centrifuges, causing serious damage to the centrifuges and the uranium enrichment system as a whole.

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China's PLA Behind Massive Cyber Espionage Operation

February 19, 2013 Added by:Mike Lennon

In a fascinating, unprecedented, and statistics-packed report, security firm Mandiant made direct allegations and exposed a multi-year, massive cyber espionage campaign that they say with confidence is the work of China.

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Defining the Qualities of Cyber Warfare

February 14, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Cyber warfare is one of the hottest topics currently trending in newsfeeds and, although many are quick to use the term, not everyone fully understands the concept.

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How the US is Preparing for Cyber Warfare

January 29, 2013 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

The US and Israel are considered in cyber warfare context to be the most advanced nations, and according the international press they have been been involved in the creation of the first worldwide recognized cyber weapon, Stuxnet, and many other related spy tools kits such as Flame...

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Perfect Citizen, US vulnerability assessment program on critical infrastructures

January 02, 2013 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

CNET web site has published a news on a secret National Security Agency program named Perfect Citizen that is targeting on large-scale the control systems inside utilities, including power grid and gas pipeline controllers, with the purpose to discover security vulnerabilities.

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Flipping Malware: A Profit Opportunity for Corporate IT Departments

December 09, 2012 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

Some of the more forward-looking DOD contractors who have robust internal CERT with engineers who do reverse-engineering could be in the best position to offer free or low-cost network defense to corporations who want to "flip" the malware found on their network for a nice profit...

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