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SS7 Flaw Leaves Global Cellphone Network Wide Open to Hacks

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Just about anyone can listen in on anybody?s private cellphone calls and texts. That?s the finding of two German researchers who say security flaws in Signaling System 7 (SS7), a major underpinning of the global cellular network, enable malicious intercepts on a massive scale.

Gingrich: With Sony Hack, US Loses First Cyberwar

- Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Now that Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has decided to cancel the release of ?The Interview,? the movie that reportedly kicked off the devastating cyber-attack the company is still recovering from, some say the ramifications are far-reaching. In fact, political pundit Newt Gringrich says the decision is proof the U.S. just lost the world?s first cyberwar.

Sony Internal Audit Highlights Critical Infosec Issues Prior to Hack

- Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nearly two months before the infamous hack that left Sony dealing with leaked emails and unreleased movies being shared for free, the company?s internal audit outlined a series of infosec issues underscoring just how low a priority security was to the company.

POODLE Bug Returns via TLS

- Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The POODLE bug that made the rounds a couple of weeks ago is coming back to bite some organizations again. While the original POODLE affected only SSL Version 3, now researchers say certain TLS implementations are vulnerable, too.

Hackers Target Firms to Gain Stock Market Edge

- Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

FireEye reports a new group of hackers is taking insider trading to a new level. The security firm says it uncovered a scheme where hackers infiltrate top-level executives? email to gain a market edge in the health care/pharmaceuticals space.

FBI Warns of Destructive Malware in Wake of Sony Attack

- Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Could this be the first U.S.-based Shamoon? The FBI is warning U.S. businesses about an especially destructive Shamoon-like malware in the wake of an attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last week.

Symantec: Regin Malware Has Been Spying on Companies Since 2008

- Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Symantec has uncovered an advanced piece of malware, perhaps developed by a nation state, that has been spying on a variety of companies across Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2008.

NSA: China, Others Are Able to Take Down the US Power Grid

- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finally, the NSA goes public with what many in the infosec industry already knew. NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers publicly admitted China and two or three other countries now have the capacity to mount cyber-attacks capable of shutting down the U.S. electrical grid and other critical systems.

Russian Hackers Take Over UK Webcams

- Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Could this be the first big attempt at compromising the Internet of Things (IoT)? The UK is warning users that a group of Russian hackers has taken control of various webcams and closed circuit TV feeds in the country, including home baby monitors.

Report: US Spies on Cell Phones via Fake Towers Deployed on Airplanes

- Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fake cell towers on the ground are one thing, but the U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly deploying fake cell towers on airplanes in an effort to spy on the cellphone conversations of criminals (and anyone else) within flying range.

Threats RSS Feed - Symantec Corp.

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Trojan.Expilan

- Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

BBOS.Lastacloud

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Bloodhound.Flash.29

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Geplook

- Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Carberp.C

- Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Badabro

- Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Carberp.B!gm

- Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Packed.Generic.471

- Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Ransomcrypt.O

- Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Smsstealer

- Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Tuferkan

- Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Lastacloud

- Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

IOS.Lastacloud

- Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Deathring

- Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Ploscato

- Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Destfallen

- Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Rodagose!gen1

- Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Linux.Turla

- Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Nurjax

- Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.Heuristic.131

- Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

SONAR.SuspProfileRun

- Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

Trojan.Phase

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Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Acecard

- Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Rodagose

- Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W32.Ransomlock.AO

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Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Virus.

W32.Ransomlock.AO!inf

- Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Virus.

Infostealer.Boyapki.B

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Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Tzeebot

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Bankrif

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Netcrawly

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W32.Unruy.B

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Virus.

Trojan.Zelocat

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Setoba

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Fleercivet

- Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Morstup

- Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Spikeddos

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W97M.Phisher

- Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Destover

- Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Linux.Lightaidra

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Worm.

Backdoor.IRC.Azbot

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Packed.Generic.470

- Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Ghostnet!gen1

- Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low.

W64.Cridex

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2014-8440

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2014-0588

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2014-0577

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Syndicasec!gen2

- Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Gresim!gen1

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Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Cohhoc

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Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2014-6352

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Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Bloodhound.Flash.27

- Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Bloodhound.Flash.28

- Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Ranslock.AN!inf

- Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Compfolder

- Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Bancos.BD

- Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Korbalank!inf

- Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Getmypos

- Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Korbalank

- Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

OSX.Trojan.Gen

- Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Smslink

- Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

PHP.Phocryp

- Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Cromwi

- Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

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North Korea denies hacking Sony

- Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:33:37 -0500

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. The United States stands by its assertion that North Korea was to blame, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman said on Saturday, in response to the remarks. U.S. ...


Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:32:13 -0500

SYDNEY (AP) ? An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where she is recovering from stab wounds, Queensland state police said.

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:40:24 -0500

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.


North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:11:24 -0500

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of North Korea's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency. ...


Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:09:08 -0500

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.


Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:20:38 -0500

FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Travolta accidentally introduced her as "Adele Dazeem" right before she was about to sing the hit song "Let It Go," from the animated film, "Frozen." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.


5 comedy alternatives to 'The Interview'

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:43:01 -0500

FILE - This undated photo provided by Paramount Home Entertainment shows Owen Wilson, left, and Ben Stiller during a scene from "Zoolander." (AP Photo/Paramount Home Entertainment) **NO SALES**LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Kim Jong Un isn't alone.


Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:33:43 -0500

FILE - An exterior of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. While Sony Pictures is technically part of the Sony empire, it has long been run as an entirely separate U.S. company. So far, the Japanese media seems to view the hack as an American problem rather than a domestic one. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.


Sony Pictures CEO says had no choice but to pull 'The Interview'

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:14:07 -0500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Describing the lonely work of leading a company through a devastating cyberattack, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Michael Lynton on Friday said the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview." Lynton, speaking in a lengthy interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, was responding to comments made by President Barack Obama that the studio erred in shelving the film after cinemas refused to show it following unspecified threats from hackers. ...

Sony trying to find alternatives to release 'The Interview'

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:14:07 -0500

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea. After a rare public shaming of a corporation by President Barack Obama, who said Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the film and bowing to intimidation, chief executive Michael Lynton told CNN he hoped that the public would see the film but no other platform had shown interest. ...

Japan, South Korea condemn Sony hack; Chinese paper says movie is senseless

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:14:07 -0500

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and South Korea condemned a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that the United States has blamed on North Korea and said they would cooperate in international efforts against cyber-crime as asked for by Washington. The government of China, North Korea's only major ally, has yet to respond to the U.S. call, but a state-run newspaper denounced Sony's comedy woven around a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as senseless and arrogant. ...

North Korea says to boost nuclear power to counter U.S. hostile policy

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:11:21 -0500

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju visit the Kumsusan Palace of the SunSEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea vowed on Saturday to boost its "nuclear power" to counter Washington's hostile policy, saying it had become apparent the United States aimed to invade the North under the guise of human rights abuses. Member countries of the United Nations on Thursday urged the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity as alleged in a U.N. inquiry report released earlier this year. "Now that the U.S. ...


AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:35:46 -0500

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho gestures during an interview with The Associate Press, at his apartment, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values against anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author says he was prepared to make himself an example ? even if it meant inviting criticism and threats ? if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its cancelled film. (AP Photo/Boris Heger)GENEVA (AP) ? Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.


Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:58:39 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:33:04 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government. Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said at a year-end news conference, "I wish they had spoken to me first. ... We cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship."

Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyber attack on Sony

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:02:50 -0500

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Faced with the most destructive cyber attack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humor to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming.

Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:55:10 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) ? Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:10 -0500

An exterior of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":


Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:34:28 -0500

DENVER (AP) ? The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain ? a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:25:00 -0500

FILE - In this July 21, 2012 file photo, three helicopters make a flyover of the Century Theater in Aurora, Colo., a day after twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing ?The Interview? earlier this week, the fate of the movie was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn?t deem the threats of violence credible, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:58:49 -0500

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breachStaples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The office supply retailer announced in October that it was looking into a ...


Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:52:11 -0500

U.S. President Obama responds to a question after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyber attack caused a lot of damage to Sony but that the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview," a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...


Business Highlights

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:38:45 -0500

___ Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's ...

North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:27:57 -0500

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? North Korea on Friday denied the FBI's accusation that it was behind a devastating hacking attack on Sony but it said the now-shelved film "The Interview" mocked the impoverished but nuclear-armed country.

Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:15 -0500

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif. A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information. Lionel Felix?s lawsuit filed Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in federal court in Los Angeles states he ran the company?s infrastructure for Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment from 2001 to 2004. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.


US officially accuses North Korea of Sony hacking

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:14:52 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration on Friday formally accused North Korea's government of being responsible for the dramatic hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. but offered few hints about how or whether it would retaliate. Its proof: The U.S. detected communications between computer Internet addresses known to be operated by North Korea and hacking tools left behind at the crime scene, which the FBI also said contained subtle clues linking them to that country's government.

Risk modelers look to clarify cyber risk costs

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:05:43 -0500

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy to get. Unlike earthquakes, tornadoes or even terrorism, there are no existing models to calculate how much a so-called "cyber hurricane," cutting across a swath of companies, could cost. Without that, insurers cannot be sure how much risk they can afford to underwrite. ...


Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:03 -0500

A Staples truck delivers office supplies in San Diego(Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. An investigation by external data security experts showed that criminals deployed malware to some point-of-sales systems at 115 U.S. stores, Staples said. The company said it has since eradicated the malware. Staples, which has more than 1,400 stores in the country, said the malware might have allowed access to some transaction data, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes. ...


5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:56:46 -0500

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have:

Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:50:49 -0500

This photo provided by Moneyhorse Games shows a scene from the video game, "Glorious Leader." (AP Photo/Moneyhorse Games)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea.


The Audacity of Scolding Sony

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:11:53 -0500

The Audacity of Scolding SonyThe accepted story of President Obama in the six weeks since the November elections is that he's been liberated. No longer tied down by the political prospects of Democrats in Congress, he has upended the low expectations placed on a lame-duck president and moved in rapid succession on immigration, climate change, net neutrality, and just this week, to normalize relations with Cuba after a 50-year freeze. "Yes, I think they made a mistake."


Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:48:35 -0500

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, Diana Bang, as Sook, Seth Rogen, as Aaron, and James Franco, as Dave, in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing ?The Interview? earlier this week, the fate of the movie was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn?t deem the threats of violence credible, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. That attack came without warning, and there was no precedent for such mass violence against a U.S. movie audience. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)NEW YORK (AP) ? Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form."


Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in pulling 'The Interview'

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:17:07 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in pulling the satirical film "The Interview" after suffering a devastating cyber attack blamed on North Korea. "I wish they (Sony) would have spoken to me first," Obama said at a news conference. "I would have told them, 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.'"

George Clooney criticizes Hollywood in Sony cyber attack

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:02:42 -0500

U.S. actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin leave Venice city hall after a civil ceremony to formalize their wedding in VeniceNEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar winner George Clooney slammed Hollywood power players for not supporting Sony Pictures following the cyber attack on the company over the satirical comedy "The Interview" about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony on Wednesday pulled the Christmas Day release of the film depicting a fictional assassination of Kim after major theater chains said they would not show it due to unspecified threats made by the hackers. Clooney, in an interview Friday with online trade publication Deadline. ...


Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:14:47 -0500

BERLIN (AP) ? Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.

Full text of U.S. FBI statement on Sony cyberattack

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:32:24 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following is the full text of the FBI's statement on Friday on the recent cyberattack against the Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. : "Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. ...

Hackers tell Sony wise to cancel film, don't make more trouble: CNN

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:58:19 -0500

Hackers tell Sony wise to cancel film, don't make more trouble: CNNWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported on Friday, quoting the message.


Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:44:00 -0500

A logo is pictured outside Sony Pictures Studios in Culver CityBEIJING (AP) ? Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.


For North Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:43:45 -0500

A world map with the Korea peninsula marked in red is seen as a hotel receptionist talks on the phone in Rason cityBy Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said. Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear technology are the weapons of choice for the impoverished North to match its main enemies, they said. ...


Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:33:48 -0500

A movie billboard is displayed behind a Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio entrance in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.