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FBI Warns of Mobile Malware, Agencies to Adopt NSTIC

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October 16, 2012
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Here are today’s top cyber news and stories.

  • The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning consumers of enhanced malware - The two latest malware for mobile devices are Loozfon and FinFisher. These target users with phishing emails promising profits. While Loozfun is only on Android devices, FinFisher can be found on the full spectrum of mobile operating systems. Via CNet, more here.
  • Merchants ineffectively fighting online fraud – A new survey by Card Not Present and SignatureLink has found that online merchants are having a terrible time fighting fraud. “The study also showed that 52% of merchants are performing pre-fraud screening, typically geolocation of the customer’s IP address. Unfortunately, fraudsters can easily manipulate those screening solutions.” Via Net-Security, more here.
  • The Air Force is looking to revamp its definition of cyberspace - The Air Force says it’s committed to operationalizing its approach to cyberspace and exercising control over the new warfighting domain as convincingly as it does in air and space. But the service is doing some serious soul searching as it tries to wrestle its definition of “cyber” into something that’s manageable and understandable. Via Federal News Radio, more here.
  • Surgical Attack Tool miniFlame Joins the Big Happy Cyberweapon Family - miniFlame was identified by Kapersky Labs, and is thought to be created by Israel and the US. It can both operate alone or in conjunction with Flame and Gauss malware. Via Gizmodo, more here.
  • The OMB CIO VanRoekel is pushing for agencies to adopt the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) - NSTIC is an opportunity for the federal government to provide real assurance for government identities. According to VanRoekel, “NSTIC basically orders government to trust a level of assurance across government boundaries.” Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.

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