DISA brings cybersecurity to the JIE, B.C. computer servers linked to $500M global theft ring and more

September 9, 2013
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DISAHere are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • DISA brings cybersecurity to the JIE – “He [Orndorff, chief information assurance executive and program executive officer for mission assurance at the Defense Information Systems Agency] kept returning to one point: It’s no longer about being able to collect the data; it’s about analyzing the data and pulling insights that can lead to actions.” This is a good talk by Mr Orndorff as he examined what DISA is doing to bring a better cybersecurity paradigm to the JIE. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • Samsung fortifies enterprise security on its Android phones – The Korean smartphone manufacturer will partner with Lookout to offer better mobile security on their “Knox” capable devices (these are all their devices SGS4 and newer). This mix will make Samsung devices more attractive to the enterprise crowd. Capabilities such as Knox and Lookout enable better BYOD offerings, while still maintaining (some) security provisions. Via ComputerWorld, more here.
  • B.C. computer servers linked to $500M global theft ring – A server in British Columbia, Canada, has been linked to a huge theft ring. This ring was tracked back to a Russian businessman leasing server space. The theft was made possible by keystroke tracking on infected machines. Via Yahoo!, more here.
  • US carried out 231 ‘cyber-operations’ in 2011 alone, leaked documents show – “The US is engaged in a wide-ranging campaign of cyber-operations against foreign targets, launching over 200 in 2011 alone, budget documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post have confirmed.” This information, could be used by adversaries to try to predict future actions, or just rile up their troops. Via ComputerWorld, more here.
  • New ‘Hesperbot’ bank Trojan targets mobile authentication systems – “Security firm ESET is warning of an ambitious new banking Trojan designed to beat the mobile multi-factor authentication systems rolled out to defeat an older generation of malware. Named Spy.Hesperbot after its discovery in Mid-August, the Trojan comes with the usual tricks such as keylogging, video capture and html injection but adds cleverness in the form of a remote control VNC server and a mobile app for Symbian, Blackberry or Android smartphones.” Since so many of us use mobile devices for everything, including banking and sensitive messages, it is essential that we be confident in their security settings. The latest NSA news shows that we should not be confident, and this malware is certainly troubling as well. Via ComputerWorld, more here.