Stuxnet chat saturated the news this week after the New York Times got the cyber security echo chamber going with a story delving into the mysterious worm. But Stuxnet was hardly the only news this week, which also saw new research from the Black Hat Briefings conference in Washington D.C. and progress on the strange disappearance of security researcher Dancho Danchev. Read on for the full week in review.
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Inventory is growing and prices are dropping on the cyber crime black market, according to a new report from security firm Panda Labs.
The specter of Stuxnet reared its head again this week, with news of a critical hole in some Chinese SCADA software, while, elsewhere, botnets reloaded following a holiday break, and patches from Microsoft, Google and RIM made headlines. Read on for the full week in review.
Its not just Wall Street giants like Goldman Sachs that see dollar signs hovering over Facebook. Spammers are hopping on the social networking giant to fool users, according to a report from security firm Cloudmark. Spammers are using botnets to send a barrage of malicious e-mail spam that mimic e-mails from social networking sites.
An onslaught of spammy holiday cards ushered out a 2010 that saw spam, for the first time ever, in decline. Meanwhile, the DoD warned about foreign governments stealing military technology, while researchers warned that application sandboxes might not be so safe to play in, after all. Read on for the full week in review.
Chung, a 72 year old engineer from Orange, California was charged with eight counts of economic espionage in 2008. According to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice, Chung, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had secret clearance for work on the U.S. Space Shuttle program that he performed as an employee for both Rockwell International and Boeing. According to the indictment, Chung took trade secrets related to both the Space Shuttle and the C-17 military transport aircraft and Delta IV rocket and attempted to pass it on to the People’s Republic of China.
Ye and Zhong were alleged to have obtained trade secrets, including designs for super integrated circuit chips from a variety of Silicon Valley firms through a front company, Supervision, Inc. a/k/a Hangzhou Zhongtian Microsystems Company Ltd. The two posed as legitimate businessmen interested in creating a joint venture to produce and sell microprocessors in China. The two attempted to recruit others to work for Supervision, claiming that the Chinese government would be backing the company.
Gowadia was a longtime employee of defense contractor Northrup and one of the designers of the U.S. military’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. He is believed to have conceived of and designed the B-2’s propulsion system, which protects the bombers from heat seeking missiles. He was arrested in 2005 and accused of selling classified information to the People’s Republic of China, and sending classified information to individuals in Germany, Israel and Switzerland.
Yu was a Product Engineer and ten-year veteran of U.S. automaker Ford Motor Company who admitted to copying around 4,000 confidential Ford documents to an external hard drive and passing them to Beijing Automotive Company with whom he hadtaken a job. The design documents have been valued at around $50 million.
The granddaddy of all moles, Robert Hanssen was a career FBI officer who spent decades spying for the Soviet Union, including the GRU – the Soviet military intelligence unit- and the KGB. Hanssen worked his way up in the FBI and was charged with a variety of jobs related to intelligence gathering and counter-intelligence for the FBI, selling what he knew to the Russians for more than $1 million in cash and diamonds between 1979 and 1999. That information included the identities of Soviets in Russia spying on behalf of the CIA, Soviets in the U.S.