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The FBI has been using an in-house spyware program for several years to monitor the activities of suspected online criminals and hackers, according to recently released documents. The documents, obtained by Wired.com, show that the FBI was able to plant the program on target machines by encouraging their subjects to click on a link that silently installed the software.

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The supposedly new attacks on the electrical grid and other portions of the country’s critical infrastructure that came to light this week are in fact not new at all and have been ongoing for several years. Attackers have been making serious inroads into U.S. government, utility and military networks for most of this decade and the problem is continuing to worsen, security experts say.

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From Educated Guesswork (Eric Rescorla)

The received wisdom in the security industry is that trying to qualitatively assess the security of a given piece of software is an incredibly difficult task. Some of the sharpest minds in software security–Gary McGraw, Brian Chess and Michael Howard among them–have spent years trying to nail down a framework for this task, with varying degrees of success. Not to worry, though. As Eric Rescorla writes, the government has now joined the fray with a proposal to develop standards for software security.

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By Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus, Washington Post

Federal legislators are working on a bill that would make major changes to the way that both government and private networks are protected. The Washington Post reports that the legislation not only will include more enforcement for regulations, but also will push for a federal cybersecurity czar to be stationed in the White House, a measure that security experts have been recommending for years.

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By Kim Zetter, Wired.com
U.S. authorities are investigating the possibility of indicting and extraditing an Israeli man [wired.com] accused of hacking into Canadian banks as part of a credit and debit card scam that may also have affected two American banks. Ehud Tenenbaum has been in Canadian jail since last year and now U.S. law enforcement officials are looking into whether he was responsible for an attack on two U.S. banks that netted about $10 million.

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