Can Howard Schmidt Make a Difference?

At first glance, the selection of Howard A. Schmidt as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator looks like little more than a safe and easy choice designed to quiet the critics who for seven months have been howling for action from the Obama administration. But a closer look shows that Schmidt’s appointment may in fact be a milestone in the government’s handling of information security issues.

Howard Schmidt on the Cybersecurity Czar, Cybercrime and How to Fix Federal Cybersecurity

President Obama on Tuesday appointed Howard Schmidt, the former CSO of Microsoft and Bush administration security adviser, to be the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. In this podcast, recorded in May soon after Obama’s announcement that he would appoint a security czar, Dennis Fisher talks with Schmidt about the job, the cybercrime problem and what needs to be done to fix it.

Black Energy Tool Used in Citigroup Hack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a computer-security
breach targeting Citigroup Inc. that resulted in a theft of tens of
millions of dollars by computer hackers who appear linked to a Russian
cyber gang, according to government officials. Read the full article. [Wall Street Journal]

There are several ongoing investigations attempting to find the authors of the Conficker botnet, one of the fastest spreading worms in history, but those responsible for the worm have proven elusive. Read the full article. [TechTarget]

Hackers have released software they say sabotages a suite of forensics utilities Microsoft provides for free to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the globe known as Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE). Read the full article. [The Register]

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