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The first annual Index of Cyber Security finds that senior security officers are more concerned than at this time last year about the risk of cyber attack and other online risks, with concerns about ideologically-motivated hacktivists and the threats posed by business partners and other “counter parties” topping the list.
The U.S.’s Cyber Command is using special, classified briefings with private sector CEOs to scare them into greater vigilance about the threat of cyber attacks, according to an NPR report.
The Department of Homeland Security said it is investigating a string of cyber intrusions targeting companies that operate national gas pipelines in the U.S.
The UK’s military’s head of cyber security warned that hackers have breached computer systems containing top secret data, The Guardian reported.
In a post on the F-Secure Labs blog, Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen says the firm received a hard drive image from a “contact” within Syria who believed that his computer had been compromised. An F-Secure analysis of the drive’s contents and Web history revealed evidence of a targeted attack that used a malicious Skype chat link to install a copy of Xtreme RAT, a remote access tool that’s commercially available online.
An Iranian man who revealed a vulnerability in a widely used point of sale (POS) system in Iran had his blog confiscated by Google, which cited violations of its Terms of Service.
The dust still hasn’t cleared from revelations that many of RuggedCom brand networking products contain an easily-exploited back door account, and that it is working on a fix for the problem, according to a statement from Siemens, which recently bought RuggedCom.
Car maker Nissan became the latest high profile firm to acknowledge being hacked. The company issued a statement last week saying that it detected a virus infection on its network that resulted int he theft of employee login credentials from a company data store.
UPDATE: Security researchers are warning about the risk posed by an embarrassing security hole in industrial control software by the firm RuggedCom. A hidden administrative account could give remote attackers easy access to critical equipment that is used to manage a wide range of critical infrastructure, including rail lines, traffic control systems and electrical substations.