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OPINION
July 14, 2009 | Jesselyn Radack, Jesselyn Radack is the homeland security director of the Government Accountability Project in Washington.
Cyber security is a real issue, as evidenced by the virus behind July 4 cyber attacks that hobbled government and business websites in the United States and South Korea. It originated from Internet provider addresses in 16 countries and targeted, among others, the White House and the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has chosen to combat it in a move that runs counter to its pledge to be transparent.
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BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is believed to be have been hacked and lost 6.5 million passwords, according to various reports. The company, however, has yet to confirm the cyber attack but has said it is investigating the claim. Reports around the Web say 6.5 million passwords were posted to a Russian hacker site. The passwords are encrypted and hashed, according to reports, but that hasn't made them unbreakable. Among the stolen passwords, 300,000 are believed to have been cracked, according to The Next Web . And one cyber security expert has reportedly said LinkedIn's attacker has requested help cracking the passwords.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Since taking the helm of Northrop Grumman Corp. in January, Wesley G. Bush hasn't wasted any time shaking up one of the world's largest military contractors. On his first day on the job, Bush made a stunning announcement that he was moving Northrop's headquarters out of Los Angeles — where the company has been since it was founded in 1939 — to the Washington area. He then pulled Northrop out of the Pentagon's $35-billion aerial refueling tanker competition, shuffled top executives and this week announced he was looking at abandoning the company's $6-billion-a-year shipbuilding business.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
SAN JOSE -   President Obama plans to take up the subject of cyber security with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday as the two meet behind closed doors for what U.S. officials hope will be a rapport-building session between the two leaders. But the meeting unfolds in an atmosphere of newly heightened concern about the Obama administration's own policies toward the privacy of American citizens, likely to distract the public attention's from the high-stakes meeting in Southern California.
WORLD
June 6, 2013 | Shashank Bengali and Ken Dilanian
In January 2010, when Google accused Chinese hackers of infiltrating its network to track emails of human rights activists, the Obama administration didn't disclose what U.S. diplomats in Beijing believed: China's Politburo had directed the attack. Today the White House no longer shies from publicly accusing Beijing of launching a sophisticated range of cyber attacks on U.S. computer networks to steal corporate and government secrets -- including those of naval propulsion systems and gas pipeline technology -- worth billions of dollars.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Activists and lawmakers are geared up for a final push against the latest Internet security legislation, calling on Congress to reject or dial back the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (PDF) because of the considerable power it would give government to examine Americans' online activities. A number of amendments already have been made to the bill as its supporters have tried to secure passage - - a vote is likely on Friday - - by clearing up ambiguities regarding what the law would allow the government to do. CISPA's supporters portray it as a bill focused on opening up communication between the government and private entities for the purposes of sharing information about imminent or emerging cyber security threats, with particular emphasis on those that threaten national security from foreign sources.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2011 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
It took all of three minutes for the hacker to break into the small accounting firm's computer system. The virtual open window into the system turned out to be a computer equipped with outdated software. It provided access to the office network and the hacker was able to get files that included private financial information. "That was a shock," said Lynne Leavitt, a partner at the four-person Los Angeles firm, Brakensiek Leavitt Pleger. "I thought we had good security. I thought we were safe.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Members of the Bush family, including both former presidents, have apparently been hacked, and the Secret Service is investigating. The revelation came after Bush family photos and excerpts of email exchanges were posted online Thursday by the Smoking Gun, which attributed them to a hacker known as “Guccifer.” Guccifer claimed on the website to be a veteran hacker already being sought by “the feds” for hacking hundreds of...
BUSINESS
February 23, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Just as U.S. companies are coming to grips with the threats to their computer networks emanating from cyber spies based in China, a noted expert is highlighting what he says is an even more pernicious vulnerability in smartphones. Dmitri Alperovitch, the former McAfee cyber security researcher who is best known for identifying a widespread China-based cyber espionage operation he dubbed " Shady Rat ," has used a previously unknown hole in smartphone browsers to deliver an existing piece of China-based malware that can commandeer the device, record its calls, pinpoint its location and access user texts and emails.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Andrew Tangel and Jim Puzzanghera
A shadowy but well organized hacker group in the Middle East has disrupted the electronic banking operations of America's largest financial institutions in recent days, underscoring U.S. vulnerability to online terrorism. A group identifying itself as Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters attacked the websites of Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America. The strikes left customers temporarily unable to access their checking accounts, mortgages and other services. The banks said account and personal information for their tens of millions of online and mobile customers were not compromised.
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