Items tagged with cyber security

Governments have long worried that foreign device manufacturers could use their products to spy on users, but proving that it’s actually happening has been notoriously difficult. The Taiwanese government is the latest to investigate claims of Trojan horse devices, after receiving complaints accusing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi of selling phones that could collect user data and send the info to servers elsewhere in China. Xiaomi Mi4. Image Credit: Xiaomi The probe puts a spotlight on a growing vulnerability – not just for governments, but for citizens, as well – when it comes... Read more...
Do you laugh at the skills of other geeks? Do you have tech knowledge that would make the typical hacker whimper? If so, you might be a candidate for a new government program aimed at battling cyber enemies of the state. The so-called Cyber Reserve is being likened to the military reserve: a force of tech experts who can mobilize to defend the nation in times of crisis. We would have gone with Cyber Avengers, but Cyber Reserve works. It’s about honor, not glory, right? Navy Reserve. Image Credit: Motherboard The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is handling... Read more...
The Spanish National Police announced today that they've captured three individuals connected to the online hacktivist group Anonymous. According to the policía, the three are linked to attacks on multiple Spanish banks, one Italian energy company, Visa, MasterCard, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Columbia, and New Zealand. Additionally, the police originally stated that the group participated in the April attacks that crippled Sony's PlayStation Network, but later remarks from police chief Manuel Vazquez indicate this was untrue. Government officials are said... Read more...