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Sweden's FRA laconically acknowledges that the country sustained a number of cyber attacks from foreign intelligence services during 2013.

It's difficult to find a good word to say about cyber fraudsters, but here at least one might say the criminal ecosystem is a relatively healthy one, with predators culling the right prey: cyber stalkers are found particularly vulnerable to cyber fraud (at least so says Bitdefender).

The Target point-of-sale breach highlights a common problem: large volumes of data accessible to a single user (or process).

Guccifer (Romanian intelligence still hot on his heels) took an obvious approach to cracking celebrity security questions: names of pets, high schools, etc. are freely available on Wikipedia and elsewhere.

The World-of-Warcraft hack is interesting in defeating two-factor authentication, puzzling in that such skill would be deployed to so little purpose.

Zeus is back in the news, targeting 64-bit systems and smaller banks (lucrative in themselves, more so as gateways to bigger partners) and also using more sophisticated evasion techniques.

Two takedowns remain success stories: ZeroAccess seems gone, and a successor to BlackHole is proving difficult to find. Redkit, on the other hand, may have returned in an enhanced version.

Industry observers continue to publish trend stories. One, in ;login;logout's "This World of Ours," is a sensible (and funny) appreciation of how security professionals communicate.

In industry news, analysts look at FireEye and Palo Alto acquisitions and think they see an opportunity not seized: counter-surveillance. BAE preps a major push into the US cyber market.

Notes.

Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Sweden the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States..

For a complete running list of events, please visit the Event Tracker on the CyberWire website.

Upcoming Events

U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Expo (, January 1, 1970) Department of Commerce is interested in hearing from you! The OCIO Office is specifically looking for speakers on Vulnerability Management and Implementation of Continuous Monitoring. Please contact...

FBI HQ Cloud Computing Vendor Day (, January 1, 1970) As part of its FAR mandated market research efforts and in order to keep FBI employees informed of new products, technologies and services available in the industry, ITED has been tasked with organizing...

Creech AFB Technology & Cyber Security Expo (, January 1, 1970) The Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) - Las Vegas Chapter, with support from the 432d Wing, will host a Cyber Security Awareness Day & Technology Expo at Creech AFB. This is...

27th Annual Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) Conference (, January 1, 1970) The 27th Annual Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) Conference will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on March 18-20, 2014, exhibits will be...

NSA Hawaii (, January 1, 1970) Be a part of the 2nd Annual Information Technology Expo set to take place at the new National Security Agency (NSA) Regional Operations Center in Wahiawa, HI. The event is being sponsored once again by...

Cyber COMSEC and IT Day at Fort Huachuca (, January 1, 1970) This one-day vendor expo is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your products and services to military and civilian personnel at Fort Huachuca. Exhibitors will have a casual atmosphere to share ideas,...

Fort Meade Technology Expo (, January 1, 1970) The Ft. Meade Technology Expo is a one-day event held at the Officers' Club (Club Meade) on base. Industry vendors will have the unique opportunity to showcase their products and services to personnel...

NSA SIGINT Development Conference 2014 (, January 1, 1970) This classified conference will focus on the preeminent intelligence issues facing those who are tasked with SIGINT as part of their mission. Over 1500 participants from the US intelligence community and...

FloCon2014 (Charleston, South Carolina, USA, January 13 - 16, 2014) FloCon 2014, a network security conference, takes place at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, on January 13–16, 2014. This open conference provides a forum for operational network...

NASA Langley Cyber Expo (Hampton, Virginia, USA, January 14, 2014) The 2013 NASA Langley Cyber Expo is an annual event dedicated to Cyber Security and Information Technology at this secure facility. As the Cyber Expo hosts, the Office of the Chief Information Officer...

Federal Intel Summit (, January 1, 1970) The Potomac Officers Club is proud to host the 2014 Federal Intel Summit featuring Congressman Mike Rogers and leadership from across the Federal Agencies focused on protecting our national interests.

cybergamut Tech Tuesday: Malware Reverse Engineering: An Introduction to the Tools, Workflows, and Tricks of the Trade to Attack Sophisticated Malware (, January 1, 1970) Reverse engineering malware can be an integral part of every security team's calculus. This session provides a technical review of the tools, workflows, and advanced analytic insight a senior reverse engineer...

Federal Mobile Computing Summit (, January 1, 1970) The Federal Mobile Computing Summit: Digital Government Strategy II will feature government leaders who played an instrumental role in the development of the DGS and worked on the resulting deliverables.

Cybertech: Cyber Security Conference and Exhibition (, January 1, 1970) Cybertech Israel, the first event of its kind, will present world-leading companies in the field of cyber defense alongside young companies that offer unique solutions to advance the discipline of cyber...

U.S. Census Data Protection & Privacy Day (Suitland, Maryland, USA, January 28, 2014) The Census Bureau's Privacy Compliance Branch of the Policy Coordination Office is hosting a Data Protection and Privacy Day on January 28. This event is intended to provide a forum for Census employees...

2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum (Baltimore, Maryland, USA, January 28 - 30, 2014) The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum (CIF) is a three-day event, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) with DHS, NIST, and NSA as primary participating organizations.

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