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Reuters reports an intrusion into an Israeli Defense Ministry network. The vector was an attachment to an email that spoofed a Shin Bet sender.

The Syrian Electronic Army's (SEA) exploit against CNN last week was accomplished through phishing (described as an "intense, sophisticated attack"). The SEA has also claimed responsibility for a recent attack on Microsoft, which the software company reported this weekend might have compromised information related to "law enforcement inquiries."

Unrest in Ukraine has been accompanied by information operations (apparently regime-directed) against protesters and dissidents. (And compare CrowdStrike's trend forecast, which predicts that cyber attacks in 2014 will be increasingly linked to political conflict.)

US Federal Courts experienced a brief outage Friday. Despite claims to the contrary from Tweeters calling themselves "the European Cyber Army, " what was initially thought to be a denial-of-service attack appears instead to have been a software glitch.

Friday's Gmail travails are also ascribed to error.

Craft-supply retailer Michaels is the latest US merchant to disclose a credit card breach.

Two relatively new threats engage vulnerability researchers: acoustic methods of bridging air gaps and the prospect of weaponized virtual currencies.

In industry news, VMWare's acquisition of AirWatch is seen as an enterprise mobility management play. Google buys British artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $500M. Lockheed Martin and EMC expand operations in Israel; Prime Minister Netanyahu thinks the economic benefit of opening the country's cyber market outweigh the potential security risks.

In the US, surveillance policy takes curious partisan detours. Snowden alleges US economic espionage.

Notes.

Today's issue includes events affecting Canada, European Union, Germany, Israel, Republic of Korea, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States..

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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.

Cyber Training Forum at NGA (Springfield, Virginia, USA, February 4, 2014) The 2014 Cyber Security Training Forum (CSTF) will take place at the NGA East Campus in Springfield, VA. This event is designed to provide education and training to the NGA Workforce, the Intelligence...

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...

Cyber Security 2014 (, January 1, 1970) The threats and the opportunities conference brings together over 150 business leaders, senior decision makers, business development managers and IT professionals from across the whole defence and security...

Security Analyst Summit 2014 (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, February 9 - 13, 2014) The Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) is an annual event connecting anti-malware researchers and developers, global law enforcement agencies and CERTs and members of the security research community.

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...

New FFIEC Guidelines on Social Media: 3 Things You Need to Know (, January 1, 1970) We'll take an in-depth look at the new Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) guidelines on social media and consumer compliance risk, and how they may impact your organization. We'll...

RSA Conference USA (San Francisco, California, USA, February 24 - 28, 2014) Hundreds of game-changing interactions will give you an unparalleled diversity of industry insight and information based on best practices, real implementation stories, and detailed case studies. Each...

Nellis AFB Technology & Cyber Security Expo (, January 1, 1970) For over 12 years, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) - Las Vegas Chapter and FBC have been co-hosting the Annual Information Technology Expo at Nellis AFB. As was the case...

Trustworthy Technology Conference (, January 1, 1970) Join us for the first Trustworthy Technology Conference, to be held on 27 February 2014 at the AMC Metreon Theatre in San Francisco, California. We welcome all security researchers, practitioners and citizens...

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...

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