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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has sustained a cyber attack that officials say (without being able to state the specific damage) could cost millions to remediate. The Bureau of Meteorology is one of the country's biggest users of supercomputers, but it's thought that the Bureau was attacked as means of getting access to the real target: Australian defense networks. "It's China," say Australian officials on background. "Groundless accusations and speculation are not constructive," says a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.

The US and China are currently holding follow-on talks to their recent cyber security summit. How the Australian incident will affect these talks remains unknown, but some reports claim US President Obama is "pressuring" Chinese President Xi on China's allegedly ongoing cyber attacks on US industrial targets.

Attacks on banks continue, as hacktivists and criminal extortionists expand their attentions to financial institutions in Greece, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Anonymous persists in multitasking, attacking Thai police sites and releasing personal information on law enforcement personnel.

Japan's Minister Taro Kono, responsible for public safety, warns that Japanese critical infrastructure is vulnerable to cyber attack by ISIS.

Heimdal warns that the Angler exploit kit is distributing Cryptowall 4.0, a new strain of ransomware, in a drive-by campaign.

Huawei has announced that it will not fix its vulnerable WiMax routers. They may still be for sale, but the company says they're now "unsupported," won't be patched, and should be "discarded."

The cyber insurance market continues to sort itself out. Policies remain expensive, risks high.


Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

Dateline IoT Security Foundation Conference

The Inaugural IoT Security Foundation Conference (IoT Security Foundation) The inaugural IoT Security Foundation Conference is a one-day event and follows on from the popular IoT Security Summit held earlier in the year at Bletchley Park. Whilst the Summit looked at the problems with IoT security, this conference will look closer at the need for security, applications and what organisations should be doing to ensure a security first, fit for purpose and resilient approach

Top Five IoT Predictions for 2016 (iotUK) 2016 is almost upon us, meaning it's time to reflect back on 2015, as well as look towards the future of the Internet of Things. Paul Egan, IoTUK Principal Consultant, shares his top five Internet of Things predictions

IoTUK launches (Digital Catapult Centre) IoTUK, a national programme designed to amplify the UK's Internet of Things (IoT) capability, has today launched as part of the Government's £40m investment in IoT. Powered by the Digital Catapult and the Future Cities Catapult, IoTUK will look to advance the UK's global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector

Samsung's smart fridge could be used to steal your Gmail login (Fortune) In yet another example of a manufacturer of a connected product failing to secure said product, Samsung's connected fridge allows malicious people to steal a consumer's Gmail login credentials provided they can get on the user's Wi-Fi network

UltraSoC Announces Bare Metal Security (Design & Reuse) Extends on-chip analytics to deliver value-add functionality for SoCs

Cyber Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

Australia Bureau of Meteorology 'hacked' (BBC) Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has been the victim of a major hacking attack, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation has reported

China blamed for 'massive' cyber attack on Australian government (Reuters via Business Insurance) A major cyber-attack against Australia's Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromised potentially sensitive national security information is being blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on Wednesday

Hacktivists and cyber extortionists hit Greek, Russian, UAE banks (Help Net Security) A number of "regular" and central banks across Europe, Russia and Asia have been targeted by cyber attackers

Anonymous Hacks Thai Police, #OpSingleGateway Still Alive (Softpedia) Anonymous activists have breached the servers of Thailand's police, stolen and then leaked private information about its officers and some of its evidence

Islamic State Could Mount Cyber Attack in Japan, Minister Says (Bloomberg Business) Japan is at risk of cyber attacks on its essential infrastructure by Islamic State, the country's minister in charge of public safety said in an interview two weeks after a series of lethal terrorist attacks in Paris

Security Alert: Angler Exploit Kit Spreads CryptoWall 4.0 via New Drive-By Campaign (Heimdal Security) Our team has recently monitored and analysed a new stack of drive-by campaigns which aim to spread the Angler exploit kit by injecting malicious code into compromised web pages

Huawei 'Will Not Fix Vulnerable WiMax Routers' (TechWeek Europe) The Chinese telecommunications equipment maker advised users to discard the affected devices, some of which are still on sale

Zen Cart Flaw Fills Hackers' Stockings (Infosecurity Magazine) Ho ho ho: Talk about the holiday gift that keeps on giving…for hackers, that is

Crook offers 1,300 PayPal accounts, claims billions more are compromised (CSO) On Monday, a random posting to Pastebin offered 1,300 email addresses and passwords to anyone who happened to come across the file, and provided a sponsored link to what the post claims to be a file containing billions of PayPal accounts

Ransomware and scammy tech support sites team up for a vicious one-two punch (IDG via CSO) One holds your files hostage, the other overcharges to fix nonexistent computer problems

Photos of kids and parents, chatlogs, audio files stolen in VTech breach (Naked Security) The intruder who says he broke into servers at toymaker VTech last month told Motherboard that the data he* could get at was so sensitive, it made him queasy

The VTech data breach shows kids are just as vulnerable to hacking (Mashable) Toy maker VTech on Friday admitted that 5 million of its customer accounts — including at least 200,000 accounts related to children — had been breached

Toymaker VTech says data on 6.4 million kids taken in unprecedented hack (Business Insurance) Digital toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd. said on Tuesday that data on about 6.4 million children was exposed in a hack of information on customers in more than a dozen countries

Core financial services 'under threat from cyber attack' (Belfast Telegraph) The Bank of England has warned of the "serious and growing threat" to stability posed by a cyber attack at the heart of the UK financial system, as essential firms race to protect themselves

Dallas County Officials Have Been Exposing User Details for Over a Decade (Softpedia) Officials haven't fixed the issue, months after being warned

Security Patches, Mitigations, and Software Updates

Stable Channel Update (Chrome Releases) The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 47 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux

Windows machines stop trusting Dell's two unconstrained root CA certs (Help Net Security) Microsoft has updated the Certificate Trust list for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows so that the two digital certificates (complete with inadvertently disclosed private keys) used by Dell on its computers will no longer be trusted

Cyber Trends

Ratings agency predicts potentially staggering global cyber security losses (Business Insurance) A global cyber security risk could potentially cost the insurance industry multiples of what a nuclear loss would cost, says A.M. Best, in a report

Custom secure apps are gaining popularity in the enterprise (Help Net Security) It looks like organizations are increasingly building custom secure apps

Global cyberconflicts, hacktivism and disruptions are on the horizon (Help Net Security) As the data breach landscape continues to evolve, companies must try to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to respond to any type of security incident

Brace for impact: Incoming data deluge from 420 million vehicles by 2020 (FierceBigData) It's well known that data from the IoT will heavily impact a broad swath of companies

2016 year of the machine: Big data-driven automation, AI, IoT (FierceBigData) Predictions are plentiful that machines will take over many jobs and lots of other human activities like driving

User online privacy tools on the upswing (FierceBigData) Consumers and businesses alike are still concerned about the possible rise of a police state and a big brother-dominated world

2015: Year of the healthcare security breach (FierceHealthIT) IBM is calling 2015 the year of the healthcare security breach, noting in a report that five of the eight largest security breaches in the sector occurred in the first half of the year

How the 'Internet of Things' will change physical security (Security Info Watch) The integrity of the security we provide as an industry should not be compromised for IoT

Security, interoperability seen as major problems of messaging apps (Hot for Security) Some 15% of US and 40% of Chinese users cite lack of security as a major flaw with messaging apps, according to "The challenges facing OTT messaging apps" survey by tynte

Humility, Accountability And Creative Thinking Can Fix IT Security (TechCrunch) The state of cybersecurity has reached full-blown systemic failure


Corporate Governance in the Age of Cyber Risks (Knowledge@Wharton) Corporate boardrooms are waking up to the encroaching, systemic threat of cybersecurity risks

Cyber Market Dramatically Increases (Risk & Insurance) Middle-market companies are being targeted by insurers, but some industry sectors are finding it increasingly difficult to get coverage

Property rates favor buyers amid light losses; cyber an exception (Business Insurance) Rates in various lines and geographies varied widely amid an overall 4.8% decline in third-quarter commercial insurance rates, according to Marsh L.L.C

The State of Cyber Insurance (Insurance Thought Leadership) While cyber purchases are increasing broadly, given the rise in breaches, some industries, such as healthcare and utilities, lead the way

How much a data breach costs Canadian companies (Toronto Globe and Mail) Cyber Monday may be an annual boon to Canadian shoppers, but for the country's businesses, the cybersphere presents a daily headache in dealing with ongoing concerns over data and security breaches

Why Small-Business Entrepreneurs Should Care About Cybersecurity (Entrepreneur) When hacking stories hit the headlines, they're usually about large companies — organizations that have millions of users

Here's Air Force's $49.5M Plan to Outsource Cyberweapon and Counterhack Software (Nextgov) The Air Force is finalizing a $49.5 million plan to hire private sector coders who, by developing software, can sabotage adversary computer systems and thwart incoming hack attacks

Cyber-security VCs Discuss Their Top Investment Criteria (eWeek) Top investors from Menlo Capital and Trident Capital Cybersecurity discuss what they invest in and what they want to see in a cyber-security firm

Symantec Expands Global Security Operations Centers With US$50 Million Investment (Stockhouse) Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), one of the leaders in cybersecurity, today announced plans to beef up its Cyber Security Services business globally with an investment of more than US$50 million

Yahoo Board to Weigh Sale of Internet Business (Wall Street Journal) Board to discuss whether to proceed with a plan to spin off its investment in Alibaba, find a buyer for its core business, or both, sources said

Exclusive: KKR, Thoma Bravo, Vista eye $4 billion Dell assets — sources (Reuters) Buyout firms KKR & Co LP (KKR.N), Thoma Bravo LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC are competing for $4 billion worth of Dell Inc's assets, people familiar with the matter said, as the computer maker steps up asset sales

ThreatQuotient Raises $10.2M in Series A Funding Led by New Enterprise Associates, Appoints John Czupak as CEO (BusinessWire) Investment strengthens ThreatQuotient's ability to transform threat intelligence through innovative platform developed with analyst workflows and processes at its core

Why Shares of Infoblox Inc. Soared on Tuesday (Motley Fool) The computer networking company handily beat analyst estimates for revenue and earnings, and also announced strong guidance that flew in the face of recent analyst downgrades

BioCatch adds to Board of Directors (Biometric Update) Behavioral biometrics, authentication and malware detection firm BioCatch, has appointed two new members to the company's Board of Directors: Gadi Maier, who will serve as the board's Chairman, and Howard Edelstein, who will serve as an independent director

Products, Services, and Solutions

Adobe Flash: Death By 1,000 Cuts (InformationWeek) Adobe's Flash Professional next year will be called Animate CC, and it will focus on creating HTML5 content

Adobe Flash Is Dead in Name Only (Wired) Flash is finally dead. Well, the name is, anyway

Are Macs Good Enough at Fighting Security Threats in the Workplace? (Intego Mac Security Blog) Windows fanboys might not like to admit it, but Apple computers are steadily growing their foothold on corporate networks — even so, are IT bosses confident that Macs are doing a good enough job at fighting security threats?

From IoT threats to forensics: How this simulator is helping sharpen cybersecurity skills (ZDNet) Available on premise or as a service, the new iPhalanx security simulator aims to offer flexible training in live, real-life scenarios

Fortscale Receives Computer Technology Review 2015 MVP Award (BusinessWire) Company honored in the Security category for its User Behavior Analytics Solution

Trend Micro's Deep Security solution integrates with Microsoft Azure Security Center (First Post) Trend Micro has announced the integration of its Deep Security solution into the Microsoft Azure Security Center

Duo Feature Update: Helping Users Update Endpoints (Duo Security) Welcome to the future of endpoint management (well, almost): Every endpoint is up-to-date, users patch vulnerabilities on their own, and when a 0-day patch is available, users know what to do in order to fix their endpoints

Sophos Sandstorm — Next-generation advanced threat defense made simple (Sophos Blog) Attackers are more frequently using previously-unknown malware to evade traditional protection

Thycotic Teams Up with Adobe to Bring Enhanced Privileged Account Security to Build Environments for Cloud Applications (Dark Reading) Thycotic, a leading provider of enterprise privileged account management solutions for more than 3,500 global organizations, today announced that Adobe, a global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions, has deployed Thycotic Secret Server in build environments for its products and cloud services to reduce risk and enforce strong privileged credential management as part of its innovative security automation practices

ESET presents new version of ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 Antivirus (Channel World) ESS Distribution makes 9th version of ESET flagship products well-known to Indian users available all across India both online and in retail

G Data stellt kostenloses Clean-up-Tool vor (IT Espresso) G Data Clean Up entfernt sowohl Adware als auch potenziell unerwünschte Programme (PUP)

Paladion Networks partners with CounterTack | MCSI (Channel World) The Paladion partnership with CounterTack takes its Active threat detection capabilities a step further by enhancing the SOC capabilities in endpoint threat context and visibility

CylancePROTECT™ Achieves HIPAA Security Rule Compliance Certification (Marketwired) Cylance, the company that is revolutionizing cybersecurity through the use of artificial intelligence to proactively prevent, rather than just reactively detect, advanced persistent threats and malware, today announced that CylancePROTECT™ has been certified 100 percent compliant with HIPAA/HITECH malicious software protection, detection and reporting requirements

Technologies, Techniques, and Standards

Views on Cybersecurity Readiness and Response From Angela Messer, Executive VP, Booz Allen Hamilton (Bloomberg BNA) Do you think your background as a military officer and work with the defense community helps you in addressing cybersecurity, where not too surprisingly military terminology often seems to come to the fore?

The next version of the web has a message for the NSA (Naked Security) The language of the web is the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and like a lot of really important technology it's actually more than a little, um, unexciting

Advent tip #2: Defend yourself from ransomware — back up your files! (Naked Security) Whether you're taking your laptop on holiday, or sticking at home with your faithful desktop this festive season

Design and Innovation

Predictive Analytics Tools Confront Insider Threats (SIGNAL) Defeating the new normal is the mission of advanced software

Research and Development

Bat Blue Awarded Network Feature Virtualization Patent (Sys-Con Media) Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) patent enables Unified Cloud Security to deliver the full security stack as an in-the-cloud utility


FSB Refuses to Allow 'Foreign' Students Entry to Nationwide Competition (Moscow Times) Russia's Federal Security Service has blocked several foreign high school students from participating in a nationwide academic cryptography competition, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday

Legislation, Policy, and Regulation

U.S., Chinese leaders hope new cooperation will cut cyber thefts, improve relations (UPI) Representatives of the United States and China met in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for a summit on cyber security that was arranged by the nations' leaders two months ago — a meeting both sides say they hope will remove bilateral obstacles to greater diplomacy

Obama Pressures China's Xi Jinping on Cybersecurity (US News and World Report) Chinese officials meet in Washington this week to discuss the bilateral no-hacking agreement

4 Conversation– Starters & Stoppers For US–China Cybersecurity Talks (Dark Reading) As meetings begin in Washington, will 'are you still hacking us' be on the list of questions?

Opinion: It's time to rethink polarizing encryption debate (Christian Science Monitor Passcode) The debate over encryption technology that intensified after the Paris attacks is dominated by cyberlibertarians on one side and law and order proponents on the other. But any resolution will require reframing the discussion and figuring out how to apply democratic controls to our digital infrastructure

Privacy bill adds safeguards to individuals' old e-mails and texts (Christian Science Monitor Passcode) The Email Privacy Act would replace the current Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a nearly 30-year-old e-mail privacy law that requires probable cause warrants only for searches of e-mails and text messages that are less than 180 days old

House passes bill authorizing Secret Service cyber crime training for state, local cops, prosecutors (FedScoop) Rep. John Ratcliffe's legislation codifies the work of the National Computer Forensics Institute and orders the Secret Service to expand its network of multi-agency cybercrime task forces

'Cyber Command' must focus on the joint fight, general says (Air Force Times) The Defense Department will likely set up a so-called CYBER-COM in the future, on par with current unified combatant commands, a top general said, but warned the organization shouldn't be too focused on cyber alone

Cyber and EW: It's about effects, not missions (C4ISR & Networks) Across the military, the services are moving electronic warfare and cyberspace operations ever closer together as the two disciplines become increasingly intertwined, dependent on each other and a source of growing pains

US Jammed Own Satellites 261 Times In 2015; What If An Enemy Tried? (Breaking Defense) Russia and China are investing heavily in cyber and electronic warfare, but they're not shutting down US satellite downlinks yet. Instead, we have met the enemy and he is us — we think

Christie: Rand, Cruz Worked Against Intelligence Community 'To Make Us Less Safe' (The Hill) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie earlier this week said that by pushing to end the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk data collection, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have "worked against the intelligence community to make us less safe"

Randall Coleman Takes Executive Assistant Director Role at FBI's Cyber Crime Branch (Executive Gov) Randall Coleman, an 18-year FBI veteran and former assistant director of the counterintelligence division, has been named executive assistant director for the bureau's criminal, cyber, response and services branch in Washington

Vietnam gives Kingdom encryption lessons (Phnom Penh Post) The Vietnamese military has begun training Cambodia police in cryptography and encryption techniques as part of a national plan to protect "state secrets"

Litigation, Investigation, and Law Enforcement

GCHQ accused of 'persistent' illegal hacking at security tribunal (Guardian) UK government monitoring station admits hacking devices for the first time during case brought by Privacy International and internet service providers

Europol get new powers to target terrorists and cyber-gangs (SC Magazine) Europe's police agency, Europol, is getting new powers to combat terrorism, cyber-crime and other cross-border threats, after more than 440 people were killed in terrorist attacks last month, including the Paris attacks

A Giant Malware Sandbox Is Europol's Secret to Fighting Hackers (Motherboard) What do you do when there are so many cases of cybercrime utilizing a myriad of different types of malware, and you're the cop that has to dig through them all? Well, you build a massive system for automatically analysing malware from as many countries as possible, of course

ISIS In America: Who Is The Average Islamic State Sympathizer? (Vocativ) 90 percent of all ISIS sympathizers charged in America were U.S. citizens or permanent residents

IRS says it will get a warrant before using cell-site simulators (IDG via CSO) The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have also restricted the use of the technology without a warrant

Patent Troll — 66 Big Companies Sued For Using HTTPS Encryption (Hacker News) Are you Using HTTPS on your Website to securely encrypt traffic? Well, we'll see you in the court. At least, that's what CryptoPeak is saying to all big brands that utilize HTTPS on their web servers

Google accused of tracking school kids after it promised not to (IDG via CSO) The EFF says Google collects data from students and uses it to target ads and improve its products

FEMA eGrants system doesn't meet DHS IT security specs, says OIG (FierceGovernmentIT) The electronic grant management system used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant does not comply with the Department of Homeland Security's information system security requirements, according to an internal watchdog

Gansler to lead Pa. porn email probe (AP via the Daily Record) A team of Washington-based lawyers will comb through thousands of emails on government computers in an independent examination of pornographic and other objectionable content shared among judges, prosecutors and others, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Tuesday

Nothing says love like a £1.6 million online dating scam (Graham Cluley) Two men tricked a woman into sending separate payments of cash totalling £1.6 million as part of an online dating site scam

German auto parts firm sued in U.S. over VW emissions scandal (Reuters via Business Insurance) German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has been accused of conspiring with Volkswagen A.G. to evade diesel emissions standards in at least 11 million vehicles worldwide in a class action lawsuit

Apple pays out after Genius bar worker wipes honeymooner's iPhone (Naked Security) Irreplaceable honeymoon photos!

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