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Dec 2, 2014

Iran hackers target airlines, energy, defense companies: researchers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Iranian hackers have infiltrated major airlines, energy companies, and defense firms around the globe over the past two years in a campaign that could eventually cause physical damage, according to U.S. cyber security firm Cylance.

The report comes as governments scramble to better understand the extent of Iran’s cyber capabilities, which researchers say have grown rapidly as Tehran seeks to retaliate for Western cyber attacks on its nuclear program.

Dec 2, 2014
Dec 2, 2014

Exclusive: FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The five-page, confidential “flash” warning issued to businesses late on Monday provided some technical details about the malicious software that was used in the attack, though it did not name the victim.

Dec 1, 2014
Dec 1, 2014
Dec 1, 2014

Cyber ring stole secrets for gaming U.S. stock market – FireEye

BOSTON (Reuters) – Security researchers say they have uncovered a cyber espionage ring focused on stealing corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market, in an operation that has compromised sensitive data about dozens of publicly held companies.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc, which disclosed the operation on Monday, said that since the middle of last year, the group has attacked email accounts at more than 100 firms, most of them pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies

May 19 (Reuters) – The United States on Monday charged five
Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into
American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade
secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers
over cyber espionage.

China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly
worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment
was “made up” and would damage trust between the two nations.

Nov 13, 2014

Oracle, SAP settle long-running TomorrowNow lawsuit

By Jim Finkle and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp and SAP SE have settled long-running copyright litigation for $356.7 million over improper downloads of Oracle files, ending a fierce legal battle between the two enterprise software rivals.

    The case involved SAP’s TomorrowNow unit, which the German company bought to provide software support to Oracle customers at lower rates than what Oracle charged, hoping to persuade them to become SAP customers.

Nov 13, 2014

Automakers agree on measures to secure data generated by cars

BOSTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Two U.S.-based groups
representing some of the world’s biggest automakers have agreed
on privacy standards for securing vast quantities of data
generated by the dozens of tiny computers and tracking systems
used in modern vehicles.

“Automakers pledge to provide protections for sensitive
information that goes beyond similar principles in other
industry sectors,” Mitch Bainwol, chief executive officer of the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement.

Nov 11, 2014
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      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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