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Aug 8, 2014

Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers

LAS VEGAS, Aug 8 (Reuters) – A group of well-known hackers
and security professionals are trying to build better ties with
the auto industry in an effort to enlist their help in improving
vehicle security, one of the hottest areas of cyber research.

The non-profit group, known as “I am the Calvary,” is asking
attendees at this weekend’s Def Con hacking conference in Las
Vegas to sign an open letter to “Automotive CEOs” to ask them to
implement basic guidelines to defend cars from cyber attacks. (

Aug 7, 2014

Spy agencies hit in cyber espionage campaign: Kaspersky Lab

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab said they have uncovered a cyber espionage operation that successfully penetrated two spy agencies and hundreds of government and military targets in Europe and the Middle East since the beginning of this year.

The hackers, according to Kaspersky, were likely backed by a nation state and used techniques and tools similar to ones employed in two other high-profile cyber espionage operations that Western intelligence sources have linked to the Russian government.

Aug 6, 2014

Chrysler, Nissan looking into claims their cars ‘most hackable’

NEW YORK/LAS VEGAS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Chrysler and Nissan
said they are reviewing a report by well-known cyber security
experts that rates their vehicles among the three “most
hackable” cars on the market, along with a General Motors model.

Computer security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris
Valasek concluded in the report due to be released later this
week that the most hackable models out of 20 reviewed were
Chrysler Group’s 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s
2014 Infiniti Q50 and General Motors Co 2015
Cadillac Escalade.

Aug 4, 2014

Symantec, Kaspersky downplay Beijing effort to exclude products

Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. security software maker Symantec Corp
and Russia’s Kaspersky Lab downplayed a move by Beijing
to exclude them from a list of anti-virus vendors whose products
are approved for sale to central government agencies in China.

The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling
Communist Party, said on its English Twitter feed on Sunday that
the government’s procurement agency has excluded Symantec and
Kaspersky from a list of security software suppliers.

Aug 4, 2014

Two more talks pulled from Black Hat hacking conference

BOSTON (Reuters) – Security researchers have pulled two scheduled talks in this week’s Black Hat internet-security conference in Las Vegas – one on breaking into home-alarm systems and the other on a sophisticated Russian espionage campaign known as “Snake.”

The withdrawals follow the cancellation late last month of a highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor.

Aug 4, 2014

Hacker says to show passenger jets at risk of cyber attack

BOSTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Cybersecurity researcher Ruben
Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite
communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi
and inflight entertainment systems – a claim that, if confirmed,
could prompt a review of aircraft security.

Santamarta, a consultant with cybersecurity firm IOActive,
is scheduled to lay out the technical details of his research at
this week’s Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, an annual
convention where thousands of hackers and security experts meet
to discuss emerging cyber threats and improve security measures.

Aug 3, 2014

Beijing to bar Symantec, Kaspersky anti-virus in procurement: report

BOSTON (Reuters) – China has excluded U.S.-based Symantec Corp (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Russia’s Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved anti-virus software vendors, according to a Chinese media report suggesting Beijing is expanding efforts to limit use of foreign technology.

The state-controlled People’s Daily reported the news early Sunday on its English Twitter feed, saying that the government’s procurement agency “has excluded Symantec & Kaspersky” from a list of security software suppliers.

Jul 31, 2014

Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns

BOSTON (Reuters) – USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code.

Jul 23, 2014

StubHub was victim of cyber fraud ring; arrests to be announced

SEATTLE/BOSTON (Reuters) – eBay Inc’s StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

StubHub’s head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters late on Tuesday that his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case.

Jul 22, 2014

Hacking experts build device to protect cars from cyber attacks

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks.

At last summer’s Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, the two researchers, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, described ways to launch dangerous attacks, including manipulating the brakes of the moving Prius and the Ford Escape.

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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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