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May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014

U.S. utility’s control system was hacked, says Homeland Security

BOSTON, May 20 (Reuters) – A sophisticated hacking group
recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its
control system network, but there was no evidence that the
utility’s operations were affected, according to the Department
of Homeland Security.

DHS did not identify the utility in a report that was issued
this week by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber
Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT.

May 19, 2014

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

WASHINGTON/BOSTON, May 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. grand jury has
indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking
American companies and stealing trade secrets, the toughest
action taken by Washington so far to address cyber spying by

China denied the charges, saying they were “made up” and
would damage trust between the two nations. The
Chinese foreign ministry said it would suspend the activities of
the Sino-U.S. Internet working group.

May 18, 2014
May 16, 2014

U.S. industry too complacent about cyber risks, say experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After warning for years that the U.S. electric grid and other critical infrastructure are dangerously vulnerable to hacking, security experts fear it may take a major destructive attack to jolt CEOs out of their complacency.

While awareness about cybersecurity has increased in recent years, infrastructure consultants say the industry remains reluctant to spend the money needed to upgrade their aging equipment – especially in the absence of much pressure from the U.S. government, regulators or shareholders.

May 15, 2014
May 14, 2014

FBI plans cyber crime crackdown, arrests coming in weeks

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – The FBI is getting more
aggressive in pursuing cyber criminals and expects to announce
searches, indictments and multiple arrests over the next several
weeks, the agency’s official in charge of combating cyber crime
said on Wednesday.

“There is a philosophy change. If you are going to attack
Americans, we are going to hold you accountable,” the FBI’s
Robert Anderson told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in
Washington. “If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to
reach out and touch you.”

May 14, 2014
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May 13, 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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