A depressing collection of cyber news for a snowy Saturday ...
Latest in Bits and Bytes
Russia takes down more of the Ukraine. "IT systems at Kiev's main airport were floored over the weekend, sparking a renewed warning from Ukraine's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) about further BlackEnergy malware-based attacks." Apparently, Ukraine is now a free-fire zone for Russian hackers. Watch out.
Now we may know who invented Bitcoin. But who took 4 of 13 core DNS root servers offline with a DDoS attack?
Some entries on the cyber warfare front:
US and China Seek Cyber Arms Deal. "The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other’s critical infrastructure during peacetime, according to officials involved in the talks." [To be verified how?]
A sampling of cyber news: Hacking the hackers; remedying flaws in the ECPA; and China's plan to re-write the rules on cyberspace.
The Lopht warns of cyber insecurity ... in 1998. A fantastic review article about how we got to where we are today. "The seven young men sitting before some of Capitol Hill’s most powerful lawmakers weren’t graduate students or junior analysts from some think tank.
Press reports today (New York Times,
Russia Trolls the Net — A fascinating, must read report from the NY Times: “From a nondescript
China Worried By New US Cyber Strategy. "China's Defence Ministry expressed concern on Thursday at the Pentagon's updated cyber strategy that stresses the U.S. military's ability to retaliate with cyber weapons, saying this would only worsen tension over Internet security." Maybe this is a good thing ....
Neustar looks to lose its contract. "Federal Communications Commission staff has recommended that a $450 million contract Sterling-based company Neustar has held exclusively for 18 years be awarded to rival Ericsson." Readers will recall that the Neustar contract has cybersecurity implicaitons.