Modeling cyberattack deterrence

The National Academies of Science functions in part to provide independent scientific advice to the US government. In that capacity, the office of the Director of National Intelligence contracted with the NAS to look into the prospects of developing cyberwarfare capabilities that are sufficient to deter an attack on its national infrastructure.

Chinese city is world’s hacker hub

A CITY in eastern China has been identified as the world capital of cyber-espionage by an American internet security company.

The firm traced 12 billion emails in a study which showed that a higher number of “targeted attacks” on computers come from China than previously thought.

IE8, Safari, iPhone Fall at Pwn2Own

The annual Pwn2Own contest at CanSecWest is underway, and on the first day Web browsers fell to attack. Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6.2 on 64-bit Windows 7 and Safari on OS X all were forced to run exploit code. To add insult to injury, an iPhone was cracked and the SMS database lifted from it.

The IE exploit is the most interesting because it bypasses both DEP (Data Execution Prevention) and ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization), albeit in a very cumbersome way, The researcher, Peter Vreugdenhil, explains exactly what he did in a paper on his web site.

Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots.

Bust of Major Hacker Ring

China announced a major bust of computer hackers, with state media saying officials had shut what they called the country's largest distributor of tools used in malicious Internet attacks.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of making hacking tools available online, the state-run Xinhua news agency said Monday.

Hire a hacker services popular

Hacker services are doing a roaring trade in the US offering access to partner's email accounts for less than $100, according to the Washington Post.

The Post was apparently amazed that women were paying hackers to find out if their husbands were cheating on them by getting the passwords for their email accounts from pirate sites. The charges for services from the likes of YourHackerz.com, ''piratecrackers.com'' and ''hackmail.net'' are small but apparently they are doing a roaring trade.

Using Cybercitizens to Hunt Down Hackers

Since the earliest days of the Internet, people have tried to hack their way into the computers of others. Even as hacking has grown from a way for geeks to impress each other to a means for criminals to steal and blackmail, the strategy for computer security has remained largely the same: Companies and consumers erect the thickest walls they can around computers so the bad guys can't get in.

Now security experts, realizing they're losing the battle, are ready to try a new approach. They plan to recruit victims and other computer users to help them go on the offensive and hunt down the hackers. "It's time to stop building burglar alarms to keep people out and go after the bad guys," says Rowan Trollope, senior vice-president for consumer products at Symantec, the largest maker of antivirus software.

Hackers set new high score for credit card theft at 130M

A Florida man may have busted the world record for consumer data theft after allegedly stealing 130 million credit and debit card numbers. The US Department of Justice announced Monday afternoon that 28-year-old Albert Gonzales and two co-conspirators had been indicted for conspiracy. If true, Gonzales and gang may have beaten the credit card theft high score of 45 million accounts nearly three times over.

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