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The WIP hosted #LocalVoicesTalk about Women in Islam, a Twitter event.

On Thursday, July 24, The WIP hosted a Twitter chat “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality.” Join the conversation from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PDT on Twitter. #LocalVoicesTalk.  You can view a recap of the discussion here. There will also be … Continue reading

Infrastructure Hackers, Script Kiddies and “Watchdogs”: A Round-up of Monsters Under the Bed from CIS/MS-ISAC

A recent report from the MS-ISAC (Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center) and written by CIS (Center for Internet Security, a private nonprofit) publicized by security journalist Brian Krebs addresses a series of concerns regarding an infrastructure hacker who calls himself “Sun Hacker” … Continue reading

Recent Activity from The European Cyber Army (ECA)

Intelligence Analysis, the threat monitor for Recorded Future, detailed recent attacks and events linked back to The European Cyber Army (ECA) in a recent article. The group has also been linked to several campaigns against U.S. banks in recent months. … Continue reading

Summary of 2013 Malware Development

HackSurfer just released a summary on malware development for 2013 based on the formal report from Panda Labs. Here are some of the key points from the summary: Almost 32% of computers across the world found infected with malware. There were … Continue reading

Turkey Thrashes Twitter, Leaks put Gov in a Twist

Amid deepening corruption scandals in Turkey, the Turkish Government has shut down access to a number of social media outlets, most recently Twitter, after Twitter failed to comply with their demands to censor links to wiretapped conversations of the inner … Continue reading

Commerce Dept. Cans ICANN

The US Government is winding down their participation in the Internet Corporation for Assisgned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN’s duties include setting policies for domain names, top level domains, and controlling the root nameservers that are the backbone of the … Continue reading

Point of Sale Target’ed, Millions of Credit Cards Scraped.

Early in December rumors began bouncing across cyberspace that retail giant Target had been hit in an extensive cybercrime scheme, wherein point of sale devices, (read here cash registers) had been infected with a program designed to steal credit card … Continue reading

Hotels May Become New Data Breach Point

A data breach appears to have hit White Lodging, a firm which manages hotel franchises for the Marriott, Hilton and Starwood Hotel chains. As reported by Brian Krebs, The breach appears to have struck computers in the restaurants and gift … Continue reading

New White House Initiative Pledges $750 Million for Student Technology

A new corporate initiative spearheaded by the White House has assembled a war chest of $750 million through donations from the business sector. The money will be used to ensure that “99 percent” of students receive strengthened access to technology … Continue reading

Mask/Careto Unmasked, Shadowy Spanish Spybots Slink into Sunset

Amid continuous revelations of a variety of “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT) hacking operations sponsored by nation states–among them Flame/Gauss/Duqu/Stuxnet, Red October, Comment Crew, Shamoon, Icefog and Dark Seoul– the major global players such as the US, Russia, and China have … Continue reading

The Syrian Electronic Army: Mediums of Disinformatics

“We are just Syrian youths who want to defend their country against the media campaign that is full of lies and fabricated news reports” The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) most likely began at least in part as an outgrowth of … Continue reading

Russia Crowdsourcing It’s Cyber Security Strategy: Clever Experiment or Solicitation of Internet Restriction Freedoms?

On November 29, 2013 the Federation Council (CF) of the Russian Federation held parliamentary hearings on the draft of the Concept of Russia’s Cyber Security Strategy. Participants of the hearing, recognizing the significant security implications of the proposed cyber security … Continue reading

Flames of the Dragon: A Profile of the PRC’s Cyber Situation

Since February of last year when the Mandiant Report was released, China has been at the forefront of cyber security news. It has become apparent that the PRC is waging all-out economic warfare through the use of widespread cyber espionage, … Continue reading

Profile of Brazil’s Overall Cyber Security Situation

Brazil is often known for its coastal beauty but sadly it should also be recognized for its prolific cyber security concerns. According to Symantec, Brazil is listed as number 7 on their list of countries with the biggest cybercrime problems. … Continue reading

WHAT!!?! Single-Use Computer Passwords A Reality?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology just released an article about how Quantum Physics might allow us to start using secure, single-use computer passwords.  There are a lot a wild claims that are circulating with our approach to full-scale … Continue reading

One of Cyber’s Greats – Dr. John Arquilla

Here is a write-up for one of cyber security’s most important contributors, Dr. John Arquilla. Dr. John Arquilla is professor of defense analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, author of Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits: How Masters of Irregular Warfare … Continue reading

Highlands Group Recommended Reading List

Just in time for your holiday shopping, we are pleased to announce the Highlands Group 2013 Reading List. Each year the Highlands Group present a list of books that we would like to call to your attention as being noteworthy. … Continue reading

Successor to Blackhole Exploit Kit May Take Years to Emerge

The arrest of Paunch shut off the flow of updates to the highly popular crimeware infastructure support tool, the Blackhole Kit. Since then there have been a number of contenders for the lucrative crown. A new article at Threatpost speaks … Continue reading

DARPA is Trying to Turn Cyberwar Into Child’s Play

DARPA, as expected, is coming up with many new and inventive ways of trying to rethink the cyber security challenges that DOD is plagued with. First they have developed a series of free computer and mobile app based games that, … Continue reading

NASA’s New Program: Robots

NASA developed an advanced robot known as Valkyrie that competed in DARPA’s 2013 Robotics Challenge Trial. DARPA hosted the robot challenge at the Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway this past December. Eight teams were selected to participate in a series of … Continue reading