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NDP questions government handling of Heartbleed at Canada Revenue Agency

OTTAWA - Two New Democrat MPs have written to the minister in charge of the Canada Revenue Agency asking her to explain what they say are discrepancies in the timeline of the Heartbleed security bug. The NDP's Charlie Angus and Murray Rankin put several questions to National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay about the CRA's actions from the time the bug was first made public on Monday to when the agency shut down its website Tuesday evening.

'Heartbleed' blamed in attack on Canada tax agency, more expected

By Jim Finkle and Louise Egan BOSTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised as hackers exploited the "Heartbleed" bug, and security experts warned that more attacks will likely follow. The breach allowed hackers to extract social insurance numbers, which are used for employment and gaining access to government benefits, and possibly some other data, the Canada Revenue Agency said.

Sharing cyber threat details not antitrust violation, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday urged companies to share information with each other about cyber threats and issued guidance making clear that doing so would not violate antitrust laws. The new push comes as many top retailers and other companies have suffered major data breaches. Most recently, the "Heartbleed" bug was found to have exposed personal data to hackers, prompting Facebook Inc, Google and others to take steps to mitigate the impact on their users.

Military secrets leaked from state-run defense agency: lawmaker

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Large amounts of military intelligence have been leaked from a state-run defense agency after its computer networks came under attack from suspected Chinese and North Korean hackers, an opposition lawmaker claimed Thursday. The hackers stole classified information by planting malicious codes and programs into the computer networks of the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), Rep. Kim Young-joo of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy said in a press release.

Fearing cyberattack, Israel curbs government websites' foreign traffic

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will temporarily suspend some of its government websites' international traffic to fend off a potential mass-cyber attack by pro-Palestinian hackers, an Israeli security source said on Thursday, without elaborating on the threat. The precautionary measure would be in place from Friday through Monday, the source said, and include refusal of electronic payment from abroad for government services. Some routine reprogramming of websites was also on hold, the source said.

Judge dismisses US lawsuit in News Corp. hacking case

A US federal judge dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch and other executives of News Corp. alleging they withheld key information about the phone hacking scandal in Britain. Judge Paul Gardephe dismissed the case, saying the allegedly false statements were made prior to the period in question in the suit. But he left the door open to an amended complaint. "Nearly all of the purportedly false statements cited in the complaint were made prior to the start of the class period," the judge wrote in the opinion, dated Monday and made public Tuesday.

China hopes U.S. matches words with policy on cybersecurity

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Monday it welcomed comments by the U.S. defense chief saying the United States would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace, but added Beijing hoped Washington would match its words with actual policy. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China next month, said the Pentagon sought to be "open and transparent" about its cyber capabilities and intentions with both allies and competitors.

S. Korea detects suspected N. Korea hacking attempt

South Korea detected a suspected North Korean hacking attempt Thursday to steal military data by using a journalist's notebook computer, defence ministry officials said. The military cyber warfare command found that a notebook infected with a malicious code was used in a bid to attack the defence ministry's computer network, a ministry spokesman said. The notebook belonged to a reporter covering defence, he said, adding notebooks used by reporters are connected to the ministry's Internet network.

S. Korea's defense ministry says it foiled hacking attempt

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense ministry said Thursday that it foiled a hacking attempt that was aimed at using an infected notebook computer to steal sensitive data. The cyber warfare command said the infected notebook belonged to a reporter who covers the ministry. It did not disclose the news organization or the name of the owner of the notebook computer, but stressed the attempt was detected and blocked. "There was no loss of data and no problem arose with the ministry's computer network," said an official, who declined to be identified.

White House, Treasury officials to appear at SEC cyber security event

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber security experts from the White House, Treasury Department and Department of Homeland Security will be among panelists appearing on Wednesday at a roundtable on the challenges hackers pose to public companies and financial markets.
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