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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.

European hackers test their skills in Geneva

Hackers from across Europe flocked to Geneva this weekend, not to play havoc with Swiss computers but to test their ethical hacking skills. The sixth annual Insomni'hack ethical hacking competition, organised by IT security firm SCRT, drew over 300 hackers who battled for hours to solve a range of fiendish computer security challenges. "This is essentially to have fun and learn," 32-year-old Oriol Carreras from Barcelona told AFP. He hopes Seoul and Moscow -- hotbeds of hacking on both sides of the law -- might be the location for future competitions.

European hackers test their skills in Geneva

Hackers from across Europe flocked to Geneva this weekend, not to play havoc with Swiss computers but to test their ethical hacking skills. The sixth annual Insomni'hack ethical hacking competition, organised by IT security firm SCRT, drew over 300 hackers who battled for hours to solve a range of fiendish computer security challenges. "This is essentially to have fun and learn," 32-year-old Oriol Carreras from Barcelona told AFP. He hopes Seoul and Moscow -- hotbeds of hacking on both sides of the law -- might be the location for future competitions.

Data analysis finds far more political postings by cyber command

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- The ongoing probe into the cyber command's online smear campaign has discovered nearly twice as many political writings as those announced in an interim investigation result, a government source said Wednesday, citing a big data analysis result. The latest finding is expected to widen the scope of officials who are subject to indictment on charges of illegal electioneering, with a final investigation result expected later this month.

Data analysis finds far more political postings by cyber command

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- The ongoing probe into the cyber command's online smear campaign has discovered nearly twice as many political writings as those announced in an interim investigation result, a government source said Wednesday, citing a big data analysis result. The latest finding is expected to widen the scope of officials who are subject to indictment on charges of illegal electioneering, with a final investigation result expected later this month.

Japan holds first broad cybersecurity drill, frets over Olympics risks

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan faced a full-on cyber attack across government departments on Tuesday in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics. Japan is following the lead of Britain, which invited ethical hackers to test its computer systems in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics. In the event, London parried multiple cyber attacks.

Ukraine war already in full swing in cyberspace

With cyberattacks already launched against Crimean separatists, the Kremlin and NATO, the ground war may not have started in Ukraine but computer warfare is already raging. In recent days -- and with increasing intensity on Sunday -- a virtual war has commenced in the countries at the centre of the worst East-West diplomatic crisis since the end of the Cold War.

Kremlin website hit by 'powerful' cyber attack

By Timothy Heritage and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Victories are hard to come by for Vladimir Putin's opponents, activists are jailed, protests draw dwindling crowds, but on Friday they celebrated a minor triumph by briefly knocking out the Kremlin website. To red faces in the Kremlin and government, the central bank's site was also brought down by a cyber attack and the Foreign Ministry suffered similar problems.

Young UK Internet defenders compete in cyberwar game at Churchill's underground bunker

LONDON - Bent over their computers in a World War II-era bunker beneath London's streets, dozens of young techies have spent Friday racing to understand why Britain's banking network suddenly seems to have gone offline. The exercise — it is just an exercise — comes complete with sirens and mock newscasts. It's meant to recruit the next generation of tech talent, and is also meant to help highlight the threat many here see as inevitable: A major cyberattack on the nation's critical infrastructure.

Kremlin website hit by 'powerful' cyber attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hackers knocked out the Russian presidency's website several times on Friday and brought down the central bank website, the Kremlin press service said. "A powerful cyber attack is under way on the (Kremlin) site," a Kremlin spokeswoman said, adding that the attack was continuing and security experts were trying to prevent further disruptions. She did not say who was believed to be behind the cyber attack.
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