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Watchdog reviews Wall St. firms' efforts to curb cyber attacks

By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - Wall Street's Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is looking at the measures that brokerages are taking to protect their businesses and customers against cyber security threats, the industry-funded regulator said. FINRA, which conducts periodic "sweeps," or targeted checks on Wall Street brokerages, is conducting the review, in part, because of the growing threat to information technology systems from "a variety of sources," it wrote in a letter on its website late Monday.

S. Korea, U.S. hold working-level talks on cybersecurity

South Korea and the United States on Friday held their first working-level talks on cybersecurity to discuss ways to develop joint cyberwarfare capabilities and an emergency response system, South Korea's Defense Ministry said. The meeting was called after the defense ministries of the two nations last year agreed to launch the Cyber Cooperation Working Group in light of a series of large-scale hack attacks into South Korean networks, believed to have been masterminded by North Korea.

S. Korea, U.S. hold working-level meeting on cybersecurity

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States held their first working-level meeting on cybersecurity Friday to discuss ways to develop joint cyberwarfare capabilities and an emergency response system, Seoul's defense ministry said. The meeting comes after defense ministries of the two nations last year agreed to launch the Cyber Cooperation Working Group in light of a series of large-scale hack attacks into South Korean networks, which was believed to have been masterminded by North Korea.

U.S. probed if Obamacare software written overseas; no sign from Belarus

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials have investigated whether some of the software code underlying Obamacare's technology infrastructure was produced by people connected to the government of Belarus, but so far have found no evidence of that being the case.

SEC examiners to review how asset managers fend off cyber attacks

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said Thursday they plan to scrutinize whether asset managers have policies to prevent and detect cyber attacks and are properly safeguarding against security risks that could arise from vendors having access to their systems. "We will be looking to see what policies are in place to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks," said Jane Jarcho, the national associate director for the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment adviser exam program.

SEC examiners to review how asset managers fend off cyber attacks

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said Thursday they plan to scrutinize whether asset managers have policies to prevent and detect cyber attacks and are properly safeguarding against security risks that could arise from vendors having access to their systems. "We will be looking to see what policies are in place to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks," said Jane Jarcho, the national associate director for the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment adviser exam program.

Pentagon, GSA map out acquisition cybersecurity; tester finds issues remain

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department and General Services Administration on Wednesday mapped out six broad reforms to improve the cybersecurity of more than $500 billion in goods and services acquired by the U.S. federal government each year. The guidelines come as the Pentagon's chief weapons tester warned that military missions remained at "moderate to high risk" since local network operators were not always able to defend networks against determined cyberattacks.

Russia hacked hundreds of Western, Asian companies: security firm

By Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic - rather than political - gains. According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property.

France military to up defences against 'cyber war'

France will soon launch a 1.5-billion-euro ($2 billion) plan to defend itself against "cyber war" as a strategic priority, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday. The project, to be launched "in a few weeks", will be written into the French military budget over the next five years, Le Drian told a cyber-security forum in the northern city of Lille. "The scale needs to be changed" given that cyber attacks against French defence ministry organs have quadrupled in two years, he said. In an interview to Les Echos newspaper, the minister was more specific.

Presidential defense secretary ordered political postings: lawmaker

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- The presidential secretary for national defense ordered the cyber warfare command to post political comments online while serving as chief of the command, an opposition lawmaker claimed Tuesday. Yeon Jae-wook, who headed the command for about two years until October, received daily briefings from one of his subordinates on the top issues dominating Internet sites and social networking services, according to Rep. Jeon Hae-cheol of the main opposition Democratic Party.
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