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Military set to announce interim result of cyber command probe

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry will announce this week the interim result of an investigation into the cyber warfare command over its alleged online smear campaign in last year's presidential election, military officials said Wednesday. The announcement, scheduled for Thursday, coincides with the one-year mark of last December's election in which the then ruling party candidate, Park Geun-hye, won a tight race against the opposition Democratic Party candidate, Moon Jae-in. Park was sworn into office in February.

Britain to give all-clear to Huawei security centre

By Andrew Osborn and Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will clear Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei to run a UK-based cyber security center if it agrees to tighter rules to allay spying and hacking fears, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Israeli hacking school trains cyber warriors

Three hooded hackers hunch over their computer screens in the control room at Israel's new state-of-the-art "Cyber Gym", where IT and infrastructure company employees train to defend against cyber attacks. The facility, a series of small buildings in the shadow of the looming Orot Rabin power station on Israel's northern coastline, was inaugurated this month by the Israel Electric Corp (IEC), which has experienced its fair share of cyber attacks. "Israel, we believe, is the most-attacked country," Cyber Gym director Ofir Hason told AFP.

U.S. nears decision to split leadership of NSA, Cyber Command: sources

By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is nearing a decision on splitting up the eavesdropping National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, which conducts cyber warfare, a proposed reform prompted in part by revelations of NSA's widespread snooping, individuals briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. As part of the emerging plan, the NSA likely would get a civilian director for the first time in its 61-year history, the individuals said.

Miners face rising threat of cyber-attacks

By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Miners are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-hacking as they slash costs, automate equipment, rely more on the internet, and run mines from hundreds of kilometers away, a survey of nearly 40 mining companies has found. Threats can come from criminals looking to make money from supply disruptions, rivals hunting business secrets, governments and state-owned firms looking for a leg up in contract talks, and political and anti-mining activists, according to a report by Ernst & Young.

Military expands probe into cyber command amid political wrangling

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Yonhap) -- Military investigators have raided the offices of about 30 cyber warfare officials to expand a probe into their involvement in an alleged online smear campaign, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The defense ministry's Central Investigation Command has been questioning and raiding the offices of the officials and senior commanders belonging to the 100-member psychological warfare unit of the command.

Private sector key in cyber war: FBI chief

The United States is at greater risk than ever from cyber threats, and must work closely with private industry to safeguard the nation's security, the FBI's new director James Comey said on Thursday. "Private sector companies are the primary victims of cyber-intrusions and they also possess the information, the expertise and the knowledge to address cyber-intrusions," Comey said at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

South Korea's defense ministry mulling guidelines for psychological cyber warfare

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's defense ministry is making guidelines of psychological warfare operations for its Cyber Warfare Command as part of efforts to reform the scandal-ridden unit to stay politically neutral, a senior military official said Thursday.

Obamacare site subject to unsuccessful cyber attack, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's troubled site has been subject to an unsuccessful cyber attack aimed at overwhelming and taking down the site, a U.S. cybersecurity official said on Wednesday. "We are aware of one open source action attempting a denial of service attack that has been unsuccessful," Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, told lawmakers.

Cyber attack 'war game' tests London banks

By Matt Scuffham and Joshua Franklin LONDON (Reuters) - A cyber attack by a foreign government on financial markets played out in one of London's historic halls on Tuesday in a "war game" simulation designed to test the City's defenses against online saboteurs. About 100 bankers, regulators, government officials and market infrastructure providers gathered to take part in a exercise dubbed "Waking Shark II" at Plaisterers' Hall in the heart of Britain's financial district.
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