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Hackers expose Asia's weak cyber defences

A rash of website hackings in the Asia-Pacific has exposed weak cyber defences which must be improved to help the region deal with more sophisticated and sinister threats, particularly from criminal organisations, analysts said. Hackers claiming to be from the global activist group Anonymous compromised several government and commercial websites in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore recently, and vowed to mount wider attacks.

US weighs splitting cyber command, NSA jobs

The White House is looking at ending a policy that gives a single military officer authority over the National Security Agency as well as the US cyber warfare command, officials said Thursday. General Keith Alexander has held both powerful jobs but in the wake of revelations about the NSA's electronic spying at home and abroad, the Obama administration is reviewing a proposal to split the positions, two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Cyber attack "war game" to test London banks on November 12

By Huw Jones and Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of staff across dozens of London financial firms will be put through a "war games" scenario on Tuesday to test how well they can handle a major cyber attack, people familiar with the matter said. In one of the largest exercises of its kind in the world, the test dubbed "Waking Shark II" will bombard firms with a series of announcements and scenarios, such as how a major attack on computer systems might hit stock exchanges and unfold on social media.

N.Korea developing electromagnetic pulse weapons: S.Korea

South Korea's spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the North had purchased Russian electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry to develop its own versions. EMP weapons are used to damage to electronic equipment. At higher energy levels, an EMP event can cause more widespread damage including to aircraft structures and other objects.

Defense chief vows to reform scandal-ridden cyber command

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister said Friday he will reform the Cyber Warfare Command to better conduct its core mission of countering North Korea's hacking attempts, amid widening investigations into the secretive unit's alleged online smear campaign. Kim Kawn-jin made the remark during the parliamentary audit as the cyber command, which was created in 2010 to fend off online security threats, was embroiled in a snowballing scandal in regard to the last year's presidential election.

Defense chief regrets about politicking over cyber command

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin on Monday expressed regret about the ongoing political wrangling over the Cyber Warfare Command's involvement in an online smear campaign scandal, pledging thorough investigation into the allegations.

Defense chief regrets about politicking over cyber command

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin on Monday expressed regret about the ongoing political wrangling over the Cyber Warfare Command's alleged involvement in an online smear campaign scandal, pledging to thoroughly investigate allegations related to the secretive unit.

Cyber-attack fighter Bromium raises $40 million in financing

BOSTON (Reuters) - Bromium Inc, a firm that helps corporations fight cyber attacks, said on Wednesday it has raised $40 million in financing in a round led by Meritech Capital Partners. Existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Intel Capital expanded their investments in the company. Bromium has raised a total of $75.7 million since it was founded in 2010 in Cupertino, California.

Controversy grows over cyber command's smear campaign scandal

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday raised fresh allegations there were more officials involved than the already named four in an alleged online smear campaign by the defense ministry's cyber command, despite the military's denial of its role in the snowballing scandal.

Britain may hire hackers for cyber-defence

Britain may recruit convicted computer hackers to a new military unit dedicated to combatting cyber-attacks, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said. Hammond announced plans last month to recruit hundreds of computer experts to work as military reservists for at least 19 days a year in a new Joint Cyber Reserve unit. "As a matter of policy the armed forces don't necessarily exclude people who have criminal convictions. Each individual case would be looked at on its merits," Hammond told BBC television late Monday.
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