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Bring Your Own Devices
05/30/2013

How can corporate data and personal data exist on a single smartphone? Companies do not want their deep secrets to get out, while employees do not want to be told how to use their precious mobile gadgets that they bought with their own money.

US Diplomat Detained
05/29/2013

A U.S. diplomat disguised in a blond wig was caught red-handed as he tried to recruit a Russian agent in Moscow, Russias security services announced Tuesday, claiming the American was a CIA officer.

Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money when he was detained late Monday, Russias Federal Security Service said.

Cyberespionage
05/28/2013

Security researchers from Trend Micro have uncovered an active cyberespionage operation that so far has compromised computers belonging to government ministries, technology companies, media outlets, academic research institutions and nongovernmental organizations from more than 100 countries.

The operation, which Trend Micro has dubbed SafeNet, targets potential victims using spear phishing emails with malicious attachments. The companys researchers have investigated the operation and published a research paper with their findings Friday.

The investigation uncovered two sets of command-and-control servers used for what appear to be two separate SafeNet attack campaigns that have different targets, but use the same malware.

One campaign uses spear phishing emails with content related to Tibet and Mongolia. These emails have .doc attachments that exploit a Microsoft Word vulnerability patched by Microsoft in April 2012.

Security Fear
05/25/2013

They are leaving information on whiteboards, failing to lock cabinets or secure rooms holding classified documents and routinely leaving sensitive files unattended on desks and computer screens.

An internal analysis of the forces information security reveals that mishandling of private and sensitive documents is rife.

A review by Law Enforcement Data Security Commissioner David Watts found that police breach security rules up to 750,000 times a year.

No Longer Private Security Patrols
05/24/2013

Private security patrols and cleanup crews have pulled out of the downtown Los Angeles Arts District after a court ordered the city to dissolve a special district that had assessed property owners as much as $1.3 million a year to spruce up and protect the neighborhood.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell ruled that the city had improperly approved the area's business improvement district, or BID, spending money on public relations activities including business recruitment tours and hanging street banners as well as cleaning and guard services.

The lawsuit was brought by loft owners, including those in the Biscuit Company and Toy Factory projects.  Lawyer Geoffrey T. Stover said some of his clients have their own street maintenance and security staffs, and had resisted being brought into the BID in a 2011 expansion.

Graduation Security
05/23/2013

Colleges mindful of the Boston Marathon bombing are beefing up security at the graduation ceremonies this spring, limiting size of purses and backpacks that can be brought in.

Encrypted Cloud Storage
05/22/2013

McAfee today introduced an encrypted cloud storage service secured by biometric locks as part of its new all-in-one LiveSafe security software suite.

The suite offers users a one-click password manager, mobile security features such as remote lock, locate, and wipe, antivirus and firewall protection software, and the Personal Locker storage service.

McAfee sees biometric security as the future of digital life protection, where users and their data are protected no matter what device they are using, where they are connecting, and what they are doing online.

Leaks a Security Risk
05/21/2013

A year ago, the Associated Press discovered a foiled al-Qaida plot to blow up a plane. Worried about the safety of an informant in the case, the CIA asked the AP to delay publishing the story until its spy could be secured. The AP agreed.

Five days later, the CIA told the AP that its national security concerns were no longer an issue. As a seasoned AP team of reporters and editors made final edits to their scoop, the CIA backtracked and asked the news agency to delay the story one more day. New national security concerns?

Passwords Still A Problem
05/20/2013

Two of Googles top Chrome and Google Apps security experts confessed that the problem of passwords will continue to plague the people who use them and computer security for the foreseeable future.

Website Spoofing Still Fools Many
05/12/2013

A close look at vulnerabilities in about 15,000 websites found 86 percent have at least one serious hole that hackers could exploit, and content spoofing is the most prevalent vulnerability, identified in over half of the sites, according to WhiteHat Security's annual study published last week.

Content spoofing is a way to get a website to display content from the attacker, says Jeremiah Grossman, CTO at WhiteHat, an IT security vendor. A criminal might do this to steal sensitive customer information or simply to embarrass the owners of a website. In any event, in content spoofing, the fake content is not actually on the website as it would be in a web defacement, but simply appears to be there, Grossman points out.

Facebook Friends the Key To Security
05/11/2013

The next time you are locked of your Facebook account, one of your besties can loan you the key.

Facebook today released a security feature called Trusted Contacts as an optional way for people to recover their passwords with the help of their closest friends. Thursday marks the global rollout of the redesigned feature, previously named Trusted Friends, which the company first started testing back in 2011.

With Trusted Contacts, you can pick three to five friends you trust to help you get back into your account the next time you are having trouble logging in. Should a lockout situation arise, the social network will send security codes to the friends you selected, and they can then pass along those codes to you. You'll need a total of three security codes to recover your account, Facebook said.

Apple and Samsung Competing for Government Purchases
05/10/2013

Apples iPhones and iPads running the newest operating system, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.s Galaxy smartphones are expected to get security approval from the Pentagon in the coming weeks.
The move could get Apple and Samsung more customers within government agencies and allow defense contractors, who typically stick with BlackBerrys, more options, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Aerosmith Cancels Indonesia Show
05/09/2013

An Aerosmith concert promoter says the band has canceled next weeks show in Indonesia over security concerns, one day after news surfaced about an alleged bomb plot at the Myanmar Embassy.

Helmi Sugara, event organizer spokesman, said Sunday that the legendary American rockers were scheduled to perform May 11 before a nearly sold-out crowd of 15,000 in the capital, Jakarta.

Twitter Security
05/08/2013

In the wake of numerous infiltrations of prominent Twitter accounts, the company has asked news organizations using the service to step up their security.

The company went so far as to suggest publications designate a single computer just for Twitter use. The company failed, however, to offer any new security tools of its own.

Smart Phone Security
05/07/2013

AT&T, looking to take home security into the future, has begun offering "Digital Life, a new service that allows AT&T customers to control various parts of their homes with their smartphones or tablets.

The AT&T smarthome service allows users to control their home's security cameras, door locks, lights, thermostats, small appliances and other parts all from a mobile app that runs on Apple, Android and Windows Phone devices.

False Sense of Security
05/06/2013

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, which saw the use of footage from cell phones and closed circuit TV cameras to help identify the suspected bombers, pundits and elected officials alike have been singing the praises of urban camera networks—and suggesting that ever more such government surveillance is the key to stopping future attacks.

Emails Not Private in Israel
05/05/2013

If you are a tourist arriving in Israel, you might be asked to give authorities a look at your personal e-mail, in addition to your travel documents.

Israels attorney general said Wednesday that Shin Bet, the countrys internal security force, can search a foreign traveler's e-mail, but only in exceptional cases in which relevant suspicious signs are observed. Israel says the practice is another way to fight terrorism.

Security for Marathons
05/04/2013

Along with Gatorade cups and portable toilets, could drones become the next must-have marathon sideline accessory?

Boston Police commissioner Edward Davis is already thinking ahead to security at next years Boston Marathon, after bombings at last weeks race left three dead and hundreds injured.

Drones are a great idea, Davis told the Boston Herald on Wednesday, citing the low cost of the unmanned vessels as a way to enhance aerial surveillance of the marathon course.

Computer Security Expert
05/03/2013

After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britains Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.

TinKode was the name used by Romanian Razvan Cernaianu when he revealed security holes in government and corporate systems across the world, earning him a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Coast Guard Cuts Patrols
05/02/2013

As a result of federal sequestration cuts, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its routine patrols of potentially vulnerable terror targets — including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the air intake vents for the Transbay Tube, according to multiple sources.

Coast Guard units were ordered to cut back on fuel consumption to save money, leaving them with a choice between search-and-rescue missions or scaling back on Homeland Security duties such as boat patrols of critical infrastructure.

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05/01/2013


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Border Security
04/30/2013

McCain urged the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to develop an index to gauge border security, a measurement he called fundamental to the just-introduced bipartisan immigration reform plan.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who was appearing before a Senate committee to discuss President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget, said the department plans to add 3,500 new personnel to secure the countrys ports of entry. But the budget, overall, cuts spending by 2 percent,

Afghanistan Security
04/29/2013

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Thursday that security was deteriorating across Afghanistan as militants flood the battlefield and conduct attacks in what could be the most defining spring fighting season of the nearly 12-year-old war.

This year is crucial for Afghanistan as the U.S.-led coalition is expected to hand over the lead for security in Afghanistan to the country's security forces sometime in the late spring. Foreign military forces are then expected to begin a massive withdrawal of forces that will culminate at the end of next year.

Security for Kentucky Derby
04/28/2013

Enhanced security procedures will be implemented for this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, which will take place on May 4 and 3, respectively.

Churchill Downs, home to the Run for the Roses, will upgrade both security and hospitality policies for both the 139th Kentucky Derby and Oaks, with expanded screenings in place for patrons, employees and vendors entering the historic track.



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