Data leaks: GhostShell hackers promise hell

The hacker group, GhostShell, has divulged data on the Internet via security vulnerabilities in the targeted sites. The group promises many more data leaks through the operation launched and christened, “HellFire”. The asserted purpose of these attacks is to protest against politicians, banks, and to denounce the arrests of hackers that have taken place over the past year. The group further claims to be working in collaboration with the hacker group Anonymous.

Source: esecurityplanet.com

80% of companies block access to cloud computing for security reasons

A study lead by Varonis Systems and carried out by IDG reveals that 80% of companies forbid employees from using cloud services. However, 70% authorized their employees if the services were highly secured. In reality, the apprehension toward cloud services is based on the possibility of data leaks. The investigation reveals further that more than one fifth of companies have no measures in place to fight against the use of file synchronizing tools which leaves employees free to transfer confidential data outside of the company.

Source: varonis.com

The UN and freedom of expression on the Internet

On Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted the first resolution on the right to freedom of expression on the Internet by consensus, despite the opposition of certain countries such as India and Russia. Supported by 83 countries, the text affirms that “the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online”. The resolution calls upon the member states to promote and facilitate access to the Internet. Its adoption was welcomed by Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. ambassador to the Council.

For more information: reuters.com

New Android malware

Microsoft and Sophos say they have discovered malware for Android phones that is used as a spam botnet. This information is however disputed by Google who is currently conducting international investigations, in particular concerning the signatures of these spams.

Source: lemondeinformatique.fr

ANSSI and AFNIC: Report on the resilience of the French Internet

ANSSI and AFNIC have published a report on the resilience of the French internet. It examines resilience from the angle of BGP and DNS protocols to set out the current state of play. The report considers that the level of resilience of the French Internet is “acceptable”.

Source: http://www.ssi.gouv.fr/fr/menu/actualites/l-anssi-et-l-afnic-publie-un-etat-des-lieux-de-l-internet-francais.html

India ready to step up its cyber arsenal

According to the Times of India, India is ready to build an arsenal of cyber weapons. A project along those lines is currently being finalised by the country’s National Security Council, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The project was entrusted to the intelligence agency and to a national research agency, the NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation).

Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-11/india/32174336_1_cyber-attacks-offensive-cyber-government-networks

Iran officially formulates a cyber-defence strategy

Passive Defence Organisation Director Gholam Reza Jalali officially announced on 15 June 2012 that Iran is currently preparing a cyber-defence plan. A cyber command was established on 19 March and the formulation of the cyber space strategy is now underway.

Source: http://www.mehrnews.com/en/newsdetail.aspx?NewsID=1627386

Partnership between McAfee and SAIC

McAfee has made its security solution Network Threat Response available with the CS-4000 cybersecurity platform developed by CloudShield, a subsidiary of American group SAIC, to offer new solutions against advanced persistent threats. This innovation can discover hidden fragments of malware that have infiltrated the networks of an entity. The CS-4000 system is used to protect networks in various sectors such as banking, finance, health, government and armed forces.

Source: http://investors.saic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193857&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1695395

Computer security: Over 10% growth in France in 2011

A study by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) with 200 IT managers and some forty security solutions providers states that the French computer security market grew by 10.3% in 2011 and will grow again by 8.9% in 2012, thereby showing growth two to three times higher than in other IT sectors. Similar figures should apply until 2015. This growth can be explained, among other factors, by the needs created by Cloud Computing and by dematerialisation of logistic chain and sales force tools. The firm also observed a despecialization of the security offer, with some IT groups now including this dimension in their product lines, and a combination of the bricks (antivirus, firewall,…) that usually make up the overall security architecture.

Source: Usine Nouvelle magazine

Excellent prospects for cybersecurity jobs in the US

An expert at the US State Department says that cybersecurity is the field that will most assure steady and well-paying employment over the next thirty years. Tom Kellerman, vice-president at Trend Micro and former member of President Obama’s cybersecurity commission, says that the American government will need to hire at least 10,000 experts in the near future and that the private sector will need four times that number.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/cybersecurity-experts-needed-to-meet-growing-demand/2012/05/29/gJQAtev1yU_story.html?wprss=rss_politics