Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Enterprise employees choose adult content, app downloads over security

Business employees are regularly ignoring IT policies in order to surf adult content and download both suspicious attachments and unauthorized apps, a new report claims.

According to a new survey conducted by Blue Coat and Vanson Bourne, the rising number of cyberattacks levied against businesses is on the rise -- but employees are yet to tailor their behavior at work accordingly.

The majority of 1580 survey respondents worldwide said they understood the cybersecurity risks linked to downloading email attachments from unknown senders, viewing adult content, using social media and downloading unapproved applications, but this has not curbed their risk-taking when using corporate systems and mobile gadgets. 

Feds Charge Chinese Professors With Economic Espionage

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Three Chinese professors are among six people charged with economic espionage and stealing trade secrets involving technology that helps filter unwanted signals on mobile devices. The alleged spying was done to benefit universities and companies on behalf of the Chinese government, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

The Chinese professors were affiliated with Tianjin University, the department said.

The 32-count indictment said the trade secrets alleged to have been stolen came from Avago Technologies and Skyworks Solutions. Read more: http://goo.gl/Xxavyf 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Absolute Survey Shows Millennials Represent Greatest Risk to Corporate Data

Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, today announced the results of a U.S. mobile security study*, conducted earlier this year. The survey confirmed that Millennials prove to be a greater risk to data security as compared to other user categories.

The report provides insight into employee attitudes toward IT security and their behaviors on corporate-owned mobile devices. Based on usage preferences and content accessed, the results offer an eye-opening perspective on the security risks associated with employee mobile device usage, depending on company size, employee age, their role, and the number of devices they use.

The report demonstrates clear differences in generational behavior and associated risks related to data security. Read more: http://cnnmon.ie/1IB4eVg

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ex-DOE worker charged with trying to steal, sell nuclear data

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A former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is facing up to 50 years in prison for allegedly attempting to use a spear-phishing campaign to harvest sensitive nuclear weapons information from government computers.

Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, planned to sell the information to an undisclosed foreign government, according to charges unsealed Friday by the Justice Department.

His plans were thwarted by an FBI sting operation, and he now faces four felony charges, authorities say, including wire fraud.

“Combating cyber-based threats to our national assets is one of our highest priorities,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said in a statement.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

The Spy Among Us

Jack Barsky held a job at some of the top corporations in the U.S. and lived a seemingly normal life -- all while spying for the Soviet Union

The following is a script from "The Spy Among Us" which aired on May 10, 2015. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Draggan Mihailovich, producer.

Tonight, we're going to tell you a story you've probably never heard before because only a few people outside the FBI know anything about it. It's a spy story unlike any other and if you think your life is complicated, wait till you hear about Jack Barsky's, who led three of them simultaneously. One as a husband and father, two as a computer programmer and administrator at some top American corporations and three as a KGB agent spying on America during the last decade of the Cold War.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

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A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes.

In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the USA Patriot Act known as Section 215 cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records.

The ruling was certain to increase the tension that has been building in Congress as the provision of the act that has been cited to justify the bulk data collection program nears expiration. It will expire in June unless lawmakers pass a bill to extend it. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Woman accused of selling DuPont trade secrets to China pleads guilty to related charge

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused along with her husband and former DuPont engineers of stealing trade secrets and selling them to China has pleaded guilty to a related charge.
Court records show Christina Liew entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Oakland to conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
Authorities say Liew and her husband, Walter Liew, paid retired DuPont engineers thousands of dollars for sensitive company documents about how to make a white pigment known as titanium dioxide. It's used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies.