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Singapore Details ‘Waves’ of Cyberattacks

Officials and delegates from APEC economies were targeted ahead of last year’s Singapore meeting with malware-laden emails faked so they appeared to have been sent by Singapore government officials on the Organising Committee. Singapore officials have said the attacks were not the first on the country. Although Singapore regularly highlights threats to national security—including Islamic terrorism—the admission that it has been the victim of cyber attacks is, according to the Straits Times, its most detailed account. Although it’s hard to read too much into the statements made to judge who may have been behind the attacks, it’s interesting that Singapore is drawing attention to this—notContinue readingSingapore Details ‘Waves’ of Cyberattacks

Wikipedia: Important enough to whitewash

This is an edited version of my weekly column for Loose Wire Service, a service providing print publications with technology writing designed for the general reader. Email me if you’re interested in learning more. Wikipedia has gone through some interesting times, good and bad, but I think the last couple of weeks has proved just how powerful it is. Powerful enough for those who feel denigrated by it to have been trying to spin, airbrush and generally rewrite how history — or at least Wikipedia — remembers them. Take WikiScanner, cooked up by a young student, Virgil Griffith. WikiScanner does something very simple: It searchesContinue readingWikipedia: Important enough to whitewash

Russia Declares Cyberwar?

The Guardian reports on what some are suggesting may the first outbreak of official cyberwar between one country and another, after Russian hackers, official or not, have flooded Estonian websites with Denial of Service attacks (DDoS): clipped from www.guardian.co.uk Without naming Russia, the Nato official said: “I won’t point fingers. But these were not things done by a few individuals.   “This clearly bore the hallmarks of something concerted. The Estonians are not alone with this problem. It really is a serious issue for the alliance as a whole.”

An Unlikely Blogger Expelled

Although it’s not good for Sudan, I think it’s good for blogging: CNN reports that  The government of Sudan on Sunday gave the top U.N. official in the country three days to leave, marking the latest hurdle in international efforts to bring peace to the nation torn apart by civil war. Sudan expelled Jan Pronk, the top U.N. envoy to Sudan, who has openly criticized Khartoum as well as rebel groups on his Web log. Pronk has been running a blog for nearly a year and while it doesn’t look like your average blog (really long posts, no external links, no comments, blogs numbered asContinue readingAn Unlikely Blogger Expelled

Guerrilla Marketing Via Lederhosen

I’m getting a bit cheesed off with all the advertising/sponsorship shenanigans at the World Cup, and I’m not even there. The idea that you can only buy tickets using the sponsor’s credit card, that food like McDonalds and drink like Coke can somehow be an official partner of a sport, all seem to indicate a world gone mad, but all that is eclipsed by the fact that you can’t enter a stadium wearing a rival sponsor’s attire: Hundreds of — one report suggested more than 1,000 — Dutch fans had to watch the Ivory Coast game in their underwear after stewards ordered them to removeContinue readingGuerrilla Marketing Via Lederhosen

Is The West Under Attack?

Trying to make some sense of the announcement (PDF) last week by Britain’s secretive National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC) that Parts of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) are being targeted by an ongoing series of email-borne electronic attacks. While the majority of the observed attacks have been against central Government, other UK organisations, companies and individuals are also at risk. The press release makes several points: Not new, just newly publicised: These attacks have been underway “for a significant period of time” (grammar not being the NISCC’s strong point, apparently); Not vanilla phishing: These attacks are separate from industrial espionage and phishing attacks:Continue readingIs The West Under Attack?

Nokia’s “Care” Centres

Please note that I don’t work for Nokia, this is not an official Nokia site, and although I’m flattered by all the attention this post gets, posting your problem isn’t going to help you. I’ve invited Nokia several times to offer some text that I can include here to direct users to a real Nokia site, but without success, so I’m doubtful they’re going to be reading anything here. Instead, I suggest those of you in India visit this link for more information about where to get help. Alternatively you can send them an email here. —— Is it a sign of Nokia’s demise, orContinue readingNokia’s “Care” Centres

Update: Blaster B Suspect Is About To Be Arrested

 There must be at least one frightened teenager out there today. AP reports that U.S. investigators have identified a teenager as one author of a version of the Blaster worm and plan to arrest him early Friday (U.S. time). A witness reportedly saw the teen testing the infection and called authorities, an official said. The worm and its variants infected more than 500,000 computers worldwide.   The “Blaster.B” version of the infection, which began spreading Aug. 13, was remarkably similar to the original Blaster worm that first struck two days earlier; experts said the author made few changes, renaming the infecting-file from “msblast” to anContinue readingUpdate: Blaster B Suspect Is About To Be Arrested

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