Top CyberSecurity News For 30th April 2016

  1. Windows GodMode Abused by Malware. From Softpedia. Security researchers at McAfee Labs have come across a new malware family that is abusing a secret Easter Egg in Microsoft Windows called “GodMode.” GodMode consists of a piece of code that Microsoft left inside Windows since Vista that allows users to create a folder, give it a specific name, and automatically transforming it into a container that lists all the shortcuts to all the Control Panel settings. Nobody knows how GodMode panels came to be, but most likely they were used by Microsoft’s staff for debugging purposes.

  2. Group Helping Canada Research How Not to Get Hacked Was Itself HackedFrom ViceNews.  A Canadian non-profit group that has been working with the federal government to research how companies can guard against cyber crimes was itself defaced by an infamous hacker that supports the Islamic State. The attack, claimed by “Don-2”, who has already hacked and defaced a websites from China and India, targeted the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada and appears to have vandalized the site with messages denouncing Canada’s expansion into the Middle East, including in “Shubra” an area in Egypt. Canadian peacekeepers are currently stationed in the Sinai.

  3. Cyber security Bill nears implementationFrom ITWeb. The South African Government’s highly-criticised national Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security Bill (cyber security Bill) will “shortly be taken through the Parliamentary process ahead of implementation”.This is the word from minister in the State Security Agency (SSA), David Mahlobo, who delivered his budget vote speech this week, and said the cyber security Bill had been completed and presented to Cabinet.

  4. Iran expands cyber warfare forces, attacks critical Western infrastructure. From Debka. Amid Iran’s recent demonstration of its military capabilities including the test-firing of ballistic missiles, which have drawn harsh criticism in the West and resulted in economic sanctions, a group of cyber warfare experts under the direct command of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has significantly increased its operations in recent months. The fingerprints of the hacker organization that calls itself “Rocket Kitten”, whose IP addresses lead directly to Iranian army command, were discovered again on Tuesday, this time within the computer control system of one of the most sensitive infrastructure facilities in Central Europe.
  5. Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members. From DesignNews. A new survey of hot technologies from IEEE Computer Society members and non-members from technology companies finds that cybersecurity ranked number one among all industry segments. Fully, 56% to 58% of respondents said cybersecurity is having the greatest impact on their industry.







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