Top CyberSecurity News For 4th May 2016

  1. Kenya: Walubengo – Hacked Again – Kenya’s Cyber Security Must Tighten, FastFrom AllAfrica.com. So government was hacked last week – yet again. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs experienced what is known as a ‘social-engineering’ attack. Social engineering is a pretty common attack that plays on the victim’s psychology by deceiving them into divulging confidential information. In this case, staff at the Ministry were tricked into sharing their email passwords with the hackers. Using these passwords, the hackers managed to log into the staff email and harvested some not-too-sensitive data.

  2. Hacking AirplanesFrom Slate. Some airplane security measures we are all too aware of—miniature bottles of shampoo and X-ray scanners, for instance—while others we know almost nothing about, including how airlines protect their in-flight networks and computer systems from interference or attack. In April, Sen. Ed Markey introduced the Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft to Improve Resilience Act, or Cyber AIR Act, to address precisely this component of aircraft security by requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to develop cybersecurity guidelines for the aviation industry and also requiring airlines to report cyberattacks to the government.

  3. Anonymous Target Bank of Greece Website with Massive DDoS Attack. From Hackread. The online hacktivist Anonymous recently relaunched operation OpIcarus directed towards banking sector in Europe and the United States — The first bank coming under the fire is the Bank of Greece who had their website under a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks forcing the servers to remain offline for more than 6 hours. Anonymous’ Operation OpIcarus was launched in January 2016 and restarted in March 2016. The hacktivists behind the operation believe banks and financial giants are involved in corruption and to register their protest they had to take the war to a next level.

  4. New unit joins cyber warfareFrom Ramstein.Af.Mil.  The 691st Cyberspace Operations Squadron was officially activated during a ceremony April 21, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  Lt. Col. Michael Medgyessy assumed command of the unit from Col. Heather Blackwell, 690th Cyberspace Operations Group commander, who officiated the ceremony.  “I am proud of every one of you,” Blackwell said. “We took two different detachments, two varying cultures and put you together, and during the transition you all have performed absolutely phenomenally.”
  5. Heartbleed bug: What you need to know (FAQ)From CNET (Archive: From April 2014).  The Heartbleed bug, a newly discovered security vulnerability that puts users’ passwords at many popular Web sites at risk, has upended the Web since it was disclosed earlier this week. It’s an extremely serious issue, and as such, there’s a lot of confusion about the bug and its implications as you use the Internet. CNET has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help users learn more about the bug and protect themselves. The Heartbleed situation is ongoing, and we’ll update this FAQ as new issues arise.
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