Another interesting news week to wrap up, so let’s jump right into it.
- Last week we brought you a story about the U.S OPM hack, and the accusations that China was responsible. This week, China has released a response calling those claims “groundless” and “irresponsible”, to no one’s surprise. Personally, I am off the opinion that the truth is somewhere in the middle. U.S would be more than willing to point the finger at China if it suits their needs, proper evidence present or not, and China would deny it regardless.
- Read More @ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-05/china-blasts-washingtons-irresponsible-groundless-hacking-allegations
- Staying on the topic of government news, White House has mandated that government websites should all be using HTTPS, arguing that user browsing activity is, and should remain private. Not a terrible idea by any means, if you ask me, but how long it takes to actually do this, and whether it’s implemented right is a whole other discussion.
- Read More @ http://www.itnews.com.au/News/405036,white-house-mandates-https-only-govt-websites.aspx
- Next, a privacy related story. A number of tech industry giants have sent a strongly worded letter to the President urging him to not mandate backdoors in encryption. This has been a highly debated topic in recent months, as the government agencies are trying to urge tech giants to allow for encryption backdoors, saying doing otherwise supports crime, where the tech giants are arguing that this would further erode consumer trust which is essential to economic growth when it comes to online commerce.
- Read More @ http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/09/us-cybersecurity-usa-encryption-idUSKBN0OP09R20150609
- Next, a very, very interesting story. Kaspersky Labs have discovered a breach of their network that looks to be attributed to the actors behind the infamous “Duqu” malware family, believed to be related to “StuxNet”. During a routine security assessment Kaspersky discovered the intrusion and the massive espionage suite that they have called “Duqu 2.0”. The malware is almost entirely memory resident, making discovery and analysis quite difficult. However, Kaspersky did just that, and have written a detailed technical write up on their findings, and it’s an absolutely fantastic read. This thing makes Chinese APT attacks look like child’s play. You can’t help but be impressed.
- Read More @ https://securelist.com/blog/research/70504/the-mystery-of-duqu-2-0-a-sophisticated-cyberespionage-actor-returns/
- Next, more details are emerging on the scope of the OPM intrusion, and it seems to be worse than first believed. The amount of information taken includes a treasure trove of details including things like social security numbers, personnel records, military history, salaries, and more of all current and former federal employees. Yikes.
- Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/opm-breach-larger-than-anticipated-worker-info-on-dark-web/article/420348/
- So, this is an interesting one. Apparently, clearing your browser history can be considered obstructing justice in U.S court. Khairullozhon Matanov, who was arrested as part of the investigation into the Boston marathon bombings is facing this very charge, for supposedly selectively clearing his browser history. While I have to say this was not a smart move, I really can’t agree with the idea that this constitutes obstruction of justice. People clear their history on a regular basis, and incognito type modes exist for a reason. Does that mean utilizing those modes to limit your trail also falls under obstructing justice? Doesn’t seem reasonable to me.
- Read More @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/clearing-your-browser-history-can-be-deemed-obstruction-of-justice-in-the-u-s-1.3105222
- Lastly, some good news. The new Net Neutrality rules take effect as of today, after a request for a delay was denied by the Appeals Court. There are still ongoing lawsuits by a number of ISPs, but for now it’s a win for the consumers and the FCC.
- Read More @ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2485974,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121