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THE READER – New immigrant voting rights taskforce

Posted: September 4th, 2013 - Information Security  
From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn News, Updates, and Information TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 New immigrant voting rights taskforce Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced several new efforts to support immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle, including the creation of an Immigrant Voting Rights Taskforce. The taskforce, comprised of community leaders, academics [More]

THE READER – New funding for more preschool slots

Posted: July 25th, 2013 - Information Security  
From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn News, Updates, and Information WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013New funding for more preschool slots Mayor McGinn announced the award of approximately $470,000 in funding from the 2011 Families and Education Levy for investments in early learning at three Seattle preschools as part of the City [More]

Dropbox/WordPress threat vectors

Posted: July 17th, 2013 - Information Security  
  Well, isn’t this just special?   --Chinese Cyberespionage Group Using Dropbox and WordPress (July 10, 2013) A Chinese cyberespionage group has reportedly begun using Dropbox and WordPress to spread malware and further its forays into target computer networks. The group is the same one believed to have been responsible for attacks [More]

SANS NewsBites Vol. 15 Num. 054 : Vulnerabilities in Emergency Alert Systems; EPIC Asks Supreme Court to Halt NSA Phone Data Collection; Dark Seoul Attacks are Part of Larger Cyberespionage Operation

Posted: July 11th, 2013 - Information Security  
TOP OF THE NEWS --Vulnerabilities in Emergency Alert Systems (July 8, 2013) Late last month, the US Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) issued a vulnerability note about vulnerabilities in certain Emergency Alert System decoders, devices used to interrupt television and radio broadcasts. The flaws could be exploited to gain control of the [More]

California’s first data-breach report finds 131 incidents hit 2.5 million citizens

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 - Information Security  
This story appeared on Network World at http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/070213-california-data-breach-271488.html By Ellen Messmer, Network World July 02, 2013 10:44 AM ET Network World - The state of California yesterday issued its first annual data-breach report saying for 2012 it recorded a total of 131 data breach incidents that put the personal data of more [More]

Report: US energy at cyberattack risk

Posted: June 26th, 2013 - Information Security  
U.S. oil and natural gas operations are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks that can harm the competitiveness of energy companies or lead to costly outages at pipelines, refineries or drilling platforms, a report said on Wednesday. The energy business, including oil and gas producers, was hit by more targeted malware attacks from [More]

Android’s new ransomware scam

Posted: June 26th, 2013 - Information Security  
Owners of Android devices beware, after Symantec warned that criminals have begun targeting Android smartphones with software that locks the device until a ransom is paid to get the unlock code. Known as ransomware, the scam has typically targeted personal computers, where it has become a profitable way for cyber-criminals to fleece [More]

Hack attacks on medical devices

Posted: June 26th, 2013 - Information Security  
Computer viruses do not discriminate. Malware prowling the cybersphere for bank information and passwords does not distinguish between a home computer or a hospital machine delivering therapy to a patient. Even if a radiation therapy machine, say, is infiltrated unintentionally, malware could theoretically cause radiation doses to spike. Medical device-makers need to [More]

Google not required to delete PII

Posted: June 26th, 2013 - Information Security  
Google is not obliged to delete personal (identifying) information (PII) from its search results, even when that information damages an individual's reputation, an adviser to the European court of justice has decided. In a long-running case about the "right to be forgotten" by search engines, judges have been asked to rule on [More]

Hacker Scrapes Thousands Of Public Phone Numbers Using Facebook Graph Search

Posted: June 26th, 2013 - Information Security  
A hacker has exploited Facebook’s Graph Search to collect a database of thousands of phone numbers and Facebook users. Both parties agree that all the information was left public by users (even if the users themselves may still not realize it). But Facebook issued him a cease and desist after the hacker [More]