THE Transport Department has disciplined two contract staff for hacking the state’s licensing system to look at more than 400 photographs of drivers and other private information.
It is the same computer system, nicknamed TRUMPS, hacked in 2008 by two organised crime networks through which car owners paid corrupt public servants to wipe clean their vehicle defect records.
The latest scandal has been revealed in a release of FoI documents, but the Transport Department will not explain why the pair of hackers were again allowed access to the system before finally having their recent contracts renewals rejected. (more…)
For the love of Jiminy Cricket, how much cybersecurity incompetence are American citizens expected to accept and excuse while also footing the $660 million bill? Online security experts say the “new and improved” Healthcare.gov site may actually be more insecure now than before it was fixed!
An operational progress reportquoted Jeffrey Zients, a management consultant on repairs to the Obamacare site, as stating, “The bottom line — HealthCare.gov on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st.” Well if this is “day,” then it’s an Arctic Alaskan daytime with no sunlight as “experts” blindly attempt to bolt on security to a system that was developed without a care about the security or privacy of Americans.
David Kennedy, founder and principal security consultant of TrustedSec,warned that the Healthcare.gov was not secure. In fact, Kennedy previouslytold CNBC that it’s hard to bolt on security after a site is developed and that “no security was ever built into the Obamacare site.” (more…)
Content delivery services provider Akamai Technologies plans to buy Prolexic Technologies, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation specialist, for $370 million in cash.
Akamai, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, runs one of the world’s largest content delivery networks with 137,000 servers in 87 countries. Its clients span a variety of industries and include a third of the companies on the Fortune Global 500 list.
Akamai already offers security services that protect Web sites and Web applications against a variety of threats, including DDoS attacks. However, Prolexic, located in Hollywood, Florida, specializes in defending enterprise applications against application-layer and network-layer attacks. (more…)
Three hooded hackers hunch over their computer screens in the control room at Israel’s new state-of-the-art “Cyber Gym”, where IT and infrastructure company employees train to defend against cyber attacks.
The facility, a series of small buildings in the shadow of the looming Orot Rabin power station on Israel’s northern coastline, was inaugurated this month by theIsrael Electric Corp (IEC), which has experienced its fair share of cyber attacks.
“Israel, we believe, is the most-attacked country,” Cyber Gym director Ofir Hason told AFP.
“And as the most-attacked civilian company in Israel, this gives us the unique capabilities to train other companies around the world” to defend against system hacking. (more…)
From pacemakers to baby monitors, Davey Winder reveals five hacking targets from connected devices adnd the Internet of Things that you may not have considered to be a risk
The risk: Network-connected pacemakers have been found to be at risk. Infamous security researcher Barnaby Jack – who sadly died before he could demo his findings at the Black Hat conference – documented methods whereby he could remotely send an 830-volt shock to a certain pacemaker model from a distance of up to 50 feet away, enough to kill the user.
The reality: Any attacker would have to not only know the victim was a user of that particular model, but also get within 50 feet to launch the attack, so isn’t the most convenient method of murder for would-be assassins. (more…)