More Than 70 Targeted in Global Takedown of Hacker Forum Darkode
Wall Street Journal (07/15/15) Barrett, Devlin
Police in 20 countries have charged, arrested, or searched dozens of alleged hackers belonging to a group known as Darkode. One of the alleged associates is an intern at FireEye Inc., a computer security firm that works closely with FBI, U.S. officials said. At least 70 alleged participants around the world were targeted for operating what police described as an online marketplace for malicious computer code. Darkode’s password-controlled website, where hackers bought and sold malware or hacking skills, was seized by authorities. Darkode is only one of an estimated 800 such websites, but U.S. Attorney David Hickton said it was “the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers.” At least 12 people have been arrested in the United States, with more likely, for charges that include conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to send malicious computer code.
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Automobile Cyber Threats Sharing Group Expected to Operate by Year’s End
Wall Street Journal (07/14/15) King, Rachael
The automotive industry is seeking to combat the growing number of cyber threats facing their increasingly connected vehicles with the formation of a new automotive information sharing and analysis center (ISAC). “The launch of the auto ISAC will serve as a central hub for intelligence and analysis that will provide timely sharing of cyber threat information and potential vulnerabilities in motor vehicle electronics and their associated in-vehicle networks,” said Rob Strassburger, vice president of vehicle safety and harmonization at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The hope is that the new ISAC will help carmakers address cybersecurity issues in their vehicles before they lead to situations like the recent recall of 65,000 Range Rovers by Jaguar Land Rover due to a software bug affecting the vehicles’ keyless entry. The Obama Administration has pushed for the development of voluntary industry standards and groups like ISACs to address cybersecurity issues and several industries have followed that route, most notably the financial industry. The new automotive ISAC is expected to be operational late this year. It will start small, at first being open only to automakers and eventually opening up to include auto suppliers and other strategic partners like telecom and technology companies.
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NSA Chief Expects More Cyberattacks Like OPM Hack
Wall Street Journal (07/15/15) Wall, Robert; Flynn, Alexis
Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and head of the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, warned that the United States could see more cyberattacks like one on the Office of Personnel Management. The U.S. government reported last week that two cyberattacks on the agency compromised more than 21 million Social Security numbers, 1.1 million fingerprint records, and 19.7 million forms with personal data. As a result, the government is reviewing cybersecurity policies, Rogers said. He compared the hacking to last year’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which unleashed sensitive company information. Rogers called on private companies and the government to work together to protect networks. David Omand, former head of the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters, said that the average cost of a data breach for major U.S. companies could be around $20 million.