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[News] Virus Used in Security Breach in Germany

  • Subject: [News] Virus Used in Security Breach in Germany
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 15:57:32 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
German constitutional protection authorities foresee "secret service
procurement offensive" 

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| ...if Chinese attackers really had penetrated government computers, this 
| would pose a risk even if no confidential data was involved. "It is possible 
| to find out many things in this way - appointments, responsibilities, who is 
| working  on what - this is the first step in carrying out classical 
| espionage," said  Möller.     


Windows. American Feds had trouble as well. Windows viruses versus the security
of a nation.


Politicians want to be informed on Chinese Trojan attacks

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| Ruprecht Polenz (CDU), chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 
| said: "If there is clear evidence that the Chinese state is responsible for 
| these attacks, we cannot let the matter rest." According to a Spiegel report, 
| the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution assumes that 
| experts of the Chinese army have conducted the online espionage attacks 
| against the Federal Chancellery, the ministry of economics, the ministry of 
| research and also the ministry of foreign affairs.      


China Crafts Cyberweapons

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| The Defense Department reports China is building cyberwarfare
| units and developing viruses.


German spyware plans trigger row

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| The e-mails would contain Trojans - software that secretly installs itself on 
| suspects' computers, allowing agents to search the hard drives. 


EU should class cyber attacks as terrorism: Estonia

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| Estonia will propose at a meeting of European Union justice 
| ministers next week that the bloc consider cyber attacks as 
| "acts of terror", Estonian Justice Minister Rein Lang said Thursday.


Tiscali e-mail 'hit' by spammers

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| Spammers have knocked out the e-mail service for many of the customers
| of internet service provider (ISP) Tiscali, the firm has said.


Telegraph floored by DDoS attack

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| Cyber-attacks have been much in the news of late. Last week,
| Russian and European leaders held a summit in the aftermath of a
| three-week cycle of denial of service attacks targeting the
| Baltic countries' internet infrastructure.


Estonia suspects Kremlin in Web attacks

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| He said more than 1 million computers worldwide have been used in
| recent weeks to attack Estonian government and business Web sites
| since a dispute arose with Moscow over Estonia's moving of a
| Soviet-era war memorial from downtown Tallinn.


State Department got mail and hackers

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| A break-in targeting State Department computers worldwide last
| summer occurred after a department employee in Asia opened a
| mysterious e-mail that quietly allowed hackers inside the U.S.
| government's network.


The feds weigh in on Windows security

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| "The benefits of this move are enormous: Common, secure configurations
| can help slow botnet spreading, can radically reduce delays in patching,
| can stop many attacks directly, and organizations that have made the
| move report that it actually saves money rather than costs money,"
| Paller wrote.


Zombie botnets attack global DNS servers

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| Hackers launched a sustained attack last night against key root servers
| which form the backbone of the internet.
| Security firm Sophos said that botnets of zombie PCs bombarded the
| internet's domain name system (DNS) servers with traffic.
| "These zombie computers could have brought the web to its knees,"
| said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
|                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
|                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the BBC reports.


EveryDNS, OpenDNS Under Botnet DDoS Attack

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| The last time the Web mob (spammers and phishers using botnets)
| decided to go after a security service, Blue Security was forced
| to fold and collateral damage extended to several businesses,
| including Six Apart.


U.S. cyber counterattack: Bomb 'em one way or the other

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| If the United States found itself under a major cyberattack aimed
| at undermining the natio's critical information infrastructure,
| the Department of Defense is prepared, based on the authority of
| the president, to launch a cyber counterattack or an actual 
| bombing of an attack source.


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