European Commision increase the budget for cybersecurity research by just 14% through 2020
27 Nov 2012
For the period 2007-2013, the Commission allocated 350 million Euros for cybersecurity research. Now, 50 million Euros extra had been added to cover the years from 2013 to 2020. The actual inversion will be used for securing data (Ecrypt II project), universities and companies to develop improved tools and more robust algorithms for digital signatures, and Syssec, a Europe-wide network that works on developing ways to predict threats and vulnerabilities.
The members of the European Parliament believe that EU must strengthen its cyber security
23 Nov 2012
Cyber attacks are major threats to the European Union security, defence, stability and compititiveness. Economic crisis should not become a pretext to give up defence policy efforts to improve security policies. Europe must keep working to be prepared for these kind of attacks.
SCADA vulnerabilities become a market for governments and other paying customers
21 Nov 2012
There are companies that look for undiscovered industrial control software vulnerabilities and collect them to sell those information to governments and other interested customers, instead of disclosing it to the affected software vendors. The start point to find these security breaches use to be "Shodan", a search engine specialized in industrial control systems.
RUSI will held in London an event about Critical UK Infrastructures
20 Nov 2012
The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will held in November the 29th and 30th the following event "Critical National Infrastructure 2012". As a new example of the strategic compromise to secure UK, these confereces will bring together experts from all the UK's key sectors.
Israeli government websites suffer massive hacking attack
19 Nov 2012
From Wednesday to Sunday Israeli goverment sites suffered 44 million attack attempts. This is the hackers' reaction to the air strikes against Gaza. The main affected sites were the site of Israel's President, the Foreign Ministry and the site of the Prime Minister. The chief information officer declared that the war was taking place on three fronts: physical, on the world social network and cyber.
SCADA support forums reveals the vulnerability of these kind of systems
16 Nov 2012
The security researcher Michael Toecker informs that the fact of having specialized support forums with many conversations about system vulnerabilities reveals that viruses and malware are stablished onto systems with direct connections to both industrial control and SCADA systems
The UK Government Communications Headquarters creates a cyber response squad
12 Nov 2012
Britain suffers 1.000 attacks every hour. To prevent this, the GCHQ has established a special response team for advice on how to limit any damage already caused and prevent future intrusions. The initial scope will be public sector organisations, and probably it will be expanded to the private sector in a future.
This report has two main sections. The first one focuses on statistics and vulnerabilities in the ICS Systems. The second one focuses on Assessment of the Popularity of ICS on the Internet. The data which feeds this report come from vulnerabilities discovered between January 2005 and October 2012.
The first ERNCIP Conference will be held on 12 – 13 December 2012
07 Nov 2012
ERNCIP aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards.
Data security breach affects to 657.000 businesses tax information
01 Nov 2012
The breach happened at the State Department of Revenue of South Carolina and the scope of this attack were focused in tax information. Data from 3.6 million consumers has been compromised. One of the mesurements to take will be to allow businesses to change their federal tax identification numbers to avoid impersonations.