The US State Department has shut down its entire unclassified email system after detecting a breach in its computer network.
According to reports, the “activity of concern” was detected in the system concurrently with another cyber attack which hit the network at the White House computer network.
"The State Department, like any other large organization that has a global span, is a constant target of cyberattacks," spokesman Jeff Rathke said Monday.
He said the department, after detecting "activity of concern several weeks ago," developed a response with cybersecurity experts from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies and is "implementing carefully planned improvements to the security of our main unclassified network."
He added he had no information to share on the source of the attack, which remains under investigation.
The breach comes weeks after the White House announced several of its unclassified computer systems were hacked.
NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, “Cyber Coalition 2014” on 18 November. The three-day training event will test the Alliances ability to defend its networks from the various challenges that exist when operating in the contested cyber domain
Russia and China are set to sign an international cyber security agreement in the first half of 2015, Kommersant newspaper reported citing a source familiar with the progress of negotiations. According to the report, the agreement was expected to be signed this week during a state visit to China by Russian premier Vladimir Putin
The Indian government has dedicated a budget of $16. 2 million to increase cyber security and cyber defense in the country
China is implementing stronger cybersecurity measures as cyber attacks grow more rampant and deadly. Lu Wei, minister of cyberspace, told a Beijing press conference last week that in the past month 10,000 websites had been hacked in China, 80 per cent of which were government sites
With data breaches, ransomware and cyber attacks increasing at an alarming rate worldwide, the cyber insurance market is booming as well. The costs of data breaches run in the millions and take months, if not years, to recover, repair and investigate
The United Arab Emirates is gearing up to launch a cyber command within the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces. Sources with knowledge on the matter told Defenseworld
The US State Department has approved sale of $66 million worth of XM395 Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative Round to the Government of Singapore. The deal announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Tuesday involves 2,000 APMI rounds, which are defense weapons, and would be used by the Government of Singapore to increase its security and modernize its armed forces to deal with current and future threats
Researchers at Blue Coat Labs in California have discovered a malware what they call ‘Inception which first targeted diplomats and government organizations in Russia and later spread to other countries. “A previously undocumented attack framework” is being used to launch highly targeted attacks to gain access to, and extract confidential information from, victims computers, according to Blue Coat
BAE Systems has completed the acquisition of Perimeter Internetworking Corp., which trades as SilverSky, a commercial cyber service provider
McAfee Labstoday predicted that cyber attacks and security will become stealthier and warns malware will surge up to 75 percent in 2015. Cyber espionage attacks will continue to increase in frequency as long-term players will become stealthier information gatherers, while newcomers to cyber-attack capabilities will look for ways to steal sensitive information and disrupt their adversaries, the report said
Lockheed Martin will join EMC, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) and BGN Technologies as partner in the CyberSpark Industry Initiative, a non-profit organization established to enhance government-private sector collaboration in Israel and the wider international technology community through its cyber center, based at the Advanced Technologies Park, Beer-Sheva. The CyberSpark Industry Initiative serves as a coordinating body for joint cyber industry activities with various government agencies, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and academia
US intelligence agencies along with their British counterparts allegedly wiretap undersea cables, particularly those passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian/Arabian Gulf. The cables are used by telecommunication companies like Vodafone and tapped to conduct mass surveillance programs, according to new secret documents leaked by hacker Edward Snowden
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