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07 Oct 13. UK complaints over cyber squatting hit record and face increase. Cases of cyber squatting involving UK companies and individuals hit a record high in the last year and could rise still further as new domain names are introduced in the coming months, a legal expert has warned. Complaints from the UK to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, a UN agency, reached 280 last year, up from 111 a decade earlier. Globally, complaints over domain name squatting reached 2,884 last year, up from 1,207 a decade ago. The figures were highlighted by Sweet & Maxwell, a British legal publisher, which said that a new web address system due to be rolled out this year could be a catalyst for further disputes. (Source: FT.com)
05 Oct 13. Lockheed Martin has opened a new information technology hub for cyber defense efforts in Australia as part of a strategy to extend the company’s IT and cyber footprint in the country. The Security Intelligence Centre is located at the Lockheed Martin Centennial
House in the national capital of Canberra, which is also home to the NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Centre, Lockheed said Thursday.
The company aims to help clients detect, identify and respond to information security events and help local companies develop their own cyber workforces. (Source: Open Source Information Report)
03 Oct 13. In-Q-Tel invests in pair of cloud services providers. In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s investment arm, is partnering with two cloud services providers, AppThwack and Socrata Inc., Rutrell Yasin of sister publication GCN reports. The partnership with AppThwack supports the company’s cloud-based application testing platform, the partners said. The goal is to improve the intelligence community’s ability to test app compatibility, functions and performance before deployment. Apps for mobile devices is a key focus. New partner Socrata Inc. provides tools that could be used by intelligence analysts to squeeze more information out of raw data from multiple sources. Products include apps, reports and application programming. The company’s data portal allows users to move data to the cloud where it can be shared with others. In July, In-Q-Tel announced an investment in Silicon Valley cloud security specialist HyTrust Inc. The investor said that investment was designed to improve control over virtual data centers. (Source: Defense Systems)
03 Oct 13. The Daily Telegraph reports this week that the continuing
assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientists has taken a new turn with the killing of Iran’s top cyber warfare commander. According to the story, “Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the Cyber
War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country’s ballistic missile program have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel’s external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations.” Last month, a number of banks in the U.S. were targets of distributed denial of service attacks that are believed to have originated in Iran. (Source: Defense News)
09 Oct 13. The nation’s top cyber commander called on industry to “put the facts on the table” about the National Security Agency following leaks about the agency’s surveillance programs, blaming inaccurate or sensational reporting for congressional failure to approve measures that he said are needed to protect the nation from a devastating cyberattack.
“We need the American people to understand the facts. And it’s got to start with what we’re actually doing — not what we could be doing — with the data,” Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA director and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told an industry conference in suburban Maryland. “Most of the reporting is, ‘They could be d