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25 Sep 13. Cyber attacks could soon threaten critical infrastructure, wearable technology and even medical implants, according to a study conducted by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA). The white paper outlines emerging threats from cloud-powered Denial-of-Service attacks and Big Data vulnerabilities to bio-hacks which beat authentication systems like fingerprint recognition. The emergence of new cyber attack exploits provide new vectors to endanger the cyber security and reputation of individuals, companies and governments alike, the study’s authors warn. The White Paper – Scenarios for the Future of Cybercrime – is the first research paper to emerge from the ICSPA’s Project 2020, which brings together the European Union’s law enforcement agency dedicated to fighting cybercrime, the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) and ICSPA members and partners from business, government, law enforcement and academia. The study establishes a baseline assessment of current cyber threats – from Hacktivism and social engineering to Crime-as-a-Service attacks – and outlines a range of threat scenarios for the year 2020, in a world where society and second-generation digital natives depend on the secure running of deeply embedded technologies. The study warns that it is not only personal and corporate reputations that are under threat, but that emerging technologies will “increasingly blur” the distinction between cyber and physical assaults. Attacks on augmented and virtual reality technologies, meanwhile, could result in serious “psychological harm to individuals”.

24 Sep 13. General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions announced its flagship network security solution, Fidelis XPS, now includes a new application of YARA technology, a rule-based malware identification and classification tool, that will increase the real-time prevention of malware attacks by analyzing threats in network traffic. Arming customers with another innovative method to detect malicious traffic as it flows on the network, the continued enhancements to Fidelis XPS help customers reduce remediation costs by blocking malware before it enters the enterprise. Fidelis XPS leverages YARA’s capabilities of classifying detected malware and scanning static objects in a file system after they have already entered the network, to extend and support its prevention efforts to scan network sessions in progress. With organizations placing an increased focus on blocking as much malware as possible before it enters the network, this collaboration makes advanced threat defense an active component of network defense. In doing so, the costs and downtime associated with remediation after a threat has been detected can be drastically reduced.

25 Sep 13. U.S. Cyber Command has activated the headquarters for its Cyber National Mission Force, the one of its three forces that would react to a cyber attack on the nation, Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, Cybercom’s commander, said at the National Press Club. The other two forces are the Cyber Combat Mission Force that is assigned to the operational control of individual combatant commanders, and the Cyber Protection Force that helps operate and defend the Defense Department’s information environment. Speaking at the 4th Annual Cybersecurity Summit, the general, who is also director of the National Security Agency, said Cybercom teams are now fully operational and working side by side with NSA to defend the nation.
“We will ensure that we have the best force anywhere in the world,” Alexander said. Federal, military and industry officials listened as the general detailed five aspects of cybersecurity that NSA and Cyber Command are working to improve. “Look at what’s happened in the past year,” Alexander said. “Over 300 distributed denial-of-s

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