U.S. Intelligence, HHS Fail to Locate Foreign Malware Inside Obamacare Networks

U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services investigated the software used by Obamacare computer networks but did not discover malicious code from Belarus, the HHS’ top information official said on Monday.

“Yes we have done a thorough review and we have worked with the intelligence community on that,” said Kevin Charest, HHS chief information security officer.

Charest, speaking to reporters following a recent cyber attack drill held by HHS and several healthcare companies, also said the department has urged the millions of new subscribers to Obamacare to change passwords to avoid losing personal data to the Heartbleed security software vulnerability. Continue reading

China Cyber Espionage Grows

Secret military cyber unit masked activities after exposure

The recent exposure of a secret Chinese military cyber warfare unit has not led to a decrease in cyber espionage against U.S. government and private networks, according a draft congressional China commission report.

Instead, the Chinese military group temporarily limited its large-scale cyber espionage campaign and took steps to mask its activities, according to a forthcoming report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The report concludes that the Chinese government is engaged in a concerted campaign of cyber attacks led by a Shanghai-based unit. Continue reading

Iran Strikes Back

At this pace, it’s only a matter of time an event this video portrays will happen again. One can only hope this time there will still be a safety net in place.

Iranian hackers took over a University of Michigan computer network during a massive cyber attack on U.S. financial systems last week that continued following comments on the strike by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

According to reports by a leading Internet security-monitoring firm, the cyber attacks against Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and several other U.S. financial institutions began Oct. 8 when hackers gained control of the university’s College of Engineering network in Ann Arbor. Continue reading