HE UK GOVERNMENT has shown it’s at the forefront of modern technology and online services with its latest form for claiming benefits online.
Those who want to claim either Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Overseas State Pension can simply visit the Gov.UK website, where they are then pointed to theDepartment of Work and Pensions (DWP) website to fill out a form online.
So far, so impressive, in that the government is allowing citizens to apply [...]
The New York Stock Exchange wants to be able to operate without human traders the next time a big disaster strikes downtown Manhattan, under plans being hatched by its parent company in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
NYSE Euronext NYX -0.05% is preparing to submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission details of its plans to cope with a forced shutdown of its historic trading floor, according to people involved in the planning.
One thing stands out about Nicole Perlroth’s report on how Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of The New York Times to steal information from journalists covering the Wen Jiabao scandal: It could have been much worse.
The attacks — which experts said started from the same university computers used by the Chinese military to attack United States military contractors — could have attempted to shut down the newspaper’s electronic or print publishing system.
“They could have [...]
December 24, 2012
Newly released files show a secret National Security Agency program is targeting the computerized systems that control utilities to discover security vulnerabilities, which can be used to defend the United States or disrupt the infrastructure of other nations.
The NSA’s so-called Perfect Citizen program conducts “vulnerability exploration and research” against the computerized controllers that control “large-scale” utilities including power grids and natural gas pipelines, the documents show. The [...]
Failure by Congress to act on the alternative minimum tax by year’s end will lead to “significant” delays in tax filing and a strain on taxpayers, said Steven Miller, the Internal Revenue Service’s acting commissioner.
The alternative minimum tax, or AMT, is part of the current fiscal negotiations in Congress. Leaving it untouched would immediately affect taxpayers, because its reach would be expanded for returns for tax year 2012.
Without action [...]
Oct 2, 2012
The White House has confirmed an attempted cyberattack on its computer systems, but says no harm was done, according to media reports.
Computer systems at the Saudi oil giant Aramco have been taken offline by a computer virus only days after a similar attack.
It is the second cyber attack targeting the Aramco computer network in less than a month.
A ‘hacktivist’ group named the Cutting Sword of Justice has claimed responsibility for the attack on August 15 in an online forum, saying the company was the main source of income for the Saudi [...]
Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has looked into filling trucks with cash and sending them over the Greek border so clients can continue to pay local employees and suppliers in the event money is unavailable. Ford has configured its computer [...]
From Liberty Blitzkrieg:
Our favorite Senator, Jay Rockefeller, the man who lamented the creation of the Internet, is actively urging President Obama to sign an executive order to achieve the same results as the Cybersecurity Act that Congress failed to pass.
It is beyond disgusting that a sitting senator would encourage the president to bypass the legislative branch (of which he is a member) and evade the checks and balances that exist [...]
(Reuters) – Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was expected to face a bill of 100 million pounds or more from last week’s computer systems failure that caused massive disruption for millions of customers. British lender RBS said on Monday it will operate extended hours at 1,200 of its NatWest branches for the rest of the week, having opened for business for the first time on a Sunday in its 44-year [...]
To the disbelief of many of our readers, in a 2011 report titled Everything You Do Is Monitored, we noted that microphones and cameras on cell phones and computers allow interested parties (translated to mean your respective government) to hear and see everything going on in the direct vicinity of the device without the knowledge of its owner.
That these monitoring features are available on cell phones was a known [...]
Vulnerability ‘hard wired’ into chips in aircraft
Could be impossible to eradicate
‘Back door’ in chips made by Actel
A hidden ‘back door’ in a computer chip could allow cyber-criminals a way to override and control computer systems on Boeing 787s.
The vulnerability is in an Actel chip used in their computer systems, and seems to be hard-wired into the devices.
This could mean the vulnerability – in chips used in Boeing’s flagship Dreamliner – [...]
Two Cambridge experts have discovered a “back door” in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft such as the Boeing 787 that could allow the chip to be taken over via the internet.
The discovery will heighten concerns about the risks of cyber-attacks on sensitive installations, coming on the heels of the discovery this week of the ‘Flamer’ virus which has been attacking computer systems in Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
In a paper that [...]
The complexity of the latest ‘Flame’ virus bears the hallmarks of a program engineered by a state, a number of Israeli computer experts believe.
As details of Flame – the third major virus discovered to have an affinity to Iranian computer systems in recent years – filtered through the media, network security experts in Israel, requesting anonymity, studied the initial reports, and indicated that they believed small groups of hackers could [...]
An administrative assistant at a top U.S. brokerage firm that handles Intel and Apple’s ocean/air accounts has informed the iPhone 5 News Blog that “something big is about to happen.” The source provided me with the address and telephone number of where she works, and I was able to call and verify her employment at the brokerage firm.
“Recently my team and I have been getting A LOT of protocol from Apple lately, [...]
UPDATE [8:20 PM EDT]: US Airways tells us a data center power outage at a Phoenix data center has knocked out their airport and web-based computer systems. Some systems are coming back online, but customers should check their flight status before heading to the airport. For flight status, customers should call 800-428-4322.
A spokeswoman did not have a timeframe for when the issue might be resolved completely.
The PBS Web site briefly carried a fake story claiming that famed rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand after a group of hackers took over the organization’s computer systems on Saturday night.
In addition to posting the fake news story, the group, which identified itself on Twitter as @LulzSec or The Lulz Boat, began posting passwords and e-mail addresses of people from a [...]
Nine banks have been caught up in the probe, and some are in discussions to settle, according to a person familiar with the case. Three have already. Last month, Barclays PLC in London agreed to pay $298 million and admitted to allowing payments on behalf of clients in Cuba, Sudan and other countries. Lloyds Banking Group in London and Credit Suisse Group in Zurichâ€”banks that operated extensive transfer systems for [...]