The UK Is Hosting Cyber War Games In A Decommissioned Warship

Wargames used to — and still often does — mean legions of tanks roaming across battlefields, and a bunch of soldiers playing make-believe with really big guns. These days, it's all about corralling a bunch of nerds into an old tin can, and giving them a doomsday scenario straight out of 24. » 3/12/15 11:00pm 3/12/15 11:00pm

A New Government Agency Will Fight Digital Terrorism

In the wake of the Sony Pictures hack the Obama administration is to establish a new government agency which will "combat the deepening threat from cyberattacks," according to the Washington Post. » 2/10/15 5:28am 2/10/15 5:28am

Hackers Posed as Hot Girls on Skype to Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They've been posing as hot girls on Skype » 2/02/15 11:25am 2/02/15 11:25am

Edward Snowden Should Talk About Cyberwar More Often

We're all sick of used to hearing Edward Snowden talk about NSA surveillance by now. We get it: The government's watching us, and there's basically nothing we can do about it. But PBS just published the transcript of an interview with Snowden that doesn't really talk about surveillance much at all. It's all about… » 1/08/15 3:25pm 1/08/15 3:25pm

Anonymous Declares Cyber War on Israel, Downs Mossad Site, Many Others

They're Back. Anonymous has launched a full-frontal assault on the Israeli government's web presence over recent events in Gaza. It's alleged that the attacks escalated after the death of Tayeb Abu Shehada, 22, a Palestinian protestor shot wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Here's the running tally of downed sites: » 8/04/14 8:52am 8/04/14 8:52am

How Darpa's Using the Oculus Rift to Make a Cyberwarfare Battlefield

Wired just published a in-depth piece on how Darpa is "weaponizing" the Oculus Rift for cyberwar. But does this mean that soldiers are about to start firing at each other in virtual reality? No, of course not. But it's an interesting development for a piece of technology dreamt up for games (in which you often shoot… » 5/23/14 2:00pm 5/23/14 2:00pm

The New Kind of DDoS That Could Cripple the Internet

If you're a regular on the internet, you probably know how a DDoS can choke your favorite site with garbage traffic. Well get used to it because they're not going away; they're actually getting worse. » 3/14/14 12:40pm 3/14/14 12:40pm

Chinese Hackers Have Been Caught Hijacking a Decoy US Water Plant

Chinese hackers have been harassing the US in a series of cyberattacks, but we've started trying to talk it out and cool this all down. But in the meantime, a security researcher has just revealed that he caught a team of Chinese hackers hijacking a fake water plant he set up. And aside from spotting the fake, they… » 8/03/13 12:54pm 8/03/13 12:54pm

How America Is Fighting Back Against Chinese Hackers

This week, United States and Chinese leaders sat down for a special cybersecurity working group, a rare but increasingly necessary opportunity to clear the air of rumors and untruths about each country's hacking practices. The talks went fine but also served to illustrate further how difficult a challenge the… » 7/12/13 12:19pm 7/12/13 12:19pm

Obama's Now Picking Foreign Targets for a Future Cyberwar

What a week ol' Barry's been having in Washington! First, there was that scoop about the NSA spying on all the Verizon customers. Then, there was this PRISM scandal about how intelligence agencies are basically spying on everyone all the time. Now, there's news that he's making a hitlist of foreign countries to hit… » 6/07/13 5:23pm 6/07/13 5:23pm

China and the US Are Going to Sit Down and Talk About All This Hacking

China's been hacking up a storm recently, up to and including stealing sensitive, confidential weapon designs from the US. Things started coming to something of a head early last month, when the Pentagon finally directly accused China of being the perpetrator of all this cyber-trechery. Now, according to the New York… » 6/01/13 7:00pm 6/01/13 7:00pm

Syria Is Completely Cut Off from the Internet Again

As the country has done before, Syria cut off the Internet for all its citizens earlier today a little before 3PM Eastern Time. As in all Internet access has completely disappeared. Google's Transparency Report, which shows traffic to Google, reveals that Syria pretty much no longer exists on the Internet. » 5/07/13 8:58pm 5/07/13 8:58pm

Watch a Chinese Hacker Launch an Invasion in Real Time

Are the Chinese after us? According to a new report, yes. Security firm Mandiant has detailed the exploits of a Chinese cyber espionage group it calls APT1. Mandiant claims to have evidence that APT1 has stolen "hundreds of terabytes of data" from 141 American organizations. Evidence that includes this video of an… » 2/19/13 4:40pm 2/19/13 4:40pm

This Building Is Home to the Chinese Army Unit Hacking the US

In a dusty, run-down suburb of Shanghai, this white 12-story building looks like nothing out of the ordinary. But according to US surveillance, it's actually the base of the Chinese Army's cyberwarriors. » 2/19/13 3:55am 2/19/13 3:55am

The Internet Is Coming Back On in Syria

Just two days after the Syrian government cut the country off from access to the Internet, connectivity is coming back. Reports from Renesys and CloudFlare indicate that the country's connections started coming back online at 14:32 UTC today. » 12/01/12 3:00pm 12/01/12 3:00pm

Surgical Attack Tool miniFlame Joins the Big Happy Cyberweapon Family

We already know about the state-sponsored malware triplets Flame, Gauss, and Stuxnet, but now a new one is rearing its little head. Dubbed as "miniFlame" by Kapersky Labs, it's a lot less cute and more dangerous than it sounds. » 10/15/12 12:24pm 10/15/12 12:24pm

Say Hello To America's New Money-Minded Cyberweapon

Considering that Flame and Stuxnet have been gunning at Iran for a while, it should come as no suprise that there's another cyberweapon lurking in the shadows. This one's been dubbed 'Gauss' and it's harvesting bank account information. » 8/10/12 1:00pm 8/10/12 1:00pm

Iran Is Quitting the Internet Because It's Afraid of America

After being dominated by weaponized trojan horses on two different occasions, nuclear loudmouth Iran says it's had enough: it's unplugging from the Internet, hiding, and making its own. » 8/06/12 6:20pm 8/06/12 6:20pm