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IT threat evolution Q1 2017

Wersquo;ve become accustomed to seeing a steady stream of security breaches month after month; and this quarter has been no exception, including attacks on Barts Health Trust, Sports Direct, Intercontinental Hotels Group and ABTA.

​Canberra coughs up AU$730m for Defence Technologies Fund

The Australian government has announced a AU$730 million 'Next Generation' Technologies Fund that it said will be used to help the Defence Force respond to, and overcome, new threats.

​Machine learning can also aid the cyber enemy: NSA research head

Smart cyber adversaries are starting to turn machine learning algorithms against the defence.

But adversaries could be frustrated by deliberate cyber deception.

This is where the Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

It was supposed to be a 40,000-ton US supply ship on the day, though The Ministry of Defence has spent around £200m rebuilding a jetty at HM Naval Base Portsmouth ready for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth later this year. El Reg got invited to watch an American supply ship test it out.…

Singapore looks to better arm itself with cyberdefence unit, skills

Defence Ministry will set up a new 24 by 7 cybersecurity command unit, comprising top-ranking military and armed officers, to monitor potential threats and intrusions.

Prisoners’ ‘innovative’ anti-IMSI catcher defence was… er, tinfoil

Scottish prison guards left mobile network snooping device in sight of jailbirds Exclusive  Prisoners at a Scottish jail evaded an IMSI catcher deployed to collar them making illegal phone calls – by putting up tinfoil after bungling guards left the spy gear visible to inmates.…

Prisoners’ ‘innovative’ anti-IMSI catcher defence was … er, tinfoil

Scottish prison guards left mobile network snooping device in sight of jailbirds Exclusive  Prisoners at a Scottish jail evaded an IMSI catcher deployed to collar them making illegal phone calls – by putting up tinfoil after bungling guards left the spy gear visible to inmates.…

Singapore defense ministry suffers data breach affecting 850 users

Breach in Ministry of Defence's system compromised the personal data of 850 national servicemen and employees, whose identification and telephone numbers as well as birthdates were stolen.

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

'Unlikely Hamas is responsible' – researchers Hackers are continuing to target Israeli Defence Force (IDF) personnel with Android spyware but doubts have emerged that Hamas is behind the cyber-spying operation.…

eShore Partners With PhishMe To Enhance Security Defence

New Partnership Allows Customers To Leverage Human Anti-Phishing Solutions Alongside eShore’s Proven Cloud Security Services In the Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin AmericaLocation: George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Leading email and data security firm eShore Ltd (www.eshoreltd.com), today announced a new partnership with PhishMe, to resell and deliver human phishing defense solutions to organisations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin America.

Collaboration between the two security innovators will arm organisations with powerful anti-phishing security services,... Source: RealWire

Brave VMs to destroy themselves, any malware they find on HP’s...

1 like = 1 prayer for pre-baked Bromium virtualisation tech HP has announced plans to integrate Bromium's virtualisation technology into a laptop as a defence against malware.…

Despite the spiel, we’re still some decades from true anti-malware AI

Vendors stuff jargon into anti-virus marketing mix Opinion  The cybersecurity industry is investing heavily in "machine learning" technologies in the hope of providing a more dynamic defence against malware.

The practical upshot of this is that the delegates to the RSA Conference next week are likely to hear a lot about artificial intelligence in next-generation anti-virus (NGAV) even though neither term is particularly well defined.…