Cisco Talos: Zeus spawn “Floki bot” malware gaining use, cyber-underworld notoriety

Cisco Talos: Zeus spawn “Floki bot” malware gaining use, cyber-underworld notoriety

“[Floki bot] is based on the same codebase that was used by the infamous Zeus trojan, the source code of which was leaked in 2011. Rather than simply copying the features that were present within the Zeus trojan ‘as-is’, Floki Bot...

12/08/16

Cisco whacks its Secure Access Control System

Cisco whacks its Secure Access Control System

Cisco this week this week announced the death of its Secure Access Control System – a package customers use to manage access to network resources.

12/07/16

DARPA gamification plan to get deep-thinkers, game-changers to collaborate

DARPA gamification plan to get deep-thinkers, game-changers to collaborate

The agency is proposing an online community known as Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) that would “apply a unique combination of online game and social media technologies and techniques to engage a large number of...

12/01/16

DARPA building space consortium to set standards for safe robotic maneuvers

DARPA building space consortium to set standards for safe robotic maneuvers

Specifically, DARPA said it wants to create the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations or CONFERS that looks to establish a forum that would use best practices from government and industry to research, develop...

11/29/16

Teeny sensor system lets you effectively monitor electricity usage

Getting a handle on electricity use in the data center, home or even Navy ships at sea is no easy task, but a system under development by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Office of Naval Research aims to...

11/28/16

Spaceflight training jets, balloons create challenges for FAA

Spaceflight training jets, balloons create challenges for FAA

As the commercial space flight industry grows, the need for proper training and certification of support personnel and aircraft – which can include all manner of high-performance jets, balloons and hybrid jet/rocket systems – is going...

11/28/16

Virgin Galactic, start-up Boom tout supersonic passenger jet

Virgin Galactic, start-up Boom tout supersonic passenger jet

Boom this week showed off its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, or Baby Boom, a subscale prototype of what is to be the Boom supersonic passenger airliner which Boom says will be “the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet...

11/18/16

TSA: Keep grandma’s gravy at home but the turducken can fly

TSA: Keep grandma’s gravy at home but the turducken can fly

From the TSA: “Gravy is sadly prohibited from carry-on bags unless you pack it in accordance with our liquid polices mentioned above. You can also pack it in your checked baggage.”

11/17/16

IBM: Many companies still ill-prepared for cyber attacks

IBM: Many companies still ill-prepared for cyber attacks

A study out this week conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Resilient an IBM company said that 66% of the 2,400 security and IT professionals they interviewed said their organization is not prepared to recover from...

11/16/16

Planetary scientists push for unique asteroid deflection mission

Planetary scientists push for unique asteroid deflection mission

Proponents are trying to garner worldwide support for the mission pointing to the European Space Administration ministerial conference in Luzern next month where the decision will be made whether or not to fund the ESA’s Asteroid...

11/15/16

IBM package brings Watson smarts to everything IoT

IBM package brings Watson smarts to everything IoT

IBM says the platform, called Project Intu lets Project Intu offers developers easily build cognitive or basically machine learning skills into a wide variety of operating systems – from Raspberry PI to MacOS, Windows to Linux...

11/09/16

Phishing scheme crimps El Paso for $3.2 million

Phishing scheme crimps El Paso for $3.2 million

If you ever wonder why phishing scammers continue to try myriad ways of ripping people off you need look no further than this. The El Paso Times this week reported that the city had been scammed out of $3.2 million through a...

11/04/16

NASA: Asteroid mission starts with a marriage of rocks, styrofoam and plywood

NASA: Asteroid mission starts with a marriage of rocks, styrofoam and plywood

Robotically grabbing hunks of asteroid in deep space is no trivial task so it would be nice to practice the mission beforehand. That’s the goal with a mock-up asteroid NASA and the University of West Virginia recently built from...

11/02/16

Former Cisco exec rejoins networking giant to head data center initiative

Former Cisco exec rejoins networking giant to head data center initiative

“As a long-standing industry expert in Internet routing, software engineering and communication protocol development, Roland fits right in – once again. He is a Cisco veteran having held several general management and executive...

11/01/16

DARPA looking to develop drone destroying, personnel protection system

DARPA looking to develop drone destroying, personnel protection system

The three-phase program, called Mobile Force Protection will in the next few years potentially develop a prototype system that could sense an attack, identify the attacker and then use a number of techniques, from communications...

10/27/16

FBI snags group that allegedly pinched 23,000 or $6.7 million worth of iPhones

FBI snags group that allegedly pinched 23,000 or $6.7 million worth of iPhones

The FBI today said it had arrested a group of men in connection with the theft of 23,000 Apple iPhones from a cargo area at the Miami International Airport in April.

10/26/16

DoJ: What does it take to prosecute federal computer crimes?

DoJ: What does it take to prosecute federal computer crimes?

The need for vigorous criminal enforcement of cybercrime laws will only become more important as networked computers and the criminals who target them grow. That was how the Department of Justice started a blog post this week that...

10/25/16

White House: Small satellites bring “Moore’s Law” into space

White House: Small satellites bring “Moore’s Law” into space

Looking to bolster that notion, the White House recently revealed a number of program that it says will help drive the use of smallsats even further. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced what it...

10/24/16

US intelligence targets advanced security management of virtual systems

US intelligence targets advanced security management of virtual systems

The advanced research arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence rolled out the Virtuous User Environment (VirtUE) program which the agency says “is looking to use the federal government’s impending migration to...

10/20/16

Your robot doctor overlords will see you now

Your robot doctor overlords will see you now

"There is significant evidence that the majority of primary healthcare visits are of little value to the patient, and represent a massive drain on trained physician time. Physician demand is outpacing supply, begging the need for...

10/19/16

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