A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to installing backdoors on several government, university, telecoms, and commercial systems and offering access to them in exchange for payment. Among others, the man offered undercover agents access to U.S. Department of Energy supercomputers that he had compromised via universities that had access to them. Source: … [Read more...] about Universities used for Espionage
Western governments have long suspected Chinese computer equipment makers of being spying factories. Huawei is typically front and center in today’s allegations about Chinese corporate spying. But Lenovo, it turns out, is a longstanding shared enemy of Western spy agencies. Read More at the … [Read more...] about Is Your Computer a Foreign Spy?
A former Hostgator employee has been charged with felony breach of computer security for allegedly installing a backdoor that granted nearly unimpeded access to more than 2,700 servers owned and operated by the popular web hosting company. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Eric Gunnar Gisse, of San Antonio, Texas, worked at the hosting firm from September 2011 through February 15, … [Read more...] about Employee allegedly installed backdoor on servers . . .
Even though the majority of data breaches continue to be the result of financially motivated cyber criminal attacks, cyber espionage activities are also responsible for a significant number of data theft incidents, according to a report that will be released Tuesday by Verizon. Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) covers data breaches investigated during … [Read more...] about One in five data breaches are the result of cyber espionage . . .