Several days after a major breach of the personal information of federal employees, the Senate rejected a cyber security measure on Thursday. The rejected bill would encourage private 5companies to voluntarily share information about hack attacks with the federal government to prevent future data breaches. The vote was 56-40, four votes short of the 60 needed to move ahead on the legislation. Many Democrats voted against the bill, mainly because it was tacked to a sweeping defense bill, which many Democrats oppose and President Obama has threatened to veto.
Moscow-based cyber security company Kaspersky Lab announced on Wednesday that its systems had been attacked, most likely by hackers working on behalf of a country. The company didn’t name the country that it thought carried out the attack, but didn’t deny the possibility that the hackers were from Israel, United Kingdom or United States. The attack mainly focused on Kaspersky’s own systems and intellectual property, so its user information were all safe. Kaspersky has already fixed the hole that allowed for the attack and released an explanation on its website to answer questions regarding the reason of the attack, techniques used by hackers and others.
According to a new report from MarketsandMarkets, given the increasing need for the cybersecurity services, the value of this market will be propelled to $170 billion by 2020. This increase will be mainly driven by the increasing use of mobile devices, web, social media, Internet of Things and more. The increasing popularity of BYOD policies is also a major factor that drives companies to improve its security deployment. In the future, companies are looking for integrated solutions that are customized for clients’ specific needs.
According to cybersecurity experts, hospital drug pumps produced by Hospira, a leading medical supplier under Pfizer, could be hacked because of security vulnerabilities. Although the company stated that it had been working with Department of Homeland Security and Food and Drug Administration to investigate into this issue, there were still flaws left in Hospira’s information system. The major vulnerability of the system was caused by Hospira using outdated software and having identical encryption certificates, private keys and service credentials for many of its products.
Hackers with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed that they hacked the official website of the U.S. Army on Monday and posted a message saying “Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting”. The Army website was then taken down temporarily to prevent further data breach. This was not the first time SEA hacked US websites. It shut down the Washington Post’s mobile site briefly earlier this year and hacked the twitter account of AP to announce that the White House had been hacked.