Internet firms to be subject to new cybersecurity rules in EU

After months of negotiations, digital platforms will now fall under the law's remit

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet firms such as Cisco, Google and Amazon will be subject to a new EU cybersecurity law forcing them to adopt tough security measures and possibly report serious breaches to national authorities, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The so-called Network and Information Security Directive has been stuck in talks between member states and EU lawmakers because of disagreements over whether to include digital platforms such as search engines, social networks, e-commerce sites and cloud computing providers.

Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

More than 3 million people have downloaded the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app

Reuters

BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely.

"White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.

Globalstar location-tracking network vulnerable to hacking

Unlike Globalstar's satellite phone services, data from the devices is not encrypted in transit

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday.

Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for tracking valuable shipments and assets.

FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog

Task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, but 5 still lack a computer scientist

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats.

As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed.

BlackBerry lays out security strategy as turnaround takes shape

Acquires messaging alert platform AtHoc, a provider of secure crisis communications

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Thursday showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, whose smartphone market share has dwindled, is attempting to morph into a more software-focused entity.

China adopts new security law to make networks, systems 'controllable'

Critics have argued that the extensive nature of the law constitutes national security overreach

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses.

A core component of the law, passed by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), is to make all key network infrastructure and information systems "secure and controllable".

President Xi Jinping has said China's security covers areas including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.

Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business

Uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss

Reuters

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it would buy OpenDNS, a privately held cloud-based security firm, for $635 million, the latest move to boost its security business as cyber attacks increase in number and sophistication.

Cisco has been buying a number of security companies, which has made its relatively tiny security business one of its fastest growing areas in the past two years.

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

China hopes domestic cyber security groups will provide defenses against hacking, rather than foreign firms

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn't mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy.

As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country's nascent cyber security industry.

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