Alleged UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was far-reaching

Reports allege GCHQ hacked three employees, able to 'poke around undisturbed'

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hacking of computers at Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by a British spy agency, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday.

News of the intrusion into Belgacom's networks first broke late last year when Belgium asked Britain, its NATO and European Union partner, to respond to allegations that its intelligence service was responsible.

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Lawmakers want law to cover critical sectors such as energy, transport and finance

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

The so-called Network and Information Security directive is due to be finalised in talks between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states over the coming weeks.

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance.

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

Deal signals new Chief Executive Chen's effort to attract security conscious clients

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system.

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

Threats persist for power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.

Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together.

Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world: Channel 4

Vodafone said in a statement that a compliance review found no evidence

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor.

Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden.

Boeing eyes revamp of cyber business to focus on key areas

Market has not proven to be as promising as once expected

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EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) - Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies.

Boeing, the Pentagon's No. 2 supplier and the world's largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected.

Danaher to combine communications unit with NetScout

Companies are spending more on internet security to prevent breaches

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(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare technology group Danaher Corp is combining its communications unit with NetScout Systems Inc, scaling up the business at a time when companies are spending aggressively on cybersecurity.

Danaher shareholders will get NetScout shares worth $2.6 billion, giving them majority stake in the company, while NetScout will have operational control.

Danaher's communications business sells cybersecurity products and tools to manage networks, while NetScout makes products that monitor software applications on networks.

Verizon to pay $7.4 million over failure to notify consumers on privacy rights

Operator to send opt-out notices on every bill and pay the largest fine in FCC's history of personal data settlements

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay $7.4 million to settle a U.S. investigation that found the company failed to notify properly some customers of their privacy rights before using their information for marketing, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

FBI probing reported theft of 1.2 billion Internet credentials

Collected over several years from approximately 420,000 websites and other servers

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data.

Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, disclosed earlier this month that it had discovered the credentials, collected over several years from approximately 420,000 websites and other servers.

Russia demands Internet users show ID to access public Wifi

New law caught many in the industry by surprise and companies said it was not clear how it would be enforced

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia further tightened its control of the Internet on Friday, requiring people using public Wifi hotspots provide identification, a policy that prompted anger from bloggers and confusion among telecom operators on how it would work.

The decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 31 but published online on Friday, also requires companies to declare who is using their web networks. The legislation caught many in the industry by surprise and companies said it was not clear how it would be enforced.

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