Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas

OAS survey finds 40 percent of respondents have battled attempts to shut down their computer networks

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A poll by the Organization of American States found that 40 percent of respondents had battled attempts to shut down their computer networks, 44 percent had dealt with bids to delete files and 54 percent had encountered “attempts to manipulate” their equipment through a control system.

China's Huawei given clean bill of health by UK security board

Could serve as model for governments, operators and equipment providers to work together on cyber security

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the telecoms equipment company whose products are now integral to various mobile and fixed-line networks, poses no threat to Britain's national security, a board established to monitor the company's operations said.

The world's second largest telecoms equipment maker set up an independent cyber security evaluation center in Oxford in 2010 in conjunction with the government to check whether its equipment could pose a threat to national security.

Eighty percent of global merchants fall short on card data security compliance

Report of data from 30 and 5,000 firms finds only 20 percent to be fully compliant

Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four out of five global retailers and other merchants failed interim tests to determine whether they are in compliance with payment card data security standards, putting them at increased risk of cyberattacks, according to a new report by Verizon Communications Inc.

NXP deal means security to come built-in on far more devices: CEO

Together, NXP and Freescale become world's 7th largest semiconductor maker

Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The merger of NXP and Freescale will bring together two highly diversified chipmakers to create a more focused, leading player in two high-growth markets - automotive electronics and security, NXP's top executive said on Wednesday.

The cash and stock deal, announced on Monday, valued Freescale at $11.8 billion, excluding debt, and is expected to close in the second half of the year, subject to regulatory approvals. An overlapping business in radio frequency amplifier chips will be sold to ease antitrust concerns.

Lockheed sees double-digit growth in cyber business

Serves 200 critical infrastructure firms globally in energy, oil and gas, chemical, finance and pharm

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the No. 1 provider of information technology to the U.S. government, said it expected double-digit growth in its overall cybersecurity business over the next three to five years, and even bigger gains in the commercial sector.

Lockheed, also the Pentagon's biggest supplier, said it was making strong inroads in the commercial market by leveraging a dozen years of experience and intelligence gathered while guarding its own networks and those of government agencies.

U.S. creates new agency to lead cyberthreat tracking

Past efforts were stymied by liability issues and privacy concerns

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Calling the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures "a game changer," a top White House official on Tuesday announced a new intelligence unit to coordinate analysis of cyberthreats, modeled on similar U.S. government efforts to fight terrorism.

Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, said the new agency will rapidly pool and disseminate data on cyberbreaches, which she said are ballooning in size and sophistication, to U.S. agencies.

U.S. businesses urge China to postpone new cybersecurity policies

Firms planning to sell computer equipment to banks would have to set up R&D centers in the country

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. business lobbies have called for "urgent discussions" with the Chinese government over new cybersecurity regulations that would force technology vendors to Chinese banks to hand over secret source code and adopt Chinese encryption algorithms.

Cybersecurity has been a significant irritant in U.S.-China ties, with both sides trading accusations of abuses.

Telecoms Analyst Firm Forecasts Multi Billion Dollar Growth in Key Supplier Sectors

Outlook Good for of LTE Macro and Small Cell RAN, Ethernet Switches, Security Appliances, and Optical

During the last week, California-based Dell’Oro Group released several reports indicating growth in key WAN equipment sectors.

The biggest winner, if forecasts hold true, would be vendors in the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market, which Dell’Oro analysts estimate will exceed $25 billion in 2019. Continued adoption of Software Defined Netowrking (SDN) architectures and Cloud deployments will drive sales of white box switching, software, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet equipment, according to the report.

In China, VPN internet access tools suffer further disruptions

Technological arms race to one-up China's 'Great Firewall'

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Internet services that allow people to freely access blocked websites and apps from within China have seen more severe disruptions this week, said three providers, moves that Chinese state media said were justified.

The services affected include popular Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog, which are engaged in a technological arms race to one-up China's highly sophisticated Great Firewall internet censorship system.

Obama to propose new laws to protect consumer data, privacy

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that intensified after hackers stole massive amounts of credit card data from companies like Target and Home Depot.

The White House said Obama will weigh in with his legislative ideas during a speech at the Federal Trade Commission at 11:55 a.m. ET.

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