Mobile Technology Vendors Making Money on Both Side of the Cyber Battlefield – Making Security Apps While Creating Hacking Apps

Mobile Technology Vendors Making Money on Both Side of the Cyber Battlefield – Making Security Apps While Creating Hacking Apps



Mobile technology companies generally make security apps to prevent hacking. But there is another side to that equation. They can also make apps that hack and spy your mobile phones. Mobile technology vendors that create both hacking and anti-hacking apps […]

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Cyber Spy High: Meet the NSA’s Hacker Recruiter

Cyber Spy High: Meet the NSA’s Hacker Recruiter



The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem. Rocked by the Edward Snowden disclosures and facing stiff competition for top talent from high-paying Silicon Valley firms, the nation’s cyber spy agency is looking to recruit a new generation of college […]

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The Unpatchable Malware That Infects USBs Is Now on the Loose

The Unpatchable Malware That Infects USBs Is Now on the Loose



It’s been just two months since researcher Karsten Nohl demonstrated an attack he called BadUSB to a standing-room-only crowd at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, showing that it’s possible to corrupt any USB device with insidious, undetectable […]

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Journalist’s father dies following harassment by Franco-Israeli hacker

Journalist’s father dies following harassment by Franco-Israeli hacker



A Franco-Israeli hacker has threatened to sue a website over articles linking him to the death of the father of one of its journalists. Grégory Chelli, alias Ulcan, phoned Rue89 reporter Benoît Le Corre to mock him after hearing the […]

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The internet will never be hacker free, warns DARPA

The internet will never be hacker free, warns DARPA



The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has warned that users of the internet will never be fully secure. DARPA director Arati Prabhakar made the claim during the Washington Post‘s Cybersecurity Summit, arguing that the only way fully to […]

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Salinas tech expert warns about ‘Shellshock’ bug

Salinas tech expert warns about ‘Shellshock’ bug



A computer bug that a Salinas security expert said is infecting computers without the users being aware has the potential to allow hackers to take over an entire device. Luis Alvarez, president and chief executive of Alvarez Technology Group, said […]

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FBI informant organized Anonymous hackers’ attacks on government sites in 30 countries

FBI informant organized Anonymous hackers’ attacks on government sites in 30 countries



Government websites in the UK, Australia and more than two dozen other countries were provided by an undercover FBI informant to a hacker involved with the group Anonymous as cybertargets to attack, according to previously unpublished documents. The files — […]

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Cyber Spy High: Meet the NSA’s Hacker Recruiter

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The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.

Rocked by the Edward Snowden disclosures and facing stiff competition for top talent from high-paying Silicon Valley firms, the nation’s cyber spy agency is looking to recruit a new generation of college hackers and tech experts. And through one new program, the agency is cultivating students as young as eighth grade.

The man the NSA has turned to for help solving its recruiting problem is an avuncular 32-year NSA veteran named Steven LaFountain, who has been tasked with building up a “cyber curriculum” for tech-savvy students at 20 to 25 American universities–and making sure a steady flow of top minds continues to go to work for the nation’s technical surveillance agency. Officially, it’s known as the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations program.

Recently, CNBC sat down with LaFountain in a conference room at NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum, next to the agency’s sprawling headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, to talk about recruiting in the post-Snowden era.

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What follows is an edited transcript of that conversation.

CNBC: So explain the impact of the Edward Snowden disclosures on your ability to recruit.

LaFountain: Actually, I don’t think it’s been damaging to our ability to recruit talent, in that many of the students that I talk to, anyway, that I interact with, they’re interested in the tech. They’re not bothered by, let’s say, the politics of things like that. They’re interested in the technology. They want to get into cybersecurity. They want to learn what we do here.

CNBC: How do you prevent yourself from being the guy who recruits the next Edward Snowden?

LaFountain: That’s a good question. We have other processes … security process that look into backgrounds and polygraphs and all that, and hopefully that will prevent that. You know, when I’m recruiting, I’m looking for the technical talent. I’m looking for the people that have the right mind-set, that question things. That don’t just say, ‘That’s how it’s supposed to work, so it works that way.’ You’ve got to question: ‘How can I get it to do things it’s not supposed to do?’ That’s really what the whole cybersecurity business is about.

CNBC: Post-Snowden, the analysis was that part of the challenge for the NSA was that this generation of technologically-savvy students shares a different ideology than previous generations of boomers and Gen-Xers. These young folks today are much more libertarian, they’re much more of the information-wants-to-be-free mind-set. Are you finding a different mind-set among the 20-somethings that you’re recruiting now?

LaFountain: There certainly is that mind-set out there. And it’s been out there probably all along; it’s just more prevalent and more prominent today. More noticable. But there are lots of students out there that I think aren’t bothered by the politics of things. They do understand the need to protect information. Some people will always believe that there’s a conspiracy, but you know there is a need to protect information so that the government and the agency can do its mission.

CNBC: How tough is it for you guys to compete with Silicon Valley? How do you convince those guys to come here and work for a government salary instead?

LaFountain: Well, I think there’s a number of reasons why students come here. Some of them, you know, want to do good for the nation, they want to come work here or in some other government entity. Many of them realize that they come here and they can get some incredible experience very fast. So in our STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] areas, in our high-tech areas, we have a higher-than-average attrition rate. Because they come here, they build the skills, and then they’re very, very employable outside. And so I’ve been in offices at the agency over my career here where we’ve had a 30 percent turnover rate every year because the skills are just that valuable. And then they go out and they go join the gold rush, as you say, and make the money. But a lot of them stay.

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CNBC: How do you compete with that?

LaFountain: Well, some of it is the work that we do here. The work is very exciting, very interesting. Some of the work we do here you can’t do outside. When I first came to the agency 32 years ago, I never expected to still be here today.

CNBC: On this college recruiting program that you’re launching, you’re now seeing the first wave of graduates hired by the NSA. Where do you see this program in five years?

LaFountain: Well, in five years I think we’ll be fully where we want to be. I think we’ll have the number of schools that we want in the program. The program requires that schools re-designate as a center of excellence every five years. So we’ll have gone through the first wave of that, and I think that we’ll see that the original schools will strive to continue to be designated as centers of excellence for cyber operations. And I think — I hope — that we will see the pipeline of students that we’re expecting coming to NSA, going to cybercommand, going to FBI, going to the places that need the skills that we’re trying to build.

CNBC: What are the ethics of cybersecurity?

LaFountain: Well, largely it’s just being a good citizen in cyberspace. Right?

CNBC: But part of what you’re trying to do at the NSA is steal information. I mean, that’s what the NSA is for.

LaFountain: Well, we want to have people that have those skills, but you want to make sure that it’s applied in a legal manner, right? We have a legal authority to do that, to gather foreign intelligence, but our people need to understand that, okay, so you can’t go and do that in your personal life, right? You can’t do that against family, against friends, against neighbors. You’ve got to still be a model citizen in cyberspace.

Secret Service director Pierson resigns

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U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned yesterday following recent events involving a fence jumper who gained access to the White House on September 19th.

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson accepted Pierson’s resignation. Pierson served with the Secret Service for over 30 years and was the first female director. According to a statement released by DHS, Joseph Clancy has been appointed as the interim Acting Director of the Secret Service. Clancy retired from the Secret Service in 2011 and has been working in the private sector since.

The Deputy Secretary of DHS Alejandro Mayorkas and DHS General Counsel will assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the Secret Service of the fence jumping incident. The completed review will be submitted to Director Johnson by November 1.

The incident on September 19 involved a man carrying a knife who scaled the fence on the north side of the White House complex. The man, identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, TX. It was previously reported that the man was physically apprehended after entering the White House North Portico doors. Later reports revealed the intruder was apprehended in the East Room of the White House. In addition to the criminal investigation of Gonzalez by the Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, Pierson ordered the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility to conduct a comprehensive after action review of the incident.

On Tuesday, Pierson testified on Capital Hill regarding the incident. During her testimony, Pierson revealed other security lapses involving the Secret Service including allowing an armed individual to ride on an elevator with President Obama in Atlanta.

Director Johnson is also formulating a panel of independent experts to review recent issues concerning the Secret Service. By December 15, 2014, the panel will submit to its own assessment and recommendations concerning security of the White House compound, according to DHS.

The panel will also submit recommendations for potential new directors of the Secret Service and advise whether there should be a review of broader issues concerning the Secret Service.

Recently, the Secret Service protected President Obama and 140 visiting heads of state or government at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. The Secret Service also handled the protection of 60 world leaders for the African Summit.

Original Story http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/42652?c=infrastructure_protection

Mobile Technology Vendors Making Money on Both Side of the Cyber Battlefield – Making Security Apps While Creating Hacking Apps

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Mobile technology companies generally make security apps to prevent hacking. But there is another side to that equation. They can also make apps that hack and spy your mobile phones.

Mobile technology vendors that create both hacking and anti-hacking apps are profiting from both sides. NSO Group is an Israeli company which sells apps that can infect cell phones with untraceable spywares. These kind of hacking tools however, are not sold to just anyone. These kinds of cyber products are only sold to governments. But as their products become more popular, their clientele have realized that they too are vulnerable to similar hacking technology. In fact, the founders of NSO have started another company called Kaymera, to create and develop cyber tools that will counter their hacking tools.

Mobile technology companies quickly realized the profitability of creating both defensive and offensive cyber tools. Edward Snowden helped increase the demand for both offensive and defensive cyber tools. This created some sort of cyber war where governments and big corporations are in a race to obtain the latest in hacking tools as well as the latest defense against such tools.

This is where mobile technology companies like NSO and Kaymera will make a killing. One company will sell the hacking and spyware tools while the other will sell the tools to defend against them. To avoid any appearances on conflict of interest; the two companies have taken steps to distance themselves from one another. It was reported that the NSO Group was sold for $110 Million USD by Francisco partners which is publicly known as a private equity firm.

Corporate demand for cyber security is growing in part to the recent criminal hacking of business firms. Snowden’s revelations on the extent of government surveillance and hacking activities have prompted corporations to avail the services of mobile technology firms like Kaymera.

Other mobile technology companies offering similar services like Kaymera have started to appear in order to meet the growing demand.

Read more: http://www.franchiseherald.com/articles/7987/20141001/mobile-technology-vendors-making-money-both-side-cyber-battlefield.htm#ixzz3F0eBCOmz

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