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The week in security: Apple security scrutinised as mobile, IoT threats loom

The role of government in cybersecurity defences continues to morph, but there were interesting revelations that GCHQ employs 120 dyslexic and dyspraxic analysts to help in its fight against terrorism, while British PM David Cameron appointed a special envoy in charge of intelligence and law-enforcement data sharing. Interestingly, however, even as scrutiny of data sharing increases, Yahoo! reported that government requests for data had dropped overall, while one Australian cybersecurity expert said businesses and governments were increasingly seeking a collaborative approach to bolster overall cybersecurity profiles.

David Braue | 02 Oct | Read more

Expert: Basic hacks can compromise industrial control systems

Atlanta -- Sophisticated attacks like Stuxnet aren't necessary to compromise industrial control systems for dams, power plants, chemical plants and the like. Rather, simple phishing attacks followed up by using tools that are easily available through Metasploit will do the trick, security pros were told at a conference in Atlanta this week.

Tim Greene | 02 Oct | Read more

Security experts scrambling on Shellshock vulnerability as exploits begin

Less than a week after it was revealed by UK-based Akamai security researcher Stephane Chazelas, the threat posed by the newly discovered Shellshock vulnerability – said by some to be bigger than Heartbleed” – is still being reassessed as security experts around the world zero in on the recently discovered Bash shell flaw and the extent of the world's exposure to the bug becomes clear.

David Braue | 01 Oct | Read more

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