FireEye is issuing a secondary offering of $700m, after shares in the cybersecurity company have soared more than 50 per cent in the month since it made a $1bn acquisition. The Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity technology company – which went public last September – will sell up to $700m worth of shares, or about 9 per cent of its market capitalisation, it said in a filing yesterday. Investors have rushed to fund a new […]

Regulators for Britain’s infrastructure networks were summoned to Whitehall on Wednesday to be warned by security chiefs to better prepare for crippling cyber attacks by hostile foreign states or terrorists. Sir Iain Lobban, the head of GCHQ, and senior figures in MI5 will meet representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority, Ofgem, Ofwat, Ofcom, the Bank of England and government ministers to discuss the UK’s state of readiness for “systemic” disruption […]

Eleven companies accused of employing corrupt private detectives to gather information about members of the public are under investigation for criminal and civil offences, eight years after police first uncovered evidence against them. The “blue-chip hacking” scandal, which broke last year, revealed that more than 100 City institutions, including law firms, financial services and insurance companies, were thought to have engaged rogue investigators who obtained information illegally through “blagging”. Inquiries by a […]

Today’s item from the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalog: SWAP(TS//SI//REL) SWAP provides software application persistence by exploiting the motherboard BIOS and the hard drive’s Host Protected Area to gain periodic execution before the Operating System loads. (TS//SI//REL) This technique supports single or multi-processor systems running Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, or Solaris with the following file systems: FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, or UFS1.0. (TS//SI//REL) Through remote access or interdiction, ARKSTREAM […]

Cyber criminals including extortionists and ‘hactivists’ – politically motivated hackers – may be using a form of attack called a distributed denial of service in an attempt to influence share prices and interfere with commodity exchange activities, according to a security company. Prolexic Technologies, which specialises in combating this type of attack, said: “Since 2011, and growing in 2012 and 2013, DDoS attack campaigns have become a significant threat to […]

Foreign visitors to the Winter Olympics in Sochi are unknowingly wading into a cyber battlefield, the US government and security experts have warned. Large international events – packed with diplomats, business leaders and celebrities – have become honeypots for computer hackers, while Russia is home to some of the most feared cyber criminals in the world. The Sochi games have already been plagued by fears of a potential terrorist attack and US officials have warned American […]