Hackers have successfully infiltrated Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) computers twice in the past three years, according to a leaked internal investigation report.
News of the breaches broke via Nextgov, which claims to have learned of the breaches after issuing open records requests to the NRC. At the time of publishing the NRC had not responded to V3's request for comment.
The web is fighting back against websites and apps that do not use encryption.
Such services are considered to have good security when they implement a technology known as Transport Layer Security or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which encrypts traffic between an end user and the site. Google, Twitter, Facebook and banks are good examples of this practice.
Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been scanning every public-facing server in 27 countries for several years to find any weak systems in waht some have described as a 'gargantuan scale' hack.
The agency's so-called 'Hacienda' program, revealed by German publication Heise, started in 2009 when GCHQ decided to apply the standard tool of port scanning against entire nations.
In the 1969 classic The Italian Job, Michael Caine and crew commit a major gold heist by hacking into the traffic light system of Turin, Italy, to cause a massive traffic jam, giving the robbers a perfectly synced path to escape through the gridlock.
As it turns out, this piece of high-action Hollywood theatrics is not merely screenwriter fantasy. According to cyber security researchers at the University of Michigan, pulling off a caper like that wouldn’t even be difficult today.
Much of what passes for privacy concern strikes me as overwrought reaction to minor problems, and completely dismissive of the other side of the story. There's no better example than public security cameras and police-officer body-mounted cameras.