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This week, when we weren't watching the football and sobbing uncontrollably, we saw security headaches at NPM and Ticketmaster, and a priest in hot water with cybercrime charges. But there's always more in the security world. Here are a few other bits of security news from recent days. Russians could be behind 'cyber caliphate …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "A former electrical engineer ...Jared Sparks"

    Nominative determinism strikes again.

    On which subject - should Paul Pester have stuck to sales and marketing?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Keep 'secret' files in dropbox account :]

      @ Doctor Syntax: "A former electrical engineer ...Jared Sparks"

      "An electrical engineer secretly uploaded onto his personal Dropbox account thousands of files containing sensitive information about the unmanned underwater vehicles his company was developing for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research."

      The story is a bit more ambiguous than is made out by the DOJ. Sparks worked for both companies and took his own documents with him when he left. Somehow I don't think the words secret and dropbox go together in a sentence :]

      Assuming the 'secret' files were so insecure that such un-audited transfer took place and contractors were allowed to maintain personal dropbox accounts, anyone and his dog could have access to them. The FSB must be laughing their socks off at this kind of thing.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    US Senate behind cyber büllsh1t

    "If substantiated, the claims about APT28 posing as the Cyber Caliphate could be the first public evidence that influence operations have specifically targeted American military families .. If left unchecked, such operations would threaten the personal liberty, financial security, mental health, and morale of our military families."

    What is this neocon propaganda doing on a technology website?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: US Senate behind cyber büllsh1t

      What is this neocon propaganda doing on a technology website?

      If true, it is an interesting angle the war between the West and Russia is taking. Psychological warfare against enemy troops AFAIK is not prohibited by international conventions. Just the opposite.

      By the way, anyone having any ideas that we are not at war should go visit a shrink. Definitely the case after NATO requested two countries with unresolved separatist/territorial cases with Russia to join and agreed to the Orange one's request to up the budgets from their peacetime (< 2% GDP) setting to 4%.

    2. tom dial Silver badge

      Re: US Senate behind cyber büllsh1t

      Senator Wyden and, as far as I am aware, Senator Gardner are not neocons. Interestingly, Senator Wyden is one of the chief congressional critics of the NSA; I do wonder who he thinks will proved the information they seek in their letter.

  3. Paul Herber Silver badge


    Smart TVs, smarter than their users.

    1. Steve Aubrey

      Re: Smart

      And easier to reboot!

  4. Flywheel Silver badge

    They're upset that internet-connected tellies could be used to spy on folks

    Yes, yes, but why them and why now? Have some of the Good Ol' Boys been gifted some smart kit perchance?

  5. EnviableOne Bronze badge

    Power Grids at Risk

    I got an army of Cyber Squirrels round here somewhere ...

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