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Israel experienced a serious hack attack on its electrical grid that officials are still working to repel, the head of the country's energy minister said Tuesday.

"The virus was already identified and the right software was already prepared to neutralize it," Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told attendees of a computer security conference in Tel Aviv, according to this article published Tuesday by The Times of Israel. "We had to paralyze many of the computers of the Israeli Electricity Authority. We are handling the situation and I hope that soon, this very serious event will be over … but as of now, computer systems are still not working as they should."

The "severe" attack was detected on Monday as temperatures in Jerusalem dipped to below freezing, creating two days of record-breaking electricity consumption, according to The Jerusalem Post. Steinitz said it was one of the biggest computer-based attacks Israel's power infrastructure has experienced, and that it was responded to by members of his ministry and the country's National Cyber Bureau. The energy minister didn't identify any suspects behind the attack or provide details about how it was carried out.

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Congressional oversight leaders are requiring most federal agencies to audit their networks to see if they use Juniper-manufactured firewalls that for four years contained an unauthorized backdoor for eavesdropping on encrypted communications.

Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform gave the agencies until February 4 to produce documents showing whether they use Juniper's NetScreen line of firewall appliances. The committee is also requiring agency heads who used the vulnerable devices to show how they learned of the eavesdropping threat and whether they fixed it prior to the release of last month's patch. That update removed the unauthorized code from ScreenOS, the operating system that manages NetScreen firewalls.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the chief oversight body for the US House of Representatives, with broad authority to investigate most matters pertaining to federal agencies. Committee members informed agency heads of the eavesdropping-related investigation involving Juniper hardware in letters dated late last week.

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[security bulletin] HPSBGN03537 rev.1 - HPE IceWall Federation Agent and IceWall File Manager running libXML2, Remote or Local Denial of Service (DoS)
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By Elizabeth Snell
Health IT Security
January 25, 2016

Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in
the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are
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But what type of obstacles are standing in provider's’...

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CarolinaCon-12 will be held on March 4th-6th, 2016 in Raleigh NC. For the
cheap price of $40 YOU could get a full weekend of talks, hacks, contests, and
parties. Regarding the price increase to $40, it was forced due to ever-rising
venue costs. But we promise to provide more value via; great talks, great side
events, kickass new attendee badges, cool giveaways, etc.


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By Chris Williams
The Register
26 Jan 2016

A bunch of US government departments and agencies – from the military to
NASA – are being grilled over their use of backdoored Juniper firewalls.

The House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
fired off letters to top officials over the weekend, demanding to know if
any of the dodgy NetScreen devices...

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Jan 25, 2016

Data theft is a very real and growing threat for companies that
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