Iranian Hackers Infiltrated Computers That Control New York Dam

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Iranian Cyber Spies Reportedly Hacked Into a Dam Near New York City.

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The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Homeland Security believes the hackers infiltrated the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, N.Y. through a cellular modem. America’s power grid, factories, pipelines, bridges and dams are largely unprotected on the Internet, and—unlike in a traditional war—it can be difficult to know where or whether an opponent has struck.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration, pushing to support international trade with Iran, has advised the country’s rulers not to worry about new U.S. legislation that clamps visa restrictions on people who have traveled to Iran. The incident amid attacks by hackers linked to Iran’s government against the websites of U.S. banks and illustrates a prime concern of American officials: how to protect vulnerable American infrastructure from cyberattacks. In his first interview since he was charged last week for allegedly misleading investors in his hedge funds and raiding a public company to cover the losses, Martin Shkreli told the Journal he had been targeted by authorities for his much-criticized drug-price hikes and over-the-top public persona. “The indictment itself is lacking rigor. Full offer terms and conditions apply – see www.theaustralian.com.au for full details. * Value calculated as at 24/11/15.Offer includes a free Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8” Tablet Model SM-T350NZAAXSA (WiFi Only).Please be aware introductory offers must be purchased before 18 December 2015 for delivery before Christmas Day.

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Terrified by a string of recent hacks, banks are spending billions of dollars trying to fend off a faceless army of digital intruders, the WSJ’s Robin Sidel reports. To boost their defenses, firms are banning workers from using portable devices such as USB drives, warning employees to be careful what they post on social media and even discouraging workers from posting “out-of-office” replies on their emails. Several banks are also increasingly testing whether their employees unintentionally leave them susceptible to hackers by falling prey to “spear-phishing” attempts. Hoverboards are the surprise hit of this holiday season even though they are catching fire, getting banned by airlines and being removed from retailers due to shoddy batteries and an apparent lack of quality control,writes Christopher Mims. In the more than two years since Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, the Amazon.com Inc. founder increasingly has made his mark on how the paper is run, the WSJ reports.

Chinese Internet-security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. said it would go private for about $9.3 billion in cash, six months after its chairman first proposed a deal, the WSJ’s Lisa Beilfuss reports. Qihoo, which provides products and services to protect computers and mobile devices from malware and malicious websites, was the biggest of a wave of buyout offers made earlier this year while Chinese stocks were soaring.

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