Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has been aiding the US NSA spy on European companies and politicians since 2008, possibly even earlier, Der Spiegel claims (via Google Translate).
It's widely believed that the October 2014 breaches of US State Department and White House computer systems have been executed by Russian hackers.
Pawn Storm, the long-standing economic and political cyber-espionage operation that has been first detailed in October 2014, continues unabated.
Kaspersky Lab has recorded a rare and unusual example of one cybercriminal attacking another.
US president Barack Obama has signed on Wednesday a new executive order aimed at imposing "sanctions on individuals or entities that engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities that create a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States." "The malicious cyber-enabled activity must have the purpose or effect of significantly harming or compromising critical infrastructure; misappropriating funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; knowingly receiving or using trade secrets that were stolen by cyber-enabled means for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; disrupting the availability of a computer or network of computers (for example, through a denial of service attack); and attempting, assisting or providing material support for any of the above activities," the president explained.
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