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  • Perps Had Michelle Obama’s Personal Info: TransUnion Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 3:19 PM ET
    Michelle Obama

    A data breach apparently affecting the first lady of the United States, and singers Beyonce and Britney Spears—among others—resulted from an old-fashioned "pretexting" attack, rather than a sophisticated computer hack, a company told CNBC.

  • Beyonce, Jay-Z Among Latest Hack Victims: FBI Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 7:17 AM ET

    Authorities were grappling with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials and stars.

  • That's classified! Not anymore. US agencies like the FBI will begin sharing some classified information with companies to help prevent hack attacks.

  • CyberThreat Weekly Recap: Week of March 8     Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 10:00 AM ET
    Signs stand in front of the General Motors world headquarters complex in Detroit, Michigan.

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the growing number of CEOs speaking out on the danger that cyber threats pose to their company.

  • BP Fights Off Up to 50,000 Cyber-Attacks a Day: CEO Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 5:40 PM ET

    At the IHS CERAWeek Conference in Houston on Wednesday, CNBC spoke to BP CEO Bob Dudley about the persistent cyber threats that companies like his receive.

  • BP CEO Talks Cyber-Attacks     Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    BP CEO Bob Dudley talks about the constant cyber-attacks to BP and how they protect themselves.

  • Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 11:03 AM ET

    Chinese hackers are one problem. But so are employees who put company information online with their smartphones and tablets.

  • US intelligence officials are trying to figure out the motive behind recent corporate hack attacks -- and where the biggest threats lie.

  • Evernote Says Hackers Stole Some User Data Sunday, 3 Mar 2013 | 1:02 PM ET

    Evernote, a Web-based note-sharing service, said it was resetting the passwords of its 50 million users because hackers managed to breach its computer network.

  • Businesses far too often fail to take basic steps to protect their digital infrastructure, or realize the biggest threat may be inside their own company.

  • Hack Attacks Give Insurance Business a Boost Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    Death is one of the only guarantees in life — that and taxes. And now, perhaps, getting hacked can be added to the list, and that's been a boon to the cyber-insurance industry.

  • Hacking in America: The Growing Problem     Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the growing problem of cyber attacks. Even Ben Bernanke addressed it in his testimony to Congress this week. Many companies, however, are wary of reporting attacks, he says, and that's a problem.

  • "Spearphishing" is an approach that tricks a targeted individual to reveal information that can be used to infiltrate the company or government agency that person works for.

  • Is Washington to Blame for Chinese Cyberterrorism? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 11:51 AM ET

    Reports linking the Chinese military to scores of hacking attacks on US businesses was deeply troubling and completely unsurprising if we judge by Washington's reaction to the news.

  • CNBC's Eamon Javers interviews Mike Brown, a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, and the current General Manager of RSA's Federal Business. Brown explains that the sequester will hurt U.S. cyber security and affect the private sector. He also believes that greater awareness of cyber-attacks is needed.

  • Ken Silva, the President of ManTech Cyber Solutions International tells CNBC¿s Eamon Javers how stock prices can be influenced by cyber-attacks and that investors care about companies' responses to online criminals.

  • CNBC's Eamon Javers interviews Pat Calhoun, McAfee's senior vp and general manager of network security on how the sequestration will affect cyber security in the U.S., and how McAfee is defending against malware threats.

  • Cybersecurity: How CEOs Are Fighting Back Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 10:48 AM ET

    Our nation’s attention to cybersecurity risks has reached a new level, reflecting the rising threats to America’s national and economic security.

  • Online Pirates to Get Six Strikes Under New System Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 9:32 AM ET

    Internet users who illegally share music, movies or television shows online could soon receive warning notices from the nation's major Internet service providers.

  • A New Cyber Cold War Tests US Ties to China Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 1:18 PM ET

    An omission by the Obama administration last week underscored the U.S.'s heightened sensitivities over how directly to confront China's new leadership over hacking.

 

  • CNBC's senior correspondent and lead investigative reporter, Scott Cohn also appears on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today" and on MSNBC.

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Investigations Inc.: Cyber Espionage

  • When a person enters information on a website, like an email or credit card, it gets stored in that company’s data base. Those web-based forms are a simple tool for users, but they are also another way hackers can exploit a company’s system. Instead of inputting a name into the website, cyber spies can put in a specially crafted text that may cause the database to execute the code instead of simply storing it, Alperovitch said. The result is a “malicious takeover of the system,” he said.

    By attacking business computer networks, hackers are accessing company secrets and confidential strategies and creating huge losses for the overall economy.

  • China is working feverishly to counteract its slowest GDP growth in recent years, and one of the ways it’s doing so, say U.S. officials, is through the theft of American corporate secrets.

  • US businesses are enduring an unprecedented onslaught of cyber invasions from foreign governments, organized crime syndicates, and hacker collectives, all seeking to steal information and disrupt services, cybersecurity experts say.

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