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Backdoor Account Found In Hardware Sold to Whitehouse, Pentagon

In-brief: A firm that sells secure conferencing equipment to the U.S. government and military has acknowledged that it shipped software for the device that contained an undocumented “backdoor” account.

NetScreen Back Door Raises Internet Threat Level

In-brief: A widespread vulnerability in security products sold by the firm Juniper Networks prompted The Internet Storm Center to raise its threat level to “Yellow,” and urge administrators to patch affected devices immediately.

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Juniper Warns of Mystery Backdoor In NetScreen Products

In-brief: the discovery of a mystery “back door” in software that runs Juniper’s NetScreen line of security products prompted an emergency warning and patch from the company, and raises the specter of nation-backed hacking.

Update: Chinese Govt. Hackers Still Active Despite Truce

In-brief: A truce hammered out between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in September hasn’t kept hacking groups that are believed to be affiliated with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from playing offense, according to a report from the security firm Crowdstrike. (Updated to add comment from Ken Westin of Tripwire. PFR 10/19/2015)

Study: Financial Firms Hit Hard By Targeted Attacks

In-brief: A new report from the firm Websense finds that financial services firms are being hit hard by cyber attacks, including targeted attacks aimed at luring employees into installing malicious software on corporate networks.