Here are the top cyber news and stories.
- Homeland Security urges computer users to disconnect network setting - DHS is asking users to disable the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) capability on their home machines. Apparently, security settings on UPnP are minimal, and the settings are unneeded after local networking has been setup. This flaw was brought to DHS's attention by Rapid7, a Boston-based security firm. Via Denver Post, more here.
- Energy Information Administration adds state data to API - The EIA has added the State Energy Data System information to their API. "The SEDS data library adds 1.4 million data points that summarizes energy production, consumption, prices and expenditures. EIA first launched the API in October 2012." This API gives more capability to users to develop their own applications. Via FedScoop, more here.
- Group halts bank cyberattacks - The group that is claiming responsibility for the recent attacks on US financial institutions, Izz ad-Din al Qassam Cyber Fighters, posted that they were done with these attacks (for now). ""The Suspension of Operation Ababil has started today and will continue till further notice," the post reads." They have claimed that the attacks were due to a YouTube video which attacked the prophet Mohammed. Via StarTribune, more here.
- WTO Allows Antigua to Open Piracy Site - "Antigua and Barbuda have been given the power by the World Trade Organization to sell or give away U.S. copyrighted media downloads without compensation to the rights holders." These islands are considering creating their own "Pirate Bay" or other type of copyright distribution site, in order to make back money lost when the US shut down their online gambling capabilities. Via Wired, more here.
- Automatic Defense Cuts Called ‘More Likely Than Unlikely’ - "Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today “it is more likely than unlikely” that automatic defense cuts of as much as $45 billion will be triggered March 1." The Deputy SECDef said that the DoD is working hard to getting ready to make those cuts, while remaining agile and mission ready. Via Bloomberg, more here.
- NASA CIO Cureton to retire - Linda Cureton, the NASA CIO, will be retiring after 34 years of federal service. The former CIO of the Goddard Space Flight Center, Linda started as the NASA CIO in 2009. She is one of the top Twitter personalities in the federal government and will certainly be missed. Via FedScoop, more here.