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March
26
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Hackers Bring Cyberwarfare to Ukrainian Crisis

“Cyberwarfare” is raging during the current crisis between Russia and the Ukraine as hacker attacks cause “service interruptions“, database breaches, and the “defacing hundreds of Ukrainian and Russian websites“, according to an article published on the KESQ CBS News website. The article indicates that this type of “warfare” – digital or web-based actions – look  much like the “sabotage, espionage, armed confrontation and counter-propaganda” attacks that were common to the “resistance” that occurred within the “German-occupied countries during World War II.” The article suggests that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can now be added to the warfare list since this type of event can “shut down key websites” and contribute to the “defacement of government websites, and breaching government…

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March
25
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Australian Commission Marks Cybercrime as Systemic Risk

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has recently announced to their countries business leaders and to the entire the world at their annual conference in Sydney that global cybercrime have “an estimated annual cost of $110 billion“, according to an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald. The commission estimates, according to the report, that attacks on Australian companies alone would cost these organizations “$2 million” continually pressing them financially. ASIC representative Greg Medcraft was quoted in the article to say, “Cybercrime is a systemic risk and is potentially the next black swan event.” The report continues to state that, according to Mr. Medcraft, an “attack could spread quickly and have a very dangerous effect on the financial system.”…

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March
17
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Zuckerberg Voices Frustrations About NSA on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Facebook has published a statement responding to reports that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) “uses faked servers purporting to belong to the social network in order to spread malware to control users’ computers for mass, untargeted surveillance“, according to an article published by IT news. Zuckerberg strongly voiced his thoughts in an update to his own Facebook page, according to the article, by clarifying that “the internet needs to be a secure shared space for the world, that makes people stronger and safer together.” The article notes Zuckerberg’s frustrations and emphasizes how his company “spends a great deal of energy trying to make its services and the internet safe and secure” and “why the…

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March
14
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Ex-Hackers Who Became Billionaires

A recent article published by Forbes Magazine gives a brief outline of  “The World’s Richest Hackers” telling the “once was” stories of these technology pioneers. Along with the eight individuals profiled, the article first introduces you to WhatsApp founder Jan Koum briefly discussing how his “net worth suddenly jumped to $6.8 billion last month when his startup was acquired by Facebook.” We are first illuminated by Koum who, as the article states, started his technology life “as a teenage immigrant from Ukraine” living in Mountain View, California. The article indicates that he would use a “wardialer” – an electronic device  that “cycles through phone numbers, dialing them on a modem to find open connections“—to search and “explore faraway networks” all…

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March
13
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Report: NSA Planned to Implant Millions of PCs with Surveilance Malware

Information based on “secret documents leaked by former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden” has again exposed how the agency has been “building a better command-and-control infrastructure” to “expanding its ability to infect computers“, according to a recent article published by PC World. A recent discovery, according to the article, shines a brighter light on the capabilities of some specific tools the agency had developed. According to the article, the NSA‘s code named “TURBINE”  was planned to perform “automated control [of] implants by groups instead of individually” and “was supposed to include an ‘Expert System’ capable of managing malware implants with limited or no human input.”  The article goes on to indicate that the agency referred to TURBINE as “a brain that…

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March
13
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McAfee Report Warns of a Thriving Cybercrime Industry

The security firm McAfee Labs has recently released their fourth quarter “threat report” which clearly warns of a “burgeoning cybercrime industry” and how it functions as the supplier of “malicious code“, misuses “legitimate code-signing certificates“, and is specifically responsible for numerous additional infractions, according to an article published on the Web Hosting Industry Review website. The McAfee report clearly states, according to the article, “how the cybercrime industry is providing the malware that seems to be behind high-profile attacks.” The article indicates that victimized retailers such as Neiman Marcus, White Lodging, and Michaels Stores are a small group of many that “seem to have been victims of off-the-shelf point-of-sale malware in 2013.” These attacks open the door for invaders to “sell…

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March
12
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Thousands of WordPress Sites Hijacked by DDoS Launchers

The California-based security firm Sucuri reports that approximately “162,000 legitimate WordPress sites” have been hijacked by hackers and connected to “a criminal botnet” which forces each to launch “distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks“, according to an article published by the V3.CO.UK website. The firm confirms that the hackers were successful at mounting  this attack by exploiting “a well-known flaw in WordPress code“, according to the article. The article indicates that Sucuri “uncovered the botnet when analysing an attack targeting one of its customers” and successfully traced “the source of the attack to legitimate WordPress sites.” Daniel Cid, Sucuri CTO, was quoted in the article to say,”The most interesting part is that all the requests were coming from valid and legitimate WordPress sites….

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March
12
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HostingCon Conference Promises to Heat Up Miami

“Turn Up the Heat” will be the theme of this year’s HostingCon, the annual conference and trade show dedicated to the web hosting and cloud industry, according to an article published by The Web Hosting Industry Review. The article indicates that this year’s conference, to be held in Miami, Florida from June 16-18, promises to accelerate “ideas and insights into innovation, strategic vision, and new revenue opportunities.” Philbert Shih, the program director for the conference, was quoted in the article to say, “The hosting and cloud industry continues to grow and mature and the sector has never been healthier. But at the same time, the industry is undergoing some significant change. Hosters have never before faced such intense competition and the likes of Google, Microsoft and…

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March
07
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Cyber-Attacks Hit Ukraine as Russians Occupy Crimea

The recent occupation of Ukrainian territory by Russian military forces has spawned many “cyberattacks” – which include the disabling and defacing of websites with “pro-Russia propaganda messages“, and the overall disruption of  the region’s “communication networks“, according to an article published by The Web Hosting Industry Review website. These acts of “hacktivism“within the Crimean peninsula, according to the article, are prompted mostly from “social, political and religious issues”  that come from “both sides” of the conflict. The article noted that a “Ukrainian hacktivist group” known as “Cyber-Berkut” reportedly “claimed responsibility for vandalizing 40 websites since the dispute began.” The primary tool behind many acts of “hacktivism” is the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which, according to the article, is used to “overwhelm…

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March
07
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Massive Data Breach Prompts Target CIO Resignation

Retail giant Target has accepted the resignation of Beth Jacob, their CIO and executive Vice President, in the wake of  the “massive data breach” of November of 2013 which resulted in one of the largest retail thefts in history, according to an article published on the Information Week website. The article indicates that Jacob was responsible for the retailer’s “computer systems and network“, which unfortuately “succumbed to hackers” during the event which “contributed to a 40% decline in the profit reported by the company last month.” Regarding both the 2013 breach and the current search for a replacement CIO, Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO of Target, was quoted in the article to say, “While we are still in the…

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