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February
25
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Cyber Attack Alert Law Wanted by US Attorney General

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated Monday that the Federal Government should pursue the passing of legislation which would require, by law, that businesses notify those affected customers who have lost personal information during a breach of system security, according to an article published on the PC World website. The article indicates that a “data-breach notification law” would assist the federal government – namely the U.S. Department of Justice – to effectively fight cyber-crime – while also protecting “privacy” and preventing “identity theft“. Holder was quoted in the article to say, “As we’ve seen—especially in recent years—these crimes are becoming all too common. And although Justice Department officials are working closely with the FBI and prosecutors across the country to…

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February
25
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Apple Discovers Flaw in OS Vunerable to Hackers

Apple Computer has discovered that there is a serious issue with their iOs software which leaves their users open to attack from hackers, according to a recent article published by Auto World News. The article confirms that the “crucial flaw” allows attackers to “easily intercept even encrypted communications.”  Technology experts believe, according to this report, that Apple mobile devices “allow for hacking” and that Macintosh computers “are especially vulnerable.” The article indicates that users of some Apple products, both computers and mobile devices, are “vulnerable when they are on an unsecured wireless service” –  for example,  those connections configured for public use in “restaurants” or shopping malls. The technology giant has not announced how this flaw was discovered but has released a…

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February
21
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Turkish Law Allows Websites Blocked Without Court Orders

Turkish authorities are now allowed to “block websites without a court order” due to legislation that was signed on Tuesday, according to an article published by the Web Hosting Industry Review. The article says that now Turkish president Abdullah Gul has signed the “controversial bill” the government will have the ability to “monitor telecommunications and ISPs, allowing the government to block online content it deems illegal or to be in violation of someone’s privacy.” It is reported in the article that citizens of the country feel that the new law will be “mismanaged by the government – which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery.” According to the report, the new Turkish law states that Internet Service Providers (ISP)…

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February
20
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Hackers Break Into University, Steal 300K Social Security Numbers

The University of Maryland’s “personnel information database” was recently invaded by “hackers” which resulted in the theft of social security numbers for hundreds of thousands of individuals, according to an article published by ABC News. The article indicates that a large number of social security numbers – “dating back to 1998” – birth dates and college ID data were compromised by the attackers after they accessed the personal records of over 300,000 people – “faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel” – as confirmed by the article. Financial, academic, health or contact information was not compromised in the attack, according to the report. University President Wallace Loh was quoted in the article to say, “I am truly sorry. Computer and data…

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February
20
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FBI Says Cyber Crime is Their Number One Fight

A recent article published by CBS News in Chicago indicates that cyber-crime has become the “number one fight” of  United States government law enforcement agencies and taking a lead position over it’s arch enemy – terrorism. The cyber-crime fighting “business” costs “billions of dollars a year” since the main enemy “targets everyone from big banks, to big brother, to you“, according to comments from Brad Edwards, the author of the report. In the article, Edwards speaks with Chicago-based FBI agent Tim Hearl and examines the facts related to this accelerating issue and, as the report states, “exposes the risks you may not even realize you face.” Admitting that “it’s a catch up game to catch cyber criminals“, the report quotes…

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February
19
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Credentials of 300K Users Posted on Website by Hackers

Researchers from High-Tech Bridge – the Swiss “security and computer forensics” company – have reportedly discovered that the credentials of over 300,000 computer users were recently placed on Pastebin, a website where text may be “stored online for a “set period of time“, according to an article published by SC Magazine. The article stated that this action of storage compromised “log-in and password pairs – for various services, websites and emails.” The Pastebin website was originally launched in 2007 as a temporary text storage space but is now been a spot where hackers “reveal compromised account details”  and where they can “show off their expertise, rather than for direct financial gain“, according to the article.  These hackers have publicized captured information, as…

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February
18
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Hackers Attack Kickstarter, Steal User Information

Well known project and idea funding website, Kickstarter was reported to be the next victim of cyber-attack after hackers breached their security and “made off with user information“, according to an article published by CNet. The article clarified that though the attackers captured “usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords“, it stated that “no credit card information was taken.” The article quoted a blog post which was published by the organization that said, “Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.” Kickstarter also warned, “As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password…

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February
14
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French Website Feels Worst DDoS Attack in History

A large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack hit a French website that reached approximately “400 Gigabits per second (Gbps)“, according to an article published on the ZDNet website. The article outlined that DDoS security companies Arbor Networks and CloudFlare were both in agreement that “the attack reached at least 325Gbps” and that more attacks of this magnitude are to come in the near future. Arbor Networks’ Director of Solutions Architects Darren Anstee was quoted in the article – confirming their Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) – with this statement which says: “The size of attacks in 2013 eclipsed previous peaks by over 200 percent, with the largest reported attack at 309Gbps. Plus, multiple respondents reported attacks larger than…

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February
13
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Research Says Computers Left Vulnerable by Pre-Loaded Software

Kaspersky Lab researchers have recently released a report announcing that a “legitimate anti-theft software” can leave personal computer systems “vulnerable to remote hijack“, according to an article published by SC Magazine. The article states that this vulnerability impacts “millions of users with the activated installation” of this software on their computers. Kaspersky’s findings, according to the article, outlined the product “Absolute Computrace” which was developed by the Texas-based company Absolute Software. The article confirms that their product page claims that the software “allows organizations to persistently track and secure all of their endpoints within a single cloud-based console” which is concerning to Kaspersky researchers. The research that Kaspersky experts have conducted “haven’t seen any evidence of Computrace’s weaknesses being used to…

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February
13
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Feds Offer Standards to Improve Cyber Security

A “final version of standards” was released on February 12th by the federal government with the goal to “help companies in nationally critical industries better defend against cyber attacks“, according to an article published on the Reuters web site.  The article indicates that with this release of “standards” security officials from the United States government are faced with the additional challenge of “getting the private sector to adopt the voluntary measures.” These standards have been “criticized for being too vague and toothless“, according to the report, and has transformed “a vast amount of industry input”  into a list of “guidelines designed for 16 different sectors” – including food, agriculture, energy and transportation – “whose disruption could be devastating to the country.” The…

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