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January
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Millions of German Email Accounts Hacked, says BSI

Germany’s Federal Office for Security (BSI) has recently reported that approximately 16 million email users have had their account details compromised by hackers, according to an article published on the IT Pro website. The article indicated that the attacked computers were infected with software that allowed cyber-criminals to collect “email addresses and passwords” from their...

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January
22
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Security Experts Say Russia Hacked Companies in West, Asia

CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm based in the United States, have compiled evidence showing that the Russian government has been been spying on “hundreds of American, European and Asian companies“, according to an article published by the Chicago Tribune. The article indicates that this is the “first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic – rather...

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January
22
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Internet Outage in China Kicks Millions Offline

The nation of China experienced a major internet outage recently causing “millions of internet users” to be dropped “offline for hours“, according to articles published by both the Web Hosting Industry Review and Network World. The reports indicated – at approximately 3 pm – an undisclosed amount of “domestic service providers” were not able to connect with...

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January
21
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Microsoft Blog Site Attacked by Hackers

The Microsoft blog site –  dedicated to the Office software suite –  was attacked this week by the hacking group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), according to an article published both by the GMA Network and Tech Crunch. The GMA article indicates that the attackers defaced the blog site and “boasted about the attack on their Twitter account.” According...

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January
21
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Symantec Holds Hack Attack Contest

Anti-virus and cyber-security service provider Symantec will be conducting the “Hack Attack” contest in Israel on January 28th where “Israel’s best hackers” will have the opportunity to take part in a “simulated corporate espionage attack” and attempt, through assorted techniques, discover “who and how the attack took place by counter-hacking other sites and servers“, according to an...

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January
20
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Claimed ID of Target Malware Maker Disputed

IntelCrawler, the California-based cyber-security firm, is the target of a recent dispute after claiming that a 17 year old Russian authored the malicious software which was responsible for the recent large “Target data breach“, according to reports from the Washington Post and KSDK News in St. Louis, MO. Internet security blogger and former Washington Post reporter...

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January
20
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Botnets: The Standard Tool in Cybercrime

The botnet, a network of “hijacked” computers, is now a “standard tool” used by cyber-criminals to invade machines for attractive, sales-worthy data, according to a recent article published by the BBC News.  The article indicates that after the invader attacks the target, it will then use them as “launch platforms for spam and phishing attacks,...

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January
17
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US-CERT Warns of Abusive DDoS Attacks

A warning from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) announces an increase in Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks that “leverage the Network Time Protocol (NTP) to amplify the attack volume“, according to a recent article published by EWeek. US-CERT outlined how DDoS attacks can take multiple shapes as “those who commit them leverage different techniques to...

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January
16
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Google Acquires Security Startup Impermium

Impermium, the California-based security firm, recently announced that they have joined the Internet giant Google to amplify the icon’s efforts in the battle against “spam and abuse“, according to a recent article published by Network World. Mark Risher, Impermium’s CEO and co-founder, was quoted in the article to say, “By joining Google, our team will merge...

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January
16
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2014 Security Forecast Not Good Says Cisco

In their annual security report, researchers from the networking equipment manufacturer Cisco, recently predicted an ominous security forecast for 2014 suggesting that the recent security breach at Target was just the beginning of more attacks in the future, according to an article published by ZDNet. The article indicates that “a gap” has appeared over the past...

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