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January
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Insight: Thoughts About Ethical Hackers

In recent history the term “Hacker” most often leaves people with the impression of “evil” in their minds. A recent article published by Wired Magazine outlines the public’s view of the hacker and how the name “conjures up images of some basement-dwelling, pimply geek who gets off on trying to hack the Pentagon“, as writer Richard...

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January
15
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GCHQ says British Government Vulnerable to Hacking

Officials from the British Intelligence Agency have recently reported their fears of the government becoming “the biggest free bank in the world for internet criminals“, according to an article published by The Telegraph. The article indicates that the GCHQ – the British Government’s “listening agency” – is seriously concerned with “Ukrainian hackers” and their attacks –  which can “harvest...

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January
14
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Research Finds Mobile Apps Used in DDoS Attacks

Prolexic Technologies, a firm specializing in the protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks, announced in their quarterly report, that “downloadable mobile apps” have been used in attacks against enterprise businesses, according to a recent article published by The Web Host Industry Review website. The article indicates that “digital forensics and attack signature analysis” performed by the firm’s security engineering...

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January
14
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Server Upgrade Caused Dropbox Downtime

A recent outage experienced by the file storage and sharing site Dropbox has been blamed on issues with a “planned server maintenance job“, according to articles published by CNet and the Washington Post. The server upgrade script was interrupted by a “glitch in its server upgrade process” or what Dropbox referred to as a “subtle bug“, according to the...

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January
13
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Recent Cyber Attack on Retail Hits More than Target

A recent security breach – reported to have been exclusively against retail giant Target – has now been discovered to be a “cyberattack campaign” which affected other retailers as well, according to an article published by Information Week. The article states that this was more than likely a “coordinated” campaign that “breached data from Target, Neiman...

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January
13
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Researchers Find Water, Gas Utilities Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers at Positive Technologies, the information security firm, discovered vulnerabilities which could let hackers gain access to specialty utility systems in “many industrial plants” and maliciously “shut off water or electricity supplies“, according to a recent article published by the Telegraph website. The article states that researchers found “flaws in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer...

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January
09
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Experts Say Cyber Crime Top Threat in 2014

According to a recent article published by IT Wire, intelligence gathered by technology industry experts confirms that both “cyber crime and financial crime” will be top priority threats in 2014. BAE Systems Detica, an information intelligence solutions firm, is convinced that “the single biggest issue that will hit organizations in 2014 will be the rise of digital criminality”...

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January
09
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Internet Pros Pull Out of RSA Security Event

Multiple industry experts have reportedly withdrawn from next month’s highly regarded RSA Conference in San Francisco due to reports of the sponsor’s controversial and deliberate use of “flawed encryption technology“, according to an article published by ABC News. The article states that approximately “eight researchers or policy experts” have pulled out of the conference after the sponsor, RSA...

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January
08
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Boy Finds Security Weakness, Faces Cybercrime Charges

An Australian teenager faces charges under the country’s cybercrime act after discovering – and reporting – “serious cyber-security weaknesses” within the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) systems, according to a recent article published by The Age website. According to the article, the 16-year-old from Melbourne, Joshua Rogers, “discovered an extensive database containing the personal details of public transport...

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January
08
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Researchers Find Windows Crash Reports Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers at Websense, a San Diego-based company specializing in computer security software, have reported that the Microsoft’s error and crash reporting system for Windows is “prone to hacking” – allowing attackers to use “unencrypted data” as an opportunity to “refine and pinpoint their attacks“, according to a recent article published by Zee News India. Alex Watson, director of threat research at Websense,...

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