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December
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Hacker Tries to Sell Access to BBC on Christmas Day

The world’s largest and oldest broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), became the next victim of cyber attack as their servers were accessed by a Russian hacker on Christmas Day, according to recent articles published by both Reuters and The Hosting News (THN). The article by THN indicated that the hacker accessed the British broadcaster’s servers “through...

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December
30
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Insight: How to Detect and Prevent Attacks

In a recent article published by Security Week, Michael Callahan of Juniper Networks, runs through a number of  “alternative” methods for detecting and preventing “brute force attacks” on your networks and systems. As Callahan outlines, using “strong and different passwords for every site we visit” is the optimum choice and would be the norm in a “perfect...

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December
30
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NSA Paid to Gain Access to Devices, Computers

RSA Security, LLC. has been paid approximately $10 million by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to “install bugs into the company’s encryption software so that the agency could spy on its customers“, according to a recent report published by The Hosting News. Another article,  published by CNet, stated that the Germany magazine, Der Spiegel has...

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December
27
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Target Says PIN Data Safe After System Hacking

The retail company Target announced that customer personal identification number (PIN) information “had not been breached” after 40 million customer credit and debit card records were stolen recently, according to a story published by the New York Times. Target announced, in previous statements, that the attackers “made off with customers’ encrypted PIN information” but “the company stored the keys...

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December
27
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Google Sees Rise in Info Removal Requests

A  “Transparency Report” released by Google shows an increase in the amount of requests from the federal government to “remove information from their services“, according to articles  published by both PingZine.com and the New York Times. The amount of removal requests has “greatly spiked in the last year“, according to the article. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other...

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December
26
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Security Firm Uses Hackers to Test Server Vulnerability

The San Francisco-based security company CloudPassage recently offered a $5,000 prize to any “hacker” who could successfully gain access to web-based servers – like those used by major companies today – configured with assorted operating systems, programs and applications, according to an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle. The article asked a question that the CloudPassage...

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December
26
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Fed Group Posts Suggestions About Private Data Access

A group called the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, established by the federal government after the National Security Agency’s (NSA) questionable foreign intelligence practices were recently made public, released a list of recommendations how to maintain and keep national security at top priority while gaining back trust in the government’s communications system, according to a recent...

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December
20
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Money Laundering Link Puts Web Host at Risk

LeaseWeb, a Netherlands-based web hosting provider, has been warned by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) to disable the streaming video website TheShowDepot.com or be charged as an accomplice to money laundering offenses, according to a recent article published at The Web Host Industry Review website. The report indicates that the website’s IP address was blocked by the hosting...

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December
20
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Analysts Say Unix Will Fade from Data Centers

Researchers at the analyst firm Gartner believe that the Unix operating system is “on a path to insignificance” and report that many of their clients have begun to plan a migrations, according to a recent article published by Network World. Analysts report that it may take two to five years for many of these organizations to make the...

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December
19
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Feds Quickly Expand Cloud Adoption Despite Concerns

A recent study conducted by Tripwire, a security and compliance solution provider, found that United States government agencies are quickly proceeding to expand their existing “adoption of cloud infrastructure” even though security concerns have been a constant obstacle, according to a recent article published by The Web Host Industry Review website. The article states that...

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