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October
17
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Hackers: Data Picking for Profit

Years ago I fell victim to fraud. It was around 1999 and I was residing in a hip, desirable borough of Boston known as Allston-Brighton on a very safe street with many trustworthy and caring neighbors. I was enjoying a busy career  at a fast climbing start-up company and not really worrying about threats against my privacy or my security. One day I discovered over $400 missing from my checking account. It was just gone. Keep in mind that at the time of this discovery I was a single professional making decent money but when that amount of money just drops out of your wallet, with no explanation or warning, it is very traumatic and extremely concerning. After much investigation, repeated…

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October
17
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FindMyHost.com Names Hostwinds Best for Shared Hosting!

  Hostwinds received the “Shared Hosting” Editor’s Choice Award for October 2014 from FindMyHost.com! The FMH website states that “Web Hosts whom have won the FindMyHost Editors’ Choice Award are honest, reliable, and  excel  in all area’s – most importantly technical support. These Web Hosts are worth investigating for your next Web Hosting  experience.” FindMyHost goes on to say that “Editors’ Choice Winners have been hand picked for excelling in distinct areas of Web  Hosting…expect a smooth and professional relationship.” As the Hostwinds website explains, “Our web hosting solutions are aimed towards clients that need more than just normal web hosting. We understand that you and your business associates depend on speed and reliability. This is why we give our clients a great share of…

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October
17
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We’re PROUD of YOU! JOIN The Hostwinds Wall of Fame!

Do you want to be a part of the Hostwinds Headquarter Office? Hostwinds appreciates your commitment and contribution to our success! As we serve your needs each and everyday, we are reminded how grateful for our FAMILY of clients! We have a SPECIAL PLACE in our office dedicated to our faithful clients…and WE WANT to see YOU there! We would like YOU to be a part of our new surroundings! We have a large “Wall of Fame” in our office RESERVED for our clients who have been a faithful part of the Hostwinds Family for ONE YEAR or MORE. We have created an exhibit in your honor to show ALL that come visit us at the Hostwinds Headquarter office how proud we are of our clients. You are…

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October
13
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Vulnerability: Come In. The Door is Open.

Today’s world is filled with battles, attacks, threats and vulnerabilities. Whether you flip a page, change a channel or click a mouse, you are continually reminded that you may or may not be totally protected by that large wall of safety and security you believed would keep your castle sheltered and warmed against the throws of oncoming attackers. Yes, the battle is raging and, if we would like to admit it or not, the data and information we covet, are the primary targets. Not to be a source of negative news, but the world contains those who live to exploit our vulnerabilities and gain an advantage on our security, livelihood and peace. The simple truth is that we should not…

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October
02
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Shellshock Vulnerable QNAP Devices Attacked by Hackers

A recent investigation has uncovered the efforts of a group of hackers who have been attacking web servers with “network attached storage devices” weakened by the Shellshock Bash vulnerability, according to an article recently published by CSO online. The article indicates that these attacks have been launched against networks within educational institutions in the United States, Japan and Korea. According to the CSO report, this “publicly disclosed security weakness” – embedded in the devices have and given “default” administrative privilege by their manufacturer QNAP – was exploited by the hackers and discovered by researchers at FireEye, experts in cyber security and malware protection. The article states, according to the investigators findings, as soon as the server has been compromised and determine the administrative credentials, they obtain “full control of…

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September
25
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Hostwinds Honored by FindMyHost.com!

  Hostwinds received the “Reseller Hosting” Editor’s Choice Award for September 2014 from FindMyHost.com! The FMH website states that “Web Hosts whom have won the FindMyHost Editors’ Choice Award are honest, reliable, and  excel  in all area’s – most importantly technical support. These Web Hosts are worth investigating for your next Web Hosting  experience.” FindMyHost goes on to say that “Editors’ Choice Winners have been hand picked for excelling in distinct areas of Web  Hosting…expect a smooth and professional relationship.” As the Hostwinds website explains, “Our web hosting solutions are aimed towards clients that need more than just normal web hosting. We understand that you and your business associates depend on speed and reliability. This is why we give our clients a great share…

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September
24
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Europol and Banks Join Forces to Fight Cybercrime

The cybercrime unit within the European Union‘s law enforcement agency Europol and banks from around Europe have partnered to fight against the rise of attacks against the financial sector by cyber criminals, according to a recent article published on the Business Insider’s website. The article indicates that the “increasingly sophisticated” threats have prompted them to “join forces” and has caused aggressive efforts by these entities to make serious steps forward. Cooperation between financial organizations and law enforcement agencies has gained a new level of understanding, according to the report, which promoted a memorandum to be signed by both the European Banking Federation (EBF) and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to “intensify cooperation between law enforcement and the financial sector.” The article states that banks-like those represented…

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September
18
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European Banks Hacked by Crime Ring for a Decade

Internet security experts have discovered a European cybercrime network which has been functioning for over a decade and preying on hundreds of  “banks, governments, research labs, critical infrastructure facilities and more“, according to a recent article published on the Wired UK website. The article indicates that this “spear phishing” operation has infiltrated organizations in Switzerland, Austria and Germany for as long as 12 years. Reports say that the “Israel-based” security firms Cybertinel and Elite Cyber Solutions “discovered and scuppered” the band of attackers who orchestrated this long running hack referred to as “The Harkonnen Operation” which “achieved this with the help of 833 front companies registered in the UK“, according to the article. Executives at Elite Cyber Solutions advised that this operation was possible because of “the UK’s relatively tolerant requirements for purchasing…

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September
12
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Hacking Attacks on West Plan of Islamic State

Following President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that the United States will extend airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIL) targets into Syria, militants from the terrorist organization are reportedly “boasting of its plans to create a sophisticated cyber army“, according to a recent article published on the Daily Mail website. The article indicates that the group is planning on launching “massive hacking attacks” on “banks and governments” throughout the “U.S. and the West.”  They hope to accomplish this while operating behind a self-produced “cyber caliphate” which will be protected by encryption software they have also designed, according to the article. Claims of large recruitment effort to retain “skilled hackers” to build this army have been made by both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, according to the article. Both groups hope to “create…

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September
10
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Diverse, Good Hacker Club Started by IUP Student

A “good hackers” club has been started by a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to build awareness and educate faculty and students how to protect themselves from “malicious hackers“, according to a recent article published on the SFGate website. The article indicates that the university junior and information technology student, Zach Garcia, 22, and his new group have gained much attention on campus since they draws in both faculty and students. Garcia came up with the idea to start “The Lunchtime Hackers” while at work, the article stated, since he felt those concerned with these issues should meet to educate each other about the “bad hackers on the Internet” and discuss the importance of guarding against their threats. Garcia was quoted in the article to say, “There’s…

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