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December
10
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DDoS Hackers Plead Guilty for 2010 Attack

Individuals representing the “hacker” group Anonymous stood in front of a California federal court on Friday, December 6th and plead guilty for their involvement in the 2010 PayPal DDoS attacks, according to a recent article published on the PingZine website. The article states that in December of that year, the “hacker-activist group” launched an attack on PayPal for suspending WikiLeaks associated accounts. The article indicates that 10 members of the group plead guilty to felony charges and three were charged with misdemeanors. The United States attorney’s office announced that those who have plead guilty to felony charges could be adjusted to a misdemeanor charge in 2014 if their agreement with the court is successfully followed. Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay…

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December
10
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Report: Ban on Surveillance Hope of Tech Companies

Several large technology companies are voicing their desire for an international ban on internet surveillance, according to a recent article posted by the Web Host Industry Review website. The article states that a ban on “the wholesale collection of data among other protections that balance the rights of governments, citizens and the internet” is an effort to “restore public trust in the internet.” Many of these technology companies question reported practices of government agencies (NSA surveillance) of tapping internet services to collect user information – including the reported interception of “unencrypted data packets passing between private data centers”, according to this report. The article continues to highlight that several companies including Apple, Facebook and Google are working together on a…

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December
09
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Experts Say Dedicated Hosting Will Drive Company Growth

Hybrid cloud services are projected to be a serious driver of future company growth as seen by approximately sixty-percent of hosting company officers, according to an article recently published by the Web Host Industry Review. The article indicates that this data was released by Cowen and Company’s semi-annual Hosting Survey Report which looks at growth expectations from a small sample of private hosting companies. The Hosting Survey Report clarifies that even though competitive, the hosting industry has definitely increased over the years, according to the article.  It states that now with cloud services as a part of their plans, many hosting companies report thriving business. The article notes, “While 70 of respondents believe that in the past six months competition has increased, 20 percent said that…

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December
09
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Investigation: Police Seize Over 700 domains

More than 700 domains were seized by law enforcement agencies around the world  last week for selling counterfeit goods on three continents, according to an article published by the Web Host Industry Review. The article indicated that the investigation was a collective effort by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Europol, and Hong Kong Customs which was coordinated by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. Outlining security as a major concern, John Sandweg, ICE Acting Director, was quoted in the article to say, “Counterfeiters take advantage of the holiday season and sell cheap fakes to unsuspecting consumers everywhere,” “Consumers need to protect themselves, their families, and their personal financial information from the criminal networks operating these bogus sites.” The article…

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December
05
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Organized Control of Exporting Security Tool Software Planned

The Wassenaar Arrangement, an international arms control organization consisting of 41 states, has designed plans to control the exporting of specific software security tools based on theories that such tools may be used for “nefarious purposes”, according to a recent article published on the ZDNet website. The article indicates that The Wassenaar Arrangement – created in 1996 – contributes to “regional and international security and stability…by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations.” The structure of this organization is represented by the United States, some European states, Argentina, Australia, Turkey and other countries, according to the article. The article states that this “regime” plans to “classify software and…

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December
05
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Security Experts Find Millions of Stolen Passwords

A research team from Trustwave’s SpiderLabs has discovered 2 million stolen user passwords while investigating a server in the Netherlands for evidence of criminal activity, according to a recent article published on the Reuters web site. The article indicates that some of these passwords are directly associated with users of Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo. Trustwave’s SpiderLabs has reported that they discovered the credentials associated with more than 90,000 websites and Internet service providers on the server, according to the report. The article indicates that more than 326,000 Facebook Inc accounts, approximately 60,000 Google Inc accounts, and tens of thousands of Yahoo and Twitter accounts were from countries around the world including the United States. The article confirmed that Facebook and Twitter have reset the…

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December
05
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Microsoft Takes Big Steps to Protect Online Privacy

Microsoft officials announced on Wednesday they will move forward in efforts to “protect the privacy of online communications” and “encrypt Internet traffic traveling through its data centers“, according to an article published by CNet News. The article noted that Microsoft compared government surveillance to “sophisticated malware and cyber attacks.” In a blog post authored by Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith, spoke of Micorsoft’s concern regarding specific allegations which point at the unwarranted collection of customer data from the internet by “some governments“, according to the article. Smith confirmed, as the article indicates, that Microsoft is moving forward to “ensure that any government surveillance of the Internet is conducted legally rather than by a technological subterfuge.” The article quotes Smith’s comments…

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December
03
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Israeli Company Trains to Stop Cyber Attacks

A training facility located on Israel’s northern coastline near the Orot Rabin power station – called “Cyber Gym” –  has been created to train information technology and infrastructure professionals to defend their organizations against “cyber attacks”, according to a recent article published by Security Week. Cyber Gym was inaugurated this month by the Israel Electric Corp (IEC) who has fallen victim to a number of attacks recently – some 10,000 attacks per hour, according to the article. Cyber Gym director Ofir Hason was quoted in the article to say, “Israel, we believe, is the most-attacked country, and as the most-attacked civilian company in Israel, this gives us the unique capabilities to train other companies around the world to defend against system…

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December
03
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Report: PC Market Expected to Plunge in 2014

Industry analysts predict that the personal computer market will experience a continued decline as we approach 2014, according to an article published by PC World. The International Data Corporation (IDC) an American market research, analysis and advisory firm, reports that with a 15 percent drop in consumer PC sales, the market is expected to fall 10 percent by the close of this year – the greatest decrease in history, according to the article. The article states that IDC had previously predicted a 9.7 percent decline after a slow sales showing of Windows 8.1. Jay Chou, a senior research analyst, at IDC, is quoted in the article to say, ”Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons…

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December
02
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PC Preferred Over Mobile for Cyber Monday Shopping, Analysts Say

The quick decrease in personal computer sales may be due to the increasing popularity of tablets and smart phone technology. A recent report by analysts at Ovum, an independent analyst and consultancy firm, shows that the majority of Cyber Monday shoppers may not have wanted to use mobile devices, but opted to shop on a desktop or laptop PC, according to an article published by Eweek. The article states that consumers are still worried about security and privacy when using their mobile devices. Statements from a December Consumer Insights survey, quoted in the article, confirm that consumers continue to “opt for their PCs when it comes to online shopping.” Angel Dobardziev, principal analyst at Ovum, is quoted in the article…

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