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May
22
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The Most Secure Networks Get Hacked Anyway, Study Says

Security analysts from both the firms FireEye and Mandiant have determined in a recent study that “97 percent” of networks, no matter how secure, “experienced some form of breach“, according to an article published on the Ars Technica website. The article indicates that the data mined from this study came from “more than 1,600 networks over a six-month period” that were heavily protected by “multiple layers of network and computer security software.” According to the report, analysts placed “network and e-mail monitoring appliances” to collect data during the timeline between “October 2013 to March 2014.”  This data first showed FireEye and Mandiant, according to the article, that “three-quarters of the networks had command-and-control traffic indicating the presence of active security breaches connected to over…

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May
21
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New Data About Cybercrime Tactics Released by Microsoft

Data released recently from the Microsoft Corporation confirms that the tactics used by cybercriminals are becoming increasingly “deceptive” and “malicious“, according to an article published by The Daily News website. The article indicates that this data confirms tactics resulting in attacks which are “becoming more difficult and expensive” and for “purposes such as stealing people’s personal and financial information.” The compiled data from the technology giant shows that the numbers of systems which require disinfecting and repair are have multiplied at a rapid rate. According to the article, during the final four months of 2013 “the number of computers that had to be disinfected as a result of deceptive tactics more than tripled.”  The report goes on to say that the “increase in deceptive tactics corresponds…

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May
19
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US Investigators Charge Foreign Officials with Cyber Crimes

Charges have been filed against Chinese government officials in response to alleged “hacking” against United States business interests, according to an official government document and an article published by the KVNU News website. The article indicates that this is the first time in history where “the U.S. government has formally accused another nation of using the Internet to break into U.S. businesses and gain unfair economic advantage.” A situation like this could cause a serious aftermath in an already chaotic world of cyber crime and unstable online activity. The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had prepared earlier to immediately announce these charges which include “economic espionage and theft of trade secrets“, according to the KVNU report. Charging a total of five individuals “tied…

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May
16
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Arizona Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Cybercrimes

An Arizona man known by the online nicknames “Bad Man” and “Doctorsex” was sentenced to “20 years in federal prison for his role in the international cybercrime syndicate” known as “Carder.su”, according to a recent article published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The article indicates that a Phoenix man, David Camez, was “found guilty of racketeering charges” on Thursday where he was also “ordered to share in the restitution of nearly $51 million and serve three years of supervised release after prison.” According to the article, Camez is “the only one of 55 Carder.su members charged in four separate 2012 indictments to go to trial” and it states that approximately “20 defendants have pleaded guilty.” The article indicates that Roman Zolotarev, Konstantin Lopatin – the Russian…

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May
16
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FBI Announces Stern Plan to Battle Cyber Crime

Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimate that “searches, indictments and multiple arrests” will occur “over the next several weeks” as a result of the organization’s aggressive battle against cyber criminals, according to an article recently published by Reuters. This type of response is expected as we see a significant increase in criminal activity in our online world and repeated reports of cyber attacks against our businesses, organizations and individuals. The FBI‘s Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Robert Anderson was quoted in the article saying, “There is a philosophy change. If you are going to attack Americans, we are going to hold you accountable. If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to reach out and touch…

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May
15
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Recent DDoS Attack Launched from Security Company Server

A Canadian security company server was recently hijacked to launch a large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack “against an online gaming web site“, according to a recent article published by IT World Canada. This “high volume attack” maintained a steady flow of “25 million packets per second (mpps) throughout its entire seven-hour duration“, according to the report. The report states that the gaming web site is a client of Incapsula, a website security company, who was able to “fend off the attack.” Igal Zeifman, Incapsula’s product evangelist, clarified that “the attackers engaged two separate high-capacity servers to launch the attack” according to information outlined in the article. The report states that this attack turned out to be rather ironic since the servers involved – the Canadian unit and “another in…

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May
14
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Ferrari Offered to Hacker with Best Online Scam

The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) recently reported that “a top cybercrime boss” will reward any hacker – with a Ferrari sports car – who can design “the best online scam“, according to an article published on the Naked Security website. The article indicates that this individual has offered “many gifts“, including the Ferrari, “to young talent via a video posted online.” A “professionally produced” video, according to Naked Security, “featured the Ferrari and a Porsche“, women and and individual who announces, “those who make the most money can get this car“. The article outlined that 85% of cybercrime currently “originates in Russian-speaking countries” – a region of our world where prosecuting attackers of “western targets” is very challenging for law enforcement agencies. Troels Oerting, interim Head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism and…

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May
09
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Legal Blocks Left Federal Systems Heartbleed Vulnerable

Heartbleed, a serious and historic programming flaw in OpenSSL, left federal officials stalled on legal details and many federal computing systems “vulnerable for several days longer than necessary“, according to a recent article published on the Federal News Radio website. This delay was not caused by federal technologists inability to fix the issue, according to the report, but the lack of clarity to determine if their team had “the legal authority” to proceed. The article indicates that because of Heartbleed’s impact and estimations that it would “affect up to two-thirds of all Web servers“, technology and security professionals around the globe, including those in federal government agencies, “scrambled in the hours after to determine whether their systems were subject to the flaw and to patch them…

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May
09
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FCC Internet Plan Rejected by Google, Amazon

Technology giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are just some of the companies who have submitted letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) petitioning and “rejecting” a recent proposal from the organization’s chairman Tom Wheeler, according to an article recently published on the CNN Money website. The Wheeler proposal, which partially allows “Internet service providers to charge online content companies for priority access to customers” – is said by these companies to be dangerous and threatens to create a “fast lane for Internet access“, according to the report. The article states that Twitter and Netflix are of the other companies who contacted the FCC to aid in “sounding the alarm” and notifying that this plan poses “a grave threat to the Internet.” A statement from…

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May
08
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Russian Bloggers Target of New Internet Censorship Law

Russian president Vladimir Putin recently signed a controversial “internet censorship law” – now referred to as the “bloggers law” – which promises to give that government detailed “control over what is published online“, according to the New York Times report and an article published on the Web Host Industry Review website. The article indicates that this legislation, which will be officially effective on August 1st 2014, “will require popular bloggers to register with the government” and not “remain anonymous” as in the past. The new law, signed by Putin on May 5th, will hold fines of “up to $142,000” over the heads of those who violate its restrictions, according to the article. The report also states that “any site with 3,000 visitors…

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