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April
22
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Experts Say Malware Can Attack Android Users Via Facebook

Facebook members are now being targeted by cyber attackers with “Google Android malware” to conquer a “common authentication mechanism” used by the banking system, according to a recent article published on the Security Week website. This malware, called iBanking, has the ability to “steal SMS messages“, “redirect incoming phone calls” and “capture audio using the device’s microphone“, according to the report. Additional information released in the report shows that iBanking is not the originator of this issue – it begins with an infection in the user’s computer. Researchers at ESET, an IT security company headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia, have been monitoring “Win32/Qadars“, an infectious “banking Trojan” which launches the attack, according to the article. The company determined during the monitoring process that “the…

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April
21
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Hostwinds Support Gets Stellar Review on Web Hosting Talk!

The Hostwinds Technical Support Team is continually proving to their clients – and to the entire web hosting industry – that they are serious about setting a standard of quality performance, true support and exemplary service. Recently, a wonderful review was written on the prestigious forum “Web Hosting Talk” regarding an interaction between a client and a member of the Hostwinds Technical Support Team, Shane Wedgewood.  –  Read the full review at Web Hosting Talk  – HERE. After reading this review, Micheal Brower,  Hostwinds’ Chief Operations Officer – overseer of the entire technical support process – responded by saying: “Clients that go the extra mile to post about their experiences on forums, especially Web Hosting Talk, is a huge positive… and incredibly encouraging to…

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April
17
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Hackers Suspected in Stealing Lacie Customer Data

The French computer hardware company LaCie announced this week that they had fallen victim to a “major security breach that put sensitive customer information at risk for nearly a year“, according to an article published on the PC World Magazine website. Lacie cannot confirm “what information has been compromised” but, according to the article, they say that the data may include “customer names, email addresses, credit card numbers, and card expiration dates” –  enough private information to cause some serious trouble. The breach came after a “malware intrusion” which, according to the report, could have possibly allowed the invaders to successfully retrieve information from Lacie’s “online storefront” between “March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014“. Entering this environment with the specific level of access they…

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April
17
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Top Security Firms Irritated by Heartbleed Bug

Since the announcement of the Heartbleed bug, a number of the top security firms – including Symantec, Intel Security’s McAfee division, and Kaspersky Lab – have not only been busy investigating it’s impact on their customers but have also had the frustration of “debugging” their own products, according to an article published by Network World. Each company needed to search – and continue to search –  it’s list of products to make the needed changes insuring that they can all be looked at as safe moving into the future, as the report outlines. The article indicates that Symantec has been dealing with a long list of “vulnerable” products –  including NetBackup Appliance, Symantec Risk Automation Suite, Norton Security and Norton Identity Safe – which required…

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April
16
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U.S. Government Lays Out Massive Cyber Workforce Plan

Multiple security organizations within the federal government have announced plans to increase the population of their “cybersecurity” staff by 2016, according to a recent article published by Business Week. Both the Pentagon and the cyber division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be searching for approximately 6,000 skilled cybersecurity professionals within the “next two years” which is “a very tall order“, according to Business Week. The article indicates that the government’s plans may include some very serious hurdles in the journey finding individuals to fill these positions. The government program called CyberCorps, or Scholarship for Service, designed to attract talented technical individuals while they are in pursuit of technology degrees, offers some great benefits to those interested, according to the report,…

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April
16
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Heartbleed Bug Testing Exposes Private Server Encryption Keys

A team of researchers at the San Francisco-based firm CloudFlare have recently determined that the private encryption key of a server “may be obtained using the Heartbleed bug“, according to a recent article published by Computer World. The article indicates that “four researchers working separately” have now confirmed what was once only assumed as possible and clarified the true danger behind the OpenSSL bug. CloudFlare confronted the “security community” by questioning if Heartbleed – the bug in the OpenSSL cryptographic library –  could be used to steal “the private key used to create the SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Security Layer“, namely “the encrypted channel between users and websites“, according to the article. The Computer World report indicates that if an attacker obtains “the private key for…

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April
14
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Google Hints Incentives to Prompt Encryption for Websites

In line with the global desire to make websites “more secure“, comments at a recent industry conference suggested that internet giant Google has been discussing an incentive which will gives search-engine results “a boost” for websites that use “encryption“, according to a recent article published on the Wall Street Journal’s website. Many experts agree that “encrypting data transmitted over the Internet” – a decision that “could make it harder to spy on web users” – definitely creates a clear “barrier” between those web users and those who wish to “snoop on their Internet activities, or steal their information“, according to the Wall Street Journal. The suggestions of these discussions made at a recent conference by Matt Cutts – the Google…

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April
11
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Reports Say Britain Unprepared for Cybercrime

Law enforcement organizations in Great Britain are said to be “unprepared for cybercrime”, according to a recent article published by OneStopClick News. The article indicates that only “three forces nationwide” have “developed a comprehensive strategy in their Strategic Threat and Risk Assessments (STRAs).” Officially launched evaluations have determined that “cybercrime policing is the most under-developed area in forces around the UK”, according to this report. A recent evaluation entitled Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) Report examined national police forces and their “overall capability” to address a multitude of threats that effect the nation as a whole which include “terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime“, according to the article. This evaluation came as an inspection follow-up to the government produced “2012 Strategic Policing…

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April
10
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Kaiser Permanente Admits Malware Lived on Server For Years

California-based health care giant Kaiser Permanente recently announced that a server housing the protected health information of thousands of patients was found to have been infected with “malicious software” since October 2011, according to articles published by both The Health Data Management and E Security Planet websites. The articles indicate that the company division located in Northern California will now need to notify approximately 5,100 patients by mail that private health information was on an infected server found in February of this year. The article states that the organization – which serves millions of individual patients –  has “removed the server” and confirmed that “other servers were not affected and appropriately secured.” They also advised that the device was “used to store research data“, according to the reports….

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April
09
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Hostwinds Protects Clients as Heartbleed Bug Raises Concerns

The concerns of security experts and technical professionals around the globe have recently been raised as a serious exploit known as the Heartbleed Bug has raised it’s ugly head in the “OpenSSL cryptographic library” which, according to articles published by The Epoch Times and Before Its News, “could essentially allow attackers to gain access to highly sensitive information.”  This “major flaw in the security of the World Wide Web” – discovered by a team of security engineers at both Codenomicon and Google Security – has many security professionals feeling “panicked.” Heart Bleed has been simply explained as a bug that “allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software“,…

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