Posts Tagged 'cyber threats'

Social Security number code cracked, study claims

RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
Published: July 6, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the concern about identity theft, researchers say there’s a surprisingly easy way for the technology-savvy to figure out the precious nine digits of Americans’ Social Security numbers.

“It’s good that we found it before the bad guys,” Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh said of the method for predicting the numbers.

Acquisti ...

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The Myth of the Virus Free Mac

Over the past few days I have seen a few of these new PC/Mac guys commericals.  While I am not a big fan of Apple (that is a discussion for another day) I do think these commercials are pretty funny.  These newest commercials have had some statements that made me stop and listen.  Cut to a woman looking for a PC (Yes windows/linux/macs are all PCs).  She says “I want a computer that doesn’t get viruses” and all of the ...

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Social Networking making it easier for Hackers

Research from Kaspersky Lab shows malware on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace is 10 times more successful at infecting users than e-mail-based attacks. Enterprises and users need to adopt sound security practices to deal with the problem.
That hackers are using sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace to launch attacks is no revelation. New statistics, however, show just how effective malware on social networking sites can be.

In its “Malware ...

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Anti-Virus Sites have XSS vulnerabilties??

XSS flaws found in sites of multiple anti-virus firms

Dirty half-dozen

Security researchers have revealed that the websites of no less than six anti-virus firms are vulnerable to cross-site scripting flaws, of a type that might lend themselves to phishing attacks.

Some of the firms involved have admitted problems, while others say the issues raised have either already been ...

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The FAA was successfully attacked

Note from Dave:  Soon I hope to start writing some more original content, until then I will continue to post hacker related news on here.  The reason I am post these articles is simple, Cyber Security is not an option.  Many businesses get it, others not so much.  If the FAA and the Pentagon can be successfully hacked,  how safe do you think you really are?  Better to understand your weaknesses and try to mitigate those vulnerabilities than to put ...

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FBI Probes Hacker’s $10 Million Ransom Demand for Stolen Medical Records

The FBI is investigating a $10 million ransom demand by a hacker or hackers who say they have stolen nearly 8.3 million patient records from a Virginia government Web site that tracks prescription drug abuse, an FBI official confirmed Wednesday.

The state police ...

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DDoS attacks on the rise.

(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — The past few months has seen a rise in large distributed denial of service attacks which threaten to send entire countries offline, raising concerns among Internet security experts in the Internet infrastructure that help contribute to these attacks, according to a report by The Washington Post.

These DDoS attacks use botnets to send large amounts of spam to websites to the point where it cannot handle incoming traffic from its regular visitors.

In the past ...

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Walmart Data Breach – By Employees

Almost half of all malicous attacks are done by an internal entity.  Do your employees know how to protect their data?  Don’t guess, get security awareness training from Parameter (End Shameless Plug) 🙂

— Dave

 

Wal-Mart suffers breach in computer data
News
Monday, 20 April 2009 08:22
It has come to light that Wal-Mart has suffered a breach in its staff data ...
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US Power Infrastructure at risk of an attack

WASHINGTON — Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven’t sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or ...

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Brother can you spare $100,000,000?

File this under “It really is less expensive to prevent an attack then to pay for cleaning up an attack”

Pentagon spends $100 million to fix cyber attacks

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon spent more than $100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, ...

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