Browsing Archive: February, 2010

A rise in cyber attacks by one third saw 100 per cent of enterprises experience cyber losses in 2009

Posted by Saumil on Thursday, February 25, 2010, In : Internet 

Under half of organisations rate security as their top issue, while three quarters experienced cyber attacks in the last 12 months.

According to Symantec's 2010 State of Enterprise Security study, 75 per cent of enterprises experienced cyber attacks in the last 12 months and 36 per cent rated the attacks somewhat/highly effective. Also, there was a 29 per cent rise in reported attacks in the last 12 months.

       

It also found that 100 per cent of enterprises surveyed experienced cyber lo...


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Thousands of Twitter user accounts compromised

Posted by Saumil on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, In : Infosec 

IT security firm, Sophos, has warned Twitter users on a new attack that has led to thousands of accounts being compromised by hackers using a Web 2.0 botnet. The hijacked accounts are later used to spread money-making spam campaigns.

The security firm found out that fellow members of the micro-blogging network had posted messages disguised as humorous inks, but were actually aimed to phish passwords credentials from unsuspecting users.
 
These messages were accompanied with clickable links which...


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Cyberattack simulation highlights vulnerabilities

Posted by Saumil on Saturday, February 20, 2010, In : Cyber Terrorism 

Imagine that a widely downloaded, malicious smart phone application has triggered a national security crisis and brought the country’s telecommunications and electronic infrastructure to a standstill. This scenario was only make-believe: the East Coast still has power and Midwestern factories are functioning. But the threats from cyber exploits against the national and economic security of the United States is very real, according to former senior government officials who participated in a ...


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Terrorists 'gaining upper hand in cyber war'

Posted by Saumil on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, In : Cyber Terrorism 

Western governments are facing a potent and ill-understood new threat from terrorists and hostile powers in the shape of cyber warfare, military and security experts have warned.

Network attacks, a British government report says, are "growing in seriousness and frequency". And in a timely reminder of the emphasis that states and corporations alike are placing on the problem, Google and the National Security Agency were yesterday said to be finalising the details of a co-operative deal aimed ...


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China Shut Down Biggest Hacker Training Site

Posted by Saumil on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, In : Infosec 

What is believed to be the country's biggest hacker training site has been shut down by police in Central China's Hubei province.

Three people were also arrested, local media reported yesterday. The three, who ran Black Hawk Safety Net, are suspected of offering others online attacking programs and software, a crime recently added to the Criminal Law. A total of 1.7 million yuan ($249,000) in assets were also frozen.

According to the provincial public security department of Hubei, the closu...


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Today’s threat: computer network terrorism

Posted by Saumil on Monday, February 1, 2010, In : Cyber Terrorism 

“Carry out all my demands or the entire country’s electricity will be cut off.” Is this another line from a suspense film, or is it a palpable threat made possible with a computer keyboard? “Today, there is a growing trend amongst hackers around the world to threaten national infrastructures for ransom,” says Dr. Yaniv Levyatan, an expert in information war at the University of Haifa.

If someone still thinks that this is science fiction, Dr. Levyatan notes how just recently, in Nov...


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