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  • McAfee 2011 Threat Index: Sophisticated Cyber Threats Hiding in Plain Sight - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    McAfee 2011 Threat Index: Sophisticated Cyber Threats Hiding in Plain Sight

    2010 was a breakout year for cybersecurity: from the revelations of the attack on Google, Operation Aurora, and the controversy surrounding WikiLeaks, to the Stuxnet worm, which targeted Iran's critical infrastructure and spawned a number of cyber conspiracy theories. But like a block-busting, splashy Hollywood sequel, cybersecurity in 2011 promises to be even bigger and […] More

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    Netherlands a Haven for Cyber Crooks

    A hacker network in the Netherlands was unraveled earlier this week, and the main suspect nabbed in Armenia less than a day later. While a Dutch expert hailed the operation as unique, the Netherlands still placed seventh on a list of countries hardest hit by cyber crime, according to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The Armenian suspect […] More

  • Senators: Cyber Self-Defense Essential to Security in the 'Wild, Wild Web' - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Senators: Cyber Self-Defense Essential to Security in the ‘Wild, Wild Web’

    Following a six-month, bipartisan study, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have concluded that by following simple precautions like using and updating anti-virus software, average internet users can help secure America’s information networks. “Simply put, computer users must practice active cyber self-defense,” the senators wrote in an editorial on cnn.com. “This […] More

  • Companies Lose Average of $3.8 Million to Cyber Crime - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Companies Lose Average of $3.8 Million to Cyber Crime

    On average, companies lose approximately $3.8 million annually as a result of cyber crime, according to a recent study of 45 U.S. companies. The majority of the threats included theft, virus distribution, financial fraud and the leaking of confidential information. The study, carried out by ArcSight and the Ponemon Institute, involved interviews with IT security […] More

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    Spammers Use 'Disposable' Domains to Prevent Shutdowns

    Spammers and botnet operators have been reported as using disposable domains for their activities to evade security technologies. According to research by security firm M86 Security Labs, spammers are buying dozens of domains at a time and moving from one to another as often as several times a day to avoid getting shut down. For […] More

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    Scareware among Fastest-Growing Online Scams, Says FBI

    Pop-ups telling you your computer has been infected with a virus and then insisting on buying a certain anti-virus solution are not only incredibly annoying, but they can also masquerade as carriers of malware. Called scareware because they scare consumers into buying bogus anti-virus programs, this type of scam has become one of the fastest-growing […] More

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    Malware Creating Smartphone Botnet

    Malware targeting mobile Symbian Series 60 handsets is being used to create botnets, researchers claim. Security researchers with NetQin claim that up to 100,000 smartphones have been infected with the malware, which often masquerades as a game. “These botnets do one of two things; send messages to all the contacts of the address book directly, […] More

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    One Group Responsible for Majority of Phishing Attacks

    One criminal operation has been responsible for 66 percent of phishing attacks throughout the world, according to a report released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group. The Avalanche gang, which allegedly grew out of a previously active cyber gang, was responsible for 2/3rds of phishing attacks and a 2 fold increase in crime. “Avalanche uses the […] More

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    Despite Hitting Back at Botnets, Spam Remains Level

    In recent months, several botnets have been taken down through a variety of legal and technical methods. However, according to Google survey, spam levels have remained stable despite these supposed disruptions. In spite of the recent take-downs of the Mariposa, Zeus and Waledac botnets, Google Postini has found that these actions had little long term […] More

  • Email Users Still Like Spam - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Email Users Still Like Spam

    A significant percentage of Internet users continue to interact with spam messages according to a recent report released by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG). The report is a based on a survey of users in North American and Western Europe. While around 80 million respondents are aware of the existence of botnets, tens of […] More

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