Tag Archives: Cyber crime

CIOs See Cybersecurity as Greatest Challenge

Chief Information Officers at various federal agencies believe that cybersecurity is the greatest long-term challenge that they face, according to a survey conducted by TechAmerica. The IT infrastructure and IT workforce also remain areas of greater concern. In the survey, several CIOs reported that they see millions of attempts per …

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Bill Looks to Hit at Cyber Crime Havens

A bill introduced in the Senate yesterday calls for countries that fail to crack down on cyber criminals within their borders would lose U.S. resources and financial assistance. The bill, the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act, would require the President to select “countries of cyber concern” and then make …

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Another Twitter Phishing Attack over Weekend

This weekend, Twitter experienced the latest phishing attack in a string that has been hitting social media websites of late. As more and more users utilize social networking websites, it becomes more profitable for cyber criminals to target victims using the sites. The latest attack utilizes Twitters direct messaging (DM) …

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If The Hat Is Black…

Much of cybersecurity is based on thinking like criminals. Security consultants, pen testers and software experts make our computers safer based on their expectations of what a hacker will do. One security expert, Robert Hansen, CEO of SecTheory, is bridging the gap between the blackhat and the professionals. Hansen has been …

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Cooperation Key to Catching Criminals

Cyber criminal cases are illusive, invisible and devastating. A criminal’s location does not need to be near the area of the crime and criminals do not leave finger prints or much physical evidence. Motives of money, drugs and valuables don’t come close to the appeal and intrigue of illegal sharing …

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Non-Profits to Get Added Cyber Protection

In June, the Public Interest Registry plans to add DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), an extra layer of security, to the .org domain which will provide non-profits with additional protection from cache poisoning, according to an article on NetworkWorld. Hackers use cache poisoning attacks to divert traffic from a legitimate website …

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Cyber Hack Causes School Lockdown

Schools in Minneapolis were the victims of a cyber attack earlier this week that was traced to Australia. According to the Star Tribune, a computer program was activated at the school that sent out messages to the parents of the school’s 32,000 students saying that, due to an emergency situation, …

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FDIC Says Hackers Have Netted Over $120 Million

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that a cyber scams targeting U.S. small business have netted over $120 million and has cost U.S. companies approximately $25 million in the third quarter alone. The data, announced by David Nelson, a FDIC examination specialist, at the RSA Conference last week, highlights …

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NetWitness CEO Amit Yoran: 'There is a Lack of Visibility'

During the RSA Conference, Amit Yoran, CEO of NetWitness Corp., discussed the challenges in dealing with the issue of cyber warfare, along with Scott Borg, director and CEO of the Cyber Consequences Unit. Yoran discussed some of the challenges facing cyber defenders in the coming years, particularly the difficulty in …

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FBI Embedding Cyber Investigators Abroad

In the growing battle against cyber crime, the FBI is seeking to broaden its reach by embedding cyber investigators in foreign countries. Currently, the FBI has embedded investigators with law enforcement agencies in the Ukraine, the Netherlands and Estonia, according to an article in PCWorld. Earlier this week, Howard Schmidt, …

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Using 'The Art of War' to Combat Cyber Crime

IT Governance has published a book on applying some of the principles in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to the fight against cyber criminals. The new book, Assessing Information Security: Strategies, Tactics, Logic and Framework, claims that the principles that apply in warfare can also be brought to bear …

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Tracking Botnets Just Got Harder

Security researchers often use ‘honey-pots’, computers without anti-virus protection containing monitoring software, to conduct research on botnets. The honey-pot computer becomes infected with a virus that would turn it into part of the botnet. However, the system is set up so the commands sent to the computer are monitored and …

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Over 60 Sites Compromised with SEO Poisoning

Recently, an additional 60 sites have been found to host SEO poisoning activity. SEO attacks have been increasing with people primarily using Google to point searchers to infected domains. These other sites launch malware, phishing attacks and IFrame SEO attacks.  Topics are broad ranging and often connected. Criminals also use …

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