Author Archives: Anthony M. Freed

Kaspersky and Hypponen on the Evolution of Hacking and Cyberwar

Kaspersky Lab’s fonder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky and Mikko¬†Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, recently examined how hacking has evolved from mere script kiddies meddling for kicks or to build street cred with their peers into an environment where cyber criminals, hacktivists and even governments are engaged in serious offensive operations. The talk was one of many at this week’s … Read more

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Ponemon Study Provides Insight on Financial Sector DDoS Attacks

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the financial sector continue to dominate headlines weekly, as hacktivists and criminal syndicates repeatedly target the websites of major organizations. A new study sponsored by Corero and conducted by the Ponemon Institute provides insight into how prepared financial institutions are for the onslaught of attacks that are expected to increase in frequency and … Read more

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Two-Thirds of Banks Hit by DDoS Attacks in Past Twelve Months

By now most everyone is aware of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack campaign targeting nearly a dozen major U.S. banking websites since last fall, but many will be surprised to learn how big a problem DDoS attacks really are for the financial sector. A new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of network security provider Corero … Read more

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Small Businesses and the Changing Threat Landscape

There has been a great deal of discussion regarding how enterprise security will be impacted by increasingly popular mobility solutions, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) options, and migrating business processes to the cloud. While large corporations typically have the resources available to address the increased risks, most small to medium sized businesses (SMB) find themselves struggling to get a clear … Read more

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DoD Proposes Cyber Targeted-Attack Analyzer (CAT) Program

The Pentagon has announced the initiation of a program to develop an integrated threat analysis system that will significantly improve the Defense Department’s ability to identify network security vulnerabilities by leveraging the power of Big Data analytics. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) will host an informative briefing on January 30th in a run-up to … Read more

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Big Data will Fuel Shift to Intelligence-Driven Security Models

Big Data, Big Data, Big Data… So what’s the Big Deal? Well, according to a Security Brief issued by RSA, Big Data will be the driving force behind major changes across nearly every discipline in the security industry as intelligence-driven security models begin to dominate all major categories of vendor solution offerings. The brief asserts that analytics based on massive … Read more

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Attackers Sharpen Their Spear for Phishing Operations

Typically, cyber criminals engaged in phishing operations have cast wide nets designed to ensnare as many victims as possible, then proceeded to sort out the high value targets from the rest. But these sorts of large-scale attempts leave the attackers more prone to discovery, and thus their operations may in turn be less successful. The longer their campaigns can go … Read more

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Do Mobile Devices Really Increase Productivity?

While there is little doubt that mobility options provide a great deal of flexibility when it comes to where and when work related tasks can be accomplished, and provide for more efficient means of employee collaboration and access, does it really have an impact on productivity? According to a newly published study, federal government employees who utilize mobile devices in … Read more

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DDoS Attacks on Banks Could Continue in Perpetuity

Another week, and yet another proclamation from the extremist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, who vow to continue their Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the websites of several financial organizations in protest of a controversial film. “We have repeatedly stated that removal of the offensive video, INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS, from YouTube is the simplest solution to stop … Read more

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Spam Levels are Down, But Targeted Attacks via Email are Up

Less spam in your inbox: Good news. More spam geared towards targeted attacks: Not so good… In the wake of multiple large-scale botnet take-downs in 2011 and 2012, the over all volume of general spam traffic decreased significantly (53%), but targeted attacks via email are on the uptick according to researchers from German e-mail security provider Eleven. The percentage of … Read more

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