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Botnet Twists the Knife in iCloud Security

Botnets are exactly the sort of protection Valt.x provides to computer systems. With Valt.X the system won't get infected and cannot serve in a botnet attack. Protect yourself by installing Valt.X today. This post from TechNewsWorld serves as a reminder how easy it is to string together an attack, this on directed at iTunes users...   Hot on the heels of hackers stealing celebrities' nude photos from their iCloud accounts and posting them on the Web comes news that iCloud users are being...

Who is really at risk in this new type of warfare?

Dan Saelinger Like so many stories in the world of digital security, this one began with simple human carelessness. In 2006, a senior official in the Syrian government brought his computer with him on a visit to London. One day, he stepped out of the hotel and left the laptop behind. While he was out, agents from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, snuck into his room and installed a Trojan horse onto the machine, which allowed them to monitor any communications.  For the Syria...

JPMorgan-to-Apple Data Scares Spur Israeli Stock’s Surge

With each successive data breach scare that’s hit corporate America in recent weeks, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Apple Inc. and then Home Depot Inc., the shares of an Israeli cyber-security giant have bounced higher. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP), the world’s second-largest network security company, reached a 13-year high of $71.99 on Sept. 5 as investors anticipated the spate of cyber-attacks will fuel demand for its services. The stock climbed 1.4 percent last week, ...

HardCoded Backdoor Found in China-made Netis, Netcore Routers

Routers manufactured and sold by Chinese security vendor have a hard-coded password that leaves users with a wide-open backdoor that could easily be exploited by attackers to monitor the Internet traffic. The routers are sold under the brand name Netcore in China, and Netis in other parts of the world, including South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and United States. According to Trend Micro, the backdoor — a semi-secret way to access the device — allows cybercriminals the possibility to byp...

Sony PlayStation Shut Down after DDOS Hits The Network

Sony's PlayStation network has been shut down after cyber-attackers overloaded it in what's known as a distributed denial of service attack. In a blog post Sony said that no personal information had been accessed. On Sunday an American Airlines flight carrying a senior Sony executive was also diverted following a bomb scare. The group claiming responsibility for closing down the network also tweeted suggesting there was a security threat to the flight. 'Fixing the issue' In a blog Sony...

Cyber security Among Top Concern of US Energy Companies

Cybersecurity leapt onto the list of the top five concerns for U.S. electric utilities this year, yet fewer than a third say they’re prepared to meet the growing threat of an attack, according to a new survey. “The industry is paying attention and actively seeking ways to bolster security practices to limit power system vulnerability,” says an annual report from the consulting, construction and engineering firm Black & Veatch titled "2014 Strategic Directions: U.S. Electric Industry." “We...

It's War! Says Cyber Experts

FOLLOWING the recent stunning revelation that Russian crooks have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords, the biggest breach on record, experts say making the internet more secure will take a massive global effort. EVERYTHING from bolstering website security to a stronger push to prosecute the criminals, to better vigilance by consumers, will be needed. How much all this might cost is unclear, with some experts estimating it could take billions of dollars, while others insist it's more a...

Russians Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords

The CBC has reported that Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a Milwaukee firm that specializes in uncovering online security breaches.Hold Security CEO Alex Holden said more accounts could be compromised if the hackers sell the information they have gathered.  The reported break-ins are the latest incidents to raise doubts about the security measures that both big and small companies use to ...

Hackers 'constantly probing' federal computers: Canada's electronic spy chief

  “These malicious actors are constantly probing Government of Canada systems and networks for weaknesses so that they infiltrate them and steal valuable information,” Forster, head of CSEC, wrote in a letter to the editor of the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper. “When we detect emails or other communications that contain malware or other threats, we block, collect and analyze them. And, we work with appropriate departments to take action to neutralize the threat.” The operative phra...

Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

As a computer user, I take USB for granted. I use it to transfer and back up files, to download pictures from my camera, and to connect devices like my iPod and iPad. It’s long been known that if you don’t have safe practices, USB is common vector for viruses. This article in Wired Magazine demonstrates that by hacking the code on a USB key, your whole computer can be high jacked. There’s a bit of debate about this as you can read in the comment section, but it’s just another example of how V...