Tag: hacking

‘Red October’ Spy Network Goes Dark Hours After Being Exposed

‘Red October’ Spy Network Goes Dark Hours After Being Exposed

| January 25, 2013 | Reply

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   The command and control servers behind the ‘Red October’ espionage network started shutting down only hours after the campaign was exposed by Kapersky Lab last week. The Red October malware campaign targeted governments, embassies and scientific organizations around the world. According to researchers at Kapersky Lab, the spy network […]

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Fatal Cyber-Attacks ‘are Possible and Plausible’

Fatal Cyber-Attacks ‘are Possible and Plausible’

| January 25, 2013 | 2 Replies

James Hayes The Institute of Engineering and Technology   2013 could be the first year in which cyber-attacks lead to human deaths, a Web security expert has warned. Corey Nachreiner, director of security strategy at security management firm WatchGuard Technologies, argues that the accelerated proliferation of both networked devices and online threats over the next […]

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Chinese Hackers To Blame For One Third of Global Cyberattacks

Chinese Hackers To Blame For One Third of Global Cyberattacks

| January 23, 2013 | 4 Replies

Michelle Florcruz International Business Times   Though the story of computer network attacks by Communist spies sounds like a plot line from a Hollywood action film, a new report has found that one-third of cyberattacks actually originate in China. According to Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), a digital technology platform developer, China accounted for 33 percent of […]

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Feds Say Cyber Crime Ring Targeted U.S. Bank Accounts

Feds Say Cyber Crime Ring Targeted U.S. Bank Accounts

| January 23, 2013 | 11 Replies

Andrew Tangel LA Times   A cyber crime case brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York may add to the fears of anyone who banks online. The charges against three foreign nationals — a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian — allege they were involved in creating and distributing a computer virus that infected more than 40,000 […]

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Hacked ‘iPhone Sexting App’: Why Texting Naked Photos is a Bad Idea

Hacked ‘iPhone Sexting App’: Why Texting Naked Photos is a Bad Idea

| January 22, 2013 | 4 Replies

Dominique Mosbergen The Huffington Post   iPhone Sexting App May Not Be Secure As You Think… There are a few good reasons why sending incriminating pictures, naked or otherwise, over the photo and video app Snapchat may not be such a great idea. Other than concerns about bullying and underage sexting, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Snapchat messages, once thought to be […]

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U.S. Cyber Command Plans To Increase Workforce By 15%

U.S. Cyber Command Plans To Increase Workforce By 15%

| January 22, 2013 | 2 Replies

Amber Corrin FCW.com   The Air Force plans to increase its Cyber Command workforce by 15 percent in 2014, according to the Defense Department. Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, said he expects to receive orders next year from U.S. Cyber Command’s leadership to hire roughly 1,000 cyber specialists, mostly civilians. They […]

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3 Ways Facebook Hackers Target Your Account

3 Ways Facebook Hackers Target Your Account

| January 18, 2013 | 7 Replies

Chris Dougherty Virtual Threat Contributing Writer   Facebook accounts are an often overlooked gateway into an individual’s personal life.   We, as social networking users, have few reservations about posting our photos, location, plans to travel, private outbursts, and information regarding friends, family and work.  We include names, phone numbers, email addresses, GPS coordinates and […]

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Operation “Red October” is Spying on Governments Worldwide

Operation “Red October” is Spying on Governments Worldwide

| January 15, 2013 | 1 Reply

  Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat.com, Contributing Writer   Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a cyber espionage campaign that is targeting diplomatic and government agencies around the world.  The campaign has been dubbed “Rocra”, short for “Red October”. As of this writing the malware at the heart of the attack is actively sending data to several command and control (C&C) […]

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M.I.T. Hackers Pay Tribute to Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz

M.I.T. Hackers Pay Tribute to Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz

| January 14, 2013 | 1 Reply

Nicole Perlroth NYTimes Bits Blog   Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers, attacked the Web site of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Sunday, in a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old technology programmer who killed himself on Friday. Mr. Swartz, a passionate advocate for the freedom of information, helped create Reddit and RSS technology, […]

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Hackers Pay Big Money to Use New Exploit Kit

Hackers Pay Big Money to Use New Exploit Kit

| January 14, 2013 | Reply

John Lister InfoPackets   The group behind a collection of ‘premium’ hacking tools is apparently charging hackers $10,000 a month for permission to use their exploit kit. The proceeds are helping fund rewards for anyone who shares information with the hackers about previously unknown software vulnerabilities. According to security firm Sophos, the ‘premium’ hacking kit […]

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