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The Virtual Threat: We Must Be Ready To Fight

The Virtual Threat: We Must Be Ready To Fight

Amiya Kumar Mishra The Telegraph   We must be ready to fight against all kinds of cyber crimes The year 2011 has been a victim to some of the world’s biggest hacking attacks. The hacking of Sony Playstation, customers’ information breach of Citibank, Operations Payback are only a few to name among them. India is also one of the victims …

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Cyber Attack: What Will Happen To The Individual?

What Will Happen To The Individual?

Olivia Johnson Cyber Attacks   So far, my blogs have manly concerned international cyber threats; however, nationally citizens all over the world should also be worried about government or private attacks on personal networks and data. This problem is already occurring openly in the Middle East and North Africa. During the recent uprisings, pro-government groups used cyber tactics, such as …

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AntiSec Hackers Hit US Police Supplier

The Nation   Hackers identifying themselves with the Antisec movement have attacked the site of a company that sells equipment to US law enforcers such as the police. A message posted over New York Ironwork’s homepage said it was a “tribute to Jeremy Hammond”. Mr Hammond has been accused of being involved in an attack on the think tank Stratfor …

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Cyber Attack on New York Power Grid

Eric Engleman and Chris Strohm Bloomberg   The Obama administration simulated a cyber attack on New York City’s power supply in a Senate demonstration aimed at winning support for legislation to boost the nation’s computer defenses. Senators from both parties gathered behind closed doors in the U.S. Capitol yesterday for the classified briefing attended by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI …

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Cyber Threat From China

Siobahn Gorman Wall Street Journal   WASHINGTON—China almost certainly would mount a cyberattack on the U.S. in the event of a conflict, and the U.S. has no clear policy to determine how to respond appropriately, a congressional advisory panel is set to warn on Thursday. In a lengthy report analyzing Chinese cyber-capabilities and the threat facing the U.S., the U.S.-China …

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Curiosity Pwned the Cat

th3 j35t3r   ‘Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret’.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson At the beginning of this week just hours before the news of Hector Monsegur’s arrest broke, many of you will have noticed that my twitter profile pic changed from the usual ‘Jester Mask’ to a QR-Code. The timing of this subtle change could not have been more favorable, as interest peaked …

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Firefox Addon Allows Clueless to Hack Facebook

Darlene Storm ComputerWorld    Even if you were drunk and surfing at a Wi-Fi hotspot, you probably wouldn’t stand up and shout your username and password for anyone who might want it. But an attacker does not need to find out your username and password. If you thought that capturing a user’s social media session was only done by skilled …

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GitHub Hacked – Millions of Projects at Risk

Sebastian Anthony ExtremeTech .com   GitHub, one of the largest repositories of commercial and open source software on the web, has been hacked. Over the weekend, developer Egor Homakov exploited a gaping vulnerability in GitHub that allowed him (or anyone else with basic hacker know-how) to gain administrator access to projects such as Ruby on Rails, Linux, and millions of …

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Vatican Website Hacked by Anonymous

James Johnson The Inquisitr    Hacktivist group Anonymous took retaliation against “corruption in the Roman Catholic Church” by taking down the Vatican website on Wednesday morning. Still inaccessible on Wednesday evening a spokesman would not confirm that that hacker group was responsible for the attack. On an Italian-language website Anonymous accused the Catholic Church of being responsible for various misdeeds …

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Adult Site Hacked, Credit Card Info Exposed

Adult Site Hacked, Credit Card Info Exposed

Paul Roberts ThreatPost.com   The adult Web site DigitalPlayground.com was hackeed. A group calling itself TheConsortium has claimed credit for the attack, saying it stole credit card information on 40,000 paying customers and even listened in on a company conference call. The compromise occurred on March 4, according to a message attributed to TheConsortium and posted from the group’s Twitter …

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