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Operation “Red October” is Spying on Governments Worldwide

Operation "Red October" is Spying on Governments Worldwide

  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 …

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Al-Qaeda Linked to New York Phone Hacking Scams

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Hackers with ties to Al-Qaeda terrorist cells in Somalia and the Philippines are targeting New York small businesses using international phone hacking scams.  The scams are costing the companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in phone charges each month. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said …

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Hacked Phones Could Be Listening To Everything You Say

Hacked Phones Could Be Listening To Everything You Say

  Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Most people believe their phone conversations are private.  Well, they may not be as private as you think if your office or home is filled with hacked phones. Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a flaw in  telephones that allows a hacker to …

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Evade Government Surveillance Stay Anonymous Online

Evade Government Censorship and Remain Anonymous Online

  Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Why stay anonymous online?  In today’s society there are people and automated devices that are recording your deepest, most private thoughts and activities. Each day we voluntarily divulge the most intimate details of our lives through social networking accounts, email, banking apps, online …

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Warning: Massive Bank Cyber Attacks Are Being Planned

Warning: Massive Bank Cyber Attacks Are Being Planned

David Goldman CNN Money   Security firm McAfee on Thursday released a report warning that massive bank cyber attacks on 30 U.S. banks has been planned, with the goal of stealing millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts. McAfee’s research upheld an October report from RSA, the security wing of …

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Cloudflare Selling Flak Jackets To Cyber Warriors

Cloudflare Selling Flak Jackets To The Cyber Warriors

Gerry Shih Reuters – Sidney Morning Herald   When the Israeli army and Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks dumps a trove of classified documents, some see a lawless internet. But Matthew Prince, chief executive at …

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United States Officials Warned of ‘Cyber 9/11’ Cyber Attack

United States Officials Warned of 'Cyber 9/11' Cyber Attack

Cynthia Hodges The Examiner   Former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), John “Mike” McConnell said that United States officials have already been warned about a huge potential cyber attack that could have a tremendous negative impact on the country. In an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday, …

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Education is Most Powerful Weapon in Cyber Warfare

Sue Talley Huffington Post   If you’ve seen recent headlines about cyber attacks and cyber warfare, you’ve had to consider some troubling questions: How real is the threat? How serious are the consequences? How prepared are we? In a recent speech, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta described a dire …

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European Smart Power Grid Targeted By Cyber Attack

European Smart Power Grid Targeted By Cyber Attack

Arthur Neslen EurActiv.com   A German power utility specialising in renewable energy was hit by a serious cyber attack two weeks ago that lasted five days, knocking its internet communications systems offline, in the first confirmed digital assault against a European grid operator. “It was a DOS (‘Denial Of Service’) …

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Russian Hackers Demand Ransom For Medical Records

Russian Hackers Demand Ransom For Medical Records

Sara Hicks Yahoo News   Russian hackers are holding a Gold Coast medical centre to ransom after encrypting thousands of patient health records. The hackers are demanding a ransom of $4,000 to decrypt the sensitive information held on a server at the Miami Family Medical Centre. IT security expert Nigel …

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