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New year, new defence: Cybersecurity help and predictions for 2018

Organisations will adopt AI and other emerging technologies to help fight this year’s growing cyber threats. With 2017 seeing an enormous number of data breaches, businesses should be looking at their cybersecurity processes and planning how to effectively monitor their network security in the year to come. With massive developments in monitoring and AI providing...
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Banking on security in an environment of threats

The global financial crisis of 2008 was a piercing wake-up call for the financial industries of the world. It brought several regulatory and legislative changes in its wake, all aimed at preventing the recurrence of such an event. But the years since then have seen a different kind of threat emerging. The warning sirens are...
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Stay vigilant — cyber threats not over yet

Local companies should remain alert and continue to constantly update their cyber security measures as more “innovative” hacking activities are expected this year. LGMS Services Sdn Bhd CEO Fong Choong Fook said the public and local corporations should be vigilant, as new variants of ransomware could penetrate Malaysia, resulting in various attacks as ransomware services...
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UK businesses fear DDoS attacks hijacking their devices

Businesses are afraid wireless devices could be hacked and used as DDoS weapons, report finds. Businesses are afraid their wireless devices can be hacked and used at weapons in DDoS attacks. A new report from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC) found that many businesses are becoming increasingly concerned with the current international security landscape,...
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CISO Challenges in 2018

To stay ahead of threats, CISOs will need to enter 2018 in steep learning mode. Their priorities will include integrating artificial intelligence, protecting against increasingly advanced Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, pressuring IoT vendors to build enterprise-class devices and deciding what blockchain technology may mean to them. When it comes to leveraging IoT devices for DDoS...
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Old Vulnerabilities still available to be exploited ROBOT

Old Vulnerabilities still available to be exploited R.O.B.O.T: Return Of Bleichenbacher’s Oracle Threat A joint study by researchers from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum/Hackmanit GmbH and Tripwire VERT has revealed a re-tread of an old vulnerability from 1998 that allows an attacker to leverage RSA decryption and cryptographic operations. It does so by using the private key configured...
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If you have satellite TV, hackers have access to your network

Imagine if every single gadget in your life was “smart.” Your self-driving car could let your house know you’re on the way home so it can adjust the thermostat and kick on the lights. Your fridge could detect that you’re out of milk and order more online before you even wake up. A drone delivers the milk just...
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Mirai: Trio confesses to creating the world’s most powerful DDoS botnet

One of the hackers also open sourced the code, enabling criminals to launch their own attacks Three men have admitted to being the authors of the devastating Mirai botnet, which was used to launch a DDoS attack that took large parts of the internet offline last year before being widely shared with cyber criminals. Paras...
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Throwing Caution to the Cloud?

The Hidden Costs of Moving IT operations onto the Cloud As the CTO of a Cloud DDoS Protection Service, it would seem that I would be shooting myself in the foot by raising alarms about hidden costs in moving onto the cloud. After all, shouldn’t everything IT (including Security) be moved to cloud, with it’s...
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Throwing Caution to the Cloud?

The Hidden Costs of Moving IT operations onto the Cloud As the CTO of a Cloud DDoS Protection Service, it would seem that I would be shooting myself in the foot by raising alarms about hidden costs in moving onto the cloud. After all, shouldn’t everything IT (including Security) be moved to cloud, with it’s...
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Bitfinex restored after DDoS attack

Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex says its systems have been restored after the company was hit by a second denial of service attack in just over a week. Bitfinex, which claims to be the world’s largest and most advanced cryptocurrency exchange, says it has restored its systems after coming under a “heavy” distributed denial of service (DDoS)...
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Be Sure To Ask Tough Questions Of Your DDoS Mitigation Solution

Every time I read another report about distributed denial of service (DDoS), I find myself either cringing or smiling. That’s the easiest way to boil down my reactions. Much in the same vein of “each data breach cost one bajillion dollars!” while making my best Dr. Evil face. The scoring, or the methodology used, in...
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Christmas revenues at risk from DDoS and POS-vulnerabilities

An increase in attacks where DDoS and POS systems were the main vectors is making the situation even worse. According to the Kaspersky Lab IT Security Economics Report, over 77 per cent of companies have suffered from some kind of attack during the last 12 months. An increase in attacks where DDoS and POS systems...
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Increased dark web interest in hacking the leisure and gaming industries.

Given the volumes of cash swashing around, it’s no surprise that leisure and gaming industries have become a target for cyber-crime; new reports suggest there is growing interest on the Dark Web in attacks on the gaming industry. Given the volumes of cash swashing around, it’s not a surprise that leisure and gaming industries have...
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Bitcoin industry enters top 10 DDoS targets

The bitcoin industry has become one of the top 10 industries most targeted by distributed denial of service attacks, a report has revealed A spike in the number of bitcoin-related sites targeted by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks coincided with a spike in the value of the cryptocurrency of $4,672 in the third quarter,...
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Rutgers suffers “data breach,” of 1,700 students’ info

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The ​academic information of 1,700 Rutgers students was exposed during a “data security incident” on November 8 and 9, university officials confirmed. No one’s Social Security number, address or financial information was leaked, according to university spokesperson Neal Buccino. Instead, the affected students, all in the Department of Computer Science, had their academic...
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Cybersecurity and Privacy Predictions for 2018

The past year in cybersecurity has been one of combating ransomware extortion attacks, bracing systems against DDoS attacks and securing internet of things (IoT) systems. Looking to next year, cybersecurity experts at McAfee Labs laid out their predictions for the industry’s top concerns in 2018. Among the top concerns for next year are hackers using...
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Alleged DDOS attack wipes almost $2,000 off Bitcoin price

BTC now trying to stablize around $9,500 Over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin (BTC) has been on a parabolic run all the way from $10,000 up to almost $11,500. Many including myself feared a sharp correction would be due at any moment, as the kind of growth we saw was not sustainable, not even in...
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THIS IS HOW TO PREPARE FOR A CYBER ATTACK

Cybersecurity is only in the spotlight when it fails. After high-profile, large-scale data breaches, it takes a beating. But cybersecurity provides critical layers of infrastructure in our modern, cyber-dependent society. Rehearsing for potential failures is always worthwhile. Executives tend to relegate cybersecurity to the IT department. That is a mistake, because cyber incidents affect the...
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3 Key Questions You Should Be Aware Of When Fighting Off Cyber Crime

Fighting cyber crime is an ongoing task that has only been getting harder and harder to accomplish. DDoS attacks against networks have been getting larger and more complex so it is important to know the right questions to ask when one such attack happens. Of course there are obvious questions like ‘Who is doing the...
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us. Is your network ready?

Dive Brief: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are part of the most popular shopping weekend of the year. To prepare for the influx of traffic, Walmart’s IT department initiates tests for e-commerce year-round “to scale, meet and exceed traffic projections” during the weekend, Paul Antony, senior vice president of global infrastructure and...
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DDoS attacks have doubled in six months, up 91% on first quarter

IoT devices in the dock as DDoS stages a resurgence, but stealth and sophistication also on the rise. Businesses are being hammered by an average of eight DDoS attack attempts per day, an increase of 35 percent compared to Q2 2017, and a massive 91 percent increase over Q1 2017, according to new figures. The...
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Securing your APIs

Covering your APIs Web APIs are not exactly a new technology. You can find an API for almost any service offered online. The reason for the popularity is not surprising, APIs easily and efficiently facilitate integration between applications. This inter-application communication allows partnerships to efficiently share data and resources, allowing the automation of many tasks...
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DDoS attacks on UK businesses double in six months

Vulnerable IoT devices and DDoS-as-a-service drive surge in attacks British businesses are under siege from a growing wave of DDoS attacks, as new figures reveal the number of incidents has almost doubled over the past six months. UK organisations suffered an average of 237 DDoS attacks per month during Q3 2017, equivalent to eight attacks...
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The Internet of Things could easily be the Internet of Threat

In more devices connecting and communicating to each other, we run the risk of one particular threat on the Internet – that of botnets. The Internet of Things (IoT), unlike SMAC (Social Mobile Analytics Cloud), moved faster from being an industry buzzword to reality. However, what needs to be examined is whether businesses are prepared...
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Distributed-Denial-Of-Service Attacks And DNS

Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have become the scourge of the internet. DDoS attacks use compromised internet devices to generate enormous volumes of data and direct that data at a particular target such as a web server or router. That target either keels over due to some critical resource becoming exhausted, or it finds its connection to...
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Are they prepared: The healthcare industry’s fear of the cyber threat

Infoblox report finds 1 in 4 UK healthcare IT professionals aren’t confident in their organisation’s ability to respond to cyber attacks. Technology is booming in healthcare organisations with digital transformation policies leading to increased adoption of connected medical devices, big data analytics for faster and more accurate diagnoses, and paperless systems for the easy exchange...
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Man charged for using vDOS hacker for hire against Minnesota firm

Federal prosecutors are charging John Kelsey Gammell, 46, with using hackers for hire to launch DDoS attacks against former employers and other companies. Gammell has been charged with intentional damage to a protected computer and authorities say he made monthly payments between July 2015 and September 2016 to services like the now defunct vDOS platform...
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Boston Globe hit by denial of service attacks

The Boston Globe was hit with a second day of attacks by unknown cyberassailants Thursday, leaving bostonglobe.com and the company’s other websites unavailable for parts of the day. The Globe’s websites and internal servers were subjected to a distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attack, one of the most common forms of computer vandalism. DDoS attackers commandeer...
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Hackers hired for year-long DDoS attack against man’s former employer

US federal prosecutors in Minnesota have charged a 46-year-old man with hiring a cyberhitman – well, technically, three hacking services – to launch a year-long campaign of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on his former employer. Prosecutors say that John Kelsey Gammell, 46, contacted seven DDoS services and paid monthly subscriptions to three of...
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The dangers of DDoS overconfidence for European businesses

Is your organisation properly equipped to deal with a DDoS attack? With cyber-attacks hitting headlines on an almost daily basis, from ransomware to data breaches and increasingly, DDoS attacks, there is no doubt that today’s cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated. Take the Mirai botnet attack that targeted Dyn in October 2016, for instance. This high-profile...
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DDoS attacks increasing once again

Major cyber assaults are seeing on the rise again, Kaspersky Lab report claims. DDoS attacks are on the rise again as criminals turn to brute force attacks once more, new research has claimed. The latest DDoS Intelligence report from Kaspersky Lab, covering the third quarter of 2017, says there has been an increase in the...
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Why securing apps is key to securing an organisation’s future

Cyber security must be a top-level priority for all organisations given today’s threat landscape. The Current Threat Landscape According to the European Commission’s State of the Union, digital threats and cyber-crime are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace. Over the past few years, ransomware attacks have increased by 300%, and the impact of cyber-crime...
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Philippine government starts tracking down North Korean cyber-hackers

Manila: The Philippine government is tracking down North Korean hackers who were identified to have attacked a government-run cyber-security agency, a senior official said, prompting observers to assess that computer systems nationwide are vulnerable to attacks. “The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its Advanced Science and Techonology Institute (ASTI) will launch an investigation...
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From botnets to ransoms – the rapid rise of IoT attacks

Paul Lipman, CEO of consumer cyber security company BullGuard, believes the Reaper botnet is just the beginning of IoT-based attacks. With a near 400 million vulnerable smart devices* the situation will get much worse before it gets better. The Mirai botnet was the start. Reaper nudges things along with a significant step up in hacking...
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How to protect against a DDoS attack

We explain why and how you should guard against distributed-denial-of-service incidents. The distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack landscape is constantly evolving, and is now routinely populated by hacktivists, trolls, extortioners and even used as a distraction from data exfiltration elsewhere on your network. According to A10 Networks’ DDoS: A Clear and Present Danger report, the average organisation suffers...
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Unexplained cyberattacks sow chaos among dark web markets

A three-week long wave of cyberattacks against several popular dark web marketplaces has left the notorious underground e-commerce economy drenched in uncertainty and wondering if, like earlier this year, this is a prelude another round of arrests. Just two months after police brought down a slew of the most well-known dark web markets, those left standing can’t quite figure out —...
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Man accused of cyber attacks on Skype and Google appears in court

A man accused of cyber crime offences linked to alleged online attacks targeting Skype and Google has appeared before magistrates in Birmingham. Alex Bessell faces a total of 11 allegations, including a charge of possessing a quantity of cocaine when he was arrested in September. The 21-year-old, of Allington Street, Aigburth, Liverpool, spoke only to...
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Anonymous Attacks Spanish Government Sites

Hacktivist group Anonymous has been firing up its DDoS cannon again, this time aiming it at Spanish government websites, in support of Catalan independence. The group claimed to have taken offline the website of the constitutional court, which ruled the Catalonian referendum illegal last week. It also defaced the website of the Spanish Ministry of...
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CERT issues cyber attack warning for India

Malware Reaper is acquiring internet-connected devices for coordinated attack, say State Cyber Police Mumbai: The Maharashtra Cyber Department is in the process of issuing a State-wide advisory outlining steps to prevent potential targets from falling prey after the New Delhi-based Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) said it has received intelligence inputs about a massive cyber...
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DOSarrest releases new API

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Internet Security announced today that they have released a new Application Programming Interface(API) for their latest generation of Internet Security Services Software, enabling NSPs, ISPs and Security as a Service companies to directly access any and all of DOSarrest’s cloud based Security Services. This allows any...
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What is cyber terrorism?

How is cyber terrorism defined and how likely is an attack? Everyone is familiar with what “terrorism” means, but when we stick the word “cyber” in front of it, things get a bit more nebulous. Whereas the effects of real-world terrorism are both obvious and destructive, those of cyber terrorism are often hidden to those...
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Cybersecurity: into the data breach

Cybersecurity has become a significant issue as attacks are increasing. In the new payments ecosystem, where third-party developers can directly interact with banks’ customers, data privacy and security become paramount, according to the World Payments Report 2017 by Capgemini and BNP Paribas. A significant issue to address as the new payments ecosystem evolves is that...
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DDoS Attacks Cause Train Delays Across Sweden

DDoS attacks on two separate days have brought down several IT systems employed by Sweden’s transport agencies, causing train delays in some cases. The incidents took place early in the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 and 12, this week. The first attack hit the Sweden Transport Administration (Trafikverket) on Wednesday. According to local...
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33% of businesses hit by DDoS attack in 2017, double that of 2016

Distributed Denial of Service attacks are on the rise this year, and used to gain access to corporate data and harm a victim’s services, according to a Kaspersky Lab report. Cybercriminals are increasingly turning to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) this year, as 33% of organizations faced such an attack in 2017—up from just 17%...
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Euro commissioner calls for more collaboration on cyber security

European commissioner for security union has called for greater awareness of cyber security risks and increased collaboration in defending against them. Cyber threats are one of the top security concerns for nine out of 10 European Union citizens, according to Julian King, European commissioner for security union. “In an internet-connected age that is becoming ever...
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DDoS attacks double as corporate data becomes new target

While more organisations are being hit by a DDoS attacks in 2017 compared to last year, less are being hit by more than one. DDoS attacks have increased in frequency in 2017, with 33 per cent of organisations having faced one this year compared to just 17 per cent in 2016. While DDoS attacks have...
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US SEC Corporate Filing System Said to Be Vulnerable to DDoS Attacks

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street’s top regulator, has discovered a vulnerability in its corporate filing database that could cause the system to collapse, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. The SEC’s September 22 memo reveals that its EDGAR database, containing financial reports from US public companies and mutual funds, could be...
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DDoS trends, DNS survey signal warnings to infosec pros

Two vendor reports out this week may be of interest to CISOs in planning their defensive strategies. —Imperva, a supplier of DDoS protection services, said it found a new attack tactic, nicknamed “pulse wave DDoS”, due to the traffic pattern it generates: A rapid succession of attack bursts that split a botnet’s attack output, enabling an offender...
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Pulse-Wave DDoS Attacks Mark a New Tactic in Q2

A new tactic for DDoS is gaining steam: the pulse wave attack. It’s called such due to the traffic pattern it generates—a rapid succession of attack bursts that split a botnet’s attack output. According to Imperva’s latest Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report, a statistical analysis of more than 15,000 network and application layer DDoS attacks...
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