Banks are fighting an uphill battle to protect themselves and their client accounts from cyber attacks, and the sometimes careless use of social media by customers and staff isn't making the fight any easier.
Snapsaved.com, a website which allows users to save images sent via Snapchat, claims that...
The Mayhem botnet is here to wreak, well, mayhem — and it’s using the Shellshock vulnerability...
US-based game developer Brianna Wu was driven from her home over the weekend after a troll...
Molly Sauter, a doctoral student at McGill University and a research affiliate at the Berkman Center at Harvard ("exploring cyberspace, sharing its study & pioneering its development"), has a paper calling the use of DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks a legitimate form of activism and protest. This can't go unchallenged.
NTP reflection attacks may be on the wane when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaigns, but they’ve been replaced by a surge in Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) attack, according to new data from Arbor Networks.
The Russian gang behind the obscure Qbot botnet have quietly built an impressive empire of 500,000 infected PCs by exploiting unpatched flaws in mainly US-based Windows XP and Windows 7 computers, researchers at security firm Proofpoint have discovered.
With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered recently, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.
A new toolkit known as Spike is living up to its name by fomenting a series of powerful distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Its specialty is helping malicious actors to build bigger DDoS botnets by targeting a wider range of Internet-capable devices. And that in turn drives…wait for it…a ‘spike’ in traffic.
Dogs have been trained to pick up the scent for laptops, digital cameras and those easy-to-conceal USB drives. Devices such as these are often used to stash illegal materials like child pornography, which the FBI says is growing fast.
A continuing trend of are short in duration and repeated frequently. In parallel, high-volume and high-rate DDoS attacks were on the upswing in the first half of 2014, according to NSFOCUS.
Australia's peak intelligence agency is stepping up its analysis of terrorist threats, including scouring social media to track extremist propaganda and recruitment efforts.
As U.S. military leaders outlined their strategy before Congress to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group's cyber capabilities.
DDoS attacks are a growing problem. In July, Arbor Networks released global DDoS attack data derived from its ATLAS threat monitoring infrastructure that shows a surge in volumetric attacks in the first half of 2014 with over 100 attacks larger than 100GB/sec reported.
In late May, an international law enforcement effort disrupted the Gameover Zeus (GoZ) botnet, a network of compromised computers used for banking fraud. The crackdown effectively eliminated the threat from Cryptolocker. Yet, ransomware is not dead, two recent analyses have found.
In a classic example of a ripple effect, a number of Namecheap’s users’ accounts have now been compromised in a brute-force attack, by hackers using passwords previously stolen by Russian gang CyberVor.
Services are up and running again after a denial of service took down Sony's PlayStation Network for much of Sunday, coinciding with a bomb threat on American Airlines flight 362, which carried John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. The threats caused the airline to divert the flight.
Websense Security Labs has come across an interesting campaign, targeting Russian nationals, trying to lure them to download and run executables on their computers, under the guise of attacking Western government websites.
The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues as they scramble to identify him, from image analysis and voice-recognition software to social media postings and testimony from former captives.
Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government’s sweeping surveillance programs over the last year. But a new program, currently being developed at the NSA, suggests that surveillance may fuel the government’s cyberdefense capabilities, too.
In its latest quarterly filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter broke down its user base, saying that up to 8.5 percent of its monthly active users — about 23 million — are automatons.
Thrifty attackers, are you tired of investing your dollars in a botnet that's constantly being disrupted by new anti-virus signatures and bot downtime? A "cloudbot" might be just what you seek.
To string along suspected sex offenders, Bryan Montgomery carries out intimate conversations with them — sometimes lasting a year — while posing as a juvenile on social media. The job brings psychological stress, which Montgomery acknowledges.
Thanks to a Twitter bot that monitors Wikipedia edits made from Russian government IP addresses, someone from the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) has been caught editing a Russian-language Wikipedia reference to MH17 in an article on aviation disasters.
Common tactics of social media extortionists include relating to a service member’s interests and posting pictures of attractive females to lure them into chats. What may seem like a normal person wanting to video chat or meet with a Marine, can actually be an extortionist trying to deceive him for his money or information.
In the wake of Microsoft's seizure of No-IP servers and domains, private and public sector representatives met to discuss what can be done to address the problem of botnets.
A month after the GameOver ZeuS sting, another bank fraud group's operations has been disrupted by an international collaboration of security firms and law enforcement agencies. The new target is Shylock, a Trojan that has stolen from banks in the U.S., Italy, and especially the United Kingdom.
Facebook has revealed details of how it helped derail a little-known botnet operation out of Greece that was used to steal and mine digital currency and spread via Facebook and Lightcoin mining — infecting some 250,000 machines worldwide.
Coordinated botnet disruptions have increased in pace and popularity over the last few years as more private companies work with international law enforcement agencies to combat malware infections on a grand scale. Operation Tovar, announced on June 2 2014, is the latest to make headlines.
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