Anatomy of an #ethical #hacker: What it takes to #operate on the #frontlines of #cybersecurity

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The perceived vision of a hacker – anti-social and geeky – is becoming increasingly inaccurate. Modern hackers are social, curious, adaptable and motivated – either by inquisitiveness, the desire for financial gain, to influence politics or even to just embarrass their target But, while they increasingly belong to professional and…


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Ethical #hackers to #boost #NHS #cyber-defences

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The NHS is spending £20m to set up a security operations centre that will oversee the health service’s digital defences. It will employ “ethical hackers” to look for weaknesses in health computer networks, not just react to breaches. Such hackers use the same tactics seen in cyber-attacks to help organisations spot weak…


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At Berkeley, a #New Generation of #Ethical Hackers Learns to #Wage #Cyberwar

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Whenever I teach a security class, it happens that there is something going on in the news cycle that ties into it,” Doug Tygar, a computer-science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told me recently. Pedagogically speaking, this has been an especially fruitful year. So far in 2017, the Identity…


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Young #Daeshgram #Hackers Flood #Official ISIS #Propaganda Channels With #Porn

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Earlier this month, we reported how a Muslim hacking collective named Di5s3nSi0N was able to hack Amaq, one of the key outlets for ISIS propaganda, within hours after they called themselves “unhackable.” They exposed an email list of 1,784 subscribers. In another attack on ISIS online propaganda, young Muslim hackers have filled…


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‘The #weakest part of #security is us’ – #Ethical hacker on the #fight against #cyber attacks

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‘The weakest part of security is us’ This was the message from ethical hacker Mike G. Speaking at the Irish Independent annual Dublin Information Sec cyber-security event taking place in Dublin today, Mike G, who helps organisations in their fight against cyber security and hacking, said that humans are very…


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How ethical #hacking tips the #connected #car’s balance of #risk

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Ethical hacking can help keep connected vehicles safe from exploitation by malicious hackers. Martin Hunt, Senior Business Development Director, Automotive Global Industry at BT, explains the process. Driving automotive security. After developing a brand new, state-of-the-art car, you’d think a top-of-the-range alarm system would be the highest level of protection it needs….


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‘White hat #hackers’ are #Google #Android’s new #secret #security weapon

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GOOGLE is taking an innovative method to weeding out security vulnerabilities in its Android operating system ecosystem: they’re employing “white hat hackers” who can earn bounties by sussing out hidden bugs in the system. Under a program called the Google Play Security Reward Program, the owner of the biggest operating…


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GLOBAL #SEARCH FOR BEST #WHITE HAT STUDENT #HACKERS NARROWS AS 5 COUNTRIES PREP FOR #NYU #CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS WEEK GAMES

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An elite corps of 400 high school, college, and graduate students bested thousands of teams to advance to the finals of the world’s biggest student-led cybersecurity contest: the New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) games. Among the events spread over five days (November…


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Cyber Soldiers: White-hat hackers

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Since 2015, almost all healthcare organizations have reported at least one cyberattack. The largest U.S. hospital attacked in the U.S. 2017 was Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, and they’re still feeling the effects. Dr. Jennifer Pugh runs their emergency room and she was on staff the morning…


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Can ‘ethical’ hackers be your friend?

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The word ‘hacker’ rightly fills the business world with dread… And this perception has only been reinforced in recent years following a series of high-profile news reports which exemplify the reputational and financial damage hackers reap. The importance of these stories is constantly climbing the news agenda. Last week, a…


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Licensed to hack: Singapore looks into registration scheme for ethical hackers

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thical hackers in Singapore could soon require a license to get their hands dirty, so to speak. The small Asian nation is currently requesting feedback on a proposed cybersecurity bill which will see ethical hackers having to obtain a license to do their work, and although it could seem quite…


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The next generation of cybersecurity professionals is being created by the Girl Scouts

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Girl Scouts of the USA is rolling out a set of 18 new cybersecurity badges next year, to teach young women in grades K-12 programming, ethical hacking, and identity theft prevention. Tech leaders will soon be able to look to the Girl Scouts for both their cookie and cybersecurity needs….


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Ethical Hacker Provides Tips to Avoid Becoming a Global Ransomware Victim

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Hospitals, academic institutions and well-known companies in 150 countries fell victim in May to “WannaCry” ransomware, a global cyberattack that infected more than 200,000 Windows computers, including those in the United States, Britain, Germany, China, Japan and South Korea. Most experts agree that the crisis is far from over and…


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When Is Hacking Ethical?

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When is hacking ethical? Let’s start with a couple basic definitions. Hacking is using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. Therefore, a hacker is someone who uses computer technology to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. There are several different types of hackers…


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White hat hackers hope to crowd-source a $20k Shadow Brokers subscription

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A team of security researchers will attempt to raise funds to purchase a $23,000 subscription to future leaks from the group that released the Windows exploit that made WannaCry ransomware mainstream news. The crowd-funding campaign is being launched by a group that calls itself Shadow Brokers Response Team, which is…


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Ethical hackers complain their efforts in finding ‘exploits’ are largely ignored in India

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Kanishk Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news — he had hacked their website and could book flights anywhere in the world for free. It was a familiar tale for India’s army of “ethical hackers”,…


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Zomato working with ‘ethical hacker’ to improve security

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Restaurant and food delivery app Zomato has confirmed that it has been communicating with the hacker responsible for stealing the data of around 17 million of its customers. The company, which claims to boast over 120 million users, confirmed that information including email address and hashed passwords had been compromised,…


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ETHICAL HACKERS RAISE MONEY TO HELP REPEAL BILL REDUCING INTERNET PRIVACY

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A UTD group called Ethical Hackers is donating the profits from its first annual fundraiser to protest a federal bill overturning previous Federal Communications Commission regulations protecting consumer privacy. On April 19, Christopher Franson, an information technology and systems junior and president of Ethical Hackers, raised $66 at the organization’s…


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Hacking for the greater good

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Increasingly we look to ethical hackers to help ensure the cyber landscape is safe and accessible for all. But what makes a good hacker? As the cyber landscape becomes increasingly complex, private enterprises and public entities are looking for ways to better protect information and preserve the integrity of their…


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The Ethical Hacker: Technically Speaking, Cybersecurity isn’t about Speaking Technically

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These days cybersecurity seems to be all about technology. Pen testing, firewalls, port scanning, SIEM, zero-day, IPS, AES256, SHA, DMZ, NIDS, TLS, SS7 – I’ll stop. I could go on, but you get the idea. And I have a vested interest in keeping your attention. Acronyms and geek-speak abound, and…


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