Updating the Government Fine System for Improved IT Infrastructure

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It’s a rare occurrence for a large corporation to lose a lawsuit to the federal government and have it result in a hefty fine. But when it does happen, it’s a NYT-alert worthy moment. Cases like Toyota’s, in which it was charged a $1.2 billion fine after wittingly deceiving its…


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Don’t believe the hype. Foreign hackers will not choose the next president.

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Thomas Hicks, a Democrat, is chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Matthew Masterson, a Republican, is vice chairman, and Christy McCormick, a Republican, is a member of the commission. Recent reports regarding the ability of foreign hackers to change the outcome of the U.S. presidential election are overstated. Foreign…


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Did the American Government Just Shut Down Wikileaks?

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Early Monday morning, Politico reported that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection had been “cut” by a “state party.” This announcement was delivered via Twitter from other portions of the Wikileaks organization, which reassured its followers it had “activated the appropriate contingency plans.” This is assumed to mean that they…


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Hackers now have wider choice of weapons

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Over the past two weeks, hackers launched two of the biggest digital attacks in Internet history, targeting a French Internet provider and one of the foremost computer-security journalists in the United States. What’s perhaps more unusual is not the size of the attacks, but their source: Internet-connected cameras and digital…


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Russian hackers harassed journalists who were investigating the Malaysia Airlines plane crash

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Russian government hackers began targeting a British citizen journalist in February 2015, eight months after he began posting evidence documenting alleged Russian government involvement in the shoot-down of a Malaysian jetliner over Ukraine. And then in February, a group that researchers suspect is a propaganda mouthpiece of the Russian government…


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Taking Credit Cards Online? Try These Advanced Online Fraud Prevention Tools

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As credit cards become more secure for in-person use through technology such as EMV, some scammers and fraudsters turn to the Internet to continue using cards for unauthorized purchases. With some reports indicating that online fraud attempts increased by as much as 30 percent in 2015, every E-commerce business should…


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World Anti-Doping Agency gets hacked, IOC seeks help

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From sinner to saint, the Russian Federation is sought out to aid the World Anti-Doping Agency A month after the closing ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is seeking the help of Russian authorities to solve the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA)…


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National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

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BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame has released the names of seven visionaries who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a gala and inductee ceremony on Thursday, October 20, at the Hilton Baltimore in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Maryland. The National…


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BlackBerry Loyalists and Their Eccentricities Aren’t Enough to Save Handsets

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Though Blackberry (BBRY) may have a die-hard fan base in love with the raised keyboard, extra security and overall feel of a BlackBerry device as compared to smart phone industry leaders like the Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone, those fans have not been enough to save the company from a precipitous decline….


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Apple fixes serious flaw in AirPort wireless routers

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Apple has released firmware updates for its AirPort wireless base stations in order to fix a vulnerability that could put the devices at risk of hacking. According to Apple security, the flaw is a memory corruption issue stemming from DNS (Domain Name System) data parsing that could lead to arbitrary…


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Street Watch Whittlesea: Scammers targeting online vehicle sales

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POLICE are urging people to beware when buying cars online after reports of buyers being duped after using online websites. Investigators have been told that vehicles are being offered for sale on sites such as eBay, Gumtree and Carsales. A buyer makes an inquiry and is told that the seller…


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Swift network bank thefts ‘linked’ to Sony Pictures hack

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Security researchers Symantec have found clues in the malware used to hack into international financial messaging network Swift, which suggest a link to the Sony Pictures hack in 2014. At least three banks have reported financial attacks based on the Swift hack. In February, Bangladesh’s central bank lost $81m (£55m)…


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Reddit resets 100,000 passwords in wake of LinkedIn hack

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Reddit has reset 100,000 passwords after hackers stole people’s credentials from other sites to take over their accounts. The social network alerted its user base yesterday to the fact it had sent out the reset notices over the past fortnight, following hacks on sites such as LinkedIn, which spilled 117…


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Hackers’ Next Big Target Are EHR Vendors

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Over the course of 2015, countless data breaches occurred within hospital networks, health insurers, physicians’ offices, and other organizations in the healthcare industry. In fact, Community Health Systems, Premera and Anthem were just a few of the most notable names who made cybersecurity headlines last year. More than 94 million…


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Protecting yourself from identity theft

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A report from Javelin Strategy & Research finds the number of identity fraud victims remained steady at 13.1 million in 2015 when compared with 2014, however it is still the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004. According to the Identity Theft Resource…


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Firm’s founder says that Panama Papers leak was a hack

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However it is not surprising more than 11.5 million documents have been leaked including the financial arrangements of prominent figures, including friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, relatives of the prime ministers of Britain and Pakistan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the president of Ukraine. Few Americans have been…


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Introducing the company that pays $1 million for Apple hacks

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NEW YORK– There’s a vibrant underground market for tools to hack you, but one company is making offers out in the open. Last year, Zerodium publicly offered $1 million for a powerful, new hack that would remotely sneak into an iPhone running Apple’s latest software. In November, the firm announced…


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Legislature asked to adopt Cyber Crime Act

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ISLAMABAD – Former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain – who head Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) – has said that the number of internet users in the world has surpassed three billion while another one billion mobile internet would be added to it soon.   Presently, 192 countries are…


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THE TOP 10 WOMEN CYBER GUARDIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

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The paucity of women in math and science extends to the data security realm. Women make up 14 percent of federal government cyber personnel, according to a May (ISC)2 global information security workforce study. The number was even lower in the private sector as recently as 2013: 11 percent. But…


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Microsoft to buy into cyber security

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Reports said that Microsoft will pay $320 million to buy an Israeli cyber security company. That’s according to financial newspaper Calcalist, which predicts the acquisition will mean Microsoft will use the company as a base for cyber security in Israel. Microsoft is desperately attempting to re-engineer its business and the…


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