What the PBS Hack Can Teach Us

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This past weekend, the PBS website was hacked and erroneous headlines were posted.  The headline everyone has focused on is that rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand; he died in 1996.  A group calling itself LulzSec claimed responsibility and said this was a response to broadcasts of a program on WikiLeaks that it didn’t like.  What …

How to Prevent Social Engineering from Sinking You

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Social engineering is the act of coercing or manipulating people into divulging confidential information or into taking actions that allow someone to steal confidential information.  This is very different from using technical hacking techniques or exploiting computer or networking weaknesses to get this information.  Social engineering works on our psychology.  Just think of all the ads and scams that play …

10 Tips for Cyber Monday

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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States I was thinking about how many people will start online shopping soon.  The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, but the Monday after is called Cyber Monday.  A lot of people will get up at crazy hours on Friday morning to be the first in line to get great …

Take Action During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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October 2010 marks the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the United States, sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Now that the 33 Chilean miners are safely back with their families, it’s time to turn your attention to being safe when you go online. Today a lot of people get their news and information from the …

Fighting Cybercrime

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This week the United States government conducted a cybersecurity exercise known as Cyber Storm III.  This is the third time they have done this, and the goal was to test the ability of US government agencies and businesses to handle a massive Internet attack.  With the increases in data breaches and the sophistication of attacks, this process is important to …

Rapping about Cybercrime

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One way to get people to pay attention to a problem is to have a celebrity take it on.  Symantec Corporation has teamed with rapper Snoop Dog to tackle cybercrime and identity theft.  The Norton “Hack is Wack” Cybercrime Rap Contest is asking Snoop fans, rap enthusiasts and anyone with a bit of creativity to create a two-minute rap video …

The New Face of Cyber Hackers

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In a recent article in Foreign Affairs, US Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn wrote about the threats to classified US military computer networks.  The article was spurred by the recent revelation that in 2008, the Department of Defense suffered a major breach in its networks from a USB drive that was infected with malware.  The malicious code was put …

SaaS May Prevent Cybercrime

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A new 2010 comprehensive report on data breaches by Verizon and the US Secret Service shows that most of the breaches occurred on internally located and managed systems.  Many of these are database and application servers.  The report says that based on their data and analysis they cannot conclude if using cloud computing and SaaS makes it less likely that …

Congress Gets into the Cybersecurity Game

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Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 which provides for major funding for security on the Internet.  This is in reaction to the The Cyberspace Policy Review done by President Obama last year which showed major vulnerabilities in the US computing infrastructure.     This is a great step toward acknowledging major threats toward people and property and finally …