The tale of “Bitcoin Baron” reveals a worrying picture and illustrates how easy it has become to wreak havoc on the internet. A 23-year-old man from Arizona, USA, was sentenced to 20 months in jail for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks at the computer networks of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, three years … More American hacker gets jail time for serial DDoS attacks
While training employees will not guarantee complete cyber safety for companies, it could go a long way to making workers more cyber-aware. When it comes to wrapping a chain of defensives around an organization’s information systems and the valuable data that they process, it is often said that “employees are the weakest link” in that … More Cybersecurity training still neglected by many employers
World Password Day, celebrated on the first Thursday of every May, is a timely reminder of the fact that our passwords are the key to a wealth of personal information about us. It would be nice to imagine that if the various contenders for “inventor of the password” had known how much of a hassle … More Recycling is a must, but why would you reuse your password?
Simply throwing more staff at the patching problem won’t cut it, a study suggests. To paraphrase English novelist Jane Austen, it is a fact universally acknowledged that organizations must act with alacrity when it comes to applying software patches to their systems. A number of recent notorious incidents – think the WannaCryptor malware outbreak or the breach … More Rough patch, or how to shut the window of (unpatched) opportunity
The long arm of the law caught up with a number of cybercriminals in the first three months of this year. Picking up where we left off in Part 1, we continue to comb through headlines in order to bring another instalment in our rundown of some of the recent law enforcement actions in its struggle … More Anti-cybercrime successes in the first quarter of 2018, part 2
In our roundup of some of the most notable law enforcement actions against computer crime in the first quarter of 2018 will focus on arrests and charges involving suspected cyber-crooks. Compared to combating conventional crime, efforts to bring computer criminals to justice involves a host of specific challenges for law enforcement. The difficulties reside on … More Anti-cybercrime successes in the first quarter of 2018
Most of the White House’s email domains have yet to deploy an email authentication protocol known as DMARC that is designed to reduce the risk of attackers impersonating legitimate email addresses for distributing spam or phishing messages. Nearly all email domains overseen by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the United States – … More Study: White House email domains at risk of being misused for phishing scams