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A dangerous new era: US must take lead in cybersecurity

CS Monitor: Russian and Ukrainian ground forces are keeping their conventional weapons holstered for now, but it’s an escalating shooting war in cyberspace. Ukrainian government computers were hit with 42 separate cyberattacks during the Crimea referendum on March 16, according to media reports. The following day Russian websites were targeted by an even more muscular counterstrike. It’s new proof that ... Read More »

Anonymous may be targeting educational institutions in ‘OpSafeEdu’

SC Magazine: The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has issued an alert warning about the potential for an increase in attacks on educational institutions. In the alert issued on Friday, CIS said that ‘OpSafeEdu,’ the latest operation allegedly organized by members of the loosely knit hacker collective Anonymous, may result in attacks on private and public institutions.   Read More »

Cybersecurity Is About Attitude, Culture — Not Strictly Compliance

  Wired: How do you avoid becoming the Next Big Retail Breach Target? There are plenty of points — and counterpoints — on the topic. As a cybersecurity professional who has specialized in compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard for more than a decade, I have a great deal of thoughts to share. So consider this ... Read More »

Windows 8.1 Update required for all future updates can actually STOP all future updates!

Graham Cluley: Microsoft has temporarily suspended distribution of Windows 8.1 Update, after it was found that it can cause some updated PCs to actually stop looking for future updates. The irony is, of course, that Windows 8.1 Update is a mandatory update, which – as I described yesterday on the Lumension Optimal Security blog – is required if you want to receive ... Read More »

Heartbleed bug no danger to bank websites, group says

  CBC: The Heartbleed web security bug that’s raised vulnerability concerns across much of the web and prompted the Canada Revenue Agency to block access to part of its site Wednesday is no threat to the bank websites in Canada, the group that represents the industry says. “The online banking applications of Canadian banks have not been affected by the ... Read More »

Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox’s Board As It Names New CFO, COO

  Techcrunch: Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor has joined the board of cloud file storage and syncing firm Dropbox. Dropbox is in the news today after launching a number of new products and features at a morning event in San Francisco. The company debuted Carousel, a photo storage and sharing service, along with the release of ... Read More »

Whitehat hacker goes too far, gets raided by FBI, tells all

Arstechnica: A whitehat hacker from the Baltimore suburbs went too far in his effort to drive home a point about a security vulnerability he reported to a client. Now he’s unemployed and telling all on reddit. David Helkowski was working for Canton Group, a Baltimore-based software consulting firm on a project for the University of Maryland (UMD), when he claims he ... Read More »

User advice to change passwords described as premature

Users are being encouraged to change their passwords because of the OpenSSL flaw, but there is no guarantee that sites have been patched.   Speaking to IT Security Guru, Thom Langford, director of the global security office at Sapient, said that advice to change passwords was “utterly pointless” and a knee jerk reaction to advise changing passwords on a compromised system ... Read More »

Final patches for XP issued on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft released four patches on its final day of support for Windows XP last night.   Addressing issues in Windows, Internet Explorer and Office, the critical-rated MS14-018 addresses six vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (IE) and affects all versions from IE6 to IE11, while patches were issued for XP service pack 3.   Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, said: “Microsoft gives ... Read More »

Heartbleed – Wide Open SSL

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