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Why Russia Hacks
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
Conventional wisdom holds that Russia hacks primarily for financial gain. But equally credible is the belief that the Russians engage in cyberwarfare to further their geopolitical ambitions.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/23/2015
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What Government Can (And Canít) Do About Cybersecurity
Jeff Williams, CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast SecurityCommentary
In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama introduced a number of interesting, if not terribly novel, proposals. Here are six that will have minimal impact.
By Jeff Williams CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast Security, 1/22/2015
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President's Plan To Crack Down On Hacking Could Hurt Good Hackers
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Security experts critical of President Obama's new proposed cybersecurity legislation.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/21/2015
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Facebook Messenger: Classically Bad AppSec
Daniel Riedel, CEO, New ContextCommentary
Facebook offers a textbook example of what the software industry needs to do to put application security in the forefront of software development.
By Daniel Riedel CEO, New Context, 1/21/2015
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Ransomware Leads Surge In 2014 Mobile Malware Onslaught
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Mobile malware increases 75 percent in U.S.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/20/2015
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The Truth About Malvertising
Peter Zavlaris, Analyst, RiskIQCommentary
Malvertising accounts for huge amounts of cyberfraud and identity theft. Yet there is still no consensus on who is responsible for addressing these threats.
By Peter Zavlaris Analyst, RiskIQ, 1/16/2015
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Why North Korea Hacks
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
The motivation behind Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea hacking is rooted in a mix of retribution, paranoia, and the immature behavior of an erratic leader.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/15/2015
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Insider Threats in the Cloud: 6 Harrowing Tales
Kaushik Narayan, Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh NetworksCommentary
The cloud has vastly expanded the scope of rogue insiders. Read on to discover the latest threat actors and scenarios.
By Kaushik Narayan Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh Networks, 1/13/2015
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Obama Calls For 30-Day Breach Notification Policy For Hacked Companies
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
But chances of this becoming a mandatory national breach notification law are no sure thing, even in the wake of the past year's high-profile hacks, experts say.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/12/2015
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Cloud Services Adoption: Rates, Reasons & Security Fears
Dave Kearns, Analyst, Kuppinger-ColeCommentary
Concern over data breaches and privacy are two reasons enterprises in the European Union didnít increase their use of cloud services in 2014, according to the EUís recent Eurostat report.
By Dave Kearns Analyst, Kuppinger-Cole, 1/12/2015
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Chick-fil-A Breach: Avoiding 5 Common Security Mistakes
Kevin Watson, CEO, VendorSafeCommentary
On the surface these suggestions may seem simplistic. But almost every major retail breach in the last 12 months failed to incorporate at least one of them.
By Kevin Watson CEO, VendorSafe, 1/9/2015
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Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
All nations are not created equal and, like individual hackers, each has a different motivation and capability.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/8/2015
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Itís Time to Treat Your Cyber Strategy Like a Business
Jason Polancich, Founder & Chief Architect, SurfWatchLabsCommentary
How do we win against cybercrime? Take a cue from renowned former GE chief exec Jack Welch and start with a clearly-defined mission.
By Jason Polancich Founder & Chief Architect, SurfWatchLabs, 1/7/2015
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Deconstructing The Sony Hack: What I Know From Inside The Military
Jeff Schilling, CSO, FirehostCommentary
Don't get caught up in the guessing game on attribution. The critical task is to understand the threat data and threat actor tactics to ensure you are not vulnerable to the same attack.
By Jeff Schilling CSO, Firehost, 1/6/2015
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Dear Cyber Criminals: Weíre Not Letting Our Guard Down in 2015
Sergio Galindo, GM, GFI SoftwareCommentary
Next year, youíll keep exploiting vulnerabilities, and weíll make sure our systems are patched, our antivirus is up to date, and our people are too smart to click the links you send them.
By Sergio Galindo GM, GFI Software, 12/31/2014
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20 Startups To Watch In 2015
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading
Check our list of security startups sure to start (or continue) making waves in the coming year.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 12/29/2014
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A 2014 Lookback: Predictions vs. Reality
TK Keanini, CTO, LancopeCommentary
It was a tumultuous year for cyber security, but it drove the adoption of incident response plans and two-factor authentication.
By TK Keanini CTO, Lancope, 12/29/2014
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Sony Fallout: The Terrorists Win Our Networks
Patrick Hubbard, Head Geek & Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager, SolarWindsCommentary
It's time to get serious. Sony hack may mark the end of enterprise networks as we know them.
By Patrick Hubbard Head Geek & Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager, SolarWinds, 12/29/2014
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Why Digital Forensics In Incident Response Matters More Now
Craig Carpenter, President & COO, Resolution1 SecurityCommentary
By understanding what happened, when, how, and why, security teams can prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.
By Craig Carpenter President & COO, Resolution1 Security, 12/24/2014
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Backoff Malware Validates Targets Through Infected IP Cameras
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
RSA report on Backoff dives deeper into clues about the POS software and hints at attackers potentially located in India.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 12/23/2014
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CVE-2014-8802
Published: 2015-01-23
The Pie Register plugin before 2.0.14 for WordPress does not properly restrict access to certain functions in pie-register.php, which allows remote attackers to (1) add a user by uploading a crafted CSV file or (2) activate a user account via a verifyit action.

CVE-2014-9623
Published: 2015-01-23
OpenStack Glance 2014.2.x through 2014.2.1, 2014.1.3, and earlier allows remote authenticated users to bypass the storage quote and cause a denial of service (disk consumption) by deleting an image in the saving state.

CVE-2014-9638
Published: 2015-01-23
oggenc in vorbis-tools 1.4.0 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (divide-by-zero error and crash) via a WAV file with the number of channels set to zero.

CVE-2014-9639
Published: 2015-01-23
Integer overflow in oggenc in vorbis-tools 1.4.0 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a crafted number of channels in a WAV file, which triggers an out-of-bounds memory access.

CVE-2014-9640
Published: 2015-01-23
oggenc/oggenc.c in vorbis-tools 1.4.0 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds read) via a crafted raw file.

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