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Content tagged with Vulnerabilities / Threats posted in February 2012
Tracking Down Advanced Threats In Your Network
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
If you had an advanced attacker in your network, would your security team know it? At the RSA Conference, HBGary's Greg Hoglund shared four ways to defend against pernicious attacks
Outsider Hacks Dominated 2011 Security Breaches
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Insider attacks comprised only 5% of breaches; most outsiders exploited weak passwords to enter networks, reported Verizon.
Anonymous Leaves Clues In Failed Vatican Attack
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Researchers at RSA detail a rare glimpse into the specific strategies, tools, and tactics used by Anonymous to infiltrate or take down websites.
Google Offers $1 Million For Chrome Hacks
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Google prepares to open its wallet for reports of security flaws, but outside annual Pwn2Own hacker competition.
RSA Conference, One Year Later
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
How I hope history has reshaped this year's RSA Conference one year after one of the most significant breaches in the past decade
Free Anti-Virus Software Fails To Charm Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
As free AV gains popularity with consumers, could Symantec and McAfee ever be chased from their top spots in the enterprise?
Anonymous, NSA Square Off On Power Grid Attacks
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
Anonymous calls claim that it might target U.S. power grid 'ridiculous;' security expert says power grid security can already be hacked.
Bank Customers Favor Birthdate PINs
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Too many people use a date for their bank card PIN, giving attackers an edge in figuring out the number, reports Cambridge University researchers.
Five Schemes For Redeeming Trust In SSL
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Creativity loves constraint and for security thinkers trying to shore up Web authentication today, that constraint is SSL/TLS
NIST Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public And Private Threats
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Researchers will use National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to develop new products and services to combat cybersecurity threats faced by U.S. government agencies and companies.
Exploit Unleashed That Crashes pcAnywhere
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
'PCAnywhere Nuke' code can create a denial of service against fully patched versions of the application
Symantec pcAnywhere Remote Attack Code Surfaces
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Researchers warn that even fully patched pcAnywhere is vulnerable to newly revealed exploits.
Tech Insight: Getting The Picture With Data Visualization
News  |  2/18/2012  | 
Data visualization can be useful in log review, forensic analysis, and other security activities where large amounts of data must be vetted and analyzed
8 Lessons From Nortel's 10-Year Security Breach
News  |  2/17/2012  | 
Learn from Nortel's missteps. Security experts warn that more businesses have been hit by ongoing, difficult to detect exploits.
Making Windows Secure From The Ground Up
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Microsoft's Steve Lipner, who was a major proponent of the need for a secure development methodology, talks about the successes of Microsoft's push -- and the costs
Adobe Flash Flaw Under Attack, Update Issued
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Cross-site scripting vulnerability in Flash is being targeted by emails containing malicious links. Oracle, Microsoft also issue patches.
Public Key Used To Secure HTTPS Fails 'Sanity Check'
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Researchers find two out of every 1,000 public keys can be easily cracked
DoD Taps PARC To Help Detect Insider Threats
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
PARC, famous for its innovations, will develop technology for the Department of Defense that aims to identify inside security threats, using behavioral data, social networks, and other sources.
Cryptographers Discover Public Key Infrastructure Flaw
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Today's public key infrastructure used to secure HTTPS has security shortcomings that, in some cases, could help attackers steal data and attack servers.
Citadel Malware Brings Service To Cybercrime
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Using many of the hallmarks of open-source project management, the Citadel project looks likely to become a major botnet threat
Nearly 80% Of All Bugs Are In Third-Party Apps
Quick Hits  |  2/14/2012  | 
Secunia annual report says only 10 percent of bugs in 2011 were in Microsoft software
Nortel Breach Gave Hackers Access For Years, Report Says
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Hackers breached Nortel security and maintained access for years, reportedly making off with a treasure trove of corporate email and documents
Help Wanted: Businesses Seek Information Security Professionals
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Enterprises worldwide need more 'infosec' professionals and are willing to pay high salaries for experienced talent, says new survey.
Looking For Love? Don't Trust Online Dating Sites
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
When it comes to how dating websites secure and share information about their users, be sure to read the fine print, and don't be afraid to walk away.
500 Malware Networks Available To Launch Attacks
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Many online attacks this year will come from malware delivery networks that can be rented and set to infect PCs, says security vendor Blue Coat Systems.
5 Tactical Security Metrics to Watch
News  |  2/10/2012  | 
Wondering how secure your corporate network is? Experts offer a checklist of things to do and areas to monitor.
Microsoft To Patch 21 Bugs Tuesday
News  |  2/10/2012  | 
Microsoft previews fixes in apps including Internet Explorer and Windows. Meanwhile, Google patched 20 bugs in its Chrome browser.
DDoS Tools Aplenty On The Market For Hactivists
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Many DDoS tools now available for online use, downloading, or renting
Between Source Code And Cyanide
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
What the Symantec source-code leak really means
Webcam Bug Enables Virtual Home Invasions
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Trendnet releases firmware updates to prevent home security cameras from being accessed without a password.
DDoS Tools Flourish, Give Attackers Many Options
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
More than 55 DDoS tools and services on the market offer hacktivists, increasingly driven by ideological or political goals, a wide range of choices, Arbor security researcher reports.
Have Your Users' Passwords Already Been Hacked?
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
If employees use their same password at work and in their personal lives, another company's breach may weaken your security. Five steps to mitigate the risk.
Have Your Users' Passwords Already Been Hacked?
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
If employees use their same password at work and in their personal lives, another company's breach may weaken your own security. Five steps to mitigate the risk
10 Strategies To Fight Anonymous DDoS Attacks
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
Preventing distributed denial of service attacks may be impossible. But with advance planning, they can be mitigated and stopped. Learn where to begin.
Utilities Facing Brute-Force Attack Threat
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
SSH attack warning from ICS-CERT just the latest in a series of high-profile vulnerabilities affecting critical infrastructure of power plants, hospitals, even prisons.
Extortion Plot Behind Anonymous Release Of pcAnywhere: Symantec
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
Symantec says Anonymous hackers tried to carry out an extortion plot before releasing source code to pcAnywhere; law enforcement agencies involved in sting and ongoing investigation.
How (And Why) Attackers Choose Their Targets
Quick Hits  |  2/7/2012  | 
To build a sure defense, you need to know what makes you a juicy target. Here are some tips
Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts
Slideshows  |  2/6/2012  | 
Anonymous 'hacktivists' aim to expose what they call government and establishment hypocrisy. Take a closer look at the group, its offshoots, and its infamous attacks.
Virus Hits Part Of U.S. Commerce Dept.
News  |  2/3/2012  | 
Economic Development Administration has disabled its website and email while attack is investigated.
How To Spot A Fake Facebook Profile
News  |  2/3/2012  | 
Check out these telltale characteristics of the phony Facebook 'Friend,' courtesy of Barracuda Networks.
Don't Trust Satellite Encryption, Say German Researchers
News  |  2/3/2012  | 
Researchers have cracked two common voice encryption protocols, enabling low-tech interceptions of satellite calls.
Can Glass-Box Scanning Find Your Real Bugs?
News  |  2/3/2012  | 
When it works, hybrid -- or 'glass-box' scanning -- combines dynamic, black-box analysis with static, white-box code analysis to find bugs and cut down on false positives
Attackers Divert Bank Phone Calls to Cover Tracks
News  |  2/1/2012  | 
Researchers at Trusteer uncover banking malware that steals telephone information to help attackers re-route calls from banks alerting customers to fraud.
Symantec Patches PCAnywhere, But Should You Delete?
News  |  2/1/2012  | 
Symantec says hotfix 'eliminates known vulnerabilities,' but hackers could use source code to exploit unknown holes. Some users will want to delete the app entirely.


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