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Russian Cyberspies Hit Ukrainian, US Targets With Windows Zero-Day Attack
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Brian Bartlett
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Brian Bartlett,
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10/14/2014 | 9:23:06 PM
Re: PowerPoint?
Some of us, I hope, are more paranoid than that. If I didn't ask for it, the message and attachment are nuked long before they land on a machine under my control. Yes, it slows things down by a few minutes but the price of doing business any other way is too high.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/14/2014 | 9:11:54 AM
Re: PowerPoint?
XP is the only version of Windows NOT affected by this bug. One advantage for XP holdovers. ;-)
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/14/2014 | 9:08:23 AM
Re: Convergence of cybercrime and cyber espionage
That may mean there is a market emerging, some would hack for fun but some would expect income out of it. Cross-country hacking strategies are most like supported by governments and  private security firms where obviously hey need to profit for the activities they do.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/14/2014 | 9:03:49 AM
Re: Convergence of cybercrime and cyber espionage
I would think less of an alliance be but a natural convergence.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/14/2014 | 9:01:55 AM
PowerPoint?
Another smart way of infecting local machines. It is very common and we all open PowerPoint and run it, that can most likely trigger and download or installation on the local matching without user confirmation. Hopefully Microsoft can come up with more rea-time updates strategies to beyond these types of problems to keep us safe.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/14/2014 | 7:45:55 AM
Re: Convergence of cybercrime and cyber espionage
So far, they say it's a matter of convenience and availability: the reality that cybercrime groups are buying and selling access to infected machines like currency and there area a lot of surplus bots for sale at "bargain-basement prices," according to Outlier Security's Greg Hoglund as well as other security experts I've spoken to. There have been a few unconfirmed cases of nation-state's hiring criminal hackers...I don't know of one firsthand, but experts say such alliances are not out of the realm of possibilities. 

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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10/14/2014 | 7:39:29 AM
Convergence of cybercrime and cyber espionage
Great reporting, Kelly. Do you think the "blurring of lines" is primarily related to tactics or do experts see a  greater danger of cyberspies and criminals actually teaming up? 


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