Mideast cyber spat ups the hacktivist ante

We have to assume that the kinds of cyber attacks taking place in the Mideast, most recently attacks against Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Israeli national airline El Al, and several Israeli bank website, augur more and more ideological cyber warfare. I don’t believe that this means we’ll see a wave of government-on-government attacks...

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What should we draw from AV detection rate test findings?

Testing desktop antivirus products has always been tricky, attempting to simulate the real-world possibilities of all the type of malware and all the interesting and exciting ways it can be introduced onto a client system in a test lab. Today, I think, even well-crafted tests can at best offer some basic guidance for enterprises, rather than clear...

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Slow app layer DoS attacks can bring your servers down quickly

To paraphrase Alice (with apologies to Lewis Carroll and all my high school and college English teachers), denial-of-service attacks are getting “insidiouser and insidiouser.” The latest proof-of-concept “slow” application layer DoS attack is yet another demonstration that attackers don’t need huge botnet armies...

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Feeling isolated? Wisegate social network connects senior-level security professionals

Sara Gates, founder of the social networking service Wisegate, is creating an invitation-only private community of security and IT professionals. Gates believes that senior executives, such as CIOs and CISOs, need other people at their peer level to share war stories and get firsthand feedback on what works and...

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Bad business: LinkedIn criminals get connected

We have been down this road before. A popular interactive service passes over a peak on its way to universality and the spammers pile on. Sometimes the service fails — remember network news? Sometimes it recovers — think email. Sometimes, there is a constant battle to keep spam down, as in SMS spam in Japan. LinkedIn is a target...

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