Hacktivists have become big-time data thieves, widely use DDoS diversionary tactics, Verizon breach report shows

The sudden emergence of hacktivists as data thieves on a massive scale, revealed in this year’s Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, is game-changing news. In 2011, hacktivists were responsible for 100 million of the 174 million records stolen in cases investigated by Verizon and participating international law enforcement agencies. By...

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AlienVault bids for SIEM, MSSP U.S. market share with open source-based multi-tool platform

AlienVault is trying to make a dent in the U.S. security information and event market, leveraging the popular OSSIM open-source SIEM, upon which the company’s founders built the Unified Security Management Platform, SIEM plus several other security capabilities. AlienVault is making its pitch as a relatively low-cost alternative to high-end,...

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Fighting back: Is it OK to 'Unfriend' a C & C server?

It seems that illegal computer hacking has become so commonplace these days that events only make the news when they are significant. Last week’s headline was the hacking of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s email account. The group Anonymous claims credit for the attack. On the Daily Show,  Jon Stewart remarked, “Finally! A...

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Average data breach costs declines sharply,as customers remain loyal, 2012 Ponemon study shows

The annual Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study shows a drop in the average cost — direct and indirect — of a breach for the first time in the seven-year history of the study. The likely explanation? More customers are sticking by victim companies. My first instinct is not to draw any sweeping conclusions from the findings,...

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A year after SecureWorks acquisition, SonicWall deal strengthens Dell position as security provider

Dell appears to be doing a nice job playing catch-up in the security market with the acquisition of firewall/UTM vendor SonicWall, following its purchase of SecureWorks, a leading MSSP, just over a year ago. Competitors IBM and HP have been actively acquiring and integrating security products and services into their portfolios, but Dell was...

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