attacks

Fri
18
Feb
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Denial Of Service Attack (DoS)

A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may ... vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person or people to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely. Perpetrators of DoS attacks typically target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks, credit card payment gateways, and even root name ... (view more)

Tue
15
Feb
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McAfee: Hackers Targeting Major Oil Companies

According to a recent report from security firm McAfee, Chinese cyber criminals have been leading coordinated and covert attacks on major Western energy companies since November 2009. McAfee, which has dubbed the cyber terrorism offensive 'Night ... Dragon', says oil and petrochemical firms have been affected. Perhaps the most surprising finding in the report is that many of these major companies, which have not been named, do not appear to have had particularly robust defense measures in place. "The attacks were not very sophisticated and did not use any zero-day exploits ," noted McAfee Labs ... (view more)

Tue
25
Jan
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Cyber War Apocalypse Highly Unlikely, Study Says

An international report says that the term "cyber war" overstates the genuine security risks that national governments face in the online age. It goes on to note that officials need to plan for accidental incidents as well as attacks. The report, ... from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, says that comparing online attacks to an armed military conflict exaggerates the potential effects. It also argues that a financial crisis or a health pandemic would also be much more serious than cyber attacks. The key finding of the report is that most forms of attack against ... (view more)

Fri
31
Dec
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MS Outlook, Word Users: Get A Patch Or Get A Virus

Microsoft has revealed that hackers have attempted to exploit a bug in Microsoft Word. The bug was fixed in a security update last month, but the company is also concerned that some users may not have installed the update. The bug involves the way ... MS Word handles rich text format (.RTF) files. This is a format used for text documents that have a very limited degree of formatting information compared to full-blown MS Word documents. The format is most commonly used as a way of moving documents from one word processor to another without altering the text's formatting. RTF Flaw Causes Memory ... (view more)

Fri
17
Dec
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'Fax Bombs' Used Against Wikileaks Foes

Internet activists that stand behind " Operation Payback " have waged war on corporations deemed enemies of the Wikileaks web site, the non-profit organization that publishes otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks. ... Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Flood Targets What began as a vengeful campaign intended to target opponents of Internet piracy, Operation Payback utilizes distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against their enemies. In short, a DDoS attack occurs when many computers band together to flood a target computer (usually a web server) with ... (view more)

Mon
13
Dec
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Cyber Attack Threats Force Amazon UK Offline

Amazon Web Services (AWS) earlier this month pulled the plug on the WikiLeaks web site, forcing the latter to find a new web hosting company. WikiLeaks is amid controversy after the site began releasing a mammoth collection of confidential U.S. ... State Department diplomatic cables. According to Computerworld, "WikiLeaks is now hosted by a Swedish firm, Bahnhof Internet AB, which is headquartered in Uppsala, a city approximately 44 miles north of Stockholm." (Source: computerworld.com ) In response, activists calling themselves "Anonymous" who support the WikiLeaks cause have ... (view more)

Fri
02
Jul
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XP Help Flaw Attacks Explode, Still No Permanent Fix

Microsoft says more than 10,000 computers have been attacked through a bug in the Windows XP help system. Strangely, it has resisted criticizing the security researcher who publicized the security flaw. The bug involves the way XP directs web ... browsers towards help pages, having first checked the page against a "whitelist" to make sure it is legitimate. It's possible for hackers to exploit the flaw by fooling the computer during this checking process. The result is that the browser can be relocated to a page containing malicious software. Microsoft hasn't yet found a permanent solution to the ... (view more)

Tue
30
Mar
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Microsoft to Release Emergency Patch Later Today

After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has confirmed that it will release an emergency patch fix for a critical zero-day flaw in its Internet Explorer web browser. The patch, which applies to attacks targeting Internet Explorer (IE) 6 and IE7, will ... be released later today. Emergency patches are relatively rare for Microsoft, which typically only releases its fixes on the second Tuesday of every month. However, the March Patch Tuesday was a light affair , owing to the fact that the zero-day issue being addressed today had only recently been revealed. Windows XP and Vista Users Vulnerable It's ... (view more)

Thu
11
Feb
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NSA to Help Google Fend Off Cyber Attacks

According to reports, Google and the National Security Agency (NSA) are teaming up in the name of cyber security. Under the agreement, the NSA would help Google defend against attacks like the one that targeted the search company (along with Adobe ... and several other firms) from China several weeks ago . Google announced publicly that their systems had been hacked beginning in December . The Google intrusions targeted Google source code and extended to more than 30 other large tech, defense, energy, financial and media companies. Gmail accounts of human rights activists in Europe, China and the ... (view more)

Tue
15
Dec
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USA, Russia Join Forces in the Fight Against Cyber Crime

In the past, Russia and America were rivals. But now, it appears that that two are joining forces to fight a common foe, with hopes of tightening Internet security for the near and distant future. Insiders are calling the talks a new-age Geneva, ... akin to the nuclear arms discussions of an older generation. The purpose of these new meetings is to reduce the number of hacker attacks on major institutions, including government agencies, banks, businesses, and the military. According to reports, it's believed a common policy on cyber security will help reduce the number of these attacks, some of ... (view more)

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