DDoS Predictions for 2016, IBM Insights

With thousands of security products and experts watching the underground for possible threats, IBM staff is providing some insights into new types of DDoS attacks that are to be expected during the next year.

While two of the attacks the IBM team has already focused on happened during the past year with stellar results, the team also presents a new DDoS attack concept, which has yet to be seen in the wild.

The BitTorrent network is an ideal breeding ground for DD… (read more)
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Indian Hackers Deface 125 Pakistani Websites as Payback for Mumbai 2008 Attacks

Multiple hacking groups from India have carried out coordinated attacks against a large number of Pakistani websites, as revenge for the Mumbai 26 November 2008 terror attacks.

While many have lauded Anonymous’ actions against ISIS members after the Paris terror attacks, the group’s ideas are not original at all.

Previously, Indian hackers have been defacing Pakistani websites around 26 November on a <a target="_blank" href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Commemoration-o… (read more)
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Walmart Hired Security Firm to Spy on Workers' Union – Bloomberg

Court documents show that Walmart hired the services of Lockheed Martin to spy on its workers’ union, just months before a planned protest in 2012.

The data came to light following a lawsuit filed by OUR (Organization United for Respect) Walmart, one of Walmart’s workers’ unions, after the retail company retaliated against some of the union’s leaders.

These retaliations “allegedly” took place later in June 2013, after the group tried to set up another nationwide protest…. (read more)
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Some Raspberry Pi Devices Have Predictable SSH Host Keys

Raspberry Pi devices running on Raspbian may need to be patched to avoid a security issue that results in the device generating weak and predictable SSH keys.

Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian optimized for Raspberry Pi hardware. According to developer oittaa, the issue resides in the way Raspbian generates SSH keys.

“As soon as … (read more)
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British Trident Nuclear Weapons Program Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

Des Browne, former British Defence Secretary, was quoted by The Guardian as saying that there’s no guarantee that Britain’s Trident nuclear program will be safe from hacking in the next three years.

Mr. Browne based his comments on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports/ResilientMilitarySystems.CyberThrea… (read more)
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Anonymous Takes Down Five Government Websites in Iceland to Protest Whale Hunting

Online activists associated with Anonymous took down five websites belonging to the Icelandic government, and two other related sites, as part of their campaign to protest against any type of regulated whale hunting.

According to local Icelandic website Grapevine.is, the attack took place late Friday, November 27, and lasted… (read more)
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DecryptorMax Ransomware Decrypted, No Need to Pay the Ransom

Fabian Wosar of Emisoft has created a tool capable of decoding files encrypted by the DecryptorMax ransomware, also known as CryptInfinite.

The ransomware gets its name from the fact that the “DecryptorMax” string is found in multiple places inside its source code. Additionally, the CryptInfinite moniker is also used by some researchers because the ransomware adds the CryptInfinite key to the Windows registry, using it to store a list of all encrypted files and their locati… (read more)
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CryptoWall 4.0 Ransomware Already Part of Exploit Kits

Around three weeks ago, the world was introduced to CryptoWall 4.0, the latest version of one of the most dangerous ransomware families ever created.

Now, security researcher Brad Duncan is reporting for ISC (Internet Storm Center) on a recently observed cybercrime campaign that utilizes the Nuclear exploit kit to deliver the latest CryptoWall versions to unsuspecting victim… (read more)
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Pro-ISIS Group Hacks US Veterans Services Website in Wisconsin

Team System Dz, a hacking crew supporting the ISIS cause, has defaced three websites of local authorities and organizations in Richland County, Wisconsin, USA, as HackRead reports.

The three websites are for the Richland County Veterans Services Office, Richland County Emergency Management, and Richland County Recycling.

All websites have been defaced with the same m… (read more)
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Infographic: Risks of Remote Working

There are good and bad parts to remote working, and while some companies prefer the increase in productivity, others may not like the data overexposure due to a dilution of security protocols.

A recent survey by Imation that took into account answers from 500 IT decision makers from Germany and the UK shows that 96% of modern-day companies allow employees to work from remote locations, even if 67% say that employees are breaking security rules while left on their own.

Th… (read more)
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