Research from the firm Akamai finds cyber criminals are marrying vulnerable home routers to sophisticated “fast flux” command and control tools to create long-lived, cyber criminal infrastructure.
CEO Eugene Kaspersky likened a Wall Street Journal report on his company’s software being used to hack an NSA contractor to “the script of a C movie” and said his company was in the middle of a geopolitical dispute.
I’m not much of one for milestones and the record will show that I’ve rarely taken the occasion to note significant Security Ledger dates. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I’ve never noted them. But October 2nd marks what I consider an important one: the fifth anniversary of our first blog post. On October 2, 2012, this blog went live with a post on the VOHO watering hole attacks. That makes today – October 2, 2017, Security Ledger’s 5th birthday! So much has happened in the intervening years – and much remains the same. Sadly, we haven’t beat watering hole attacks, though maybe we talk about them less than we used to. The last five years have seen this blog focus more and more on the security of our physical world and the many, intelligent devices that inhabit it. That has proven to be a very rich seam […]
A survey of public data breaches has found a large increase in the number of records that have been stolen, lost or compromised in the first six months of 2017. The firm Gemalto said that the number of records caught up in breaches jumped 164% from the second half of 2016 and the first half 2017 to almost 2 billion lost records. That is more than the total number of records lost in all of 2016. Gemalto said its latest data from the company’s Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, indicates 918 data breaches led to 1.9 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017. Most of the leaked records came from just 22 large data breaches, each involving more than one million compromised records, the company said. How many records? Nobody knows. Even more worrying: of the 918 data breaches, the […]
In-brief: Talking about Susan Mauldin’s music degree is a socially acceptable way for men to vent about a woman who they don’t feel belongs in their workplace – especially not in a senior role.