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Security will get worse before it gets better

Security will get worse before it gets better | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
The damage caused by threats and the number of Net-dependent critical systems are on the rise. Yet we still haven't created a safer Internet

Via Peter Azzopardi
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This blog post makes the interesting point that as more and more essential infrastructure is migrated online the potential fallout from a malicious attack is increasing to the stage where even essential services like electricity, water, and transportation are all exposed to potential attacks.

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Although there is room for improvement the internet will never be anything even remotely close to 100% secure. So long as there is money to be made via  fraudulent ways it will always attract the wrong crowd. Best we can do is be vigilant.

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Air Force Seeks Stronger Spacecraft Cybersecurity -- InformationWeek

Air Force Seeks Stronger Spacecraft Cybersecurity -- InformationWeek | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Air Force is looking for cutting-edge research into improved security for spacecraft IT, according to newly released procurement documents.
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The Three People You Cannot Take Seriously in Computer Security | Haft of the Spear

The Three People You Cannot Take Seriously in Computer Security | Haft of the Spear | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
For the umpteenth time: there is no meaningful analog between a computer-based attack and an atomic one.
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When spammers go to war: Behind the Spamhaus DDoS

When spammers go to war: Behind the Spamhaus DDoS | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
The story behind the 300Gb/s attack on an anti-spam organization. (When spammers go to war: Behind the Spamhaus DDoS http://t.co/x0qXFWcCDi)
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IBM X-Force: Ahead of the Threat - Overview

IBM X-Force: Ahead of the Threat - Overview | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Insights into the Evolving Threat Landscape for Business and IT Leaders (RT @DaniBachmannCH: In era of cyber crimes it's still the simple attacks that compromise the most data http://t.co/EW1EHGWdrI...
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RBA falls victim to cyber attacks

RBA falls victim to cyber attacks | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
The Reserve Bank of Australia's computer systems have fallen victim to cyber hacking in at least two highly sophisticated online attacks.
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This article highlights the example of the Reserve Bank of Australia being the victim of at least two hacking attempts in 2011. Most disconcerting is the fact one of these attacks is reported to involve “Chinese developed malicious software”.  This serves to focus us on the potential threat to world security China appears to represent in the information age,  at least in terms of public opinion. The question is how do governments adjust to a world where the greatest threat may not come from the countries with the greatest military force but from an individual hacker?

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Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked | Video on TED.com

Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.
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The prevalence of wireless technology has increased dramatically in recent years as more and more people have come to appreciate the convenience it offers. This TED presentation highlights the fact that as more and more devices are becoming connected wirelessly they are instantly being put in a position of vulnerability and we need to be more conscientious about ensuring that any device with a wireless capability is designed with security in mind.

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Security Chief Says Computer Attacks Will Be Met

Security Chief Says Computer Attacks Will Be Met | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Testimony by Gen. Keith Alexander was the first time the Obama administration publicly admitted to developing the capacity for offensive cyberattacks.

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A www.nytimes.com article dated March 15th highlighting a a public admission  from General Keith Alexander (Director of the NSA and the US  Cyber Command) that the US is building an offensive capability in the event of a cyber based attack on the US. Highlighting the potential for an arms race to develop in the following years.

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Cyber-espionage and the Growing New Internet Nationalism | MIT Technology Review

Cyber-espionage and the Growing New Internet Nationalism | MIT Technology Review | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Cyber-espionage is old news. What’s new is the rhetoric, which is reaching a fever pitch right now.
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An article from world renowned cryptography and security expert Bruce Schneier where he puts forward the arguement that the increasing hype surrounding cyber-warfare is distorted and pushing us unnecessarily towards greater restrictions on the internet as governments react.

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Cyber Weapons ‘Cleaner’ but ‘Much Worse’ than Traditional Weapons

Cyber Weapons ‘Cleaner’ but ‘Much Worse’ than Traditional Weapons | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Security expert Eugene Kaspersky believes cyber weapons may be “cleaner” than traditional weapons but they are “much worse” and very difficult to protect against.
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This article highlights a presentation involving the founder of Kaspersky Labs discussing the possibility of future attacks as well as our level of preparedness to deal with them

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Twitter Hacks Force Companies to Confront Security on Social Media

Twitter Hacks Force Companies to Confront Security on Social Media | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
With attacks on the Twitter accounts of Burger King, Jeep and others, the site’s relatively lax security is a concern.
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A NYT article highlighting the increased importance of major companies and the need to protect their brand and online presence from malicious hijacking

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U.K., India Sign Cybersecurity Pact -- InformationWeek

U.K., India Sign Cybersecurity Pact -- InformationWeek | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Government and law enforcement agencies will collaborate to protect U.K. data held by Indian outsourcers and cloud vendors.
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An interesting example of governments attempting to come to grips with a world where ever increasing amounts of personal information is being stored online and how to ensure that information is sufficiently protected.

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InformationWeek Reports ::Strategy: Cybersecurity on the Offense

InformationWeek Reports ::Strategy: Cybersecurity on the Offense | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Strategy: Cybersecurity on the Offense (#cybersecurity Strategy: Cybersecurity on the Offense -- InformationWeekReports http://t.co/wdXvMhzJTD)
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“Funded hacktivism” or cyber-terrorists, AmEx attackers have big bankroll

“Funded hacktivism” or cyber-terrorists, AmEx attackers have big bankroll | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
"Cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam" launch wave of attacks on US banks.
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Bitcoin exchange faces DDoS, even as the digital currency surges

Bitcoin exchange faces DDoS, even as the digital currency surges | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Mt.Gox said it had suffered a strong distributed denial-of-service attack (Bitcoin exchange faces #DDoS, even as the digital currency surges http://t.co/N6BPL8VNcf #netsec #infosec #security)...
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Internet scanned for security holes

Internet scanned for security holes | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
A surreptitious scan of the entire internet reveals millions of printers, webcams and set-top boxes protected only by default passwords.
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Illustrates the point that a greater emphasis needs to be placed on security as people start connecting more and more devices to the internet.

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February 2013 Cyber Attacks Statistics

February 2013 Cyber Attacks Statistics | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Quick Update: More and more visitors ask where the data for the statistics is collected from. It is indicated at the end of each post, but for those that do not feel like to read until the bottom: ...
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An overview of the various types of attacks in February 2013. It is interesting to note that over half of the attacks are considered "Hacktivism". A worrying trend  which normally involves the defacing of an organizations website or a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service)attack against a server to bring it offline. These types of events have often to been attributed to the hacker group "Anonymous" in the media but it is important to note that "Anonymous" is really nothing more than an umbrella term adopted as a name by individuals.

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Security will get worse before it gets better

Security will get worse before it gets better | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
The damage caused by threats and the number of Net-dependent critical systems are on the rise. Yet we still haven't created a safer Internet

Via Peter Azzopardi
Cam Ward's insight:

This blog post makes the interesting point that as more and more essential infrastructure is migrated online the potential fallout from a malicious attack is increasing to the stage where even essential services like electricity, water, and transportation are all exposed to potential attacks.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:37 PM

Although there is room for improvement the internet will never be anything even remotely close to 100% secure. So long as there is money to be made via  fraudulent ways it will always attract the wrong crowd. Best we can do is be vigilant.

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BackTrack successor Kali Linux launched

BackTrack successor Kali Linux launched | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Runs on Raspberry Pi, USBs.
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Kali is a free and open source linux distribution designed from the ground up to be used for the penetration testing of computer networks and systems. It is the successor to the infamous backtrack and can be considered backtrack version 6. Although presented as a tool for security professionals backtrack has also gained a reputation for being popular with hackers.

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Keith Alexander: Perspectives on Cybersecurity

Speaker: Keith Alexander, Commander, US Cyber Command http://www.worldaffairs.org/speakers/profile/general-keith-alexander.html Moderator: Anja Manuel, Princ...
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A video of a presentation given by General Keith Alexander on what he considers the issues of importance in the immediate future of information security. Of particular note is the issues arising around privacy and the governments need to be as informed as possible with regards to network traffic into and out of private systems to ensure it can be in a position to react to any potential threat to American infrastructure

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The Vulnerabilities Market and the Future of Security - Forbes

The Vulnerabilities Market and the Future of Security - Forbes | Network and Information Security | Scoop.it
Recently, there have been several articles about the new market in zero-day exploits: new and unpatched computer vulnerabilities.
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An article published on forbes.com focusing on the growing black market economy in vulnerabilities and highlighting how the criminal proceeds from computer crime are motivating organized crime organizations and individuals in the persuit of security holes they can exploit.

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8 Trends That Are Changing Network Security | Sophos

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Sophos is one of the worlds largest antivirus software and security solution providers in the world. Here they highlight eight issues they see as confronting computer security in the immediate future

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