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IT Security Is Broken Bad

With the TV show Breaking Bad in its last season, this seems to be a fun title. However, the topic is not all that much fun. You should realize it's not a question of when you will be ...
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Spear-phishing attackers vandalize CNN, TIME and Wash Post

You would think that by now journalists and people in media and advertising would be on the alert for social engineering red flags. But no. Syrian hacktivists sent a spear-phishing attack ...
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Employees the Weakest Link of Cyber Security, Report Finds

Antivirus company Bitdefender reported something important. Here is their blog post of July 17, 2003.
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Congressional Aides Targeted By Spear-phishing Attacks

Reuters just reported that Congressional aides in the Senate and House of Representatives said on Thursday that they were notified of a potential security risk involving email and other ...
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7 reasons for security awareness failure

Ira Winkler and Samantha Manke just wrote a great article at the CSO site about why security awareness programs fail. They started out with: "There is a great dichotomy in Security ...
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CTO of media company faked-out employees with "phishing" emails

There is a fascinating article in SC Magazine dated July 3, 2013 which tells the story of Atlantic Media Chief Technology Officer Tom Cochran, who blasted out a simulated phishing email ...
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Five Ways Your Employees Can Kill Your Company

One - Insider Threat: Stealing valuable information for either profit or idealistic motives. Examples: Software developers taking home code for their next job, sales people downloading ...
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The Inevitability Of "The Click"

From the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Note that i t only takes 20 emails to get one successful click on a phishing attack. Read the story above!
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FBI Warns of Spear-Phishing Attacks

Spear-phishing attacks are up, and they are targeting individuals across all industries, according to a new warning issued by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation .
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How Zombie Phones Could Create a Gigantic, Mobile Botnet

Seen "World War Z" recently? Your mobile phone might soon be infected and become a zombie.
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Why Business Is Losing The War Against Cybercrime

Price Waterhouse (PwC) and CSO Magazine just released their 2013 State of Cybercrime Survey. It shows that lack of risk awareness means companies are poorly defended. This is their 11th ...
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Scam Of The Week: CIA Prism Watchlist

Scam Of The Week: CIA Prism Watchlist Just this morning, a researcher discovered an email uploaded to Virustotal called CIA's_prism_Watchlist_.eml. The content refers to Snowden, and the ...
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The Three Types Of Cyberattacks

Eugene Kaspersky recently gave one of his very rare interviews. He was in Israel for a staff recruitment tour, and was quoted saying:"
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Data Breach Costs: 10 Ways You're Making It Worse

Inadequate response plans and poorly executed procedures caused data breach costs to rise significantly at some businesses, according to the Ponemon Institute. Mistakes, negligence and ...
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Citadel 'Shutdown' Just A Microsoft PR Move

It was all over the news. The Citadel botnet responsible for stealing more than 500 million dollars out of bank accounts from both individuals and organizations worldwide has been largely ...
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Did China Leak Prism Deliberately?

UPDATED June 9: 16:51p - In an interview with TechCrunch, Eugene H. Spafford, a computer science professor at Purdue and a noted expert in computer security observed something ...
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46 Percent Of Hospital’S Hacked Money Gone For Good

Chelan County Treasurer David Griffiths says Leavenworth's hospital district stands to recover less than half the $1 million stolen in an online banking theft. About $415,000 has been ...
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New Fun Little Quiz: How Phish-prone Are You?

We created a fun new little quiz you could send to your users!
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How the Syrian Electronic Army Hacked The Onion

This is a write-up of how the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion using spear-phising. In summary, they phished Onion employees’ Google Apps accounts via 3 separate methods. From ...
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