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Posts for March 14th, 2012

Malicious Proxies May Become Standard Fare

Posted: March 14th, 2012 - Information Security  

A slew of security-as-a-service applications — from Postini to OpenDNS to Zscaler — reroute domain-name system (DNS) requests through centralized servers or proxies to detect security threats and sanitize traffic before it reaches the client network. Yet proxies are not just used by security companies, but by criminals as well. DNSChanger, which authorities shutdown in […]

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Pro-American Hacker’s Attack Threatens to Expose Anonymous

Posted: March 14th, 2012 - Information Security  

As if things couldn’t get any worse for the hacktivists of Anonymous, the self-described patriotic hacker who calls himself The Jester has struck another blow. He claims to have broken into many smartphones belonging to Anonymous leaders and copied incriminating text messages, emails, address books and other data — data that he may have already […]

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Iran Hacks BBC Persian TV

Posted: March 14th, 2012 - Information Security  

Iran today hacked BBC Persian TV. The move is part of a broader attempt by the government to disrupt the BBC’s Persian service, according to BBC News. The BBC’s London office was inundated with automatic phone calls and the company’s satellite feeds into Iran were also jammed – while this only affected owners of illegal […]

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Hacking a threat to US security

Posted: March 14th, 2012 - Information Security  

During the five-month period between October and February, there were 86 reported attacks on computer systems in the United States that control critical infrastructure, factories and databases, according to the Department of Homeland Security, compared with 11 over the same period a year ago. None of the attacks caused significant damage, but they were part […]

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Firefox 11 release postponed due to security issues

Posted: March 14th, 2012 - Information Security  

The Firefox team announced they are postponing the release of Firefox 11, originally planned for March 13, because of a security report that the team wants to evaluate to make sure the issue will not impact on their code. Mozilla’s senior director of Firefox engineering, cited Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday security update, also scheduled for […]

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