Targeted Attacks

Windows bug, patched in April, continues to wreak havoc

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A Windows vulnerability that Microsoft patched back in April continues to be used in targeted attacks against political, industrial and defense organizations.

Podcast: Never mind Flame, IXESHE is sophisticated

Podcast: Never mind Flame, IXESHE is sophisticated

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Tom Kellermann, vice president of cyber security at Trend Micro, joined me on the SC Magazine podcast to discuss an APT campaign known as IXESHE, which is going after sensitive targets from Asia to Germany. But its command-and-control infrastructure really is what makes it special.

Security threats: Unwrapping 2011

Security threats: Unwrapping 2011

Multilayered protection starts with knowing what assets are most critical to your organization and implementing an in-depth security strategy.

Sponsored Video: Tom Reilly of HP on big data

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Tom Reilly, VP and general manager of HP Enterprise Security Products, discusses the issues facing the security industry today including targeted attacks, managing big data, and how bring-your-own-device also raises issues with mobile computing.

Evolution of online attacks mirrors the history of advertising

Similarities continue as we see more targeted, personalized attacks

Spam drop, but targeted attack rise, is key 2011 takeaway

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Spam volume dropped dramatically from 379 billion messages daily in August 2010 to 124 billion this November, according to Cisco, as crooks opted for more pinpointed attacks that could fly under the radar.

Banker trade group warns of phishing uptick

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Cybercriminals typically ramp up their phishing efforts during the holiday season and following natural disasters, according to the American Bankers Association.

Australian gov't wins U.S. security award from SANS

An Australian government agency that instituted patching, whitelisting and account control as the foundation of its targeted attack defense took home a U.S. award from the SANS Institute.

Spam's new intent: Zombies

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Spam levels dropped last year by nearly a third, but owing to new strategies spammers are making more money than ever before.

Researchers study actual file used in RSA SecurID breach

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Researchers have discovered that the email containing the malicious file used to breach RSA contained just two sentences: "I forward this file to you for review. Please open and view it."

Podcast Episode No. 2: Targeted attacks

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In this episode, Michael Cotton, chief network security architect of Digital Defense, explains why targeted cyberattacks are on the rise and why many organizations are failing to recognize this increasing threat. Cotton offers a list of corporate actions that may incite such an attack and suggests some remedies for staying out of the hackers' crosshairs and being compromised. Hint: Uninstall the programs your employees don't need.

Crooks opt for spear phishing despite higher upfront cost

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Cybercriminals are scrapping widespread malicious email campaigns for more targeted attacks, according to a new Cisco report.

Attacking the email list provider

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A pair of massive data breaches have illustrated that marketing services firms have become a high-value target of cybercriminals aiming to steal valuable information that easily can be monetized.

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