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Cybersecurity takes the stage

No longer just the concern of IT, cybersecurity is the bad boy headliner that dominates centerstage and all stages beyond.  Teri Robinson reports.  At the recent Lonestar Blues and Heritage Festival in, where else, Texas, fans bounced between the main stage where headliners strutted their stuff and the porch stage where more modest acts plucked their guitars – and…
Cybercrime, Security News

The Criminal Element Gets Its Due

Attribution is difficult and sometimes it seems that cybercriminals are beyond the long arm of the law. But hackers – some even foreign nationals – were increasingly brought to justice on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018 for various cybercrimes. They were indicted, arrested, convicted and, in many cases, sentenced and jailed for a…
Cybercrime, Security News

Hacking Back

Close your eyes for a moment and whisper the term “hack back.” Doesn’t it conjure up familiar rough-hewn heroes played by the likes of Charles Bronson and Kris Kristofferson who roamed the silver screen with some regularity in the 1970s, tracking down bad guys and meting out justice when authorities either could not or fell…
Cybercrime, Security News

To catch a cyberthief

Any long-time fan of Law & Order is intimately knowledgeable with how the American legal system operates –  well at least on TV. Almost every episode starts out with some poor soul found dead, dying or badly beaten. Investigators show up, there is some witty banter about the victim, despite the still-warm body lying there…
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Cybersecurity legislation 2018

It’s the law…almost2018 may go down as the year the EU’s GDPR went into effect but legislators domestically kept busy introducing and passing legislation meant to bolster the U.S.’s cybersecurity and privacy postures. California Privacy ActAfter a rush to get legislation done so a ballot measure slated for the November election could be pulled by…
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Lightly secured cloud, with a chance of IoT attacks

As clouds gather in the public and private sectors, the Internet of Things (IoT) – and all the devices it brings – has organized into a hurricane-sized force that challenges evolving security strategies. Earlier this year, researchers developed a Stuxnet-like malware proof-of-concept attack which they claimed could infiltrate critical infrastructure and potentially disrupt the power…
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Whew! Did all that just happen?

Looking back and forward, the view’s very nearly the same. Threats, threats and more threats. Teri Robinson reports. Out with the old. In with the new. That’s the way the New Year works, right? Except in cybersecurity. The old threats never really go away as the devastating WannaCry, a new twist on an old bug,…
Cybercrime

2017 Biggest Cybercrime Arrests

Cybercriminals often elude authorities but sometimes law enforcement makes a big score and miscreants find themselves in front of a judge and eventually behind bars.
Malware

The Top Cybersecurity Threats for 2017

In 2017 hackers weren’t slackers. The threats – and the attacks – kept coming in rapidfire. In a year drowning in threats, these newbies made their mark. EternalBlue: Since 2016, the mysterious threat group known as The Shadow Brokers has been leaking a trove of cyber weapons apparently stolen from the NSA. Of these purloined…
Ransomware

Ransomware Resurrected

As Stephen King once put it, “Sometimes they come back.”  Like a dormant volcano that may suddenly awaken at any moment, ransomware programs are an unpredictable lot. They may lay low for a while, or fall out of favor. But then they reemerge, often with new tricks up their sleeve. Indeed, ransomwares never truly die…
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