Category: Security News

North Korea Experiencing Internet Outages, Raising Questions About US Retaliation

Is it coincidence, or is a DDoS on North Korea’s Internet infrastructure a “proportional response” by the US? Three days after the US government officially blamed the North Korean government for masterminding the Sony attacks and President Obama promised that the US would “respond proportionally” to them, North Korea is reportedly experiencing widespread Internet outages …

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Why Digital Forensics In Incident Response Matter More Now

By understanding what happened, when, how, and why, security teams can prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future. In the 1991 movie Backdraft, Robert De Niro plays the part of Donald ‘Shadow’ Rimgale, a fire department detective investigating a series of arsons in Chicago. As a former firefighter himself, De Niro’s character works closely …

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Who Disrupted Internet in North Korea?

Companies that monitor Internet traffic say the Internet went dark in North Korea on Dec. 22, days after President Obama pledged there would be a “proportionate response” to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI blames on the North Koreans. See Also: ‘Black Friday’ Cybersecurity Challenges for the Banking & Merchant Community “I …

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Cyberwarfare: Digital weapons causing physical damage

While the attack on Sony is considered “unprecedented,” it was not the worst corporate hack in 2014. More records were stolen from JPMorgan, Home Depot and even eBay. But details of two of the scariest cyberattacks just hit the news in December…and one of those — about Turkish pipeline explosion — has been a secret …

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Mac users: Beware of increased tech support scam pop-ups

Last month, we warned you about a rise in tech support scam pop-ups primarily affecting Windows where severe virus warnings often accompanied with audio cues urge the user to call for emergency tech support. In a worrying trend, we are now also seeing an increase in similar fake sites targeting Apple users. The modus operandi is …

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A peek into North Korea’s Internet

So, North Korea’s Internet went down. What is it like anyway? For most North Koreans, it’s nonexistent. There are only 1,024 known IP addresses in the entire country. The Internet is typically reserved for government officials, a few foreign ambassadors and outside assistance groups, according to a North Korean defector-turned-journalist. By comparison, the United States …

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Inside DPRK’s Unit 121

Military planners and security experts have intensified their shouts of concern about the development of cyber weapons and the distinct possibility of a cyber war. Cyber warfare is not new. It has been in modern military doctrine for the past decade not to mention the number of terrorist groups who have threatened the use of …

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Spear-phishers grab emails from internet overseer ICANN

Spear-phishers managed to lure several employees at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to give up their login details, the organisation said in a release published on Tuesday. ICANN, which oversees the internet’s address system, said that starting late last month, the attackers crafted email messages to look like they came from …

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New Zeus variant targets users of 150 banks

A new variant of the infamous Zeus banking and information-stealing Trojan has been created to target the users of over 150 different banks and 20 payment systems in 15 countries, including the UK, the US, Russia, Spain and Japan. Chthonic, as the variant has been named by Kaspersky Lab researchers, shares a lot of similarities …

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How North Korea, one of the world’s poorest countries, got so good at hacking

Even before a US government investigation confirmed suspicions that North Korea was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, everybody has seemed to be asking the same question about even the possibility of North Korean responsibility. Can one of the poorest countries in the world, a country that has isolated itself into technological backwardness, where …

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Inside North Korea’s scrappy, masterful cyberstrategy

Sony Pictures Entertainment has canceled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” amid threats of a widespread attack from hackers, who U.S. intelligence officials say were working for North Korea. But how does a poverty-stricken country with unreliable electricity even accumulate cyber-capabilities to level an international corporation the size of Sony? North Korea is a …

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