Cybersecurity

A HealthCare.gov denial-of-service attack tool is found. Really.

As if it didn't have enough problems on its own, researchers at Arbor Networks have found a denial-of-service tool targeting the federal government's main health care exchange website.

Cybersecurity

Internet Explorer leads in tests against social engineering threats

Microsoft browsers perform the best overall in NSS tests of browser-based defenses against socially engineered malware and phishing, but educated users still are the best defense.

Cybersecurity

Higher ed networks 300 percent more likely to contain malware

And the No. 1 threat is the Expiro malware, according to research by OpenDNS' Umbrella Security Labs.

Cybersecurity

Reminder: The Web is not the only source of malware

A cloud-based Web filtering and policy enforcement service helped the city of Aspen sharply reduce browser infections, but it doesn't replace antivirus protection.

Cybersecurity

Hackers-for-hire group targeting government assets, report says

Hidden Lynx, a sophisticated group of professional hackers located in China, has carried out high-profile attacks on government, IT contractors and other industries at least since 2009, Symantec says.

Cybersecurity

LynuxWorks rootkit detector adds hardware punch to security scanning

LynuxWorks' system, called RDS5201, is an appliance capable of detecting low-level, zero-day rootkits in real time.

Cybersecurity

New cyber tool learns network behavior to sniff out malware

Researchers from Georgia Tech demonstrate a prototype tool, ExecScent, that learns a network's normal traffic patterns to spot the command and control traffic from infected hosts. In live tests it identified dozens of new C&C domains and discovered hundreds of infected computers.

Cybersecurity

Threat-info sharing: Still broken after all these years

Despite a consensus that information sharing is critical to cybersecurity, organizations still hold onto their information, allowing serious threats to flourish for years after they become known.

Cybersecurity

Reverse engineering reveals inner workings of Comfoo Trojan

Researchers at Dell SecureWorks were able to monitor the command and control system of the persistent RAT, which was used in the 2010 RSA breach that also compromised DOD contractors and is still in wide use.

Cybersecurity

IBM adds vulnerability tool to security arsenal

IBM says its QRadar Vulnerability Manager (QVM) provides security managers a single view of vulnerability data aggregated from network, endpoint, database and application scanners.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Seculert upgrades in-cloud security with radar and a sandbox

Seculert's cloud-based advanced threat protection solution features Elastic Sandbox technology, an updated API and a new user interface.

Cybersecurity

The mutating malware monster demands new defenses

Revised guidance from NIST on defending against malware reflects the evolution of malicious code, which is becoming more complex, dangerous and difficult to detect.

Cybersecurity

AndroRAT signals commercialization of mobile malware

Mobile malware is not new, but a new tool in the cyber crime underground could ultimately pave the way for hackers to leverage malware in large mobile botnets.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Panda Security expands antivirus protection for government clouds

The Panda Cloud Systems Management promises to give agencies and service providers control over all software on their networks.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FBI, Microsoft win a round against Citadel botnet; the battle goes on

The joint operation cuts off more than 1,400 botnets used in the theft of $500 million worldwide, but it also shows how nimble cyber criminals are in distributing their malware.

Cybersecurity

The hack-back vs. the rule of law: Who wins?

When considering retaliation against cyber criminals, make sure the rule of law trumps the immediate gratification of doing unto others.

Cloud & Infrastructure

5 years down the road: The cloud of clouds

Interoperability standards will create a world of interconnected clouds fraught with opportunities and security risks, experts say.

Cybersecurity

The trick to detecting Poison Ivy RAT and other stealthy malware

Although malware can evade signatures and other filters, its code leaves telltale tracks that can be discovered through traffic analysis, analysts show in FOSE demonstration.

Cybersecurity

Universities get schooled on DNS amplification attacks

The open access policies at educational institutions can leave them open to being exploited as bots in large-scale distributed denial of service attacks. There are steps they can take to mitigate the problem.

Cybersecurity

Trojan horses gain inside track as top form of malware

In the latest report from Panda Security, analysts found that Trojan Horses accounted for 80 percent of new malware infections.

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