Cybersecurity

How hackers can turn the Internet of Things into a weapon

As more unsecured devices become IP-enabled for remote management or as part of sensor networks, the possibilities for attack grow.

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12 steps that can help agencies fight DDOS attacks

As denial of service attacks become more frequent and powerful, agencies need to take steps to prepare, from new arrangements with ISPs to establishing low-bandwidth alternate communications.

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Kingston adds malware scanner to its secure drives

The drives use scanning technology from ESET and ClevX to check for spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits and viruses that might otherwise get onto a network.

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Blackholing stops DDOS attacks but consumes everything else too

As attacks increase in power, efficiency and duration, operators may have to use black holes to protect their networks.

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DDOS attacks turn up the volume

Attacks from botnets are increasing in bandwidth and, significantly, packet rates, a Prolexic report says.

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iPhone has most vulnerabilities, so why is Android the most attacked?

Android, with only a handful of vulnerabilities reported in 2012, was the OS of choice for malware writers, Symantec says.

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Why is Java so risky? 77 percent of agencies run unsupported versions

Three quarters of government computers are running unsupported versions of Java, according to a Websense analysis, leaving them vulnerable to a long list of malicious exploits.

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Why do so many antivirus programs miss the same, old exploits?

Testing by NSS Labs shows that not only do antivirus products miss known exploits, they often are blind to the same ones, opening windows of opportunity for attackers -- particularly against legacy agency systems.

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Hackers' new trick for slithering through sandboxes

Malware writers develop find new tactics to avoid detection while waiting for a chance to infect systems.

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Curb spear phishing? Separate bots from browsers

A Sandia researcher has developed algorithms that separate robotic Web crawlers from people using browsers, a first step toward identifying spear-phishing sources and targets.

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Know the 4 denial of service types that can threaten the Domain Name System

DNS' openness leaves it vulnerable to a variety of denial of service techniques, from brute-force floods to sophisticated recursive attacks.

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9 steps that help defend against DDOS

Most experts agree that you can't do it all by yourself, but there are practical measures agencies can take to shore up their networks against denial of service attacks.

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Can DNS be protected from spikes in attacks?

Denial of service attacks on the Domain Name System are becoming common, but an effective defense will require a few rule changes.

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How to mitigate and defend against DOS attacks

Treating DOS attacks like a man-made disaster can help agencies determine the proper communication and technical response.

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As defenses against network DDOS attacks improve, hackers find a new target

Brute-force denial of service attacks against networks are still the most common, but hackers are increasingly moving toward more efficient attacks on applications.

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Denial-of-service attacks: It's a problem, bro

Distributed denial-of-service attacks are becoming more common, more powerful and the botnets that support them more resilient.

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Surviving denial-of-service? You need outside help to keep from going under.

The flood of bandwidth in the hands of attackers can overwhelm agency resources, making in-house defense impractical. You need allies outside your network.

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Disable Java? For agencies, the real question is: Why not?

Once again admins are being advised to disable Java in the wake of a new vulnerability. It's time to decide how important this plug-in is to your enterprise and when -- if ever -- it should be used.

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Researchers: IE flaw being exploited by group behind Aurora attacks

Symantec finds similarities in recent IE exploits to other attacks by the Elderwood gang, whose activities in the past have been thought to be state-sponsored.

Cybersecurity

Microsoft acts to plug watering hole attack

Microsoft responds with temporary mitigations and workarounds for a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer, but some IE versions remain at risk.

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