Category: IT Management

Cisco: Data breaches costing some businesses 20% of revenue

The cyber crime landscape underwent several changes in 2016 with malicious actors taking a more ''corporate'' approach to their craft, which helped lead to even greater losses by business hit with a cyber attack. The damage inflicted on organizations victimized by data breaches and other cyber attacks last year included losing customers, revenue and potential ...

Don’t get left in the dark: how to plan for a network outage

Lora O'Haver looks at the common causes of network downtime and the steps that organizations can take to protect themselves. Recent DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks have everyone on edge, from DNS hosting providers to individual organizations fearing that they might be caught in the next denial-of-service campaign. Unfortunately, network outages don't need to be instigated ...

Facebook adds tools for finding or giving help after local disasters

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to become a disaster and crisis response tool. Facebook's users often connect on the social network to seek relief and provide support during times of crisis. Now, the company is updating its Safety Check feature to make it easier for people to find or give help such as food, ...

Kaspersky: DDoS attacks growing stronger with unsecured IoT

Kaspersky researchers spotted a record setting 292 hour-long (12.2 day) DDoS attack in Q4 2016, significantly beating the previous quarter's maximum attack, which lasted 184 hours (7.7 days) days. And poorly secured internet of things (IoT) may be to blame. The firm also found that 80 countries had their resources targeted, compared to 67 in ...

20K Overwatch hackers banned in South Korea

Overwatch players can rest easier knowing that they can get a fair shake in their online battles after thousands of hackers have been banned from the game. Blizzard Entertainment, the game's developer, announced the company banned more than 20,000 players in South Korea on the grounds of ''unauthorized use of third-party programs,'' also known as ...

2.5 million XBOX 360 and PSP ISO forum accounts breached

An unidentified hacker reportedly breached the XBOX 360 and PlayStation Portable ISO forums compromising 2.5 million gamer accounts. The breaches occurred approximately around September 2015 and compromised email addresses, account passwords and IP addresses, according to independent researcher Troy Hunt. Gamers who use the accounts are advised to reset the passwords for all of their ...

The agony of trying to unsubscribe – James Veitch

The internet gives us access to everything, but also gives everything access to us. It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket ...

More adventures in replying to spam – James Veitch

James Veitch has spent years doing the tireless, thankless work of replying to spam emailers so you don't have to. He returns to TED to tell the tale of yet another spam email adventure, this time with a vital lesson attached: How to annoy your way off any spammer's mailing list.

ATM Malware Retooled to Strike More Machines

Upgraded Ploutus-D Malware Designed to Drain ATMs From Any Manufacturer In early 2013, cybercriminals began deploying in Mexico what some security experts described as one of the most advanced pieces of malware that's ever been built to steal money from ATMs. Nicknamed Ploutus, it evolved to become the first ATM malware that could be controlled ...

Everyone is falling for this frighteningly effective Gmail scam

Security researchers have identified a "highly effective" phishing scam that's been fooling Google Gmail customers into divulging their login credentials. The scheme, which has been gaining popularity in the past few months and has reportedly been hitting other email services, involves a clever trick that can be difficult to detect. Researchers at WordFence, a team ...

How the Internet of Things will change our lives

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to change our world. And while we are starting to see its incredible impact, we are still very much at the beginning of the transformational journey. Here's a look into the current state of affairs in the race to standardize IoT, along with what people are saying ...

Are we safe in the Internet of Things?

Suppose a criminal were using your nanny cam to keep an eye on your house. Or your refrigerator sent out spam e-mails on your behalf to people you don’t even know. Now imagine someone hacked into your toaster and got access to your entire network. As smart products proliferate with the Internet of Things, so ...