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Hackers steal directly from banks in 'new era' of cyber crime. An international band of cyber crooks that worked its way into dozens of banks has experts warning of a "new era" of cyber crime where criminals steal directly from banks instead of their customers.

Hackers steal directly from banks in 'new era' of cyber crime

And the problem could soon spread to other industries, experts warn. On Monday, Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Lab released a report showing that a gang of international hackers have stolen as much as $1 billion from 100 banks across 30 countries by installing malware that allowed them to take control of the banks' internal operations. While such hacks have been attempted before, the scale and sophistication of the attacks, which spanned several nations over several years, has experts worried that this represents a new trend. "The recent news of bank thefts around the world is an example of the new normal in terms of cyber attacks leveraging insider threats," says Eric Chiu, president and co-founder of HyTrust, a cloud services company. Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion? National Security Agency Director Gen.

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

Keith Alexander speaks about cybersecurity and the new threats posed to the U.S. economy and military at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) These estimates have been cited on many occasions by government officials, who portray them as evidence of the threat against America. 10 ways schools are teaching internet safety. "The student’s job is to figure out which website is the hoax.

10 ways schools are teaching internet safety

After students have looked at all three websites and figured out which one is the hoax, they share what they found with their classmates," says one reader in describing a hands-on lesson. The Five Biggest Threats to Your Kids’ Privacy, and What You Can Do About Them. Remember back in school, when your teachers warned that everything you did would go on your permanent record?

The Five Biggest Threats to Your Kids’ Privacy, and What You Can Do About Them

It turns out your teachers have become right. That permanent record is the Internet. It’s hard to be a fully functioning adult in 2014 and not leave behind a digital trail. Computer Virus Information. What is a computer virus?

Computer Virus Information

Think of a biological virus – the kind that makes you sick. It’s persistently nasty, keeps you from functioning normally and often requires something powerful to get rid of it. A computer virus is very similar. Designed to relentlessly replicate, computer viruses infect your programs and files, alter the way your computer operates or stop it from working altogether. It’s estimated that the Conficker virus infected more than 10 million computers in 2009. How does a computer virus find me? Apple iOS Now Targeted In Massive Cyber Espionage Campaign. Attack campaign tied to Russia now zeroing in on mobile user's iPhones, iPads.

Apple iOS Now Targeted In Massive Cyber Espionage Campaign

An extensive and sophisticated cyber espionage operation targeting mainly Western military, government, defense industry firms, and the media, now has a new weapon: a spyware app for Apple iPhones and iPads. Operation Pawn Storm, which has been tied to Russia by at least one security research firm, is using a specially crafted iOS app to surreptitiously steal from the mobile device text messages, contact lists, pictures, geo-location information, WiFi status of the device, lists of installed apps and processes -- and to record voice conversations, according to new Trend Micro research. "The Cold War has returned in cyberspace, and Apple has become the gateway to western elites," says Tom Kellermann, chief cyber security officer with Trend Micro. "Pawn Storm has evolved to now incorporate proximity attacks against Western victims. " "We found two malicious iOS applications in Operation Pawn Storm. Nmap. ITDisasterRecoveryPlan.

Mitigating DDoS Attacks with F5 Technology. Introduction Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack types have moved up the OSI network model over time, climbing from network attacks in the 1990s to session attacks and application layer attacks today.

Mitigating DDoS Attacks with F5 Technology

Network attacks include DDoS variants such as SYN floods, connection floods, or ICMP fragmentation. Session attacks, which target layers 5 and 6, include DNS and SSL attacks. Application attacks at layer 7 represent approximately half of all attacks today. Best practices to mitigate DDoS attacks. DDoS attacks are on the rise and growing more complex.

Best practices to mitigate DDoS attacks

A majority of respondents in a recent survey from Neustar indicate a service outage would cost their companies $10,000 or more per hour in lost revenues. Follow these tips to mitigate an attack against your organization. The hactivist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters is several weeks into Operation Ababil 2, and, as promised, is once again directing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks at U.S. banks. The group has vowed to continue disrupting online and mobile banking sites until all instances of the movie "Innocence of Muslims" are removed from YouTube. Numerous banks have been attacked in recent weeks, including PNC Bank, Fifth Third, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and others.

BACKGROUND: U.S. bank cyberattacks reflect 'frightening' new era. Mitigating Attacks in 2013: The Year Companies Push Hackers Back. In 2012, DDoS attacks revealed a new cyber security trend: attack campaigns that last for days and sometimes even weeks.

Mitigating Attacks in 2013: The Year Companies Push Hackers Back

Unfortunately, many organizations that find themselves under attack don’t know how to change the attack dynamics. Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis. Home > Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis by Nancy A. Renfroe, PSP and Joseph L. Smith, PSPApplied Research Associates, Inc. Last updated: 08-18-2014 Introduction All facilities face a certain level of risk associated with various threats.

8 Steps to an Effective Vulnerability Assessment. As we conduct more and more business online, the digital world has become a hacker’s paradise. To combat the growing threat of cyber attacks, many companies are hiring chief information security officers (CISOs) whose main responsibility is to make sure data is secure. Recent high-profile data breaches have demonstrated that it is not a role for the faint of heart. “We’re like sheep waiting to be slaughtered,” said David Jordan, the CISO for Arlington County in Virginia. “We all know what our fate is when there’s a significant breach.”

IT research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of Global 2000 companies will have been directly compromised by independent cyber activists or cyber criminals. What is vulnerability analysis (vulnerability assessment)? - Definition from WhatIs.com. <strong>Risk Management:</strong> Understanding Risk Mitigation. Risk Management: Understanding Risk MitigationIndustry Insights · February 2011 Download PDF Version By Lisa Dorian, CA∙CIA Risk management is all about understanding risks that can impact your organizational objectives, and implementing strategies to mitigate and manage those risks.

Four Types of Risk Mitigation and BCM Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) - MHA Consulting. Risk Mitigation Planning, Implementation, and Progress Monitoring. Definition: Risk mitigation planning is the process of developing options and actions to enhance opportunities and reduce threats to project objectives [1]. Risk mitigation implementation is the process of executing risk mitigation actions. Risk mitigation progress monitoring includes tracking identified risks, identifying new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness throughout the project [1]. Keywords: risk, risk management, risk mitigation, risk mitigation implementation, risk mitigation planning, risk mitigation progress monitoring Background. Untitled. How to Create an Effective Business Continuity Plan.

We rarely get a head's up that a disaster is ready to strike. Even with some lead time, though, multiple things can go wrong; every incident is unique and unfolds in unexpected ways. This is where a business continuity plan comes into play. To give your organization the best shot at success during a disaster, you need to put a current, tested plan in the hands of all personnel responsible for carrying out any part of that plan. The lack of a plan doesn't just mean your organization will take longer than necessary to recover from an event or incident. You could go out of business for good. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events—whether those event might include a hurricane or simply a power outage caused by a backhoe in the parking lot.

What is Business Continuity? Extra credit. The Best Hacking Tutorial Sites - Learn Legal Hacking. These Guys Will Hack Your Phone to Reveal Who It's Secretly Sending Information To. Top 50 Hacking Tools That You Must Have. What is authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA)? - Definition from WhatIs.com. Authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) is a term for a framework for intelligently controlling access to computer resources, enforcing policies, auditing usage, and providing the information necessary to bill for services. These combined processes are considered important for effective network management and security. Access Control Fundamentals: Door Control. Multi tenancy. Five new threats to your mobile device security. Attacks that proved successful on PCs are now being tested on unwitting mobile device users to see what works – and with the number of mobile devices with poor protection soaring, there are plenty of easy targets.

Mobile Devices. How to Secure Your Wireless Network. Almost all of us have jumped onto someone else's unsecured Wi-Fi network. Securing Your Wireless Network. If you don't secure your wireless network, strangers could use it and gain access to your computer – including the personal and financial information you’ve stored on it. Protect your computer by using WPA encryption. Understand How a Wireless Network Works. Wireless Witch: How to Secure Your Wireless Network. Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable - Wired Science. Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence. NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar.

What Is Network Security? SY0-401 Differences in Application, Data and Host Security - Get Certified Get Ahead. How to prevent application attacks and reduce network vulnerabilities. Common Types of Network Attacks. What is social engineering? - Definition from WhatIs.com. 5 Social Engineering Attacks to Watch Out For. Introduction to Cryptography Basic Principles. How to Boost Your Internet Security with DNSCrypt. Top 10 Things You Can Upgrade with a Little Electronics Hacking. Introduction to Computer Security.