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Cybercrime, Cyberpolicing, and the Public

Security can’t be purely the responsibility of the government, the police, the security industry, the ISPs, the public sector, private industry, or any permutation thereof.

Anonymous and the Megaupload Aftermath: Hacktivism or Just Plain Ugly?

Yesterday’s announcement by the US Department of Justice that the operators of file-sharing site Megaupload had been indicted for operating a criminal enterprise that generated over $175 million by trafficking in over half a billion dollars of pirated copyrighted material has sent shockwaves across the Internet. The accuracy of those figures may be questionable, but

Beware of SOPA Scams

Tomorrow, on January 18, 2012, dozens of popular websites covering a diverse range of subjects will be blacking out their home pages in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  Some of these websites are well-known, such as the English language web site for the encyclopedic Wikipedia and quirky news site Boing Boing,

Carr’s Four Cyber Trends That Must Be Reversed Now

I’m not always in alignment with Jeffrey Carr’s point of view but in this he is spot on. Succinct and to the point, Jeffrey Carr addresses cybercrime, cyberwarfare rules of engagement and forecasts the United States’ rapid decline: Should these trends continue unabated, we will have no one to blame but ourselves as the economical

Debate Heating Up: Cybersecurity Act of 2010 S. 773

Forbes contributor Richard Stennion doesn’t like the Cybersecurity Act of 2010 very much. We know it around here as S. 773 and have been tracking it for some time. Mr. Stennion and I disagree on some key points. He says that S. 773: “…contains some pretty drastic measures that are going to be very disruptive,

Geek with an edge: Gordon Snow, Asst. Dir. FBI Cyber Division

it’s anyone’s guess whether 24’s Jack Bauer would win in a faceoff against the new FBI Cyber Crimes Top Cop, Gordon Snow. Give this guy the data from the malware and he’s sharp enough to take the information and form a counterintelligence strategy and also reach into the black bag for which snake-eating team he

European Cybercriminal Gangs Target Middle America SMBs

 Better get your CFO to review UCC Article 4A and realign protocols with your business bank – The clear and present danger to our banking through malware hits at the heart of our economy: the SMB. Stealthy malware-based theft of funds start the clock ticking much quicker than most SMB owners realize and without action

Kinetic Warfare vs. Cyberwarfare

Coaches in competitive sports often play to their team’s strengths in order to win. Does this apply to warfare, specifically cyberwar versus traditional war, or kinetic warfare? In a well articulated article Terry Zink talks about the current Cyberwarfare debate on the Hill:   The rules of engagement for offensive counter strikes [in cyberwarfare] are

Cyberwarfare and Music: It’s All Tempo

Old joke: how can you tell a lousy drummer is at your front door? The knocks keep slowing down. Tempo of operations are similar in that if you can keep a fast, sustained rhythm outpacing the adversary, you’ll keep the initiative. If your side knows when the tempo is supposed to speed up or slow

HR 4061: What Three Bucks buys you…

According to the CBO report quoted in this graphic, three dollars from every citizen of the United States each year for four years is what the final cost will be. We’re talking about the amped up Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2010 (HR 4061) currently passed by the House of Representatives. This can easily be confused

While Rome Burns…

A flurry of long-overdue government initiatives designed to address cybercrime has begun to actually develop some momentum. When I consider that it took a year to just get a cybersecurity bill through committee, I think of Nero fiddling while Rome burns, especially when everyone on the committee appears to believe it’s critical legislation. The CyberSecurity

Operation Cyber ShockWave

While serving in the Marine Corps, one activity that I felt was effective in preparing both myself and my unit to be able to handle real-world scenarios, was getting as much experience as possible from military training exercises. In most cases multiple branches worked together or, as in the case with NATO exercises, multiple countries

Parliament of Foul Play

This wouldn’t normally be the place to discuss the ongoing decline of the fortunes of the British Government, but there have been several IT-security-related stories coming out of the Mother of Parliaments worth a closer look. Back on March 10th, The Register reported that MP (Member of Parliament) Alun Michael had reported to the police that he

Is All Lost?

Today is inauguration day in the USA. As I traveled to many countries late last year I was amazed at how joyous people of many cultures were that Obama is to be President of the USA. Working in the security field, we see a lot of disappointment. Sometimes it seems that there is no hope

BCS Blogs

As a Fellow of the British Computer Society (is that the sound of a self-blown trumpet I hear? ) I get daily emails that I often don’t have time to read. Which is a pity, because when I do, I often find an interesting nugget. Sometimes I even get a paper magazine (remember those?) through the

Magic Lantern Show in the UK?

Nigel Morris, of the UK’s "Independent" newspaper reported recently on new powers given to police in the UK and proposals to extend similar powers across the European Union. Understandably, civil rights groups like Liberty have apparently expressed the belief that such expansion of "police hacking operations" should be regulated by Act of Parliament and that there

Spies in One’s Samovar (or a Storm in a Teapot)

Round here, we’re mostly concerned with the malicious and programming kinds of bug. But as an avid watcher of Spooks*,  I couldn’t resist sharing with you an item in the Telegraph about a samovar presented to the British Royal Family about twenty years ago. Apparently, after a surveillance sweep of the Queen’s estate at Balmoral, the

Mytob and the National Health Service: a Matter of Trust

Okay, sorry about the horrible pun. It suddenly occurred to me that people (especially those from outside the UK) might be somewhat shocked that the Barts and the London NHS Trust, a group of three major hospitals in London took so long to deal with a malicious program that was, apparently, detected by their provider

Attacks in Mumbai and Risk Management

  There was terrible news in Mumbai, India. Terrorists attacked several site and at least 80 people were reported dead. Knowing that I plan to go to India, it didn’t take long before I received a phone call asking if I was aware of the situation and if I would still be going. Both of

Injustice Served – The Amero Case Closes

A couple of years ago I blogged about the Julie Amero case http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/?p=42. There is finally closure in this case. In the state of Connecticut and innocent person proclaiming their innocence is called “Disorderly Conduct”, so Julie accepted a plea bargain and was forced to pay a $100 fine for being a victim of adware/spyware.

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