February 2013 -

Archives - February 2013

Who goes there? Identity and multiple authentication factors

Correct identification of an individual using a computer or service is important because it represents the accountability of the person identified. If you know my username on a computer system, you can check on what I do on that system through an audit trail, and I can therefore be held accountable for those actions. However,

UK and India to co-operate on cyber security

The Financial Times reported that the UK and India will improve co-operation in a bid to combat the growing threat from international cyber crime and cyber warfare in a new agreement between the two countries. The announcement was made during British Premier David Cameron’s trade trip to the emerging economic power.

Europol shuts down global ransomware network

According to the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol a complex ransomware network has been shut down. The operation to close the network was headed by Spanish police in cooperation with the agency. Eleven people have been arrested from Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. The scheme planted malware on computers which accused the users of viewing illegal

Obama issues order on defense against cyber attacks

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to release a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving cyber security were realised Tuesday. The order is designed to better protect the country's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks that are a growing concern to the economy and national security, according to Reuters.

It’s a wonderful hoax

In a world where nothing seems to be constant but change, it's good to know that there are, in fact, some things that change fairly slowly. Unfortunately, readiness to believe and spread hoaxes is one of them.

UK cyber security strategy “beginning to deliver benefits”

According the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) the Cyber Strategy outlined in November 2011 has started to deliver benefits but more must be done. According to the NAO the cost of cyber crime to the UK is estimated to be between £18 billion and £27 billion. Business, government and the public must therefore be constantly

Bush family e-mails stolen in online attack

Several email accounts belonging to family members of former President George W. Bush were hacked and the contents made public, exposing private data, correspondence and personal photos, according to The Smoking Gun. The apparent hack affected email threads between several members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. Presidents. According to the report, the

ComboFix fixed: popular utility safe to use

ESET’s threat researchers received a surprise earlier this week when they began receiving reports from ESET LiveGrid that downloads of ComboFix, a tool popular with advanced users for removing malware, were detected as being infected by a variant of the Sality virus, Win32/Sality.NBA.