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Increasing cyber-attacks – are we heading towards cyber doom?

The recent Petya ransomware tragedy that struck the computer systems worldwide, is the second largest cyber-attack after the WannaCry Ransomware that had hit the world last month. The recent attack hit many countries, locking up the PCs and crippling enterprise-services. Ukraine and Russia were identified among the worst affected countries. Based on the findings of security firm Kaspersky, the ransomware could possibly be a variant of Petya.D, Petya.A, or PetrWrap. Though it widely affected the systems just like WannaCry, but it is not its variant. The Petya ransomware locks a computer’s files with a message and demands a ransom in lieu. The attack reportedly started through an update that was used on a third-party Ukraine software, known as MeDoc. The software was used by many organizatio...

The ransomware attack continues, affecting systems worldwide

The ransomware attack that hit the world computers on Friday affecting a lot of NHS trusts, is attracting a lot of concern from security agencies, government and IT companies, majorly because of the big data that they all deal with. The malware operator called WannaCry or WanaCrypt 2.0 used an exploit that was leaked by a group called “ShadowBrokers” to run the malware into the computer systems of major hospitals, telecommunications, and courier services. The malware uses strong asymmetric encryption via RSA 2048-bit cipher to lock files and then demands ransom in lieu of decrypting it. One of the identified ways through which the malware is spreading on unaware PCs is – email spams. The attack was apparently brought to a halt by a researcher at MalwareTech – although he did not real...

An Inforgraphic: How to Keep Your Internet Usage Private

It is no secret that our Internet activity is anything but private. Email, chats, videos, photos, file transfers, social networking details, and more can all be accessed at any given time. In fact, today’s internet giants are known to make our data available: AOL, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others have been reported to monitor our usage. Alternatively, there are service provides and tools that claim to keep your information and usage data private. WhoIsHostingThis.com, a web hosting comparison site, lists some in the infographic below:

The U.S. Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose $22 to $35 billion as a Result of PRISM Exposé

The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefits, according to the statistics revealed by the latest report of the Information Technology and Innovation foundation (ITIF). If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government, then maybe they won’t trust U.S.cloud providers either. If I am right, there are multibillion-euro consequences...

DataBank Announces New Managed Services Including Security Solutions, DCIM and ‘IT Stack’ Monitoring

Custom data center and multi-tenant colocation provider DataBank today announced a new suite of Managed service offerings. The new range of services will include security solutions, DCIM and ‘IT Stack’ monitoring. Clients will now have enhanced visibility of their colocated IT equipment and infrastructure housed within DataBank’s data centers. The news comes nearly two months after  DataBank expanded its white-floor capacity to its recently acquired VeriSpace data center in South Minneapolis. The service rollout will include an expansion of data collection and monitoring with the addition of DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management), ‘IT Stack’ monitoring tools, and security solutions for Threat Management, Log Management, Scanning, and DDoS Mitigation. “Da...

OpenDNS Launches Umbrella Web security platform With Integrated Predictive Detection Capabilities

Internet security and DNS services provider OpenDNS today announced the launch of  latest release of its Umbrella Web security platform. The latest release has been enhanced with predictive detection capabilities provided by the Umbrella Security Graph. By using the big data analytics tools, machine learning, graph theory and related algorithms of the Umbrella Security Graph we can predict where new threats are coming from and block them before they can reach users of the Umbrella Security service. – Dan Hubbard, CTO, OpenDNS. The Umbrella Security Graph combines big data-based analytics and predictive classifiers to harnesses the collective security intelligence from more than 50 million users in 160 countries. The  indexed and cross-referenced data is combined with real-time cyber intell...

An Infographic: Magic Lantern, a Keystroke Logging Software Developed by the FBI

Magic Lantern is keystroke logging software developed by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation. Variously described as a virus and a Trojan horse, it can be installed remotely, via an e-mail attachment or by exploiting common operating system vulnerabilities. It’s unclear whether Magic Lantern would transmit keystrokes it records back to the FBI over the Internet or store the information to be seized later in a raid. The FBI intends to deploy Magic Lantern in the form of an e-mail attachment. When the attachment is opened, it installs a trojan horse on the suspect’s computer. The trojan horse is activated when the suspect uses PGP encryption, often used to increase the security of sent e-mail messages. When activated, the trojan horse will log the PGP passwor...

Cisco Announces a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Sourcefire For $2.7 billion

Cisco today announced  a definitive agreement to acquire Sourcefire, a intelligent cybersecurity solutions provider. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $76 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Sourcefire and assume outstanding equity awards for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.7 billion, including retention-based incentives. Cisco revealed via an official press release that it expects the acquisition to be slightly dilutive to non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2014 due to normal purchase accounting adjustments and integration costs. Once the transaction closes, Cisco will include Sourcefire into its guidance going forward and Sourcefire employees will join the Cisco Security ...

SpamExperts Partners With Brazilian Cloud Service Provider Dualtec

Email security products provider  SpamExperts today announced partnership with  Dualtec, a Brazil based cloud service provider. The partnership will enable Dualtec to provide spam free hosted email services to end-customers in Brazil. Earlier this year, SpamExperts entered in a partnership with  Athens based dnHost. “The growing amount of spam and viruses distributed over email led our company to contract a professional anti-spam solution. SpamExperts Local Cloud was implemented in 2012 and has become a critical part of our operation now. By using this solution, we significantly reduced the amount of spam and viruses reaching our end users’ mailboxes”, said Ricardo Fernandez, Chief Technology Officer, Dualtec. We welcome Dualtec into our Hosting Partners Program, and we are pleased that ou...

PRISM Exposé Boosts Swiss Data Center Revenues

The stringent laws which govern Swiss banks are derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation, and now – thanks to the PRISM scandal – the country is fast becoming the ideal location for those turning their back on the cloud. Recent leaks of the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program have sparked growing concern over data privacy, with implications for global corporations using US-controlled cloud services, such as AWS, Azure and Dropbox. As a result, businesses are now turning to Switzerland for their data hosting needs. Swiss ‘private’ hosting companies are seeing huge growth because privacy in Switzerland is enshrined in law. As the country is outside of the EU, it is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, ...

INetU Adds INetU Application Traffic Firewall to its Managed Security Suite

Managed hosting and cloud provider INetU has added INetU Application Traffic Firewall to its Managed Security Suite. The INetU Application Traffic Firewall goes beyond classic Web Application Firewalls and provides an additional layer of critical protection for businesses by thwarting attacks targeting application vulnerabilities, says the official press release. The world needs to access your applications, but your business needs to ensure that users and data are safe. The INetU Application Traffic Firewall is the lock at your front door protecting this information against would-be attackers looking to exploit your applications as a way in. -Andrew Hodes, Director of technology, INetU. Once the  troublesome  threat profiles are detected,  The INetU Application Traffic Firewall can be conf...

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