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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Anonymous Attacks Again

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Anonymous is claiming to have struck a blow in Aaron Swartz’s memory. It has hacked the website of the US Sentencing Commission and posted a long manifesto and a group of files named after Supreme Court Justices. The manifesto suggests that the files contain embarrassing secrets and says that the secrets will be revealed in… Continue Reading

Iran Targets US Banks, While Privacy Groups Target NSA

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Security Programs & Policies

The wave of service disruptions to several major US financial institutions are widely attributed to Iran. These distributed denial of service attacks have grown so serious that US banks have asked the National Security Agency for help. However, privacy advocates tell us who we should really be worried about: “’The dual mission of the NSA,… Continue Reading

Corporate Network Defense: When Seconds Count, the FBI is Years Behind

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Security Programs & Policies

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima wrote another cutting-edge article on innovative approaches to network defense.  I’ve blogged before about honeytokens, deceptive files that leave hackers with false data while flagging the intrusion to defenders.  The article suggests that their use is growing, as other defensive techniques prove ineffective: Brown Printing Co…began planting fake data in… Continue Reading