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Pulitzer Centennial highlights role of journalism

By Byron Acohido Standing on the floor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., last week, in a crush of hundreds of past recipients of The Pulitzer Prize, was thrilling and humbling. We were assembled for a group photo as part of the yearlong celebration of the Pulitzer’s centennial. It was a chance to reconnect with […]

Anatomy of an attack: Using Twitter to launch denial-of-service attacks against banks

By Byron Acohido (Editor’s note: This actual snapshot of a cutting-edge Distributed Denial of Service attack was discovered by analysts at security vendor Digital Shadows, which provides cyber situational awareness to its SMB and enterprise customers. Digital Shadows’ CTO James Chappell shared this detailed intelligence with LastWatchdog. In the accompanying video, F5 cybersecurity evangelist David […]

Faked tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers swamp IRS

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – Fraudsters once again are having a field day using stolen personal data to file bogus tax returns, ripping off billions from the U.S. treasury and setting in motion a huge hassle for victimized citizens. This crime is so easy to execute that petty thieves and organized crime […]

Bloomberg reports Target ignored FireEye malware detection alerts

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog SEATTLE — It’s good to see go-deeper journalism still exits. Bloomberg Businessweek’s has published the results of a two-month drill down by a team of reporters following up on Brian Krebs scoop tipping the world off to the Target breach, the largest publicly disclosed retail data breach in U.S. history.  […]

Did a computer glitch take down Malaysian 777?

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog JEFFERSON BEACH, Wash.—Could a computer malfunction have contributed to the stunning disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370? That scenario is gaining a modicum of credence six days after the Boeing 777-200 twinjet, with 239 souls on board, mysteriously vanished over the South China Sea. The Associated Press this morning reported […]

‘Snake’ cyber spying gang slithers into high-value targets

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog JEFFERSON BEACH, Wash. — In Greek mythology, uroburos refers to a tail-swallowing serpent. Uruburos, or Snake, is the moniker assigned to an advanced cyber spying tool recently discovered to be the  favorite of the latest cyber spying collective to be flushed out into the open by security researchers. Last month […]

Why Olympics visitors should go on a digital fast

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – Last Watchdog is en route to this warm Caribbean locale, having left a Seattle blizzard. I will be reporting from the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit through Thursday. Meanwhile, officials at US-CERT have issued a warning for those attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Visitors and […]