Imminent threats


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.  […]

‘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 […]

Q&A: Akamai CSO Andy Ellis says DDoS ‘all too easy’

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog Andy Ellis, Akamai’s CSO, is the designer and patent holder of Akamai’s SSL acceleration network. Last Watchdog asked him to put massive DDoS attacks into context. LW: What’s driving volumetric DDoS attacks? Ellis: I suspect that what we’re seeing is rapid explosion in capabilities driven not by “new” vulnerabilities, but […]

How massive DDoS attacks leverage the Internet’s DNA

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog The bad guys are taking full advantage of the squishy parts of the Internet’s DNA. The result: massive DDoS attacks are disrupting Internet commerce, and slowing down the speed of the web., the popular community groups’ hub with 16 million users, was recently destabilized for several days by a […]

Evidence of attacks shifting to mobile devices abounds

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog Security pros fear enterprising cybercriminals much more so than they do NSA spies.  That’s an insight derived from a survey of techies strolling the floors of San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center last week at the RSA Conference, which doubled in size this year. Given the quickening pace of bad guys […]

Why we are ‘in the dark’ as RSA 2014 gets under way

By Byron V. Acohido SAN FRANCISCO — Complexity. That’s the  theme saturating the keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions and product exhibits at the gaint RSA cybersecurity conference unfolding all week here at the Moscone Convention Center. Tech security vendors flock to this massive conference to drive home why enterprises and SMBs were wise to spend […]

Spanish-language cyber espionage campaign unveiled

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Researchers from Kaspersky Labs today unveiled evidence of a heretofore invisible hacking group that has been spreading sophisticated and very stealthy Advanced Persistent Threat attacks — in Spanish. Elite cyber spying operations are well known to come from China, Russia, Israel, the US and the […]