Imminent threats


Windows XP hackers prep for April 8 end of security patching

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. — A huge opportunity for hackers to infiltrate thousands of SMBs and enterprises is about to open up. More specifically, the juicy targets include any company or organization still using Windows XP servers, desktops and laptops — anywhere inside a corporate network — after April 8. That’s the […]

After brief respite, spam, malware infections on the rise

Paunch, shown in photo from Russian forensics vendor Group-IB

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog  SEATTLE – The major forms of Internet crime are nothing if not  resilient. Consider  what a major advance it was for the good guys last October when the Russian Interior Ministry announced the arrest  of  “Paunch,” accusing the hefty Russian male of being the ring leader of the gang responsible […]

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 […]