ATM robberies — the hard and easy ways
May 9, 2013
The arrests in New York of eight members of a cybercrime ring believed responsible for pilfering $45 million from ATM machines shows how scalable digital theft is compared to the old-school physical version.
“As much as we have enormously benefited from our dependence on digital systems, we also have significant new costs,” observes Fordham law professor Joel Reidenberg.
Consider the arrests in Quebec last March of another …More
(Editor’s note: David Knight is executive vice president of product management, tech security firm Proofpoint. In this guest essay, he sheds light on an emerging form of phishing attack.)
Over the past several years, e-mail phishing scams have become much more advanced. Cybercriminals have mastered the art of targeting specific companies and organizations. These spear phishing campaigns use customized e-mails, which fool targeted employees into clicking on links which invisibly load advanced malware that allows the attackers to take complete …More
Watchdox address insecure file sharing
May 4, 2013
SEATTLE — WatchDox is a Silicon Valley-based company that supplies technology enabling large organizations to lock down Microsoft documents moving to and fro, between desktop PCs and mobile devices, including Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
The company recently landed a contract with a financial institution to help secure the work products of 70,000 network users. Last Watchdog asked WatchDox CEO Moti Rafalin, CEO of WatchDox, to outline why such services are needed.
LW: Have we really arrived at a time …More
Video forensics could help finger Boston bomber
April 18, 2013
SEATTLE – Video forensics software that can recognize and catalogue nuances in the physical characteristics of a person’s face, or even a distinctively-shaped object, such as a backpack, could deliver key evidence in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
Forensic software has come a long way since terrorists detonated multiple bombs in London’s transit system in 2005. Then hundreds of investigators spent thousands …More
Q&A: ‘Gucifer’ strikes Clinton aide’s email
March 15, 2013
SEATTLE – Guccifer has struck again. This is the hacker who cracked into the e-mail accounts of a Bush family member last month to disclose health issues of former President George H.W. Bush. This time Guccifer breached the e-mail of former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumental, andcirculated stolen memossent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding Benghazi, according to theThe Smoking Gun.
Last Watchdog …More
SEATTLE — In today’s networked world, a disgruntled employee can pose a greater corporate risk than an outside hacker.
That’s one big lesson drawn from the indictment of Matthew Keys, the Reuters web editor who in late 2010 allegedly conspired with members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous to deface the website of his former employer.
A survey last year by network security firm AlgoSec found that security managers …More
On the contrary, online registration systems have dramatically boosted voter sign-ups in the dozen states that allow citizens to register to vote over the Internet.
Colorado has logged more than 79,000 voter registrations since Sept. 1 — and more than 300,000 since introducing online sign-ups in …Morekeep looking »