Blog Posts Tagged with "FUD"

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Advanced Persistent Threats: The Butler in China Did It

March 05, 2012 Added by:J. Oquendo

Aside from the attack coming from a Philips Electronics' Chinese-based IP block, I am positive that whoever was behind the attack was not an employee. Someone probably compromised a machine at Philips and was using it to attack the PBX I managed. Nothing more, and nothing less...

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Atlantic Security Conference 2012 Wrap Up

March 05, 2012 Added by:Darryl MacLeod

If you’re IT professional, and not necessarily one with a security focus, attending a conference like this would be well worth it. The threats discussed are very real and active. They will never go away, but that doesn’t mean the white hats should start waving white flags...

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Abandon FUD, Scare Tactics and Marketing Hype

February 25, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Perhaps it is security professionals' diminished tolerance for FUD, or perhaps there is a collective awakening to the bigger picture, or it was just time for the chickens to come to roost. No matter, this drastic anti-FUD backlash is strong and I for one say it's about time...

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Cyber Security: The Sky is Falling

February 24, 2012 Added by:J. Oquendo

Common sense dictates that there is a lot of money to be made in "cyberlandia", and someone is going to make it by using any boogeyman available. Cyber is the new Gold Rush, however much of what is being portrayed by the media is blown out of proportion and unrealistic...

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Anonymous, Occupy, Cyber Terrorism, and Jingoistic Rhetoric

February 23, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

To really have an attack that merits all this hand wringing you would have to have considerable money, time, and effort. Never mind the access that one would need to innumerable systems, and this is not Anonymous even if they made boasts that they could or would do it...

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Anonymous, NSA, Power Grids and False Flags

February 22, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Anonymous has never officially made a statement about attacking the power infrastructure at all. Sure, there were some drops of IP addresses in the recent past that they claimed were SCADA systems, but were only for HVAC systems. So where is the NSA getting this?

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Social Media Monitoring: A Rubric for Control

February 21, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

We have become a watched commodity via all means of communication. Programs have been put together with the veneer of protecting us from another 9/11 and perhaps some of them were made with the best of intentions, but this idea of monitoring social media is half baked...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cyberwar

February 16, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Sure, there are potential issues with regard to infrastructure and hacking/warfare, but, it is not such that we need to frame it and clothe it in the ripped flag of 9/11 do we? Obviously these guys all think so. I would beg to differ, and I find it shameful...

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Remember, Security Predictions Make...

February 15, 2012 Added by:Wendy Nather

Security predictions can be a great way of starting conversations if you look at them the right way. If you look at them the wrong way, they're great for raising a huge chorus of "Nuh-UH!" or even "You're kidding, right? Call the coroner..."

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Will the Real IT Security Researcher Please Stand Up?

February 12, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Most security researchers are comfortable with identifying flaws and racing to be the first to find zero-day vulnerabilities. Is this productive? Isn’t erring human? If that is the case, why is it surprising to find flaws in new software or applications?

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All Out Cyber War: Analysis of the Middle-Eastern Conflict

January 29, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

You just can't avoid it, so I had to write it. The escalation of rhetoric has gone past media hype and has spilled over into mainstream politics, and now onto the lips of people who should really know better than to perpetuate some of this madness...

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Spending Your 2012 IT Security Budget - Beware of Cheap

January 28, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

If you can't be good, be cheap - the battle cry of the second-rate vendor. After spending 4 years as part of a world-class sales organization, I can tell you that with no uncertainty that I've seen some of my competitors do some absolutely insane things to compete...

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Cyber Espionage: A Buzzword-Term Often Overused

January 23, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The Cuckoo’s Egg”, which happened in 1986, is the first "documented” case of computer espionage that is not classified. Cliff Stoll was asked to look into an accounting error on a University system and ended up finding and tracking an asset for the KGB...

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Take That Israel! All Your SCADA's Are Belong to Us!

January 20, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The SCADA were not in default state for passwords, and in general did not seem to be important systems - like government or large power company hardware. Hell, for that matter, none were even water facilities, which I should think in a desert would be kinda important, no?

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The Nature of Infosec: A Zero Sum Game

December 08, 2011 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Security is a “Zero Sum Game” - no matter what you do, no matter how many policies you have or blinking lights on an appliance that is alleged to keep out APT, in the end you really have not won the day. In fact, if you have not been hacked or abused that day, it was really just a fluke...

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The Hezbollah Cyber Army: War in Hyperspace?

November 29, 2011 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The whole idea of a Cyber Jihad is a notion that should not just be sloughed off as rhetoric. I do think that if the VEVAK are involved (and they would want a hand in this I am sure) they could in fact get some real talent and reign in the ranks to do some real damage down the road...

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