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Bank Customers Targeted in scam

App River email and security experts says Bank of America customers have been targeted by a new virus campaign they're calling a Bredo virus. It comes in the form of phishing email that claiming to be from BofA and asking the recipient of download a security file. The main goal of this virus is to steal information such as banking info or recording keystrokes. The software may also have abilities to further infect a system by downloading more malware on to the machine.

Tags: UMUC , J.J. Green , The Cyber Security Report

Monday - 02/10/2014, 08:44am EST

Cyber Security languishes during shutdown

Cyber security advocates are frustrated that new legislation is caught between a rock and a hard place. It's stuck in contentious debates over government surveillance and the government shutdown. NSA's highly skilled cyber workers have been told to stay home, weakening the nation's ability to protect critical cyber infrastructure. Thousands of people with PHDs and math whizzes and thousands of computer scientists have been sitting idly at home.

Tags: The Cyber Security Report , cybersecurity , UMUC , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 10:15am EDT

Hackers can do more than snoop

Homeland Security News is reporting that if hackers can steal a company's top-secret data, they can just as easily destroy a company's network. Richard Bejtlich, chief security officer for Mandiant, a cyber-security company, said not only are hackers getting into networks to steal huge amounts of intellectual property but they can also permanently erase data.

Tags: UMUC , The Cyber Security Report , cybersecurity , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 10:18am EDT

France upset with the NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report Monday that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation on Monday and renewed demands for talks on protection of personal data, as well as pledges that the surveillance would cease.

Tags: cybersecurity , The Cyber Security Report

Monday - 10/21/2013, 02:33pm EDT

Author of the "blackhole" arrested'

Russian authorities have arrested a man believed to be responsible for distributing a notorious software kit known as "Blackhole" that is widely used by cyber criminals to infect PCs, according to a person familiar with the situation. A former Russian police detective in contact with Russia's federal government told Reuters that the suspect, who is known in hacking circles as "Paunch," had been arrested.

Tags: cybersecurity , The Cyber Security Report , UMUC , J.J. Green

Monday - 10/21/2013, 02:35pm EDT

Alleged Hacker in Custody

A British man has been arrested in England and charged by the United States and Britain with infiltrating U.S. government computer systems, including those run by the military, to steal confidential data and disrupt operations, the Associated Press reports. U.S. prosecutors said the alleged hacker, Lauri Love, infiltrated thousands of computer systems including those of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. space agency NASA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Tags: UMUC , The Cyber Security Report , cybersecurity , J.J. Green

Monday - 10/28/2013, 02:19pm EDT

Cyber Attack hits Haifa

Israel's military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz says computer sabotage is a major concern and he warned a sophisticated cyber-attack could one day bring the nation to a standstill. In fact, a month before his address, a major artery in Israel's national road network in the northern city of Haifa was shut down because of a cyber-attack by a Trojan horse. Key operations were knocked out of commission for two days causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Tags: The Cyber Security Report , cybersecurity , J.J. Green , UMUC

Monday - 10/28/2013, 02:21pm EDT

Singapore on alert

Singapore's government is on heightened alert for cyber-attacks after threats from claiming to be from international hacking collective Anonymous defaced several web sites in the city-state and threatened further action. "Government agencies have been on heightened vigilance and have enhanced the security of their IT systems in response to the declared threats against the government's ICT infrastructure," the Infocommunications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said in a statement.

Tags: The Cyber Security Report , cybersecurity , UMUC , J.J. Green

Monday - 11/04/2013, 04:14pm EST

Adobe breach worse than reported

Adobe Systems Inc. says that the scope of a cyber-security breach disclosed nearly a month ago was much worse than initially reported. They now say attackers obtained data on more than 38 million customer accounts. The software maker also said that hackers had stolen part of the source code to Photoshop editing software that is widely used by professional photographers.

Tags: The Cyber Security Report , cybersecurity , J.J. Green , UMUC

Monday - 11/04/2013, 04:15pm EST

The "splinter net" could be coming

Google is warning U.S. lawmakers that U.S. spying operations risk fracturing the open Internet into a "splinter net" that could hurt American business. In the first public testimony before Congress by a major technology company since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed top secret surveillance programs, Google said it should be allowed to provide the public more information about government demands for user data.

Tags: The Cyber Security Report , UMUC , J.J. Green , cybersecurity

Monday - 11/18/2013, 08:57am EST
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