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Cyber criminals target browsers

The U.S. government says there is an increasing threat from software attacks that take advantage of vulnerable web browsers. USCERT says we have observed a trend whereby new software vulnerabilities are exploited and directed at web browsers through use of compromised or malicious websites. This problem is made worse by a number of factors, including the fact that many users have a tendency to click on links without considering the risks of their actions.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:15pm EDT

NSA and hackers relationship suffers

The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency. Experts say much of the goodwill that existed has been erased after the NSA's classified programs to monitor phone records and Internet activity were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:12pm EDT

Web browsers vulnerable

Your web browser. No matter which one you use, it's vulnerable. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (USCERT) says it is vital to configure them securely. USCERT says often the operating system is not set up in a secure default configuration. Not securing your web browser can lead quickly to a variety of computer problems caused by anything from spyware being installed without your knowledge to intruders taking control of your computer.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:14pm EDT

Foreign competitors taking advantage of NSA's leaks

Not only are Americans suspicious of NSA, but according to bizjournal.com Washington bureau, Foreign competitors are looking to aggressively grow their market share in cloud computing because of concerns raised by the National Security Agency's PRISM program. Bizjournals.com reports U.S. cloud computing companies could lose $22 billion to $35 billion in revenue over the next three years because of foreign customers' concerns about the privacy of their data.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:13pm EDT

Mobile Phones threatened

The chief scientist with Berlin's Security Research Labs, revealed recently that he led a research team at the German firm that figured out a way to remotely gain control of and also clone some mobile SIM cards. Karsten Nohl, a well-known security expert said mobile carriers have quickly protected customers from that security bug that he revealed 10 days ago and that he estimated had put more than 500 million phones at risk of cyber-attacks.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:11pm EDT

Secret Service solicits tweets

On August 6, 2013 - 10:24 AM, a critical day a what was called the biggest Al Qaida threat since 9/11 was unfolding, the US Secret Service tweeted "Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet." While some question the solicitation, there is merit, as the very next day Wikileaks posted a tweet warning former NSA Director Mike Hayden that if NSA leaker Edward Snowden is extradited Cyber terrorist would destroy Hayden.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:10pm EDT

Google Glass vulnerable

Researchers at mobile security firm Lookout discovered a security flaw in Google Glass which allowed them to capture data without the user's knowledge, when the user merely took a photo that captured a malicious QR code. Lookout was able to force Google Glass to silently connect to a Wi-Fi access point, which let the researchers view all of the data flowing to and from the device. When combined with an Android 4.0.4 web vulnerability, the hack apparently gave researchers full control of the Glass headset.

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

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:09pm EDT

Jurors held in contempt

Two London men have each been sentenced to two months in jail following contempt of court convictions for misusing the Internet while serving on a jury. One of them posted a Facebook message while the other used Google to search for extra information about the victims of a fraud case and later shared the information with other jurors. A 2010 UK survey by the Guardian found that about 12 percent of jurors involved in high-profile cases had supplemented courtroom evidence with Web searches.

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

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:58am EDT

U.S. Cyber Industry takes lead

Both the White House and Congress have asserted that protecting the nation's resources from cyber-attacks is a top priority. Techworld is reporting enacting legislation designed to enhance security for critical infrastructure components such as water, power, telecom and transport facilities that is acceptable to both political parties has been a struggle. The problem political differences. But Cyber industry leaders have started to work on a voluntary standards and best practices platform to provide some level of security.

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Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:55am EDT

Wall Street Conducts cyber drill

Cyber-attacks on banks are growing more frequent. Wall Street has just conducted a cyber-defense exercise called "Quantum Dawn 2,". During the drill, bank employees were stationed at their normal offices, and were emailed throughout the day with bits of information that could indicate an encroaching hacker attack. They monitored a simulated stock exchange for irregular trading and were pressed to figure out what was going on and how to react while sharing information with regulators and each other.

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

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 01:23pm EDT
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