Monthly Archives: April 2016

Are you asking the right questions following a cyber attack?

barbed-wire-960248_960_720When discussing the numerous, ever increasing cyber attacks in the modern digital landscape, the media tends to ask the same questions: Who was this attacker and what did he want?

While these certainly seem like the important issues to face in a hacking scenario, an article from Trend Micro Senior Threat Researcher Kyle Wilhoit points out that asking these questions really doesn’t help. Sure, they may help bring the cyber criminal to justice. However, these types of questions don’t do much in terms of fixing the real problem at hand, which is that the hacked entity’s cyber security needs an upgrade. Continue reading

Penetration testing: Researchers successfully hack a vibrator

phone-958066_960_720Cyber security researchers have gone to great lengths in their efforts to raise awareness about the cyber threat-laden world we’re living in. They’ve hacked cars on the highway, found ways to sneak into the power grid, tried to break into airplane infotainment systems and even managed to get into Ashley Madison’s database.

But of all the penetration testing stunts to date, one recent demonstration in Germany really hits below the belt. Continue reading

HTTPS may not be as safe as it once was

A-vulnerability-in-SSLv2-poses-a-big-threat-to-encryption-_459_40117183_0_14121339_300-300x199Proper encryption is seen by many as the linchpin to the Internet’s current and future success. Everything from online banking to private email correspondence needs to be kept out of the hands of cyber criminals, and as such encryption methods were implemented into many of the world’s modern data transfer systems. However, it would appear that HTTPS encryption has a vulnerability that could quickly get out of hand if it isn’t nipped in the bud.  Continue reading

Panama Papers Breach: a Warning to Install Multi-Layered Security

CybercrimeUnless you’ve been living on Mars, you’ll have seen the news this week that 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca have been stolen and leaked to the press. As far as data breaches go, they don’t come much bigger or more damaging than this. The whole wide world seemed to be involved. In Belgium alone, about 732 persons can be linked to 1144 financial constructions in eleven different tax havens, via the Panamese law firm Mossack Fonseca. Many of these Belgians are CEOs, financial managers, and/or public figures.

Without wanting to comment on the content of those documents, there’s a clear security lesson to be learned.

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