"I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up."
—Naoki Heroshima explains how his accounts were hacked in order to force him to give up his single-letter Twitter handle
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Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals.
'Between 2009 and 2010, according to Forbes, retail sales of Kaspersky antivirus software increased 177 percent, reaching almost 4.5 million a year—nearly as much as its rivals Symantec and McAfee combined. Worldwide, 50 million people are now members of the Kaspersky Security Network, sending data to the company’s Moscow headquarters every time they download an application to their desktop. Microsoft, Cisco, and Juniper Networks all embed Kaspersky code in their products—effectively giving the company 300 million users.' [more inside]
is the name of a newly-identified malware program
which utilizes a previously unknown MD5 collision attack
to successfully spoof Microsoft Terminal Services, and install itself as a trusted program using Windows Update, Microsoft has confirmed.
The program appears to have targeted computers in the Middle East, and specifically Iran
; analysts have alleged it is likely created by the same entity
that designed Stuxnet. Flame has been live and actively spying since 2010
, but went undetected until recently, due to sophisticated anti-detection measures. [more inside]
Journalist Ben Hammersley gives the UK's cybersecurity specialists his view of how the Internet is changing the world: "We expect everything. And we expect it on our own terms.
In-depth pieces in Vanity Fair
detail the structure and impact of the Stuxnet worm, and what it means for the future of cybersecurity. (Previously
High profile cybercrime researcher
Dancho Danchev has been missing since September
. Many in the security community fear for his safety, and a recent report
) has placed him in a psychiatric hospital since December 11th. (via
Attention, Wi-Fi users: The Department of Homeland Security sees wireless networking technology as a terrorist threat.
That was the message from experts who participated in working groups under federal cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke and shared what they learned at this week's 802.11 Planet conference. Wi-Fi manufacturers, as well as home and office users, face a clear choice, they said: Secure yourselves or be regulated.
Is this reasonable? Is this really a threat to security?
Is state government finally doing something right?
Who knows? this seems legit enough. Apparently, if you register you can get cyber security alerts
delivered to your mailbox. Can I register if I'm from say, Nebraska? Furthermore, how real
is the threat to Florida's cyber infrastructure anyways?