A Week in Review
International Cyber Security remains a primary concern with continued and increasing attacks on insider information. According to leading Internet security experts, we are on the forefront of a full on Cyber World War, fully equipped with cyber terrorists.
“There is already cyber espionage, cyber crime and hacktivisim [when activists attack networks for political ends] — soon we will be facing cyber terrorism,” he said.
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The Childrens Online Privacy Act has been passed. Facebook has to remove 20 000 people a day from their site, that is mainly underage users. Facbeook is noted saying that it isn’t their company whose policies must change, but that of COPPA.
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Man pleads not guilty, having been charged with 26 cyber crimes against some of Hollywoods leading ladies.
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British police and FBI jail 13 people for participating in banking fraud, thus busting a $4.6 million cybercrime gang.
“Police accuse the crime ring of unleashing Trojan applications to infect people’s PCs and capture sensitive information, including bank account numbers, usernames, and passwords. The criminals used the stolen information to access people’s bank accounts and transfer money to accounts that they controlled.”
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First and foremost, Steve Jobs, an inspiring figure who has changed the world, we have you in our thoughts and prayers. RIP.
This week the Repulican party in the United States has recommended that companies take stronger incentatives for online defense and protection.
“Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s office is overseeing the drafting of a comprehensive cybersecurity bill aimed at combating breaches and theft from company and government computer networks. But progress has been slow.”
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As previously mentioned, it is Cyber Security Awareness month, and who better than Facebook to cover it on Facebook Live.
The event held in Ypsilanti, Michigan will be available on Facbeook Live for FB’s official live video streaming channel.
Viewers will be able to post questions for speakers during the event, set for Friday, October 7th from 8:15-11:30 a.m. ET.
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What won’t hackers do? Well, in Serbia over the week, they managed to fake that prominent writer Dobrica Cosic had been awarded 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The e-mail message was purportedly sent by the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences. But the Academy denied the statement came from its e-mail address and said it had no knowledge of the message.
“The hackers on the fake Nobel site pasted Cosic’s picture over Italian poet and Nobel laureate for literature Dario Fo with quotes from Cosic’s novel Divisions.”
The message confused media, as Cosic wasn’t an official candidate for this year’s literature prize, which the Nobel committee announced on Thursday it had awarded to Sweden’s most famous living poet, Tomas Transtroemer.
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Well, another day, and another Facebook configuration. As Facebook tries to beef up its security, the every day user can continue to get more and more confused in the convoluted backend- causing more harm then good for at least a few weeks until we get comfortable again, and all the setting change.
The BBC posted an interesting article on Facebook and Security, but no new information here. Unless you are an alien who didn’t know that posting information on Facebook could be accessed by criminals. If you are one of those people who don’t believe your identity can be stolen, then enjoy the ignorant bliss- it might come to a screeching halt, but enjoy it thus far nevertheless. To read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-14988579
So, remember when we used SSL to keep us secure against online banking/transaction crimes, stolen identities and money fraud? Well, rest assured I will continue to refer to this in past tense. Hackers recently broke the SSL encryption used by millions of sites. Woah. This attack shows serious deep rooted problems with the system and puts you at risk for some serious problems. To read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/19/beast_exploits_paypal_ssl/ and http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2110508/ssl-tls-attack-secure-communications-risk.
Other then this latest and craziest discovery, there has been no ground breaking criminal attacks or breaking news, however, it is a more and more common thread amongst articles, posts, interviews everywhere dictating the fear and insecurity on social media platforms. With new sites bubbling up everyday, and your eHarmony profile exploding with pokes and potential dates, do not forget the importance of taking the necessary precautions in safety.
Check out tomorrows’ Defense play of the week- and stay informed!
Every Monday you can expect to find out Week in Review summarizing the weeks headlines, relevant information and any details we want to reiterate than may be of educational value to you as you journey through the social online world.