Archive | January, 2013

Cyber Assault is NOT Cyber War

Woman:  This call is now being recorded. Brandon Dunlap:  Did you get a notification? Spencer Wilcox:  Yeah, that this call is now being recorded. I consent. Brandon:  Perfect. Spencer:  OK. Brandon:  Wonderful. Well, you’d have to consent, because now there’s a log of you actually accepting the call after hearing that it is being recorded […]

Network Use of Force: Defend

Defend: The entity defends its networks by using appropriate prevention controls, technologies and techniques designed to render improbable or impossible an attack by a network assailant. The entity uses a layered defense-in-depth approach to assure that risks to its systems are defended, and that the basic tenets of information security are designed into the network’s […]

DDoS Attacks As Legitimate Protest?

The hacktivist group Anonymous, or someone claiming to be associated with them named Dylan K., has taken the unusual step of petitioning the Obama Administration to make Distributed Denial of Service Attacks DDoS legal. via “Anonymous” petitions Obama to decriminalize DDos attacks: Voice of Russia.

Is Mobile the Next Frontier in Network Weaponization?

While it would take thousands of smartphones to equal the attack volume of compromised servers used in the latest bank attacks, such large-scale DDoS are not in the majority… With mobile devices, the attack could theoretically come from thousands of compromised devices in the same region or country as a bank’s customers, making it difficult […]

Are Banks Buying Cyber Weapons?

Caught a little of All Things Considered on NPR last night while I was driving and almost had to pull over immediately when I heard Tom Gjelten and Mellissa Block‘s piece titled “Iranian Government May Be Behind Recent Cyber Attacks“. It’s very hard to defend against this type of attacks. There are some cyber-security firms […]

Fake Data for Real Hackers

“Brown Printing Co., which prints popular magazines and catalogues, knew that it had valuable assets in its computer systems and that those assets — online editions and subscriber databases — were increasingly at risk with the proliferation of cyber-espionage.And so, to confront one of the newest and most damaging crimes, it turned to one of […]

Skeuomorphic Analogues

Apple is designing Skeuomorphic applications to help people more intuitively grasp their operating environment. “Skeuomorphism, as it applies to computer software, is the use of ornamental design elements that represent familiar objects in the digital realm. The technique was first implemented by software designers to help ease users into the unfamiliar world of computing. For […]

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