DDoS Extortion Attack Explained

DDos2A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack happens when a malicious group in possession of a large botnet starts sending an never-ending stream of connection requests and other types of traffic in order to overwhelm your web server, ecommerce operations, or other web connect assest.  Often the motive for these attacks are to extort money from the targeted victim, but sometimes these attacks may be social or politically motivated as well.

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Kaspersky Hacks Rivals?

kasperskyKaspersky is a security software company with a pretty good reputation.  Their products usually score in the top five in any independent malware detection and removal test.  Of course, they are a company that is headquartered in Russia, which might just make you a little nervous.

But many high quality security software companies are located in places like Finland (F-Secure), Czech Republic (AVG), The UK (Sophos), and Spain (Panda). And the Unites States ...

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This Website Is Being Attacked

As a side note to my day today, for the last 24 hours or so someone, or several someones, have been attempting to brute force the login credential for this web site.  Thanks to my web site security, I am aware of the attempts, and it appears that the security applications are doing a great job of preventing an intrusion.  Besides the automated password cracking attempt, there have been SQL injection attempts blocked, spam comments blocked, and even a DDoS attack thwarted.

Some of ...

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Guest WiFi for Employee Devices

guest-wifiWe have two important dynamics that are having huge negative repercussions to network security in most businesses.  These are hitting small businesses harder than large ones, where some of these issues are governed by corporate policy.  But policy is not preventing these trends very well.

The first issue is the desire of employees to keep up on their personal email and social network accounts ...

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Android To Release Monthly Updates

android-logoWith the discovery earlier this month about the “Stagefright” and “OCtoRuTA” Android security holes, it appears that Google has finally decided to provide monthly security and functionality updates to phones and tablets running their popular Android operating system.

Part of the problem with security updates to phone platforms is that often this process is “managed” by the device manufacturer or the cell phone carrier. ...

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Dark Web Becomes Twilight Web

dark-webThe Dark Web is that part of the Internet where cyber-criminals run message boards and sell everything from malware exploit kits, rainbow tables of cracked passwords, and botnets for rent, to child pornography, pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs, and weapons.  Time was it was a hard place to find, many sites available by invitation only and reached via the TOR network.

Recently, international law enforcement ...

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When Bad Things Happen To Good Web Sites

website-securityToday we are going to take a deeper dive into the subject of website security.  Web servers can be  breached in a number of ways, but the most common is simply stealing your user ID and password, either through a clever spearphishing email, or an automated brute force password cracking program.  The second most common way is through software vulnerabilities in the web site code itself that opens it up ...

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WordPress Security Tips

WordPresslogoAs we have mentioned in previous postings, WordPress has become one of the world’s leading web design tools, with a 27% share of all web sites, and a 65% share of CMS or Content Management System type websites.  Because it is an open source product that is free to use, it has become hugely popular.  We have been designing in WordPress ourselves for ...

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Linux Security

linux-logoIn our last post we may have introduced some of you to the idea of using Linux as a replacement for your Windows desktop or laptop.  Toward the end we touched on security, and this post will expand on that issue.

There is a fanatical cohort in the Linux realm that will tell you that Linux is secure by design and so security software is not necessary. And nobody is writing malware ...

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The Other Free Operating System – Linux

linux-logoAll the excitement in the computer business lately has been about the free upgrade to Windows 10 that Microsoft has offered to owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers.  Free is good.  We all love to get free stuff, and getting free stuff from Microsoft, well, it’s really special.

But let’s take a look at the operating system that has always been free, Linux, in its many flavors and distributions.  Currently the ...

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