Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months

Often, private companies and public organizations have a false sense of security due to believing that attackers will not break into their computers because they aren’t storing anything of value.  But attackers are not always concerned with stealing private data or trade secrets. Sometimes, as in this case, it seems as if the attackers were using their hacking skills to stay informed of an investigation the New York Times was working on.

Blood bank settles FTC charges for failing to protect personal information 

As more and more public organizations and private companies are responsible for storing our sensitive personal information, it’s important that they are held accountable for when attackers are able to steal that information.  Too often, attackers are still able to find vulnerabilities in websites that have been known about for years, yet remain undefended. Educating software developers, testers, and project managers about how to create secure software needs to be a priority as attacks become more and more common.

More Than A Dozen Brands Of Security Camera Systems Vulnerable To Hacker Hijacking

If a device can connect to the Internet, it becomes a target for attackers.  “Flying under the radar” can no longer be considered a defense as printers, teleconferencing equipment, and now security camera systems that are reachable through the Internet have been found to have software vulnerabilities that allow attackers to access private information. Unfortunately, patches that fix these vulnerabilities for much of the software running on these devices are rarely written- and when they are, these patches are rarely installed by customers, so known vulnerabilities may be present for years.

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