Current Threats News
Lost Flash Drive At Core Of Kaiser Permanente Data Breach
5:36 PM EST Wed. Dec. 11, 2013
Kaiser Permanente had to notify nearly 50,000 patients that an employee reported a missing flash drive containing personal information, including medication on patients. Solution providers tell CRN to expect more breaches of this kind as hospitals and clinics struggle to keep up with regulatory mandates.
Top 5 Cybercriminal Motives In 2013 Attacks
2:00 PM EST Wed. Dec. 11, 2013
Cybercriminals demonstrated five reasons why they conducted attacks against consumers and businesses in 2013. Learn what attackers top motives were this year.
China-Based Hacking Group Targets Diplomats, Infiltrates Resellers
1:45 PM EST Tue. Dec. 10, 2013
Security firm FireEye has uncovered a cyberespionage campaign in which it found hackers out of China have been spying on diplomats and infiltrating firms in the aerospace and defense industries, as well as high tech and trusted service providers including individuals at consultancies and resellers.
CDW, World Wide Technology: Cloud Is An Opportunity Not A Threat
5:17 PM EST Mon. Dec. 09, 2013
Solution provider behemoths attending the Raymond James Supply Chain conference say the cloud is bringing good tidings to their companies.
Top Tech Firms Appeal To Curb Government Surveillance
2:27 PM EST Mon. Dec. 09, 2013
The National Security Agency's intelligence gathering activities have prompted AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo to urge the U.S. government to pull back on its surveillance program.
Microsoft Cripples ZeroAccess Click Fraud Botnet
10:33 AM EST Fri. Dec. 06, 2013
A notorious botnet believed to be behind massive click fraud campaigns and search engine poisoning is believed to be made up of more than 1.9 million PCs. Security experts tell CRN action has short-term benefits.
NSA Revelations Prompt Microsoft To Bolster Cloud Encryption, Transparency
6:01 PM EST Thu. Dec. 05, 2013
Resellers and service providers say they have seen a significant increase in questions about data security and privacy protections of data residing in cloud-based systems.
Security VARs: 2 Million Stolen Passwords, 2 Million Reasons For Stricter Policies
12:15 PM EST Thu. Dec. 05, 2013
The discovery of a cache of stolen account credentials from more than 2 million accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Google is a reminder that businesses need to be vigilant about password management, say solution providers.
Google Ramps Up Android Security As Threats Grow
5:03 PM EST Tue. Dec. 03, 2013
The latest version of Android further locks down applications, but security experts say the threats that continue to target the fairly open platform significantly outweigh the threats against Apple or Microsoft.
Obamacare Website Still Contains Flaws: Security Expert
3:38 PM EST Tue. Dec. 03, 2013
A software security expert claims HealthCare.gov continues to contain weaknesses that could expose the data of users.
A Buyer's Guide To Underground Hacking
2:00 PM EST Tue. Dec. 03, 2013
Joe Stewart, a senior security researcher at Dell SecureWorks, and independent researcher David Shear studied the underground market for stolen credit cards, account credentials, botnets and attack toolkits. Here is what they found.
Microsoft Advisory Confirms New Windows XP Zero-Day Attack
5:10 PM EST Mon. Dec. 02, 2013
Windows XP users should upgrade to newer versions of the operating system, Microsoft warns. Extended support for Windows XP will expire in April.
Akamai To Acquire Prolexic For Cloud DDoS Protection
11:18 AM EST Mon. Dec. 02, 2013
Cloud application hosting provider Akamai is set to acquire Prolexic, a maker of cloud-based distributed denial of service protection software, in a $370 million deal.
Mobile Device Management Vendors Tackling BYOD Challenges With Beefed-Up Security
12:03 PM EST Wed. Nov. 27, 2013
Secure workspaces on mobile devices build on the capabilities in mobile device management platforms, according to NSS Labs. Here's a look at some emerging vendors that specialize in separating corporate data from personal data on employee devices and keeping it secure.
New Linux Worm Could Attack Tiny Devices, Routers
11:43 AM EST Wed. Nov. 27, 2013
A Linux worm that exploits a common PHP vulnerability can infect set-top boxes, printers and scanners, security cameras and routers, according to Symantec.
Businesses Brace For Cyber-Monday Holiday Shopping Threats
5:36 PM EST Tue. Nov. 26, 2013
Website attacks can trip up ecommerce sales while spam and phishing campaigns can erode brand reputation, say experts. Solution providers tell clients to reassess basic security measures.
Cryptolocker Attacks, Ransomware Target Small Businesses: Cisco
4:11 PM EST Mon. Nov. 25, 2013
Ransomware is increasingly encrypting files to applications commonly used by small business owners, demonstrating that widespread infections go beyond consumers, according to Cisco Systems.
Zapped By Zeus? New Phishing Campaign Spreads Banking Trojan
11:30 AM EST Mon. Nov. 25, 2013
Solution providers should always advise clients to never believe emails purporting to contain an important security patch, warns security vendor Sophos.
5 Companies That Had A Rough Week
2:21 PM EST Fri. Nov. 22, 2013
For the week ending Nov. 22, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions.
5 Ways To Keep Big Data From Going Bad
4:00 PM EST Thu. Nov. 21, 2013
Big data has potential societal benefits, but, left unchecked, the information could be used for nefarious purposes.
Phish Food For Thought: 10 Ways To Identify A Phishing Attack
10:00 AM EST Thu. Nov. 21, 2013
Phishing attacks will increase significantly over the next few months as attackers try to take advantage of online buyers during the holiday shopping season, security experts told CRN. Learn how to stop them with this guide.
FBI: Hacktivists Have Been Infiltrating U.S. Government Systems For A Year
11:00 AM EST Wed. Nov. 20, 2013
A leaked FBI memo details a string of ongoing security incidents at the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and perhaps many more agencies.
Blue Coat Adds Advanced Threat Detection Capabilities
2:00 PM EST Mon. Nov. 18, 2013
Blue Coat, known for its line of secure Web gateway appliances, addresses a market solution providers say is heating up as more attention is being paid to advanced persistent threats and custom malware.
Chomsky Warns Big Data Tech Will Be Used For Bad Purposes
5:47 PM EST Fri. Nov. 15, 2013
American linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky and Pulitzer prize winning author Barton Gellman, one of three reporters pouring over leaked NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, said technology advances have complicated privacy and security, speaking at an MIT program exploring the benefits and the risks of big data projects.
Attacks Linked To China APT Supplier Target Channel Providers: Study
6:45 PM EST Wed. Nov. 13, 2013
A study of nearly a dozen targeted attack campaigns found different goals but similar traits link them to a malware supplier based in China, according to a new report issued by FireEye. The firm said some systems integrators and resellers are targeted in attacks using custom malware.
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