What do you think about WikiLeaks?

December 6, 2010

Should Julian Assange go to jail? Is he an international terrorist? I’ve heard so many different opinions on the man and the website who is responsible for the release of so many classified documents and everyone seems to agree that what he did is wrong but what should the punishment be. Maybe you don’t even think he should be punished.

The latest news today was that Assange will be meeting with his attorney and police today to begin to figure out what happened and what if any laws he’s broken. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject.


China is Back on the Attack

March 8, 2010

Recently NATO and allies have warned people about increased cyber attacks that are targeting important government and intelligence computers. And no surprise, many of these attacks are originating in China. A report released by the FBI last week stated, “a real and expanding threat.” It appears that these attacks are designed to fish for important information or to disrupt important systems. It is believed that approximately 1.6 billion attacks are targeted at our government each month.

To read more, click here.

FTC Warns Nearly 100 Companies of Stolen Data

February 23, 2010

Yesterday, the FTC warned nearly 100 companies that personal information about employees and customers had been breached. Although the FTC wouldn’t identify the companies, they did say they included both public and private companies, small to large companies and included schools and governmental entities. It appears the source of all this lost data was none other than P2P file sharing networks on the companies computer systems. Restricting your employees from using popular P2P programs like Limewire and Kazaa is one of the first things I advise small business owners to do to protect their data. I can understand a smaller business owner not knowing the risks presented by these programs but a large publicly traded company ignoring this risk shows how far we still have to go in war against cyber criminals.

To read the article, click here.

Google Cyber Attacks traced to Chinese Schools

February 19, 2010

The recent attacks on google and other US companies that were traced to China have more specifically been traced to two Chinese schools, one that has ties to the Chinese Military. The same investigators who have traced the attacks to the schools also believe that the attacks may have started as early as April but were only recently detected. Although the Chinese government still denies they were involved in the attacks, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to believe their stance as more fingers continue to point to their involvement.

To read the entire article, click here.

China Closes Hacker Training Site

February 15, 2010

With all of the pressure lately on the Chinese government surrounding the conflict between Chinese Hackers and Google, China recently closed the largest hacker training website in the country. The website had over 12,000 members that paid a monthly fee to access malicious code and other hacking secrets. Although some people believe the Chinese government has a large presence in the online hacking space, they still deny involvement and say they do not support hacking.

To read the entire article, click here.

Growing Tensions between Google and China

January 20, 2010

Recently code was leaked that allowed people to easily hack into Gmail accounts for people using IE 6. Although it is an older version of Internet Explorer, it is still present on old PC’s and people’s work computers. Google said that it was hit by the cyber attacks from China and most of them involved accessing Gmail accounts of Chinese Human Rights activists.

This has prompted Google to threaten to leave China. To read the entire article, click here.

Small Banks, Watch out for Cybercrooks!

December 31, 2009

There was a great article in the USA Today recently about cyber criminals attacking small to mid sized banks and using trojans to hack into the system. Once in the system, the hackers were transferring money via wire or ACH to outside bank accounts. One of the most interesting things in the article talks about personal vs. business bank accounts. Personal accounts are insured by the FDIC so if you’re account is hacked, you should be able to get your money back but business accounts are not. The article suggests that any small business owner who has a bank account make sure it is a personal checking account so your deposits will be insured.

To read the entire article, click here.