Cybersecurity

  • Pell Center initiative will help Rhode Island’s corporate community defend against cyber threats

    By Matt Boxler NEWPORT, R.I. – An initiative designed to help the Rhode Island business community become more resilient and better prepared to mitigate and prevent cyber threats has been organized by Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. Beginning next week, the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative will include seminars, a six-hour table top exercise for senior leaders and executives, and a follow-up workshop planned over … Read More

  • The Human Side of Cybercrime (OpEd)

    What do cyber criminals, Greek gods, and Facebook have in common? They are all connected to “Zeus,” a Trojan horse malware program first identified in 2007, when it was used to steal information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and that now may be lurking in a link on rigged Facebook pages. Along with phishing campaigns, Trojans are the principal method chosen by cyber criminals to attack users, allowing them … Read More

  • This week in a Nutshell: Celebrities Get Hacked as Government Puts Cybersecurity on the Spotlight

    The vulnerability of the nation’s cyber networks were made clear on Tuesday after a website claimed it had stolen the financial information of high-profile Americans, including first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and rapper Jay-Z. The website, hosted from a “.su” URL, posted the individuals’ names, addresses, and other sensitive information including credit reports and Social Security numbers. Other targets whose information has been posted on the site include … Read More

  • State of the Union Address and Cybersecurity Executive Order: President Obama Takes Action to Protect America’s Critical Infrastructure

    In his first State of the Union address since the election, President Obama warned: “We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.” The President then added: “we cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did … Read More

  • The Future of Digital Security: Will Your Devices Soon be Obsolete?

    The rapid rise in the availability of ever smaller, inexpensive, and increasingly powerful networked devices has revolutionized how—and how quickly—we create, process, store, and share information.  These developments have transformed our world to such an extent it’s hard to recall what life was like before.  Despite their rapid growth, however, the security challenges that have been created as a result of their expansion—password hacking, phishing emails, Internet fraud, identity theft, … Read More

  • Department of Homeland Security to Java Users: Beware of Cyber Attacks!

    Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber division, called US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) issued a warning to users of the popular Java programming language—a coding platform that has existed for decades—because of vital security holes it may create. The alert said that Java 7 Update 10 and earlier versions of the software contain a critical vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands … Read More

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Cybersecurity

      2013—as the Champagne hangover fades, the New Year’s resolution begins. For many, January marks the opportunity to start fresh and improve on the previous year by setting goals—“resolutions”—and striving to achieve them. Weight loss, exercise, and money management are among the most common of all resolutions. After a season of too many cookies and cakes, not to mention holiday parties and gift-purchases, it’s only natural that a vow to … Read More

  • Online Holiday Shopping & Cyber-Security: How to Stop a Digital Grinch

    With only two weeks remaining in the holiday season, online shopping sales—which have already reached new records this year—may peak even higher as consumers rush to complete their online shopping in time for shipments to arrive before the holidays are over. In early October, the National Retail Federation projected that more than 52% of consumers would purchase a holiday gift online. Shoppers, however, appear intent on making Santa’s Elves work … Read More

  • Status Update: I’ve been Hacked!

    Chances are high that, at some point today, either you or someone you know has posted an online message through one of the many social media platforms available. Hundreds of millions of users flocked to social networks this year to do precisely that, and they are doing it in record numbers though smart-phones, tablets, or desktop computers. The problem, however, is that this development has been noticed by one group … Read More

  • South Carolina Government Agency Hacked!

    “Just one look: That’s all it took for an attacker to compromise South Carolina state systems.”[1] In what appears to be the largest cyber attack yet against a state government agency,  hackers stole millions of documents from the South Carolina State Department of Revenue this summer. The stolen bounty includes almost four million social security numbers and over three million bank account numbers. Hackers stole the information by placing a 21st … Read More

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