DDoS Attack Bandwidth Jumps 718%

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The average bandwidth seen in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has recently increased by a factor of seven, jumping from 6 Gbps to 48 Gbps. Furthermore, 10% of DDoS attacks now exceed 60 Gbps. Those findings come from a new report released Wednesday by DDoS mitigation service provider Prolexic Technologies, which saw across-the-board increases in DDoS […]

Time To Dump Antivirus As Endpoint Protection?

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Attackers find it easy to avoid signature- and heuristic-based anti-malware defenses. Experts recommend alternatives to antivirus programs be used alongside them, not in lieu of them. The shortcomings of antivirus software are well known in the security industry, where the programs are typically considered an eminently fallible last line of defense. When Google analyzed, for […]

House passes FISMA update, cyber training bills

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Security standards for federal computer networks would get a spring cleaning under a bill passed by the House on April 16. The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013 updates the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and makes the director of the Office and Management and Budget responsible for overseeing the security of […]

Firefox Mobile OS to launch in five countries this summer

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Mozilla CEO says that the Firefox Mobile OS will be available this summer in Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain. NEW YORK — Firefox Mobile OS will launch this summer in five countries, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said at the All Things D conference here Monday. Kocacs, who announced earlier this month that he will […]

Bitcoin Miners Are Racking Up $150,000 A Day In Power Consumption Alone

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There’s a gold rush going on these days, or a Bitcoin rush, at least. Driven by the recent swings in the value of a Bitcoin, more and more people are learning about and becoming interested in the currency. While they could just buy Bitcoins at the current market rate, others are looking to try their […]

How South Korea Traced Hacker To Pyongyang

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A hacker’s technical blunder allowed South Korean investigators to trace back recent attacks against the country’s banks and broadcasters to an IP address located in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. While the identity of the hacker isn’t known, on February 20, the attacker inadvertently exposed his or her IP address (175.45.178.xx) for a few minutes, apparently […]