1 Billion Affected by Data Breaches in 2014, Says IBM

Over a billion people were affected by data breaches in 2014, an all-time high, according to a blog post from IBM’s X-Force threat detection network. “If the year 2014 felt to you like a never-ending roller coaster ride of thrills and excitement within the world of internet security, you wouldn’t be the only one,” wrote Read More

PSN and Xbox Live Taken Down by Lizard Squad DDoS

Last night at approximately 14:00 CEST, both Sony’s Playstation Network and Xbox Live were taken down by a group of hackers who go only by the moniker “Lizard Squad”. Reports from Sony’s status page say the service is still online, however no users have been able to successfully login for the past two days straight. Read More

BlackEnergy Malware Inside Critical US Infrastructure Since 2011

This week, researchers at Kaspersky Labs released their latest report on the infamous BlackEnergy malware, claiming that Russian hackers have been using the program to infiltrate vital pieces of the US energy infrastructure including power plants, hydroelectric dams, and manufacturers of equipment destined for nuclear-powered facilities. The bug, which targets both Windows and Linux-based machines, Read More

FBI Issues Warning Over Islamic State Cyber Attacks

The FBI says that it is monitoring social media activity for possible cyber-attack plots in response to airstrikes against the Islamic State. “Middle East-based hacktivist groups and extremist cyber actors have previously targeted US commercial and government Web sites in response to a range of US military actions and foreign policy positions,” it says. The Read More

BolehVPN Hit By DDOS Attack

BolehVPN has updated its customers on a DDOS attack that took down its customer portal last Friday. The “heavy distributed denial of service attack” meant many customers couldn’t access their payments. “During this time you may have had certain payments not being recognized by our portal. If you have paid, but are not having it Read More

High-Volume, Short Duration DDoS Attacks on the Rise

A new report has backed up the increased proliferation of high-rate, high-volume and short duration distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks during the last few months. NSFOCUS, a security company that specializes in measuring DDoS traffic, released its 2014 Mid-Year Report, highlighting the stable and sustained increase in shorter, but stronger DDoS attacks. An interesting Read More

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