August 7, 2014 By Richard Stiennon
Way last April, a time when the world seemed a more peaceful place, Leon Panetta and Richard Clarke were quotedwarning of impending Russian cyber attacks in the wake of an escalating response from the West to Russia’s intransigence in the Ukraine.
While there have certainly been a spate of defacements that are two sided and confusing to sort out during this burgeoning conflict, there has been nothing as dramatic as the Estonia ’07, or Georgia ’08 attacks.
But things have changed. In the wake of the downing of passenger jet MH17 the European Union and United States have come together to impose combined economic sanctions against Russia. According to the New York Times thesanctions include “the closing of European capital markets to Russian state banks, an embargo on new weapons sales and the transfer of sophisticated oil drilling technology.”
Richard Stiennon is a noted expert in Internet Security who attended the Black Hat Security Conference this past week. Richard’s extensive history in digital security has made him a sought after consultant to governments and corporations around the globe. He feels the bigger story is: Is Russia Poised to Retaliate Against Recent Sanctions with Cyber War?
Nicole Johnson has been a Systems Engineer and has worked across business units within Cisco for over 8 years. Her experience ranges from Security Consulting to Technical Marketing for Learning and Development. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University and Lansing Community College. Nicole is also a leader in the community with technology oriented non-profit and learning organizations. Recently she won the mentee of the year award from MCWT for working …
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.
The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites. Hold Security has a history of uncovering significant hacks, including the theft last year of tens of millions of records from Adobe Systems.
Cybercriminals have stolen payment card data from six more U.S. retailers using similar point-of-sale malware that compromised Target, a computer crime intelligence company said Friday.
The conclusion comes from a study of members-only forums where cybercriminalsbuy and sell data and malicious software tools, said Dan Clements, president of IntelCrawler, which conducted the analysis.
The retailers have not been publicly named, but IntelCrawler is providing technical information related to the breaches to law enforcement, Clements said in a telephone interview Friday.