During my blogging experience here, I chose to write about several topics. A majority of my blog postings had to do with Internet hackers. I wrote so much on hacking simply because it annoys me to no end. The thing that surprised me most about the hack’s that I posted about is that they mostly came from one group…anonymous. I tried to use a variety of sources each week but one of my sources just had a lot of Information security type news. I think my blog would be helpful to a information security professional. He or she might see my blog and notice a trend or two happening in the I.T. world. Hopefully, my blog would help other students check out a variety of interesting news articles.
This week for my post, I found out some more disturbing news about criminals. This time however, the news is a bit better. Some cyber criminals were caught after years of investigative work. These guys were working out ofEstonia, which is the country right next toRussia. It’s amazing how cyber crime has really taken off in this region of the world. This group of cyber criminals was infecting millions of computers with malware. The malware would redirect infected computers with “ad clicks”. According to the article,” When the user of an infected computer clicked on the domain name link for the official government Web site of the Internal Revenue Service, the user was instead taken to the website for H&R Block, a major tax preparation business.” The group would then make money on every computer redirected to the sites by the malware. I guess this is a pretty lucrative business(ad clicks). They got caught after a five year investigation. Patience pays off for law enforcement. I’m glad to see the good guys win!
The hacker group Anonymous, who is known for shutting down websites announced that they are going after drug cartels…..in particular, to expose the details of people connected to one of the world’s most dangerous drug cartels. Normally, I would be upset at a hacker group because it seems to me that they are just a bunch of bully’s interrupting people trying to earn a living. This latest stunt though I can’t see holding anything against them. Is it wrong of me to think that way? I think I can live with it.
One important aspect of being a parent, I feel, is protecting your kids. We are all well aware of the dangers of the internet. The internet is beneficial in many ways, but only if it’s used correctly and in a safe manner. I recently came across this article in which a national organization, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), is discussing with the Department of Education, ways to incorporate cyber security training in our schools. I think this is a great idea. After all, they’re teaching this stuff in colleges and universities today. A head start would be great for our kids!
An interesting article I read about companies still not encrypting data. It’s a simple thing to do. I don’t know why companies continue to be lazy. In this article, a company responsible for holding the e-mail addresses for customers of hundreds of company’s was hacked. The article explained that if the email address data was encrypted, the info would be useless to hackers. I found it also interesting that if the data was encrypted, the company that got hacked is not obligated to report the loss of information to the general public. It’s like the incident never happened. So it would behoove companies that deal with data storage to get on the ball and encrypt ALL it’s data….not just credit card info, to avoid an embarrassing press release.
Here we go again. The “anonymous” hacker group is allegedly targeting another high profile entity. This time it’s the Stock Exchange. There seems to be some confusion as there have also been letters and postings released by others that say they represent anonymous who state this is just a hoax. Is it the real thing or a hoax? That’s the question. Either way, it looks like it might be an interesting few days for the cyber police.
Okay, this article I read on MSNBC makes me a little uneasy.
It is titled “US: Cyber attacks on utilities, industries rise – More sophisticated methods being used, says Homeland Security official.
The reason it makes me feel uneasy is obvious but I thought I’d put my two cents in anyways. I guess I imagine an end of the world scenario shaping up like this: Power drops offline….The water supply is shut off….city, state, and federal governments go into self preservation mode. Citizens left to fend for themselves. Hackers are getting smarter after every attack they launch and it seems the industries have always been in
reactive mode. I would have thought by now that after all the high profile
hacking in the news that they would actually implement sound approaches to
protecting their network. This kind of news drives me crazy.