5 Cyber security Strategies your Businesses must Implement in 2017

Despite the prominence of cyber-attacks nationally, from politics-to-healthcare, most companies are doing little to protect themselves from hackers. According to Symantec, there were more than 429 million identities exposed in 2015 alone. Companies are at a higher risk of breaches now more than ever – 2016 breaches increased 40 percent from the last year.

If a business is hacked the consequences can be devastating. The National Cyber Security Alliance says that 60 percent of small businesses hit by a cyber attack go out of business in six months. Now more than ever before, it’s crucial that employers keep cyber security top of mind.

Here are five cyber security strategies businesses need to implement for 2017. These tips can also be applied to your personal information as well.

Refresh Your Data
Keeping data clean is a big commitment that requires regular data entry, a consistent style format, and constant monitoring. Having up-to-date, relevant, and properly formatted data means you …

Gmail phishing attack sees criminals hack

A newly-detected Gmail phishing attack sees criminals hack and then rifle through inboxes to target account owners' contacts with thoroughly convincing fake emails.

The new attack uses the file names of sent attachments and applies that name into new attachments that appear to be PDFs but are actually images that, when clicked, send victims to phishing pages.

Suitable subject lines stolen from sent emails are applied to the new phishing emails, making the mischievous messages more legitimate.

Even the URL to which the attachments point is crafted to appear legitimate, bearing the domain, says WordFence chief executive officer Mark Maunder who reported the attacks.

"You are probably thinking you’re too smart to fall for this: It turns out that this attack has caught, or almost caught several technical users who have either tweeted, blogged or commented about it," Maunder says.

"It is being used right now with a high success rate … this technique can be us…

Researchers Hacked A MacBook Pro And Hijacked Its Touch Bar

When they launched their new MacBook Pro last year, Apple revealed one of the biggest design changes ever to their top-of-the-line laptop. They ripped out all the function keys at the top of the keyboard and replaced them with a thin, touch-sensitive display: the Touch Bar.

The Touch Bar lets you interact with Mac apps in ways that weren't possible before. It also presents a unique target for hackers to go after when they set their sights on attacking your MacBook.

At this year's installment of Pwn2Own, a hacking competition that's been taking place since 2007, the duo of Samuel GroƟ and Niklas Baumstark did exactly that. They attacked a Safari on a MacBook Pro to gain deeper access to Mac OS, and then used that access to hijack the Touch Bar.

They didn't do anything too insidious, as you can see. After gaining control, they scrolled a message across the Touch Bar announcing their triumph.

It's not hard to imagine cybercriminals doing something much nastier if the…

Early warning system for mass cyber attacks

Mass attacks from the Internet are a common fear: Millions of requests in a short time span overload online services, grinding them to a standstill for hours and bringing Internet companies to their knees. The operators of the site under attack can often only react by redirecting the wave of requests, or by countering it with an exceptionally powerful server. This has to happen very quickly, however.
These mass cyber attacks, known as "Distributed Denial of Service" (DDoS) attacks, are considered to be one of the scourges of the Internet. Because they are relatively easy to conduct, they are used by teenagers for digital power games, by criminals as a service for the cyber mafia, or by governments as a digital weapon. According to the software enterprise Kaspersky, some 80 countries were affected in the last quarter of 2016 alone, and counting. Last October, for example, several major online platforms such as Twitter, Netflix, Reddit and Spotify were unavailable to Internet u…

SpaceX is pushing hard to bring the internet to space

For months, SpaceX has been quietly meeting with the FCC to advocate for one of its least-known projects. According to recent disclosures, the company met with FCC officials twice in recent weeks: first with a wireless advisor on February 28th and again on March 10th with Chairman Pai himself. The same two topics came up at each meeting: the first was a stalled proposal to ease the regulatory demands on commercial space launches. The second was far more ambitious: SpaceX is seeking a license for a lucrative, globe-spanning satellite network that would bring terrestrial internet into space. Musk didn’t attend either meeting, but SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell was there in his place. (SpaceX declined to comment beyond its public filing.

Musk has been batting around the idea of a "space internet" for years, initially proposing it as a way to connect SpaceX’s Martian colonists. In the near-term, the system can be adapted to deliver easy, continuous access to base stat…

Hacking through the years: a brief history of cyber crime

Cybercrime is often thought of as a type of modern warfare, but hacking practices have been around longer than you might expect.

Early telephone calls
In the early days of telephone calls operators were required to connect customers through switchboards. The first operators were teenage boys, the logical choice as they had operated the telegraph systems that came before. In practice, they proved a bit too unruly and were more interested in getting to know how the system worked and playing practical jokes than in making proper connections. In 1878, two years after the telephone had been invented by Alexander Graham Bell, the Bell Telephone Company was forced to kick a group of teenage boys off the telephone system in New York for repeatedly and intentionally misdirecting and disconnecting customer calls. From then on the company chose to only employ female operatives.

Wireless telegraphy
The discovery of electromagnetic waves in the late 19th century paved the way for Gugliel…

How to Prevent DDoS Attacks on a Cloud Server Using Open Source Software

A Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) is, unfortunately, an increasingly common form of premeditated attack against an organization’s web infrastructure.

Typically, it involves using multiple external systems to flood the target system with requests with the intention of overwhelming the system with network traffic. These attacks work because an unprotected system may find it difficult to differentiate between genuine traffic and DDoS traffic.

If you are using a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Cloud Server, then this article will help you understand which open source software you can use to prevent DDoS attacks.

DDoS Deflate

DDos Deflate is a lightweight open source shell script that you can easily implement on your server and configure to mitigate most DDoS attacks.

Here are some of the features of DDoS Deflate:

It can automatically detect rules within iptables or an Advanced Policy Firewall (APF).
Ability to block IP addresses temporarily (the default setting is 30 mins).