Browsing Category: SMB Security

By Rob LemosThere are a lot of good reasons to have remote-access software installed on a business network: It might be there to allow a remote administrator to manage a database; or to give a third-party point-of-sale management firm to apply patches; or even to allow a PBX vendor access to the server managing their client’s voice-over-IP lines. Unfortunately, through poor configuration, bad passwords or vulnerabilities, the software is also allowing attackers in to steal data and is  becoming an increasingly popular attack vector.

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Categories: Hacks, SMB Security

DDoS attacks come in all shapes and sizes, and in a lot of cases, the victims of the attacks don’t much care who is executing the attack or why. They just know that their network is being overwhelmed with junk traffic. But the last year has seen a major volume of politically motivated attacks, and new research shows that as much as 35 percent of DDoS are the result of some political or ideological motivation.

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Researchers at the security firm M86 report that hackers have compromised hundreds of Web sites that use the WordPress content management system. The sites, mostly small Web pages and blogs, are being used to fool spam filters and redirect unwitting visitors to drive by download Websites that will install malicious software on vulnerable systems.

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Categories: Microsoft, SMB Security

MIAMI BEACH–It’s been a decade now since Microsoft began focusing on product security as a top priority and there have been a lot of successes and some failures along the way. But in that time, one of the things that most definitely has changed as a result of the Trustworthy Computing program is how difficult and expensive it’s become for attackers to compromise Windows machines. That’s not to say, however, that the fight has been won. It’s only beginning, in fact, a senior Microsoft security official said.

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