Browsing Tag: data breach

By Jeremiah Grossman, CTO, WhiteHat Security[img_assist|nid=3078|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Everyone sounded the alarms at the Gawker Media attack, which included a security breach of websites such as Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, and others. The numbers were impressive: 1.3 million user accounts exposed, 405 megabytes of source code lost, and perhaps more important to some, the identity of those leaving anonymous comments potentially revealed. For Gawker, there is a loss of trust that will be difficult to regain. Users are already clamoring for the ability to delete their accounts. And, on the technical side, all Gawker’s systems will need to painstakingly audited or rebuilt entirely from scratch to prevent the same thing from happening again. Happy Holidays indeed.

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Categories: Malware, Web Security

The main server used to distribute the open-source ProFTPD software was compromised over the weekend through the use of a bug in the FTP software itself, and a backdoored version of the software was uploaded and distributed for several days as a result.

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Categories: Government, Malware

The Web site of Wikileaks was moving quickly to stay out of the way of large scale denial of service attacks on Sunday and Monday, following the release of a trove of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables. The controversial site, which has spent months trying to find a home secure from government seizure, now appears to be hosted on servers that are part of U.S. firm Amazon.com’s giant hosted Web Services infrastructure based in Seattle, Washington.

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By Dave Merkel

I’m a dirty vendor.  That
may not be the best way to start a serious dialogue about security product
effectiveness, but I hate to read a post on security theory by some insincere
tie-wearing wonk only to discover afterwards that he or she is Lord High Poobah
of Marketing at “Scaring You For Profit, Inc.” 
So I’ll just tell you who and what I am up front. I may have to wear the
tie, but I don’t have to be that guy. 
Continue at your own risk.

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