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More than 3000 US Companies Notified of Breaches in 2013 – Report

Federal law enforcement notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies in 2013 that their computer systems and networks had been breached, according to a Washington Post report. Lisa Monaco, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, first disclosed how many times the government had tipped off the private sector to cyber-attacks at a White…

Dormant VM Images: A Sealed Box of Evil?

Imagine for a moment a villain (or villains) trapped powerless for years. After being reanimated by an unsuspecting populace, the newly-released evil goes forth to wreak havoc until it’s only once again conquered through tremendous effort and sacrifice. Sound familiar?  It should.  What’s described above is a routinely-occurring fictional trope (often referred to as “Sealed Evil…

How Symantec Can Pull Out of a Tail Spin

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Symantec’s recently fired CEO Steve Bennett’s strategy of cut costs and improve operations has failed miserably. As I wrote when Symantec’s board replaced then CEO Enrique Salem with Bennett, in the IT security industry innovation far outweighs the usual business practices of accounting, inventory control, and workforce “optimization.” …

Vietnamese National Pleads Guilty to Selling Access to Experian-Owned Database

The Vietnamese national who sold criminals access to the Experian-owned database containing information on 200 million US Consumers pleaded guilty to running an identity theft service, according to a report by security writer Brian Krebs. Vietnamese national Hieu Minh Ngo admitted at a March 3 federal court hearing to letting criminals search the Court Ventures database…