Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fortinet Unveils New Security Fabric, High-Performance Firewalls

Fortinet Unveils New Security Fabric and Firewalls Designed to Tackle Challenges of Encrypted Network Traffic 

Network security firm Fortinet made two new product announcements this week, including its new Fortinet Security Fabric architecture and a powerful new firewall designed to tackle the increasing demands from encrypted network traffic.

The company’s new Security Fabric is an architecture designed to integrate different silos of network security into a cohesive whole, while the new firewall is tailor-made to cope with the growing throughput and demands from remote workers, VPNs and SSL traffic.

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Industry Reactions to Bangladesh Bank Hack: Feedback Friday

Cybercriminals stole millions of dollars from Bangladesh’s central bank and they managed to cover their tracks by using custom malware that targeted the SWIFT interbank messaging system.

The attackers transferred $101 million from the Bangladesh Bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before their operation was shut down by the financial institution, and $81 million sent to the Philippines are still missing.

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How to recover files from a dead external drive

Even if you didn’t back it up, you might still have a chance.

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Nannette Abia Rivera’s external hard drive stopped working, and she needs to recover files stored on it.

When you store files on an external drive, it’s easy to forget my first rule of tech storage: Never have only one copy of anything. We tend to think of external drives—especially external hard drives—as a backup medium, so of course anything on the drive must be a backup.

But if files exist only on that external drive, they are not backed up. And you need to make sure they get backed up to something other than that particular drive—whether it’s an internal drive, the cloud, NAS, or another external drive.

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Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA

DNA fingerprintA gram of DNA could store close to a trillion gigabytes of data

Microsoft has partnered with a San Francisco-based company to encode information on synthetic DNA to test its potential as a new medium for data storage. 

Twist Bioscience will provide Microsoft with 10 million DNA strands for the purpose of encoding digital data. Microsoft will use the DNA strands to try to figure out how the same molecules that make up the human genetic code can be used to encode digital information. 

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Firefox: Mozilla patches critical flaws that let attackers execute malicious code

Mozilla fixes critical bugs in Firefox 46 and makes progress in Firefox 47 on moving to a plugin-free future for video streaming.

firefox-independent-1200-5bd827ccf1ed.jpgThe new version of Firefox includes fixes for 10 security issues found in earlier releases.

Mozilla has released Firefox 46 and patched several memory bugs that could let an attacker take control of a system.

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Cyber security ‘health checks’ for big business

The Turnbull government's cyber security strategy will focus on closer collaboration of government and business.The Turnbull government’s cyber security strategy will focus on closer collaboration of government and business. Photo: Fairfax Media

The federal government will offer cyber security ‘health checks’ at some of Australia’s biggest companies.

The top 100 ASX-listed companies will be given the opportunity to get their voluntary check, which will be co-ordinated by the Australian Securities Exchange.

The plan was announced under the government’s new $230 million cyber security package, however involves no new government funding.

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Cisco Finds Backdoor Installed on 12 Million PCs

Cisco’s Talos security intelligence and research group has come across a piece of software that installed backdoors on 12 million computers around the world.

The software, which exhibits adware and spyware capabilities, was developed by a French online advertising company called Tuto4PC. The firm, previously known as Eorezo Group and apparently linked to another company called Wizzlabs, has been targeted by French authorities over its questionable practices regarding the installation of unwanted software and harvesting of users’ personal details.

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Qatar Bank Hackers Got in Via SQLi – Expert

Hackers that breached the Qatar National Bank (QNB) started their attack way back in July last year thanks to an SQL injection exploit, according to Trend Micro.

The vendor’s UK-based cybersecurity architect, Simon Edwards, revealed in a new blog postthat on analyzing the 1.5GB of compressed data leaked online, it almost appears as if the hackers “dropped their horde as they made their escape.

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NIST looks to reengineer thinking about cyber

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is set to release an overhauled systems security engineering document it hopes will change the way software and computer designers think about cybersecurity.

An updated draft of NIST’s 800-160 document will be released for public comment on May 4. According to its lead author, Dr. Ron Ross, the new 800-160 will kick off a difficult discussion over not only how federal agencies approach cybersecurity, but also how U.S. business and general population should think about it — not just as an add-on, but as an foundational component of any technology that touches the Internet.

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