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Firearms Training: Mind over marksmanship

Event Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:30:29 GMT
Author: Dan Danaher
We must study how we are being attacked — including the setting, time of day, distance, cues, and other variables — in order to prepare for real-world encounters.

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College and students ravaged by malware for over a decade

Malware that lay undetected on the PCs at a US college for over a decade has probably allowed criminals as far afield as China, Russia and Iran to steal sensitive data, admins have discovered to their horror.

The scale of the data theft from City College in San Francisco (official motto: ‘the truth shall make you free’) is not yet known, but the length of time the malware was able to transmit data is giving IT staff cause for concern.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the problem only became apparent in November when security monitoring systems detected unusual traffic patterns emanating from one of the college’s computer labs.

Closer examination revealed a clutch of malware that was scanning for data on computers attached to the network at the same time each night for up to a decade. In one example this involved sending what was found back to IP addresses associated with the infamous Russian Business network gang whose heyday was at least three years ago.

Widening the search, admins discovered similar problems on 17 different computer systems including servers used for admin, instructional and WiFi with only those holding medical data thought to be in the clear; payroll, admissions and accounting systems are still being analysed.

There is particular concern that students might have infected themselves via USB sticks while using College computers, potentially compromising external PCs used later on. Data at risk in this scenario would include online banking logins.

“We may never know the full extent of the damage, and how many lives have been affected by this,” City College CTO David Hotchkiss told the Chronicle. “These viruses are shining a light on years of neglect.”

That malware found its way on to computers in an environment such as university or college will surprise nobody. Harder to explain is the length of time a multitude of different pieces of common and certainly old malware was able to transmit data without being detected.

Educational hacks tend to be inside jobs, such as the former University of Central Missouri students who broke into databases and pilfered data on 90,000 people working for or attending the institution.

In 2010, a report from RSA drew attention to the growing number of attacks on universities by outsiders, including one in which criminals impersonated a university server in order to harvest data from students.

Article source: http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/270/f/3551/s/1bde0035/l/0Lnews0Btechworld0N0Csecurity0C3330A3380Ccollege0Estudents0Eravaged0Eby0Emalware0Efor0Eover0Edecade0C0Dolo0Frss/story01.htm

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College and students ravaged by viruses for over a decade

Malware that lay undetected on the PCs at a US college for over a decade has probably allowed criminals as far afield as China, Russia and Iran to steal sensitive data, admins have discovered to their horror.

The scale of the data theft from City College in San Francisco (official motto: ‘the truth shall make you free’) is not yet known, but the length of time the malware was able to transmit data is giving IT staff cause for concern.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the problem only became apparent in November when security monitoring systems detected unusual traffic patterns emanating from one of the college’s computer labs.

Closer examination revealed a clutch of malware that was scanning for data on computers attached to the network at the same time each night for up to a decade. In one example this involved sending what was found back to IP addresses associated with the infamous Russian Business network gang whose heyday was at least three years ago.

Widening the search, admins discovered similar problems on 17 different computer systems including servers used for admin, instructional and WiFi with only those holding medical data thought to be in the clear; payroll, admissions and accounting systems are still being analysed.

There is particular concern that students might have infected themselves via USB sticks while using College computers, potentially compromising external PCs used later on. Data at risk in this scenario would include online banking logins.

“We may never know the full extent of the damage, and how many lives have been affected by this,” City College CTO David Hotchkiss told the Chronicle. “These viruses are shining a light on years of neglect.”

That malware found its way on to computers in an environment such as university or college will surprise nobody. Harder to explain is the length of time a multitude of different pieces of common and certainly old malware was able to transmit data without being detected.

Educational hacks tend to be inside jobs, such as the former University of Central Missouri students who broke into databases and pilfered data on 90,000 people working for or attending the institution.

In 2010, a report from RSA drew attention to the growing number of attacks on universities by outsiders, including one in which criminals impersonated a university server in order to harvest data from students.

Article source: http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/270/f/470440/s/1bde0386/l/0Lnews0Btechworld0N0Csecurity0C3330A3380Ccollege0Estudents0Eravaged0Eby0Emalware0Efor0Eover0Edecade0C0Dolo0Frss/story01.htm

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Man Accused of Over $1.5 Million Financial Fraud in Baldwin Jail

Capt. Brad King says Akop Taymizyam faces financial card transaction fraud and id theft charges after the debit card information of a person living in Baldwin County was stolen and used in the Atlanta area.

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ProtectMyID: Zappos announces database breach compromising over 24 million customers’ information. What does it mean for you? http://t.co/2GWofW0w

ProtectMyID: Zappos announces database breach compromising over 24 million customers’ information. What does it mean for you? http://t.co/2GWofW0w

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Software keeps watch over kids’ cellphone activity

When Matthew and Angela Sima bought their middle-schooler her first cellphone, it came with a wake-up call. A stranger started sending their little girl unsolicited text messages.

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Software keeps dogged watch over kids’ cellphone activity

When Matthew and Angela Sima bought their middle-schooler her first cellphone, it came with a wake-up call. A stranger started sending their little girl unsolicited text messages.

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Hacker held over Kiss frontman’s website attack

A 24-year-old man allegedly linked to the Anonymous "hacktivist" group has been arrested over a cyber attack on a website run by the frontman of heavy rock group Kiss, the FBI said.Kevin George Poe, from the northeastern…

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Israel concerned over “cyber attack”

JERUSALEM – Israeli officials said on Friday they were concerned the country may be under cyber attack after a wave of credit card code thefts in the past week by a hacker who claims to be operating out of Saudi Arabia.

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Malware Steals Over 45,000 Facebook Passwords

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The worm also acts as a backdoor for hackers to launch an attack on infected computers and networks, and had previously stolen banking details.

“With the recent ZeuS Facebook worm and this latest Ramnit variant, it appears that sophisticated hackers are now experimenting with replacing the old-school email worms with more up-to-date social network worms,” Seculert said.

“As demonstrated by the 45,000 compromised Facebook subscribers, the viral power of social networks can be manipulated to cause considerable damage to individuals and institutions when it is in the wrong hands,” it said.

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Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/277548/20120106/malware-steals-over-45-000-facebook-passwords.htm

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