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Islamic group hack six government websites in Thailand

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Bangkok: Six official websites of Thai government were hacked on Monday allegedly by an Islamic group from Tunisia which posted pictures of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar on the webpages. The Islamic group calling itself Fallag Gassrini & Dr Lamouchi, left messages saying: “Your sites have been hacked by Fallag Gassrini & Dr Lamouchi hacker group from Tunisia. You have to give respect to our people. We, the Fallaga team, are Muslims. We are peace-loving people.” They also posted pictures of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Muslim child victims of bomb attacks were posted on the sites, Bangkok Post reported. This hacker group previously worked with other Islamic groups and hacked several Israeli and French websites. An official at the Ministry of Information and Technology Communication said the hacking was conducted simultaneously worldwide, using the Linux command line. Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/islamic-group-hack-six-government-websites-in-thailand_1652107.html

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Anonymous cyber hackers hit UAE banking websites

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Several UAE banks were hit by a co-ordinated cyber attack, known in the trade as a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, on Tuesday, crippling e-banking operations and websites, and leaving the unnamed institutions fearing further assaults, Arabian Business’ sister website ITP.net has reported. German systems integrator Help AG, which played a central role in the clean-up for one of the victims, told the website that the DDoS attack, which has been linked to cyber group Anonymous, happened on the last day of the month as the attackers sought to wreak maximum disruption during the banks’ busiest period. Help AG cited “sources in the market” who report “widespread” incidents in the UAE financial sector. A DDoS attack uses tens, sometimes hundreds, of thousands of computers to synchronise a bombardment of packet-traffic on a server. In the absence of sophisticated mitigation solutions, servers can be brought down and services brought to a halt. “Picking the last day of a month is a very wise choice from the attackers, as it is a widely known fact that the last three days of a calendar month are the busiest ones in the financial industry, as a lot of money is changing hands in the form of salaries, […]

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86 percent of websites at risk from hackers, says WhiteHat

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Even though software bugs such as Heartbleed and Shellshock exposed weaknesses in hundreds of thousands of company websites, many are still vulnerable to being hacked. Data from a recent study by WhiteHat Security which examined the vulnerabilities of more than 30,000 websites showed the majority of organisations have some kind of weakness in their systems. WhiteHat found that 86 per cent of all websites tested had at least one flaw considered serious enough to potentially allow a hacker to take control over all, or some part, of the website, compromise user accounts on the system, access sensitive data, violate compliance requirements, and possibly make headline news. There were also 56 per cent of websites that had more than one of these vulnerabilities. Of the sectors WhiteHat studied, the report found 55 per cent of retail trade sites, 50 per cent of healthcare and social assistance sites, and 35 per cent of finance and insurance sites were always vulnerable to a serious breach. Transport layer protection, which is a protocol that ensures communications security over a computer network, was the most likely vulnerability on their websites. Jeremiah Grossman, founder of WhiteHat Security, says: “This year’s report has shown that the amount […]

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RansomWeb: Crooks Start Encrypting Websites And Demanding Thousands Of Dollars From Businesses

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In another startling development in the world of cyber crime, malicious hackers have started taking over website servers, encrypting the data on them and demanding payment to unlock the files. A large European financial services company, whose name was not disclosed, was the first known victim of this potentially business-destroying attack, according to Swiss security firm High-Tech Bridge, which investigated the breach in December 2014. The security firm labelled the attack RansomWeb. The brazen techniques used and the high ransom represent a more aggressive take on ransomware – malware which encrypted people’s PCs and asked for payment, typically between $100 and £1,000. Though only a handful of attacks have been seen, many expect such extortion to grow rapidly in 2015. The initial attack started six months’ prior to the victim’s website being shut down by the hackers, who were surreptitiously locking up the most critical data on the server using “on-the-fly” tweaks to the site’s PHP code functions. The criminals stored the key to decrypt the data on their own remote web server accessible only via HTTPS encrypted communications, supposed to guarantee no one with visibility on those connections could get access to the data but them. As soon as they pulled the […]

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Hacker group Anonymous threatens to target Israeli websites

Hacker group Anonymous threatens to target Israeli websites

Intended cyber attack on banking and defense sites is touted as Anonymous’ answer to “the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque” • Security expert: These types of threats are frequently made and in most cases the damage is minor. […]

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The business of websites

Importance of WebsitesInteractive technology has grown exponentially in the past ten years. The way consumers search for products, businesses and locations is instantly accessible online.  Consumers are now in control of when, what and how they search on the internet.  In addition to word of mouth reviews, websites are the next standard to seeking the truth in our endless search of the “answer”.  To reach consumers, businesses showcase their products and services through professional websites.  The utilization of websites is a low cost strategy to reach an unlimited number of people and increase visibility within your designated marketplace.  The format and how engaging the website is, can make or break your relationship with the consumer.

Ideally, businesses have mere seconds to command attention through content, navigation and feel. It is imperative to include easily accessible details that answers specific needs, questions and ultimately convert to purchase.  Easy website navigation for the audience is key and aids in establishing brand credibility.  If a website does not appear professional, this can turn off potential consumers.  First impressions are ever so important in the fast paced world we live in.

The use of search engine optimization (SEO) is imperative in building websites and is used to enable both users and search engine robots to understand where the website is located. SEO helps the engines assess and determine what each webpage is about and how it may be useful for the audience.

Web-based communication can increase productivity and profitability. Products are easily researched through the touch of a finger and reviews are posted instantly for the world to view.  Remember the days of “Oprah’s favorite things?”  The mere mention of a product from Ms. O, would send millions to websites to purchase that one-of-a-kind cookie or the must have techie gadget.  As a result, company websites would often crash, due to the high volume of traffic.  Now this is a problem many businesses would love to have but very few experience.  The power of online marketing was imperative then, as it is today.

Even in this high tech day and age, there are some who question the very need of web-based communication. I recently spoke with a potential client who wants to sell literature but felt she would fare better using the hand-to-hand method verses a company website.  I tediously explained that potential consumers would be able to inquire about her background and would have the ability to purchase her literature and that websites are truly a strategy to connect with your audience. The proper advertising to a limitless audience can provide a great return of investment.

Business growth and opportunities are infinite when marketing strategies are implemented. The use of online communication automation can reduce organizational costs for advertising, marketing personnel and other overhead budget expenditures.  There is a greater return of investment through lower costs over time.  The power is ultimately in the business and consumers hand.

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Security risks found in half of China’s government websites

Security risks found in half of China’s government websites

As an increasing number of government organizations embrace the digital age by going online, website security for their domains are at high risk for cyber attacks, a survey by the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center has discovered. The center […]

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Saint Louis County Websites Hacked

Saint Louis County Websites Hacked

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County government websites have been hacked, NBC News confirms. NewsChannel 5 confirmed with St. Louis County dispatch Thursday morning all country government websites are down. NBC

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Websites of APA Holding agencies undergoing Armenian hacker attacks

Websites of APA Holding agencies undergoing Armenian hacker attacks

Since 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning, Armenian hackers have started to launch constant DDoS attacks via open IP addresses on websites of APA Holding and the hardware behind protective devices,

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Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice websites

A hacker known for attacking news websites has claimed successful hacks against both the Wall Street Journal and Vice. An individual going under the handle “w0rm” posted screenshots in a bid to substantiate his claims of hacks against the WSJ […]

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