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A spotlight has been placed on the need for computer and Internet security after a large-scale cyberattack on an anti-spam group affected perhaps millions of Internet users throughout the world. The attack began in March 2013. The cyberattack targeted Spamhaus, which is a volunteer organization that provides lists of spammers to email providers. These lists help the providers determine which email to mark as spam. The cyberattack appeared to be an attempt to prevent Spamhaus from updating its lists. This could result in email customers receiving more spam than usual. … Continue reading
The next needed step in computer and Internet security will soon be here, thanks to technology being developed and tested by EyeVerify. This company has developed a way to identify people by the whites of their eyes. It is technology that was previously only seen in science fiction movies, such as “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” In this movie, Admiral Jim Kirk asks the computer for top secret information on Project Genesis. To confirm his identity, and those of his fellow officers he wants to see the secret … Continue reading
Most browser support experts agree that one of the most common threats to security with your Web browser are the plugins that are added to them. These are programs that are added to your browsers to enhance your browsing experience and run things like audio or video right in your browser window. The problem is that as the browsers have become more difficult for malware to breach, those trying to gain access to your information have begun exploiting opportunities that are more readily available with plugins. These plugins include things … Continue reading
Computer and Internet security is becoming more important than ever. This came into focus in February 2013 when Mandiant, a company based in the United States, released a report about attacks on computers and networks it had uncovered that were perpetrated by people in China. Mandiant traced many of these attacks to a specific building in China. Mandiant could confirm that this building was being used by a unit of the People’s Liberation Army, which helped the company to conclude that the Chinese government most likely knew about these attacks … Continue reading
The importance of computer and Internet security was on display when Burger King’s official Twitter account was hacked. This was reported by CNET News on Monday, February 18, 2013. The fast-food chain’s account was changed to display the name and logo of McDonald’s, which is Burger King’s biggest direct competition. The compromised account sent out tweets that included racial epithets to over 80,000 followers. It also claimed to be sold to McDonald’s because “the whopper flopped.” The Whopper is a hamburger that is sold by Burger King. The company was … Continue reading