In our line of work we’re constantly telling business owners that the best thing they can do to protect their online business is to opt for website security scanning. In the end it saves time, money, and reputation. But, with how little trust business’ have in the internet, sometimes people don’t realize just how important being pro-active is for both their pocket and their state of mind. Not only does it protect from fines, hackers, and data loss but it also increases profit because, as I mentioned before, people have a difficult time trusting the internet. Catch 22? Maybe. Although, some companies are bringing out the big guns when it comes to vulnerability scanning, such as Google.
“From a pure security perspective, vulnerability research is obviously a very good thing – it’s far better for the author of an application to proactively find their weaknesses in a relatively controlled way as opposed to having the bad guys find them in the wild. This is why Google is offering bounties for newly discovered vulns against Chrome OS and the Chrome browser. What’s unique is the amount of money that Google is putting into the pot.” For the full story visit securityweek.com
If you have a business, you need vulnerability scanning, remember, act first and win.
- Hackers have united and come together to protest the treatment of fellow hacker, Swartz, who I’m sure you all remember. They’ve hacked, and hacked, and blown the house down repeatedly to show their support for Swartz. The newest display being yet another government hack. Not surprisingly, Anonymous seems to be behind this one.
“In response to the death of tech activist Aaron Swartz, hacktivist collective Anonymous hacked a U.S. government Web site related to the justice system and posted a screed saying it would begin leaking a cache of government documents if the justice system is not reformed.” -According to an article on cnet.com.
- In other news also on cnet.com, it appears that Chinese hackers have waged war with the New York Times. They’ve stolen passwords, and spied on dozens of computers. To read more click here
- “Researchers are noticing an uptick in trojan-laced spam designed to look like it is a delivery receipt from FedEx”.-scmagazine.com
Most Don’t Trust The Internet
This is something that those of us at Trust Guard have known for a long time since working in website security, PCI Compliance, and third-party verfication is really all about protection and trust. And folks, it really IS all about trust! Anyhow, it’s a really interesting article so we wanted to pass it onto everyone here.
“…98% of people distrust the Internet. It’s true, according to a study conducted by market-research firm Harris Interactive: nearly all of us find a reason to discredit the information we read online.
According to Mashable, the firm surveyed 1,900 Americans, yielding the overwhelming statistic that we have little trust in the information we find online. Ninety-four percent of those were worried about so-called “bad things,” such as wasting their time or even getting a computer virus. Losing money and being a victim of fraud online was a key concern for about half of those respondents.”
Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/23/almost-everyone-doesnt-trust-the-internet/#ixzz2JJp7KADg
What’s going on in the world wide web? Here is our weekly round-up of website security news from around the world. Great information to help you protect yourself from hacking, malware and so on.
-Shylock banking malware spreads via Skype. This malware is flooding computers and stealing bank information.
-The Java Hack. “We continues to recommend users disable the Java program in their Web browsers, because it remains vulnerable to attacks that could result in identity theft and other cyber crimes and less than 24 hours after Oracle Sunday released a security update that addresses two critical zero-day vulnerabilities in Java that are being actively exploited by attackers, an online vulnerability seller began offering a brand-new Java bug for sale.” For More on the Java Hack