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NEWS & INDUSTRY UPDATES

Five individuals suspected of creating and using the Svpeng Android banking Trojan have been arrested by Russian authorities. They are said to have caused damage worth nearly $1 million.
Researchers have analyzed a new offensive system used by the Chinese government in the recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against GitHub and GreatFire.
Interpol formally opened a new office in Singapore that will provide additional support to law enforcers and boost the fight against Internet-based criminal activities.
Simda botnet taken down by law enforcement authorities, Microsoft, Trend Micro, Kaspersky and the Cyber Defense Institute in Japan.
Cisco and Level 3 have taken steps to disrupt the activities of the threat group that uses SSH brute force attacks to distribute a piece of DDoS malware.
Activist groups unveiled a new coalition aimed at repealing the law authorizing mass surveillance by US intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Americans might oppose intrusive surveillance if they realized the government can see their most intimate emailed pictures, comic John Oliver suggested to fugitive intelligence technician Edward Snowden.
Snapchat released its first transparency report showing hundreds of requests from US and foreign law enforcement agencies.
Another individual has admitted being part of the hacking ring that targeted Microsoft and several video game companies.
A recent executive order signed by President Obama gives the government a new tool to deter malicious attacks--the challenge lies in knowing who to punish, security experts warned.

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John Vecchi's picture
Understanding the various types of malicious actors targeting your networks, including their motivations and modus operandi, is key to identifying, expelling and expunging them.
Gant Redmon's picture
When it comes to cybercrime, the police really can’t and aren’t going to protect residents of your town. The same goes for all towns and cities. Unless you’re talking a high six-figure theft, it's unlikely an officer will be assigned to your case.
Rod Rasmussen's picture
In this second column in a two part series, Rod tackles the impact of the DNSChanger malware and simple solutions to counter similar DNS attacks on enterprises and major government agencies.
Chris Poulin's picture
To effectively defend yourself against an enemy, you have to think like your adversary. Put yourself in their mind, their shoes. What’s the motive? How determined are they? Will they stop at a well-hardened network perimeter or move on to other tactics, including social engineering? Once you suffer a breach, how do you share your analysis?
Idan Aharoni's picture
The worlds of counter terrorism and fraud prevention should increase their ties. Systems that are already implemented in one world may be applied to the other. Solution providers and policy makers from both worlds need to meet up and share ideas, thoughts and experience for the benefit of both.
Noa Bar-Yosef's picture
This week, we highlight a mix of tools and tool types that security researchers should have in their weapons in arsenal, including tools unveiled for the first time at the Black Hat conference.
Michael Goff's picture
Once a Software Vendor discovers that their software has been pirated, the gut reaction is to put an immediate stop to it. If piracy is discovered, it’s best to react, but don’t overreact. Be proactive, yet patient.
Idan Aharoni's picture
Crowd sourcing investigations could harness the power of the web and its population to track down cybercriminals. But such a community effort of a cyber investigation comes with big challenges....
Idan Aharoni's picture
There are many security companies, individual researchers and certain circles in academia that hold a wealth of information on cybercrime activities that could be the difference between a bust and a cybercrime investigation that leads to a dead end. It’s not just about collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, but also about collaboration with the security industry.
Mike Lennon's picture
Enjoy this selection of top picks for 2010, listed in no particular order. Happy New Year!