Category Archives: Cyber War

10 Ways to Protect Your Identity

A Cyber Security Month Special 5 years ago, a major Consumer Magazine contained a review of identity theft protection services, which dismissed the threat. It did not take a year to know the author was wildly mistaken. We know that even credit bureaus and the Government Office of Personnel Management are not exempt from being compromised. The good news is that while much of your information may be exposed, there are ways to keep them from closing the loop easily. Become a harden target. The headlines often focus on online identity theft, but most theft which produces monetary loss still includes old fashion offline contact so a combination of physical and online common sense precautions. 1. Use common sense physical security procedures. Do not normally store your Social Security Card and driver’s license in the same wallet. If you lose it your date of birth, address, social Read more

The Cyber Threat Environment

A Cyber Security Month Special This year’s unreported story is the surge of organized crime hacking from Russia, The Ukraine, Bangladesh, and China. Over the past 3 years, Russian organized crime cybercrime attacks have multiplied 10 times. The modern threat appears to encompass 3 areas, financial theft, ransomware, and identity data mining. Attackers are beginning to change tactics to match new internet habits. Instead of the old-line email schemes, the sophisticate malware such as Svpeng are targeting mobile devices and social media. They are also exploiting software vulnerabilities. Sofacy is a syndicate closely associated with the Russian Republic and it attacks governments’ cyber systems and people like us who are connected to the government. There are some threats which use the internet to attack the internet, such as Mirai botnet, which caused widespread outages in October Read more

Chinese Internet Hacking Base Exposed

Britain's, The Telegraph, reports that American computer analysts have traced more than 100 attacks on the government departments, companies and journalists to the site of the 12-story building about 40 minutes outside Shanghai's city center. A 60-page report by Mandiant, a computer security company said the headquarters of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398 was located in the compound. The Daily Telegraph confirmed that a woman who questioned a reporter's purpose in visiting the area was a member of Unit 61398. Men in PLA uniforms guard the entrance of the compound. Large propaganda posters are pinned to walls around the base. Next door, a residential compound for military families greets visitors with a plaque reading: "Be faithful and loyal to the Party. Love the people. Dedicate yourself to the cause." There is no sign identifying the base by name but clear orders Read more