The revelation of cyber criminals having gained access to around 100,000 tax accounts through the IRS application was a bolt out of the blue for the US taxpayers.
The information being accessed from the taxpayers accounts include their Social Security Numbers, addresses and birthdays. The victims of this data heist will be approached by the IRS with official notification letters. The victims will also be provided with free credit monitoring.
The responsible entities for the data heist have not yet been identified. However, the group behind the heist had access to information required to bypass the application's security layers. Access to private authentication credentials like passwords and answers to personal security questions were easily available to them. Such sensitive information was used to bypass all the security parameters.
The cyber criminals value sensitive information such as social security numbers because it can be misused to obtain further benefits such as using credit cards without the knowledge of the card holder. So business concerns need to make sure of safeguarding and protecting their sensitive information.
The use of advanced technologies to thwart hackers must be deployed by business concerns to safeguard themselves; the use of voice biometrics, fingerprint scanners or facial recognition scanners will definitely help in keeping hackers at the bay.
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As we live in a world where technology has grown leaps and bounds and has reached a point where almost everything starting from shopping to banking has done digital. At this premise, people would definitely try to take advantage of such opportunities for their benefit by employing unfair means. Cyber-security experts have found that hackers are now using newer techniques to infiltrate networks.
Some of the most common methods of infiltrations used today are exfiltration, lateral movements, reconnaissance and command & control. The most widespread among these is lateral movements; it has a detection rate of 34 per cent. The second position is taken over by command and control, with a detection rate of 32 per cent. At 18 per cent detection rate, botnet activity bags the third position.
All that we can learn from these research developments is that our systems are functioning in increasingly insecure environments.
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Many a times, your customers out the fear of compromising their personal data into third party clients while browsing your website. This makes you lose your prospective clients even before getting to know them.
The reason for this may be using an outdated HTTPS security certificate, SHA-1. At the time of its inception in the year 2005, SHA-1 was thought to be impenetrable and hack-proof but the security algorithm has not proven strong enough. All popular internet browsers will therefore stopped supporting SHA-1 certificates from 2017 onwards. This might not do any damage to the end customers but losing valuable prospective customers who might be browsing your website and receiving error messages.
So a large proportion of your customer base might be held up in this as a result of which you can lose on a lot of business. If your business is still using SHA-1, make sure to request for a reissue from your website's certificate provider.
Let's give you a serious wakeup call if you are still using the 13-year-old Windows Server 2003 operating system (OS), as you are provided with a time period up to July 14 to secure your PC & migrate to a new and astounding level or face the End of Life (EOL) consequences severely planned by Microsoft.
So accordingly to the new official announcement, Windows will no longer support the Windows Server 2003 till July 14, 2015. So, as per the result, businesses still hanging on to Windows Server 2003 will have to face security vulnerabilities, thus making them prone to a swarm of several online threats of every type.
As per the message stated, "After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Sever 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your data center, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business."
Apart from that, even the servers working, you will face complications while passing a Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) security audit, and in order to pass that compliance, you must be working with modern security requirements.
Readers and users must note that the deadline is not constant, and can be changed any time by Microsoft, as a result of mass complaints, as 1/5th of servers still function on Windows Server 2003.
Just as Wednesday approached, something miraculous occurred: Moscow's Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's enormous cybersecurity companies, announced that they faced an astounding case of network breach just a couple of months ago, by a well-developed malware platform.
According to the statement delivered to the media, the identity, Duqu 2.0, attained a hold of the back-side entrance into the world of Kaspersky network through manipulating and misusing system's zero-day liabilities, which are some of the open weaknesses in terms of security. This instance happened with a well-defined aim of gaining access on the lab's core routes rather than pocketing the Kaspersky's customer data.
As Kaspersky holds professed expertise in managing Advanced Persistent Attacks (APT), the intruders were trying to gain a path to avoid malware detection software in order to be more efficient, for e.g. they dodged any modification or disk files creation or interrupting any setting or creating any aversion.
As per the statement was announced," "The philosophy and way of thinking of the 'Duqu 2.0' group is a generation ahead of anything seen in the APT world."
The only logical summary for this question would be as simple, that is, if one of the technically advanced, updated and secured networks in the world, Kaspersky, can face breach suspicion, it would be very common of your business to face the same scenario again and in some of the worst ways possible.
It is because of this reason that you have to undertake some efficient measures to make sure that your network faces no harm and soundly secure and safe. Cybersecurity requires a great deal of perpetual alertness provided by expert IT professionals, who are willing to provide with every recent updates and innovative ideas, in order to remain in the game and way ahead of your competitors.