US Public Exposed to Major Hacker Attacks; Blogs Battle Increased Spam from Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted on April 6, 2011


The average user of the internet and/or a company with which he/she is affiliated are increasingly fighting off sophisticated hacker and spam attacks.

We seem to be losing ground in fighting off these incursions into our precious data.  The average citizen is as oft targeted as the Pentagon.  Recently the NASDAQ was targeted:

The National Security Agency, the top U.S. electronic intelligence service, has joined a probe of the October cyber attack on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) amid evidence the intrusion by hackers was more severe than first disclosed, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The involvement of the NSA, which uses some of the world’s most powerful computers for electronic surveillance and decryption, may help the initial investigators — Nasdaq and the FBI — determine more easily who attacked and what was taken. It may also show the attack endangered the security of the nation’s financial infrastructure.

“By bringing in the NSA, that means they think they’re either dealing with a state-sponsored attack or it’s an extraordinarily capable criminal organization,” said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence in the Bush and Obama administrations, now at the Washington offices of the law firm Cooley LLP. [Bloomberg.com]

This morning, we awoke to the following:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Customers of Verizon Communications had their email addresses exposed in a massive online data breach last week, according to an email to customers obtained by Reuters.

In what could be one of the biggest such attacks in U.S. history, a computer hacker penetrated the online marketer Epsilon, which controls the customer email databases for a broad swath of companies.

Customers of about 50 companies, from banks to retailers and hotels, had their names or email addresses exposed in the attack.

Verizon, the largest U.S. mobile telephone carrier, informed customers on Tuesday that it was part of the Epsilon data breach.

“Epsilon has assured us that the information exposed was limited to email addresses, and that no other information about you or your account was exposed,” Verizon said in an email to a customer sent on Tuesday evening.

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Maria Aspan in New York and Diane Bartz in Washington; Editing by Bernard Orr) [Reuters via Yahoo]

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  8. Chinese hackers target Morgan Stanley | The Daily Caller

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  9. Anonymous Hackers Reveal HBGary and Aaron Barr’s Plan to Target

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  10. Morgan Stanley target of Chinese hackers | Latest Newz Online!!

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Be careful how much information you share with businesses on the web.  Don’t stop using this wonderful means of information delivery and communication but remain alert.

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