Tag: brute force

June 28, 2018

Big Data Big Breach

Your name, the gender of your kids, your interests, your religion and a lot of the things that make you… well YOU, have been exposed. In the last couple of years, the idea of one’s personal information being obtained by hackers has become more than familiar to the general public. If a website you use is compromised, you change your password. If your credit card was skimmed while filling up your car, you get a new card and contact your bank. One’s digital identity is constantly under attack and most of us have come to accept this. This kind of breach can be countered with identity monitoring, good password hygiene and general attentiveness to one’s activity online. The kind of data that the Florida-based marketing firm Exactis has left exposed, sourced from millions of Americans and businesses, is much more… intimate.

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April 26, 2018

A New Wave of Brute Force Attacks: Here’s What You Should Know

Last month, the United States Department of Justice indicted nine Iranian hackers for a wave of brute force attacks. These attacks resulted in the digital theft of more than 31 terabytes in information worth $3 billion in intellectual property.

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July 20, 2017

The Important Lesson Learned from the U.K. Parliament Cyberattack

The Parliament’s computer network was recently targeted by a brute force attack. Weak password requirements allowed hackers to gain access to 90 of parliaments 650 member’s email accounts. Although IT staff or 3rd party cyber firms can implement strong cyber-security regulations, the members of the House of Commons, or employees at any company are typically the source of a breach. Without knowing it, Members of the Parliament created threats for themselves, that went undetected until it was too late. In order to minimize the damage or the attempt of blackmail, officials temporarily locked members out of their email accounts.

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