‏Athena Martinez is a security expert/analyst geek with almost 5 years of experience, writes on various topics pertaining to internet security with latest happening in the IT world thoroughly.

3 Fundamental Items To Have Web Security

Running a website is not easy from the standpoint of security and privacy. All web publishers are making a delicate balance between cost and security technologies, the more cyber defense ready the site, the higher the cost of running them. Any web developers worth his salt knows very well that TLS certificate is mandatory to

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Watering Hole Attacks Target Chinese-Speaking People Outside Of China

Compared to the classical phishing and social engineering attacks, the term watering hole attack is seldom given any attention by cybersecurity websites. It is a coverage something we need to amend, as contrary to the popular notion that such a campaign is very rare. It is a common occurrence but received less coverage than more

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Monzo Internal Data Breach Incident: Update App and Change PIN

Mobile-only bank, Monzo is the latest victim of a data breach, with the UK-based bank requesting their customers to change their PIN (Personal Identification Number). Upon initial inspection, the bank determined that the customers’ account PIN were recorded into log files which then were made accessible by their own staff. Monzo opened a blog entry

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Microsoft and Its Desire To Secure Global IoT Devices

The Microsoft Security Research and Defense (MSRD) team has issued a cybersecurity warning about the growing concerns of IoT (Internet-of-Things) security, especially botnet infections in their official blog. Redmond highlighted that IoT devices is forecasted to grow as much as 50-billion installations globally, with many devices having identified with security and privacy flaws fresh from

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More Fierce Ransomware Still On Horizon, Corporate Victims To Increase

IBM’s X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (also known as IRIS) has issued a report, detailing the growth of destructive malware that infected the corporate space. The cybersecurity arm of Big Blue has disclosed that 12,316 corporate Internet-connected devices were rendered offline, costing $239 million to replace and reconfigure in an average malware attack for

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Suspected Ransomware Infections, Delays Houston County’s School

Alabama’s Houston County Schools are in a dilemma, as the start of its school year had to be delayed in order to buy more time in recovering from a malware attack. The school’s officials are tightlipped about what specific malware strain infected the schools’ networks. However, like what we have reported multiple times here, only

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IoT Cybersecurity Is Still Very Problematic

In our past article, we have discussed the flaws affecting an obscure embedded OS, which happens to be one of the most successful operating systems in history, while at the same time remained hidden from most users, VxWorks. We are in the middle of a major shift in computing, as competition for the standard operating

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South Korean Debit/Credit Card Theft, At Alarming Levels

Security researchers from Gemini Advisory, a cyber threat intelligence firm, disclosed a huge sale campaign for credit/debit cards in hacker forums belonging to South Korean cardholders. The first batch of stolen card credentials was numbered to 890,000, while the second batch reached 230,000 units, all in all, the number of cards “for sale” in the

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Fight Against Spam and Phishing Attacks, Are We Winning?

Maybe some of you have forgotten when then Chief Software Architect of Microsoft, Bill Gates uttered one of the silliest claims to promote Microsoft in 2004. In the prestigious 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he said: “Two years from now, spam will be solved.” He made such brave claim in relation to the

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