Hacking

Pierluigi Paganini April 16, 2012
DDoS, detailed analysis of the phenomenon

Last year we have observer an impressive grow of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks mainly related to operation arranged by group of hacktivists such as Anonymous. During a DDoS attacks multitude of compromised systems attack a single target causing denial of service for users of the targeted system. I desire to analyze with you the interesting results […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 11, 2012
Medicaid incident. How much cost a data breach?

The Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) has announced that the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) was victim of an hack. On Monday the server that hosts Medicaid was hacked, the news of the breach has been published on Wednesday. In a first time the entity of the data breach has been estimated in 181,604 […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 10, 2012
Governments and gaming platforms, it’s time for warfare

The US government is financing several activities to investigate and hack into the technology spread in every device that ordinary surround us. This is the next step of the warfare, spy and attacks foreign enemy simply accessing to the devices that are presents in their offices, in their houses and in their cars. Every device […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 08, 2012
Anonymous attacks the UK government.OpTrialAtHome, Tango Down

As announced during last days Anonymous has launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) against several UK government websites. A massive recruiting campaign is started on social media, a call to arm to protest the extradition of U.K. citizens to the United States. The Operation named “Operation Trial At Home,” fight the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) that could […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 05, 2012
Anonymous, its strategy against censorship and the diversionary theory

Groups of hacktivist like Anonymous are the actual news of the global technology landscape, a new force with which and against which confront. As repeatedly stressed I consider the moment of confrontation with the group a moment of growth for the IT professional in many ways, on all: having to deal with the cyber threat that […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 04, 2012
1-day exploits,Binary Diffing & patch management.The side threats

Recently ESET security firm has reported the latest version of the Blackhole exploit kit that has been updated to include a new exploit for the Java CVE-2012-0507 vulnerability.  The exploit was discovered for the first time on 7.03.2012 and it first detections were dated on March 12, 2012 and today a public module for Metasploit […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 03, 2012
UPGRADE – VISA, MASTERCARD and GPN breach

The day is come, yesterday morning as planned Global Payments Inc., the Atlanta-based credit and debit card processor that recently announced a breach that exposed fewer than 1.5 million card accounts, held a conference call to discuss about the breach and its impacts. Again Krebson Security Blog is the more accredited source in my opinion, they […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 02, 2012
Chinese hackers & Operation ‘Luckycat’ against Japan, Tibet and India

Recently experts monitored several targeted attacks against Tibetan activist organizations including the International Campaign for Tibet and the Central Tibet Administration. Researchers suspect the involvement of China and on groups of hackers sponsored by the Beijing government. In multiple cases, we have seen how the Chinese government promotes and supports from the economic point of view […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 01, 2012
VISA & MASTERCARD breach raises Security doubts on standard compliance

The Krebs on Security blog reported that there has been a security breach at Global Payments that “may involve more than 10 million compromised card numbers.”  We are facing with a massive breach that could impact more over 10 million compromised card numbers, for this reason VISA and MasterCard are alerting banks across US about […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 26, 2012
Reflections on the Zero-Days Exploits market starting from Forbes’s article

The news that I wish discuss was published on the website of Forbes magazine, titled “Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers’ Secret Software Exploits“,  that focuses on the commercial value of the vulnerability of popular applications. Time ago the figure of the hacker was recognized mainly as a researcher interested to measures its skills […]