ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "cybersecurity"

Observations

The Day the World’s ATMs Stood Still—or Didn’t

Image courtesy of Shaners Becker, via Wikimedia Commons.

You’re probably on tenterhooks wondering what will happen to your reliable, convenient ATM on April 8, the day Microsoft officially sticks a fork in its hugely popular Windows XP operating system. You’re not? Did you know that more than 75 percent of the world’s automated teller machines use XP? And that an outdated operating system [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

How Hackers Take Down Web Sites [Video]

Courtesy of Scientific American

Many of the Web sites we visit every day are under cyber attack by malicious hackers looking to disrupt business transactions, discourage people from using a particular online service or exact payback for some real or perceived slight. One of the most common ways to bring down a site is to flood its computer servers [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Secure E-Mail Services Shuttered over Fears of Government PRISM Reprisals

security,privacy,email,nsa

Revelations of the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM program continue to have worldwide ripple effects. Nearly two months after U.S. federal prosecutors charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property for blowing the lid off of the clandestine surveillance program, the company that secured Snowden’s electronic communications with journalists and international [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Hackers Crack the iPhone, and AntiVirus Software Won’t Help

Apple, mobile, security, antivirus

Search Apple’s app Store for iPhone or iPad antivirus software and you’ll find only a handful of security programs designed to defend these iOS devices from malicious software (malware). The search is just as likely to turn up game titles such as “OperationAntiVirus” and “AntiViral Lite,” in which you pretend to rid fictitious computers of [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Cyber Attack Takes Down Computers in South Korea, Motives and Culprit Unclear

The cyber attacks against several South Korean television stations, banks and insurance firms on Wednesday may not have been crippling or widespread, but their timing further fuels concerns over who is launching such attacks, what constitutes “cyber warfare” and how should countries react to such online aggression. The malicious software—or malware—used in the attack interferes [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Did Hackers Steal Apple IDs Stored on an FBI Laptop?

apple, security, fbi

The FBI says there is no evidence to support hacker group AntiSec’s claims that it stole digital serial numbers for more than 12 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches from a poorly secured agency computer. The bureau issued a statement Tuesday indicating the agency “is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Could Human and Computer Viruses Merge, Leaving Both Realms Vulnerable?

Influenza virus

Mark Gasson had caught a bad bug. Though he was not in pain, he was keenly aware of the infection raging in his left hand, knowing he could put others at risk by simply coming too close. But his virus wasn’t a risk for humans. Gasson, a cybernetics scientist at the University of Reading, was [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Not That Secure after All: Cryptography in a Connected World

graphic showing two computers sharing data across a globe

You’re not going to like hearing this: The arsenal of mental and physical resources out there right now could easily bring down our cyber-security system, which protects the trivial, such as e-mails, to the critical, think banking system. The only reason it hasn’t happened yet: the intent hasn’t been there. It was on this quite [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Obama chooses Howard Schmidt to coordinate national cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, White House, Obama, Schmidt

Making good on a promise he made in May to appoint someone to oversee the nation’s cybersecurity efforts, President Obama on Tuesday introduced Howard Schmidt as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. Schmidt has a long history in the information technology security space, having held high-level positions in the federal government as well as industry, [...]

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Scientific American Holiday Sale

Give a Gift &
Get a Gift - Free!

Give a 1 year subscription as low as $14.99

Subscribe Now! >

X

Email this Article

X