Category Archives: Online Security

“Father of the Internet” wasn’t thinking about attacks

Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending a live interview with Vinton Cerf, one of the people credited as the “Father of the Internet” for his part in co-designing the networking protocol TCP/IP and the basic architecture of the Internet. He was speaking at City Arts and Lectures in San Francisco, in conjunction […]

Cloudmark’s 2015 Q1 Global Threat Report

With articles on the rise and fall of a major spammer, the pros and cons of DNSSEC, Canada’s Anti Spam Law, ransoming your data, home router compromises, and casino advertising that went too far, Cloudmark’s Threat Report for 2015 Q1 covers the latest in the cyber threat landscape. We normally imagine that most spam sent […]

Cloudmark’s 2014 Annual Security Threat Report

It’s been a hot year for messaging security. In our 2014 Annual Security Threat Report we take a look at, among many other topics, findings of DNS resource exhaustion/water boarding at a major ISP, a deeper look at the highest volume spam campaign to reach Apple iMessage users to date, and delve into the a […]

The Impact of Shellshock

Shellshock has been getting a lot of press as the worst security bug ever, but while it is terribly embarrassing for the open source movement, I believe the real world impact will be fairly limited. The bug is a fundamental flaw in bash, the command line interface on most Linux and Mac machines. (For once […]

Defcon 2014: How should home routers get secured?

The risk posed by vulnerable home internet routers was a common theme at this year’s Black Hat and DEF CON conferences. These devices are becoming notorious for having security vulnerabilities, which often go unpatched. The SOHOpelessly Broken contest at DEF CON provided a dramatic demonstration of these flaws, as contestants attacked consumer-grade routers and quickly broke into them. But […]

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