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Zero-day attacks: How to fight back

With cybercrime hitting more than 500 million victims globally and costing $100 billion annually, it's clear that security breaches are a problem very far from being solved. One particularly dangerous threat that doesn't seem to be getting its fair share of attention is zero-day attacks.

Written by Dirk A. D. Smith19 Aug. 13 12:00

5 examples of zero-day attacks

Zero-day attacks can strike anywhere, anytime. Here are five example of recent zero-day exploits:

Written by Dirk A. D. Smith12 Aug. 13 13:36

Cybercrooks target SMBs with new types of attacks

As money and corporate information have morphed from hard currency and blueprints to digital files, small and midsized businesses have become the new banks to rob. In fact, bank robberies across the U.S. have plummeted from 9,400 in 1991 to just 3,870 last year. As Doug Johnson of the American Bankers Association puts it: "As more and more transactions become electronic, more bank crimes become electronic."

Written by Dirk A. D. Smith24 June 13 14:14

In Pictures: How to solve Windows 8 crashes

Like any computer operating system, Windows 8 can fall over. Luckily, there is an easy way to diagnose the cause of most crashes.

Written by Dirk A. D. Smith16 April 13 08:18

NSA: Looking for a few good cybersecurity professionals

At a time when cyberattacks on America's critical infrastructure have increased 17-fold (between 2009 and 2011), the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals is acute. However, 83% of federal hiring managers in a recent survey said it was extremely difficult to find well-trained cybersecurity professionals and a projected shortfall of 20,000 to more than 40,000 people is expected in the years to come.

Written by Dirk A. D. Smith13 Nov. 12 19:48

NSA security expert worries about mobility, cloud

Approaching its 60th birthday, the National Security Agency (NSA) has a staff some 35,000 strong worldwide, and an impressive building complex in Fort Meade, Md., where the walls are lined with copper mesh to prevent electronic eavesdropping. True to its origins dating back to breaking enemy code during World War II, the agency has two primary missions: signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance (IA).

Written by Dirk A. D. Smith29 May 12 11:46
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