Hackers have temporarily shut down Al Qaeda's online distribution of videos and statements, NBC News reported today. "Al-Qaeda's online communications have been temporarily crippled, and it does not have a single trusted distribution channel available on the Internet," Evan Kohlmann, of Flashpoint Global Partners, told NBC. Flashpoint monitors the extremist organization's communications. The attack happened within the past few days and was "well coordinated and involved the use of an unusual cocktail of relatively sophisticated techniques," he said, adding that it could be several days before the network is up and running again.
Even though LulzSec has officially called off its hacking mission and gone back to Anonymous, security experts say organizations remain vulnerable to other groups. The hacking group LulzSec ended its 50-day hacking spree the same way it began, with a post on Twitter and text-sharing site Pastebin.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with the SANS Institute and Mitre, released a scoring system on Monday designed to help enterprises verify whether the software they are using meets reasonable standards for secure coding.
Federal banking regulators today released a long-awaited supplement to the 2005 guidelines that describe what banks should be doing to protect e-banking customers from hackers and account takeovers. Experts called the updated guidance a step forward, but were divided over whether it would be adequate to protect small to mid-sized businesses against today’s sophisticated online attackers.
The sophistication of the TDL rootkit and the global expanse of its botnet have many observers worried about the antimalware industry's ability to respond. Clearly, the TDL malware family is designed to be difficult to detect and remove. Several respected security researchers have gone so far as to say that the TDL botnet, composed of millions of TDL-infected PCs, is "practically indestructible."
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