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Microsoft Hits Citadel Hard

Late last week, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, working with the FBI and the U.S. courts, took a huge chunk out of the capabilities of the Citadel botnet. Citadel is a ZeuS variant that is responsible for infecting what is believed to be millions of computers across the globe in the hopes of stealing financial information through key logging and form grabbing and using that information to steal money from the bank accounts of infected victims.

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Google and the Zero-Day Conundrum

Last week Google announced a significant change to the way they disclose vulnerabilities. In cases where a zero-day vulnerability has made it into the wild and is being actively exploited, Google will now give a scant 7 days to the software vendor whose product is being exploited before ”…support(ing) researchers (by) making details available so that users can take steps to protect themselves.” We hope that the details Google will make available do not include full disclosu…

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Preventing DDoS: What to Look for in a Security Solution

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise, and they’re only getting stronger. This was driven home by The New York Times report on how anti-spam organization Spamhaus fell prey to one of the largest DDoS attacks in history. Few can forget the targeted DDoS assaults on global financial institutions JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, Regions Bank and American Express – attacks that crippled the businesses for hours and cost millions in lost business, rem…

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