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SNS Subscriber Edition Volume 16, Issue 29 Week of August 12, 2013




Special Letter:

All Your Data Is Being Stolen

As You Read This




In This Issue




Special Letter:

All Your Data Is Being Stolen As You Read This

A Bit of Background

Network vs. Apps

Expressed Concerns

A Bit of Tech Talk

Where Do We Go from Here?

About the Author


Upcoming SNS Events
& Media Links


In Other House News...


New Members' Welcome

How to Subscribe

May I Share This Newsletter?

About SNS

About the Publisher

Where's Mark?



By Kevin Surace





Publisher's Note: Something interesting has been happening in the world of cyber attacks, and very few outside the security establishment have noticed it – yet – although it involves everyone reading this Special Letter.


Not long ago, security officials reported that hackers working for the Iranian government had mounted a series of extensive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks on Western banks. The motivation seemed clear: a response to sanctions against Iran over its ongoing nuclear program; and the results, to the public at least, predictable: a hassle.


DDoS attacks, after all, were historically considered the sledge hammer in a mostly surgical hacker toolset. Using botnets to array hundreds, or thousands, of servers to send simultaneous requests to a single Web server usually had the intended function: it overwhelmed the server, or at least made it difficult-to-impossible for the victim company's customers to access its services online. As time progressed, companies have found increasingly better ways to deal with these problems, and while they remain a threat, they have dropped down the ladder of worry.


But that was then.


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