On the one-year anniversary of al-Qassam Cyber Fighters' first announcement about DDoS attacks against U.S. banks, experts discuss what may happen next, including whether the group will join forces with the Syrian Electronic Army.
Organizations still have concerns about sharing too much data and threat intelligence to help thwart attacks. But EMC's Kathleen Moriarty says organizations' fears about intellectual property compromises are overblown.
OpUSA's planned Sept. 11 DDoS against U.S. banks and governmental agencies proved to be uneventful, experts say. But they warn that other potential attacks, especially those with a Syria connection, could prove to be far more serious.
Federal indictments tied to global fraud schemes prove law enforcement is cracking down, says former federal prosecutor Kim Peretti. But increasingly these schemes are targeting smaller merchants - a worrisome trend.
Three U.S. banks have been targeted by new DDoS attacks that apparently had little impact. As bank defenses improve, some experts say the attackers may shift targets to other industries affecting critical infrastructure.
Consolidating Microsoft Active Directory isn't just a technical challenge, but a personnel one as well. Just ask Johnson Matthey's Steve Way, who had to calm dozens of administrators he labels as "masters of their own universe."
While organizations wait for possible cyberthreat intelligence sharing legislation, the community is proactively working to share valuable information among different industries, says MS-ISAC Chairman Will Pelgrin.
Organizations won't effectively share cyberthreat intelligence until they have more efficient ways of gathering and prioritizing data, says EMC's Kathleen Moriarty, author of a new report about information sharing weaknesses.
Kim Peretti, the ex-prosecutor who helped nab Heartland hacker Albert Gonzalez, says recent indictments offer insights into the actors behind global fraud schemes that affected 160 million cardholders.
Whether or not Congress enacts cyberthreat intelligence sharing legislation, the IT security community is moving forward with its own information sharing initiatives, MS-ISAC Chairman William Pelgrin says.
Cyberthreats, including distributed-denial-of-service attacks, are growing worldwide. So FS-ISAC is expanding its information sharing efforts internationally to help financial institutions counter the threats, says Bill Nelson, the organization's president.
If everyone supports the idea of sharing cyberthreat information, then why is information sharing so difficult? Shawn Henry, a former investigator with the FBI, tells how organizations can clear their biggest hurdles.
If the hacking community judges the planned OpUSA cyber-attack a success, it could spur more nefarious actors to try more vicious disruptions of U.S. websites, a Department of Homeland Security alert says.