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The recent massive phone and data outage occurred only yesterday in Silicon Valley demonstrated how easy someone can sabotaged a state or even a country critical infrastructure (not just an electrical grid) if they wanted to, InformationWeeks report.

“Vandals opened a manhole cover, descended about 8 feet and cut four or five fiber-optic cables owned by AT&T (NYSE: T), first in south San Jose and a couple of hours later in San Carlos.”

Hackers or terrorists don’t really need to hack into sophisticated computer systems like this CBS news report said, however, what they really aim for are “low-hanging fruits”, that are easy pickings ie unprotected manholes, that has no firewall protecting it.

Sophisticated groups with malicious intent with a well thought-out plan, could caused a massive disruption to any country’s infrastructure if and when they could organize a well coordinated attack from different angle.

And as this incident showed, to pull this off, it is not very difficult.

Take away? Never overly invest in complex computer security system when the front door’s lock is easily picked. One day, someone could just break down the front door, walk in and cart away all the servers, without even needing to punch a keyboard.

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Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes host this segment about Conficker, titled “The Internet is Infected.” You can watch the video below, which at the end of the segment, shows some footage of teen Russian hackers, as young as 14 years old ripping off Americans.

How do you know if your PC is infected with Conficker? If you tried to browse to Microsoft or Symantec and you can’t, that is one symptom that your PC has Conficker.  Joe Stewart came out with a Conficker Eye Chart, which will explain which variant of Conficker may have infected your PC or it’s a false alarm.

This WindowsSecrets article is very comprehensive on removing and preventing Conficker, great write up.

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While reading a ComputerWorld article on China becoming the world’s malware factory, I came across an interesting reference of a recent attack that occurred in Asia Pacific region but has little coverage on the English media.

Apparently the attacked started in March 06 till March 13 according to Cisco’s Security Center.

What happened is traffic going to, and were redirected to w w w.dachengkeji.c o m. The hacker(s) apparently managed to compromise a switch in Singapore in order to launch this attack. Malicious codes can then be downloaded to unsuspecting surfers.

According to Cisco, “Full details of the attacks are unclear, but they could be a result of a malicious code outbreak, DNS compromise, non-blind TCP spoofing attacks, or another man-in-the-middle style of attack.”

Preventing such attack may be difficult and the risk is rather high, especially if the hacker is running some sniffing tool to pull sensitive details like login names and passwords. Safest bet is never to use the same password credentials on different web sites.

aiaThe Aerospace Industries Association announced that it has teamed with Internet Security Alliance to create the center “to provide information and tools to help identify threats to a company’s information technology infrastructure.”

ISA is a nonprofit forum for data sharing and thought leadership on information security issues. ISA aims to identify and standardize best practices in Internet security and network survivability, while creating a collaborative environment to develop and implement information security solutions.

This is probably one of the response to the incident of how US President’s Marine One blueprint were leaked in the P2P network and have fallen into the hands of countries like Iran and China.


Panda security recently launched the “Protect our kids on the Web” campaign to increase awarness and keep children safe by taking the right precautions.

The campaign has a video introduction by Penny Sherstobitoff, Panda Security’s chief operating officer.

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Update 21 March: Twitter


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