How DNSSEC Works

With DNSSEC, a DNS response now contains not only an answer but also a digital signature over that data made by the private key of the zone where the data originates. Validating this signature requires the zone’s public key – which DNSSEC conveniently stores in the DNS – so obtaining the required key for validation is …

Trump Exec. Order Could Move Federal Cybersecurity to the Cloud

A new Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure has been signed. The order is targeting the federal government’s notorious vulnerability to cyber threats, mandating one set of standards and making the heads of each government agency responsible for security. “The United States invented the internet and we need …

NIRA laments the poor adoption of the Nigerian ccTLD .Ng

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa with a population of over 180 million. One would expect that the netizens of nigeria would prefer .ng over .com. However, only 80,000 internet users adopted Nigeria’s top level domain, NIRA official laments. According to premiumtimesng.com, Sunday Folayan, President of the association, noted that only 80,000 dotng …

Cyber criminals shift target to financial advisers

Digital experts have warned that hackers could increasingly target financial advice firms now retail banks are splurging on cyber security to protect customers’ cash. Cyber security has become a hot topic in recent months, with the government launching the National Cyber Security Centre to address weaknesses in the IT systems of financial firms, particularly big …

US Senate votes to allow ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers

The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers’ explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies. The rules were approved in October 2016 by the Federal Communications Commission’s then-Democratic leadership, but are opposed by the FCC’s new …

FBI Warns Cyber Criminals Targeting FTP Servers For Health Data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI issued a warning that cyber criminals are actively targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers operating in “anonymous” mode and associated with medical and dental facilities to access protected health information (PHI). The federal agency said in a release that cyber criminals are targeting FTP servers to access PHI as …

IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2017 Says New Domains Attracts Spammers

The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence team a vital aspect revealed in its 2017 Threat Intelligence Index that, spam levels increased, launching innumerable fresh malware-laced attachments consisting of ransomware and banking Trojans. Networkworld.com posted this, March 13, 2017. Newer gTLDs, such as .click .top and .xyz, are now accounting for 5, 4 and 3 percent of …