Bob Brown

Bob Brown is the former news editor for Network World.

Cisco security researcher: Ransomware crowd big on customer service

Cisco security research breaks down the anatomy of a cyberattack throughout the exploit kit infection chain, all the way to ransomware attacks and investigation into such breaches, at SecureWorld Boston event

Homeland Security issues call to action on IoT security

Homeland Security issues call to action on IoT security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Robert Silvers says his purpose in speaking at the Security of Things Forum in Cambridge on Thursday wasn’t to scare anyone, but then he went ahead and called on everyone in the room to...

Heat map to show where burning need is for cybersecurity pros

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is funding creation of a heat map visualization tool that will show where cybersecurity jobs are open across the country. The first rendition should be out late next year.

Sony BMG Rootkit Scandal: 10 Years Later

Sony BMG Rootkit Scandal: 10 Years Later

Hackers really have had their way with Sony over the past year, taking down its Playstation Network last Christmas Day and creating an international incident by exposing confidential data from Sony Pictures Entertainment in response...

5 cool new security research breakthroughs

University and vendor researchers are congregating in San Diego this week at USENIX Security ’14 to share the latest findings in security and privacy, and here are 5 that jumped out to me as being particularly interesting.

Murder suspect and fugitive John McAfee defends himself via blog

John McAfee, the security software pioneer who is wanted in connection with a murder in Belize, has launched a blog to defend himself while on the lam. "The Hinterland - The official blog of John McAfee" debuted on Nov. 17, with...

Exploring cybercriminal minds, safeguarding privacy among $50M worth of new NSF research projects

The National Science Foundation (NSF) this week awarded $50 million for more than 70 research projects focused on securing cyberspace in the United States. The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace awards are aimed at protecting...

Ads in mobile apps not just annoying, but risky

Many mobile apps include ads that can threaten users' privacy and network security, according to North Carolina State University researchers. The National Science Foundation-funded researchers studied 100,000 apps in Google Play...

Virginia Tech on Lockdown After 2 Fatal Shootings

Virginia Tech, the Blacksburg, Va., school that was rocked in 2007 by the deadliest shooting rampage by a single gunman in U.S. history, has been locked down this afternoon in the wake of shootings that have resulted in at least two...

WiFi Users Blissfully Ignorant About Real Security, Research Finds

New research conducted on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance shows that while wireless users are making strides on the security front, theyre still leaving their Wi-Fi networks too open to intruders. BETTER WIRELESS: Software upgrades...

LulzSec Gets Google+ Boot, but Returns

Hacker group LulzSec ("the world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense") has had its initial Google+ account nixed this week, though LulzSec has quickly and brashly re-emerged with a new one

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