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If the White House Has Trouble With Hackers, Everyone is at Risk




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According to the noted National Security expert Bill Gertz, White House computers have been compromised by hackers, probably from China, but nothing classified was stolen. (Washington Free Beacon, 9/30/12)

Who says nothing classified was stolen?
Well, an administration official and an unnamed source on background. (Politico, 10/2012)

Well, that’s good then. Government officials always tell the truth.

Exactly what was hacked into? An email system.
Whose email system? It was just the White House Military Office.

Great! Not like they got into the West Wing and were monitoring the Prez’s love letters to Michelle or his iPod playlist!

So, what exactly does the White House Military Office do?
They are in charge of the President’s Nuclear Football. I know, he is more of a golf and basketball guy.

But this is a very special football. It has the codes that the President could use to launch nuclear missiles and start World War III. And they also arrange the Presidents travel and communication plans!

That may sound serious, but not to worry!
An Administration National Security official says it was just a “Spear Phising Attack”. That’s where a hacker uses emails disguised as from a trusted source in order to get recipients to reveal classified information or become infected by malware. (Washington Free Beacon, 9/30/12)

Sounds bad, but the Administration official also said such attacks are “not infrequent” and there are unspecified “mitigation measures in place”.

I guess they know what they are doing. This is the US Government, after all.

But wait! He said this is “not infrequent”!
That means it happens a lot!

I sure hope they are using Comodo Internet Security Pro 2012, the best Antivirus and firewall software!

Most malware protection systems use a “blacklist” of known threats to screen files.  The problem with this approach is that the list has to be constantly updated and they can’t protect against threats not yet identified. As former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said, the thing that you keeps you up at night are the thing that you don’t know and you don’t know that you don’t know them!

With 40,000 new malware unleashed every day it is a lot of work maintaining a blacklist.

Comodo antivirus system uses a “whitelist” approach. The scanner uses a list of known valid programs to allow only safe programs to run in the system.  For any other software it allows it to run in a separate, isolate system called a “sandbox”. The scanner monitors the program in the sandbox and can identify if it is safe or not.

If the White House has trouble with computer hackers than everyone is at risk.  Never open email if you have any suspicions as to the source and use Comodo Internet Security Pro 2012.

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What’s an IP location CDN?




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If you are a business leader or a website owner who is determined to take on newer heights for your business, you need to make an effort to study the digital world and everything it encompasses. For example, the phrase that has been typed a lot in search engines is ‘IP location CDN.’

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Do you have an idea why?

We are talking about the CDN IP location for this article, how they are both different entities, why the search phrase begins to be ranked, and what components you can take into consideration when shopping for CDN providers.

Let’s get started!

IP location CDN: what is it?

It is essential to understand that the CDN IP location is not an actual piece of technology. They are two separate entities. The IP location is one thing, while the CDNs, short for Content Delivery Networks, are another. A quick definition of an IP address, also known as an IP address, is a network address for your device so that the internet is informed as to where the data, emails, or pictures of dogs and beaches can be transmitted.

Every gadget has now it. Whether it’s a personal computer or a tablet, there are IP addresses in every device that can access the internet. Hundreds of IP address tracker devices are available online, so you can simply turn to these automated resources to find out what the answer is if you curry where any users are.

On the other hand, CDNs are a bunch of servers scattered around the world. This is how global internet users can use media from the internet much faster and easier wherever they are. Unknown to the large majority, CDNs run half the internet. These cloud content delivery platforms distribute data more effectively to users worldwide. Without the help of a CDN, visitors to websites must collect data from the host of the origin of a site, which means that the host responsible for keeping the website and its content alive. While nothing is wrong here, the host origins are not made to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people at once.

That means that if your website is not backed up by CDN and you all visit your website from your ocean of users, it will more likely crash because your visitors will request data from the host of origin. This host of origin is also situated in one region of the globe. This means that users of your site who are seas other than origin will notice a significant delay in loading the web page. In the meantime, your users who live near the origin will not experience the same browsing encounter. CDNs are therefore helpful: because they reduce latency, and several servers around the globe help to relay your web data much faster.

Why are people looking this up?

Understandably, a lot of CDN IP positions have been searched for. If you’re shopping for CDNs, you’d like to find out where the location of your CDN providers is. It is because you would like to make sure that their positions are close to where your primary markets are located. You may be a company based in Atlanta, for example, but your website has an extensive follow-up in Sweden and Japan. In that particular case, you would like to make sure that the CDN providers you find have locations in those areas as well.

You can turn to an IP address tracker for support if you are not certain where your site visitors are. These kinds of digital tools help you find out where your digital markets are. Of course, your web host should have this information ready, but if you want to single out a single user or visitor, and you want to know where they come from, the IP address tracker should be enough. Look around online, and you’re going to find a lot of them.

How to choose CDN providers

As stated earlier, the number one thing you would like to ask CDN providers is where they are located. They might have the most advanced equipment and prices, but if their presence points are far from where your web site needs to be strongest, it may be pointless to sign up. Please note that the very essence of why you first sign up with a provider is that your sets can be loaded quickly. Check out where our locations are on this link.

Customer service is something you can’t overlook. If you entrust your Web data to CDN providers, you would want a trustworthy team to be responsible if anything goes wrong. It’s also extremely helpful to be able to turn to a talented pool of trusted professionals, particularly when you run an e-commerce business.


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Facebook Announced Rewards for Vulnerabilities in Hermes and Spark AR





On Friday, Facebook revealed it is providing substantial incentives for vulnerabilities found in Hermes and Spark AR through its bug bounty programme.

Hermes is a JavaScript engine which was released a year ago by Facebook as an open source. Hermes is used for Android and other applications by the social media giant’s React Native apps, including Spark AR, an augmented reality tool used to create effects on Facebook , Instagram, and even on Facebook’s Portal smart displays.

Its bug bounty program has covered vulnerabilities found in native Facebook code, but the company says it wants to encourage security researchers to analyze Hermes and Spark AR, which is why bug bounties have increased significantly.

For example, if a white hat hacker discovers a vulnerability or an exploit chain that allows remote execution of code while running a Spark AR effect, they will receive $25,000. The exploit can either directly target the Spark AR platform, or the Hermes JavaScript VM.

“May adjust the amount depending on the particular bug and exploit. For instance, an exploit chain that lacks an ASLR bypass will result in a slightly lower payout. Likewise, an out-of-bound writing where the route to RCE is not clear would receive a lower payout, “explained Facebook.

On average, a vulnerability that allows an attacker to read user data might be worth $15,000. Denial-of – service (DoS) flaws resulting from out-of-bound read or write bugs will yield between $500 and $3,000 to researchers.

They can also receive a bonus of up to $15,000 if they provide a complete proof-of – concept (PoC) exploit, meaning they might get $40,000 for a flaw in remote code execution.

Last year, Facebook paid out more than $2.2 million through its bug bounty program, and a total of almost $10 million since its program was launched in 2011.


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Google Announced New Policy Updates to Reject Ads for Spyware





Google announced this week that it will effectively reject ads for surveillance technology starting next month, by updating its policy.

The revised Google Advertising Promoting Unethical Behavior Policy, which would “prohibit the promotion of goods or services that are advertised or targeted for the express purpose of tracking or controlling another person or their activities without their authorisation,” will be implemented beginning August 11, 2020, the Internet giant announced.

Google must enforce the policy internationally in an attempt to combat spyware ads and other forms of surveillance.

Such technology, explains the company, involves using spyware, malware, and other means to monitor a person’s messages, phone calls, or browsing habits, or keep an eye on their whereabouts using GPS trackers.

In addition, Google’s revised policy would also strike the sale of surveillance devices such as audio recorders, cameras, dash cams and nanny cams that are “marketed for the purpose of clear spying.”

“It does not include (a) private investigative services or (b) products or services designed to track or control parents’ underage children,” explains the company.

If any violations of the new policy are found, Google will initially issue a alert, and delete offending accounts within 7 days.

Advertisers are told, before August 11, to delete any advertisements that might result in a policy breach.


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