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Archive for March, 2013

Cold Cyber War

About the abuse of sensational catchwords

The last few months there has been an astounding increase in media attention around the theme ‘cyber war’. From blogs via newspapers on to TV, everywhere we can hear statements about how a cyber war is on the verge of breaking out. But is that true?

When I think of the word ‘war’, I think of a situation where two or more sides attack one another. And the attacks lead to casualties. This should also be the case in a so called cyber war. And something like that, has not yet been seen. And quite frankly, I don’t think we will see one materializing soon.


Happy New malware Year

A turbulent beginning of 2013

Every holiday season, almost nothing feels better than giving someone you care about the one gift he or she truly wanted. We all are more than happy to enjoy a couple of days off but it seems as if the bad guys were using these days to dig up exploit possibilities and other bugs inside the software we use and to presented the world with their ‘special’ New Year gifts. Let us have a look at how the year started and sum up a couple of threats we saw during the past weeks.

We can determine threats on two major fronts: Ruby on Rails, Java and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer form the first one – all web-related. And then there are flaws in Foxit Reader and Microsoft’s Windows RT, which also got in the line of fire.