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Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds

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SecurityMagazine.com A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access—every 39 seconds on average—and the non-secure usernames and passwords we use that give attackers more chance of success. The study, conducted by Michel Cukier, Clark School assistant professor of mechanical engineering and affiliate of the Clark School's Center for Risk and Reliability and Institute for Systems Research, profiled the behavior of "brute force" hackers, who use simple software-aided techniques to randomly attack large numbers of computers. The researchers discovered which usernames and passwords are tried most often, and what hackers do when they gain access to a computer. On TV and in film, these kinds of hackers have been portrayed as people with grudges who target specific institutions and manually try to break into their computers. But in reality, Cukier says, "most...
AFTER the Spanish terror attacks killed 14 people, here is a look back at the worst terror attacks in Europe since 2015. Express By Alice Foster Spanish terror attacks: Thursday August 17 2017A terrorist ploughed a van into crowds, killing 13 people and injuring more than a hundred, in Barcelona's Las Ramblas in the afternoon. Hours later, police shot dead five attackers wearing fake suicide vests after a second attack in Cambrils, a coastal town south of Barcelona. Finsbury Park terror attack: Just after midnight on June 19 2017A van driver mowed down Muslim worshipers on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park mosque in the very early hours of June 19. One man was left dead, while eight injured victims were taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene.The suspect Darren Osborne has been charged with terror-related murder and attempted murder. London Bridge terror attack: June 3...
Washington Examiner by Anna Giaritelli Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, testified Thursday that the greatest global threat to the United States is jihadist groups."The primary international terror threat facing our country is from global jihadist groups. However, the department is also focused on the threat of domestic terrorism. Ideologically-motivated violence here in the United States is a danger to our nation, our people, and our values," Duke told the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing on worldwide threats. "I also want to make clear today that DHS is not standing on the sidelines as these threats proliferate. And we will not allow frequent terrorism to become the new normal," she added.The DHS nominee to replace Duke, Kirstjen Nielsen, testified a few weeks earlier that she viewed cyberattacks as the greatest threat to U.S. national security."I believe one of the most significant for...

German Christmas market evacuated as device found

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BBC The device, that also held batteries and wires, was sent to a pharmacy in the city south-west of Berlin. Police initially said they found explosives inside, but later said there was no detonator. Last December, 12 people died when an Islamist attacker hijacked a lorry and drove it at a Berlin Christmas market. The device was found near Brandenburgerstrasse in the centre of Potsdam, which has a number of other Christmas markets. A police spokesman said an X-ray scan was conducted on the device, which found that it had nails inside. The Interior Minister for Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Schröter, said police were searching the area in case more devices were sent, he said. More than 2,600 Christmas markets opened across Germany on Monday. They bring in an estimated £2bn (€2.3bn; $2.7bn) of business a year. The BBC's Damien McGuinness, in Berlin, says that there is an increased police presence in...
New York Times By ADAM GOLDMAN and CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON — A former militia leader from Libya was convicted on Tuesday of terrorism charges arising from the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a United States ambassador and three other Americans. But he was acquitted of multiple counts of the most serious offense, murder.The defendant, Ahmed Abu Khattala, 46, was the first person charged and prosecuted in the attacks, which took on broader significance as Republicans and conservative news outlets sought to use them to damage the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton, who was then the secretary of state. Yet the seven-week trial in federal court in Washington received relatively little attention from such quarters.Mr. Khattala was convicted on four counts — including providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to do so, destroying property and placing lives in jeopardy at the mission, and carrying a semiautomatic firearm during a...