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About the Author:

Pierluigi Paganini is Chief Information Security Officer at Bit4Id, firm leader in identity management, member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security)Treat Landscape Stakeholder Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at Cyber Defense magazine, Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to create the blog "Security Affairs," recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the The Hacker News team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News magazine and for many other security magazines. He is the author of the books The Deep Dark Web and Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin.
Info-Security-12132013

Unordinary Predictions for Information Security in 2014

Introduction
The year is closing and it’s time for prediction of the evolution of the security landscape in 2014. It’s easy to predict an increase in the volume of cyber […]

scada-12062013

Improving SCADA System Security

Introduction
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks contain computers and software that perform critical tasks and provide essential services within critical infrastructure. They’re considered by cyber strategists to be […]

ExploitTools11112013

How Classified NSA Exploit tools RADON and DEWSWEEPER Work

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The NSA FoxAcid Platform
Security expert Bruce Schneier is one of the most authoritative experts who revealed that the NSA has a wide-ranging arsenal of zero-day exploits to use for […]

phish-attack11052013

Modern Online Banking Cyber Crime

Introduction
In recent years, cyber crime has grown by leaps and bounds. Cyber crime revenue grew to levels comparable to that of a state, and major security analysts agree that […]

cybercrime11012013

2013 – The Impact of Cybercrime

Introduction
Recent studies published on the evolution of principal cyber threats in the security landscape. They present concerning scenarios, characterized by the constant growth of cyber criminal activities.

Even though the […]

imageManip10252013

Photo Forensics: Detect Photoshop Manipulation with Error Level Analysis

Introduction
Error Level Analysis is a forensic method to identify portions of an image with a different level of compression. The technique could be used to determine if a picture […]

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Hardware attacks, backdoors and electronic component qualification

Introduction
The capillary diffusion of technology in our society has an important consequence. Hardware has to be properly analyzed during acquisition and qualification phases of the supply chain. We’re surrounded […]

hacktivitsm-10022013

Hacktivism: Means and Motivations … What Else?

Introduction
The term “hacktivism,” derived by combining hack and activism, refers to the use of computers and any other IT system and network to debate and sustain a political issue, […]

skyGrabber09182013

Hacking Satellites … Look Up to the Sky

Introduction
Satellites have assumed a crucial role in our contemporary society; they are used in both private and public sectors for numerous purposes, from communication to research. Unfortunately, with the […]

Surveillance09122013

NSA Surveillance Is Changing Users’ Internet Experience

Introduction
Edward Snowden is the former technical assistant for the U.S. Intelligence whose revelations on U.S. surveillance programs have changed the way Internet users live their online experience more than […]

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PsyOps and Socialbots

Introduction
Social media are the principal aggregation “places” in cyberspace; billions of connected people are using it for a wide variety of purposes from gaming to socialization.

The high penetration […]

databaseVulnerab08262013

Databases—Vulnerabilities, Costs of Data Breaches and Countermeasures

Introduction
This post introduces principal database vulnerabilities, providing an overview of the possible effects for their exploitation. For each database vulnerability, the principal cyber threats are exposed and a few […]

cyber-crime08072013

Cybercrime as a Service

Reading about cybercrime, it is very easy to find terms such as attacks-as-a-service, malware-as-a-service and fraud-as-s-Service, that are commonly used to describe the practice of facilitating illegal activities for […]

Edward-Snowden07252013

How Edward Snowden protected information … and his life

Who is Edward Snowden?
Edward Snowden is the man who changed the history of the Internet; he revealed information on the largest and most secret surveillance program implemented by the […]

offense07182013

The Offensive Approach to Cyber Security in Government and Private Industry

Cyber security goes to the offensive, governments, intelligence agencies, law enforcement and private companies are evaluating the possibility to adopt an offensive approach to defend their assets from cyber-attacks […]

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The Palantir Technologies model, lights and shadows on a case of success

Introduction
In this article one of the most debated intelligence company is presented: the Palantir Technologies, a firm that is recognized as one of most brilliant providers for data analysis […]

ProjectArtemis-07012013

Project Artemis – OSINT activities on Deep Web

Introduction
During the last months I was a member of the board for a project titled Artemis, a research project that I started with my co-author Richard Amores to better […]

PRISM_logo-06242013

PRISM – Facts, Doubts, Laws and Loopholes

Introduction
Edward Snowden is the name of a 29-year-old technical assistant for the Central Intelligence Agency who disclosed the largest surveillance program implemented by the US known as the PRISM […]

NFC-06182013

Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology, Vulnerabilities and Principal Attack Schema

Introduction
The Near Field Communication (NFC) is a set of standards for mobile devices designed to establish radio communication with each other by being touched together or brought within a […]

US-vs-China06102013

China vs US, cyber superpowers compared

Introduction
In the last months, the press agencies and government official bulletins have reported several news regarding continuous cyber-attacks having Chinese origin, most of them with cyber espionage purpose, but […]