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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.
CarHacking02282014

Car Hacking: You Cannot Have Safety without Security

Introduction
The theme of the car hacking is increasingly discussed by the media and within the security community. At one time, the exploits of hackers that have hijacked a car […]

NSA-control-web02212014

Lights and shadows on the capabilities of the NSA

Introduction
The documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed to the world the amazing spying machine built by US intelligence, its capabilities appears virtually infinite, the US agents, in fact, are […]

POS-Malware02112014

Malware-based Attacks Against POS Systems

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Introduction
A sequence of data breaches suffered by principal US retailers Target and Neiman Marcus has put Americans on alert. A total of more than a hundred million people may […]

JTAG01272014

A Close Look at the NSA Monitor Catalog – Server Hacking

Introduction
Summing up what happened, Der Spiegel published an internal NSA catalog that contains detailed information on spies’ backdoors used by the agencies and designed to compromise a wide range […]

CardingProcess01142014

Introduction to the Business of Stolen Card Data

Introduction
I receive many questions from people who don’t work in the security field about the use of stolen credit card data in the cyber-crime ecosystem, so I decided to […]

NSA-Monitor01102014

How the NSA Monitors Target Computers with Radar Wave Devices

Introduction
Germany’s Der Spiegel has published a couple of disturbing articles on the NSA surveillance activities. The media agency has focused its articles on the Advanced/Access Network Technology (ANT) division […]

cybercrime-01082014

Cyber Security During The Holidays

Introduction
It’s the holidays, a key time for cybercrime that exploits the bad habits of unaware internet users. Attackers can defraud and monetize their actions with little effort. During the […]

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 […]

socialbot-09032013

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 […]