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Monthly Archives: September 2016

27
Sep
2016

Largest Global Hack Ever Includes 500M Yahoo Users

by Bill

There have been a slew of pretty big hacks in recent years which have left user information exposed to the public or at least to the hackers. The most recent one and perhaps the largest breach to date happened over at Yahoo. The scary thing is that it actually happened back in 2014 but the company only just released the information that this happened. In the hack, more than 500 million accounts were broken into, and the hackers stole valuable data. The reason the information is coming out now is because the company believes that the attack may have been state sponsored, from another country.

The data included in the hack may have included names, birthdays, and even the security questions people have used to set up their Yahoo Accounts. There may have also been phone numbers and addresses included which is also troubling. While people these days have pretty much become used to hacks and attacks being part of everyday life, this one is a bit different seeing as it could be seen as a bit of terrorism from another place on the globe. As a result of the hacks Yahoo is advising people who have not changed their password since 2014 to change it as soon as possible. Those who use it’s different services – even Flickr – may be affected.

The FBI says it is on the claims ever since a hacker known as Peace was allegedly selling the data on the dark web. Due to this most recent hack which affects about half of Yahoo’s 1 billion users, you can easily see how important it is to have a hosting company on your side who has security in mind.

National Net is always on watch to protect our servers and your customer data, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and 366 in a leap year. Your security is our top priority and we do everything we can to prevent hacks like this from happening to your online properties.Even as hacks become more persistent, it is imperative that security professionals remain vigilant, because while all hacks can not be prevented, there is a lot to be said for simply being harder to hack than another alternative target online.

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08
Sep
2016

Does Your Host Treat Your Sites Like A Matter of National Security?

by Bill

These can be stressful times when it comes to web security, as evidenced by recent reports that the FBI is now investigating potential security breaches by foreign hackers seeking to fraudulently influence the upcoming election results.

It’s clear that data security is quickly becoming a challenge with serious consequences for governments and companies alike, and there is always a need for managed hosting that treats your site’s security with at least the same level of scrutiny the US government applies to digital matters of national security. Various law enforcement agencies and public institutions are investigating the possibility that the Russian government is trying to inject the country with certain feelings, which would result in distrust in the upcoming presidential election and the political institutions overall. Whichever side of the aisle you fall on, everyone can agree fair and accurate elections are an important goal.

It’s quite an interesting investigation because law enforcement agencies are investigating the “cyber tools” and hacking methods which could be used, and seeing if they have been used yet. With intelligence hobbyists saying they have proof that the Russians are tampering with things in the cyber world, a senior intelligence officer told the Washington Post that even the idea or insinuation that someone is tampering with the US elections process is a very dire situation that must be fully investigated, and stopped, if that’s what is really going on. Even if the Russian’s desire isn’t to sway the election in a certain direction, the chaos any interference could cause might be harmful to the country’s delicate political situation.

You can rest assured here at National Net, your site’s security is as important to us as the national security of our nation’s elections. We do our best each day with all the tools and service available to make sure that your site stays as safe as possible for you and your end users during each connection or transaction.

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