Massive cyber attack targeting the US

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. No, but I just checked out their site. Do you use it?
  2. Kilia Member

  3. A.O.T.F Member

    Everyone I know, does. These days .. It's a prerequisite ;)
  4. I'm just learning about this. Is Tor a VPN like HideMe, etc? I see there is no monthly fee for Tor like the others.
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Norse Delivers Real-Time Visibility into Cyber Attacks in Progress All Over the World

    Norse operates a global Tier 1 carrier-grade network of more than 8 million sensors, purpose-built for being attacked. Norse never repackages open-source intelligence. All our intelligence is original and organic. When our sensors are hit, they trace those threats back to the source, then deliver that information to you — with actionable context — all within 5 seconds.

    Norse is the global leader in live attack intelligence, building solutions that help organizations detect, mitigate and prevent network incursions from darknets while preventing future security failures. The patented Norse DarkMatter platform is a globally-distributed "distant early warning" network of thousands of sensors, honeypots, and crawlers that continuously analyzes Internet traffic to identify compromised hosts, malicious botnets, anonymous proxies, and other sources of digital attack. Processing hundreds of terabytes daily, the DarkMatter™ attack intelligence platform continuously computes over 1,500 distinct risk factors for millions of IP addresses every day.

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  6. Kilia Member

    Ahhh, thank you for the reply, TWG. Much appreciated.
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  7. Did anyone ever figure out why Kirksville, MO? I saw a reference to a radar site, but this seems pretty unlikely IMO. I was a Navy Air Traffic Controller for 5 years and those systems are not accessible from the internet in any fashion. Data is shared through.....other more direct means, at least when I was in the service they were. Anyone have any ideas?
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  9. DeathHamster Member

    What does that even mean?
  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's the last part of a new article about Norse:

    Real-Time Cyber-Attack Map Shows Scope of Global Cyber War

    By Lauren Walker, Newsweek

    “The attacks you are seeing are actually on Norse’s infrastructure,” Jeff Harrell, Norse’s vice president of product, tells Newsweek over the phone. That’s right, the unrelenting attacks you’re watching are only the ones being waged against a single company.

    Furthermore: “This is also far less than 1 percent of the data we receive at any given time,” he added. Essentially, your browser would freeze if Norse tried to show everything. It also means that you’re just getting a sampling of attacks — any origin or destination patterns you’ve noticed may have little significance when compared to the whole picture, most of which you’re not seeing.

    Norse is a threat intelligence firm based in Foster City, California, that gathers information on attacks happening to its infrastructure, records where they’re coming from and lets its customers know to block the malicious IP addresses. “We take the first hit so our customers don’t have to,” Harrell said.

    He wouldn’t elaborate on who those clients are, other than to say they include financial service and high tech companies, as well as government agencies such as the Department of Energy (with which it has a $1.9 million contract).

    The firm actually attracts attacks on its network through its 8 million specialty sensors, which it has scattered across 50 countries. This is why attacks appear consistently to hit seemingly unexpected locales, like St. Louis, Missouri (where Norse’s administrative offices and some sensors are located). The sensors are designed to look like common PCs, Macs, X-ray machines and ATMs—systems typically targeted.

    But something the map can’t convey: There often isn’t a hooded bad man waging each attack, as stereotypical stock images would have you believe. It’s probably grandma’s malware-infected computer; most of the attacks are automated, carried out by bots that you got from clicking the wrong email.

    While Norse’s cyber-attack map is years old and was last updated in April, Harrell says it gets renewed attention every time something major happens. Last year, that was when Facebook went down. This year, it seems to be the massive breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) systems, which compromised the personal information of more than 21 million prospective, current and former government workers.

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  11. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Thanks. I love that map.
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    U.S. and China Seek Arms Deal for Cyberspace | The New York Times

    The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other’s critical infrastructure during peacetime, according to officials involved in the talks.

    While such an agreement could address attacks on power stations, banking systems, cellphone networks and hospitals, it would not, at least in its first version, protect against most of the attacks that China has been accused of conducting in the United States, including the widespread poaching of intellectual property and the theft of millions of government employees’ personal data.

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  13. DeathHamster Member

    Woooooooo, cyberweapons!

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