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Articles tagged with: cyber security

Security Firm CloudFlare Raises $20 Million In Funding

A web security startup, dubbed CloudFlare has just raised $20 million in series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The San Francisco startup plans on using the money to hire more manpower and fuel its infrastructure.

If you’ve never heard of CloudFlare before, it’s basically a cloud-based software program that helps protect websites from vicious attacks such as DoS (Denial of Service) and other types of cyber attacks.

Microsoft Retires Office XP And Vista SP1

Well, wadya know. Microsoft is finally going to retire it’s 2001 Office XP and first service pack for Windows Vista next week, according to the company’s own calendar. Both platforms will end on July 12th, and will no longer have updates supporting the antiquated software.

Since Microsoft supports its business products for ten years, this change shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. Vista users will still be able to get security updates by upgrading to service pack 2, that is, if they are still using SP1.

Obama Plans Cyber Attacks, While 62K Logins Are Leaked

President Obama has signed executive orders that outline how far the U.S. military can go with cyber attacks. The Obama administration believe that the current cyber attacks are just one step away from being full blown attacks and outline the current state of affairs of American cyber security.

Obama plans on using cyber attacks in the Middle East both for offensive and defensive measures, such as unleashing a virus on the enemy’s network or taking down the entire network.

Georgia Tech Leads 5 Year Homeland Security Program

Georgia Tech Research Institute will lead a five-year Homeland Open Security Technology program that will cost $10M. The program is geared towards finding new ways to handle the country’s cyber security, as we had just mentioned yesterday, President Obama is taking this initiative very seriously. The researchers in the program seek to convince opponents of the program, that open solutions are safe.

The program will seek to discover and collaborate in open source software and practices, thereby producing a ‘measurable impact’ for cyber security systems.

Obama Reserves Right To Bomb Hackers

Has our President been hanging around with George Bush a bit much lately? One may guess that based on what Obama has recently said. In a personal foreword (link to webpage with PDF) to document International Strategy for Cyberspace, the President claimed that the country would preserve the character of cyberspace and reduce the threats faced. President O-bomb-a reserves the right to take military action against cyber-terrorists who attempt to hack into the U.S. government.