Hacker Communities Vs Security Communities

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Right from the start, I can say that the good guys are on higher grounds. Here’s why:

 

First of all, nobody likes ransomware on their computer and the vast majority of people are not hackers but targets so if there’s something that they can do to get rid of it they will do it.

Secondly, there are a lot of security companies that sell anti-virus software so every one of them is trying to make theirs more powerful than the other. A high competition means a higher interest to upgrade it.

Then you have the tech guys that are well paid from big companies to invest their time in understanding what are the hackers motives and methods so that they can come up with solutions to those attacks.

 

Five Ways That Good Guys Share More Than Bad Guys

It takes a lot for me to write a cybersecurity blog post these days. I spend most of my writing time working on my PhD. Articles like Nothing Brings Banks Together Like A Good Hack drive me up the wall, however, and a Tweet rant is insufficient. What fired me up, you might ask? Please read the following excerpt:

[Troels] Oerting, with no small dose of grudging admiration, says his adversaries excel at something that can’t be addressed with deep pockets or killer software: They’re superb networkers. “The organized crime groups in cyber are sharing much better than we are at the moment,” says Oerting, a Dane with a square jaw and the watchful eyes of a cop who’s investigated the underworld for 35 years. “They are sharing methodologies, knowledge, tools, practices—what works and what doesn’t.”

Statements like these are regularly submitted without evidence. In response, I provide five sources of evidence why organized crime groups do not share more than defenders.

1. Solution providers share. Both commercial and not-for-profit solution providers share enormous amounts of information on the security landscape. Some of it is free, and some of it is sold as products or consulting. Thousands of security companies and not-for-profit providers compete for your attention, producing white papers, Webinars, and other resources. You might argue that all of them claim to be the answer to your problem. However, this situation is infinitely better than the 1980s and early 1990s. Back then, hardly any solutions, or even security companies and organizations, existed at all.

Criminal solution providers share, but they do so by selling their wares. This is true for the open world as well, but the volume of the open world is orders of magnitude greater. Read more…

 

Other good news is that websites and forums are starting to close and ban hacker communities due to the fact that hacker attacks are getting more and more serious.

A webmaster will avoid getting into trouble and harming their website because of a few bad intended users.

 

Hackforums Shutters Booter Service Bazaar

 

Perhaps the most bustling marketplace on the Internet where people can compare and purchase so-called “booter” and “stresser” subscriptions — attack-for-hire services designed to knock Web sites offline — announced last week that it has permanently banned the sale and advertising of these services.

On Friday, Oct. 28, Jesse LaBrocca — the administrator of the popular English-language hacking forum Hackforums[dot]net — said he was shutting down the “server stress testing” (SST) section of the forum. The move comes amid heightened public scrutiny of the SST industry, which has been linked to several unusually powerful recent attacks and is responsible for the vast majority of denial-of-service (DOS) attacks on the Internet today.

The administrator of Hackforums bans the sale and advertising of server stress testing (SST) services, also known as "booter" or "stresser" online attack-for-hire services.

The administrator of Hackforums bans the sale and advertising of server stress testing (SST) services, also known as “booter” or “stresser” online attack-for-hire services.

“Unfortunately once again the few ruin it for the many,” LaBrocca wrote under his Hackforums alias “Omniscient.” “I’m personally disappointed that this is the path I have to take in order to protect the community. I loathe having to censor material that could be beneficial to members. But I need to make sure that we continue to exist and given the recent events I think it’s more important that the section be permanently shut down.” Read more…

 

The websites we are registering on are protecting our privacy, PayPal, Facebook, Google and so on are adopting new methods of log in security so that your account are being kept safe. All this said know that there are powerful forces working in your favor in order to make the Internet a safe place for all to share and enjoy.

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