Online Credit Theft Happened to Me

February 4, 2016 — by Werner Thalmeier2


Pling Pling!  You all know the tone when a new message arrives to your private mail inbox.

Recently, when this happened to me, I checked the message subject and was shocked right away. “Urgent: Please call me back!”  In our business world this kind of e-mail happens, but in this case the sender was my personal bank manager. In the last 10 years, I have never received a message like this from him.  I gave him a call and my manager told me that my wife’s credit card was compromised. An unknown person had used it for shopping at a sporting goods store in the US and to set up a VPN account to hide his criminal activities.


Tips for Before, During, and After a Cyber-Attack

December 2, 2015 — by Werner Thalmeier1

Whether you are an enterprise, e-commerce business, local organization, or government office – it’s merely a matter of time before you’re going to have to deal with a cyber-attack.

The question is what can you do before an attack to have adequate defenses in place?  Evaluating and selecting the best cyber-attack mitigation solution and vendor for your needs is a good place to start.  And like any business initiative, good preparation and planning can go a long way toward making the process as manageable, painless, and inexpensive as possible.


Can Low Cost “Always-On” DDoS Protection Keep You Safe?

November 2, 2015 — by Werner Thalmeier0

“You get what you pay for.” This is true for many areas in life and it also applies to IT security.

In the news again! – “123456host hacked, 13M customers exposed.”
Why does this happen again and again?  Many security service providers offer a low cost, always-on cyber-attack and DDoS protection solution and many customers think that this is “good enough” for them.

Attack Types & VectorsDDoSSecurity

Evolved Cyber-Attacks Target Banks and Mis-Direct Their Network Protection

October 13, 2015 — by Werner Thalmeier0

For many years banks have been a prime target for cyber-attacks. As of late though, publicly-known cyber-attacks in the financial industry seem to have remained static – in terms of attack frequency, duration and intensity. In reality, however, this is just the surface. There is still a significant threat of new attacks targeting banks and in many cases, the industry may not even be aware that they are under fire. This has the potential to cause even greater damage than a “public” Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attack.

Attack Types & VectorsHacksSecurity

What Does the Volkswagen Hack mean for IoT Security?

October 1, 2015 — by Werner Thalmeier64


A remote hack-attack on Chrysler Jeeps dominated headlines this past summer when researchers used an exploit to wirelessly control parts of a car’s systems.  Initially, they took over the air conditioning, the windshield wipers and the radio.  Intrigue grew to concern, however, when those same researchers showed how they could also slow down the car on the highway without any chance for the driver to maintain control. Those revelations led to the first known product recall on a networked car:  The Jeep Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler had to update software in more than 1.4 million of its vehicles.

Attack Types & VectorsSecurity

How the German Government’s Network Was Breached – And Why It Could Happen To You

September 22, 2015 — by Werner Thalmeier1

The headline-making cyber-attack on the German Bundestag lower house of Parliament was recently solved. Reports state that attackers stole unknown amounts of data and government officials are now being forced to spend millions of euros on the cleanup to fix their entire computer system.

The attack (one of the biggest known against the German Government’s IT systems) first became public in May 2015 and while more background information has recently become available, understandably, even this available information is being handled with care.


‘The Art of Cyber War’ at Black Hat 2014 in Sao Paulo

November 24, 2014 — by Werner Thalmeier0

This week I’ll be attending the Black Hat Conference in Sao Paulo (… my first time in Brazil and I’m really looking forward to it!) and I was given the exciting opportunity to discuss some of the latest cyber-crime trends that we’ve seen at Radware.

Cyber-attacks have become so prevalent that nearly every online business, financial service, government agency, or critical infrastructure is a likely target.  In fact, a case can be made that cyber-attacks are not just a powerful option for perpetrators, but they have risen to become a desirable weapon in their caches.