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An Infographic: Magic Lantern, a Keystroke Logging Software Developed by the FBI

Magic Lantern is keystroke logging software developed by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation. Variously described as a virus and a Trojan horse, it can be installed remotely, via an e-mail attachment or by exploiting common operating system vulnerabilities. It’s unclear whether Magic Lantern would transmit keystrokes it records back to the FBI over the Internet or store the information to be seized later in a raid.

The FBI intends to deploy Magic Lantern in the form of an e-mail attachment. When the attachment is opened, it installs a trojan horse on the suspect’s computer. The trojan horse is activated when the suspect uses PGP encryption, often used to increase the security of sent e-mail messages. When activated, the trojan horse will log the PGP password, which allows the FBI to decrypt user communications.

Magic Lantern could be installed over the Internet by tricking a person into double-clicking an e-mail attachment or by exploiting some of the same weaknesses in popular commercial software that allow hackers to break into computers.

Co-operation by Antivirus Vendors

Magic Lantern was first reported in a column by Bob Sullivan of MSNBC on 20 November 2001 and by Ted Bridis of the Associated Press.

Bridis reported that Network Associates (maker of McAfee anti-virus products), had contacted the FBI following the press reports about Magic Lantern to ensure their anti-virus software would not detect the program. While Network Associates issued a denial, the public disclosure of the existence of Magic Lantern sparked a debate as to whether anti-virus companies could or should detect the FBI’s keystroke logger.

This infographic by MobiStealth looks at how the Magic Lantern progressed over time, and precisely what the rootkit can help steal from a target’s system:

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An Inforgraphic: SMB Cloud Market across Asia Pacific to Reach US $19.8 billion in 2015

Asia Pacific SMB cloud services market opportunity will reach US$19.8 billion in 2015, says the Parallels Asia-Pacific SMB Cloud Insights report.

The huge growth will likely be due to the fact that a majority of the SMBs across Asia-Pacific region prefer to go straight to the cloud, rather than installing in-house IT solutions. China and India with 3.3 million and 3.5 million SMBs respectively are expected to be the front-runners for cloud services in Asia Pacific.

The Infographic below summarizes the key findings of the report. However, country specific findings for Asia-Pacific are:

  • Australia
    Australian SMB market will reach AUD$1.5 billion in 2015, registering a growth of AUD$630 million over the next three years.
  • China
    China, as of September 2012, represented an estimated market of ¥10.8 billion RMB. The figure will likely reach ¥24.2B RMB (US$3.8 billion) in 2015, thereby registering a 31 percent annual growth. 72% of Chinese SMBs who haven’t deployed servers yet, are likely to be major contributors of the growth.
  • India
    Indian cloud services market will reach 36.9 billion (US$664 million) in 2015, registering 45% annual growth over 11.9 billion (US$216 million) in September 2012.

 

To download the complete report by Parallels, click here.

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An Infographic: How Secure is Your Website When Compared to Your PC?

Internet usage and web security go hand in hand. With the exponential growth of Internet traffic over the last decade, online security threats have grown by leaps and bounds too, and the recent flurry of WordPress attacks is a testament to it.

The number of online accounts that get compromised on a daily basis clearly indicate that a great majority of website owners isn’t particularly cautious about their website’s security.

Web Hosting provider HeartInternet recently conducted a research among small business website owners and home PC users to determine whether people take their website security as seriously as their PC security.

Predictably, the answer is no! The survey reveals that only 65% small business website owners have anti-virus software installed on their computers; a stark contrast to 96% of home PC users who have proper security set-ups in place.

The statistics are equally embarrassing when it comes to use of secure passwords, revealing that only half of small business websites protect their sensitive data with strong passwords, compared to 75% of the home users.

Now you don’t like to go through boring statistics, do you? Presented in this good old 90s gaming theme inspired infographic are other key findings of the said security research, wrapped up with helpful tips to help you protect yourself against hacking and online fraud.

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100 Resourceful and Informative Web hosting Blogs you must Follow In 2013

A compilation of top 100 Web hosting blogs to follow in 2013.

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An Infographic- What type of Web Hosting is Best for You?

One of the first questions every website owner faces is what type of Web Hosting is best for his website. The decision to choose between shared hosting, dedicated hosting, VPS hosting, Managed Hosting and Hybrid Hosting is influenced by one major question: What type of site do you want to host? The Infographic below will help you get better hold of the idea.

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An Infographic- How do Certification Authorities Issue SSL Certificates?

This Infographic sheds light on the steps taken by Certification Authorities for issuing the  green padlock and “https”.  Also included is information regarding  how a browser confirms the relevancy of an SSL certificate and the displays warning  for the websites which do not contain one.  You can learn more about SSL certificates and their working here and here.How do Certification Authorities Issue SSL Certificates?