What is a Cold Boot Attack?

In cryptography, a cold boot attack (or to a lesser extent, a platform reset attack) is a type of side channel attack in which an attacker with physical access to a computer is able to retrieve encryption keys from a running operating system after using a cold reboot to restart the machine from a completely “off” state. The attack relies on the data retention property of DRAM and SRAM to retrieve memory contents which remain readable in the seconds to minutes after power has been removed.

Securing Endpoints

Endpoint security has been gaining ground in the IT Security world in the last couple of years, though they have been around for more than a decade and a half. The first product from the Endpoint Security stable was the anti-virus software. Now endpoint security includes personal firewall, host IDS, anti-spyware, client anti-spam, client remote access etc apart from many other tools. This article delves more into the concept of endpoint security.


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What does the largest credit card theft teach us?

A 28-year-old man was charged with the largest credit card theft ever in the United States, in which more than 130 million card numbers were stolen, the US Justice Department said. Albert Gonzalez, of Miami, Florida, and two co-conspirators were accused of hacking into the computer networks of firms supporting major American retail and Financial organizations and stealing data. Continue reading “What does the largest credit card theft teach us?”