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Security experts warn of 'January Effect' cyberattacks

posted onDecember 24, 2012
by l33tdawg

 The world didn't end with the Mayan calendar. But it still might be a good idea for those in the information security business to be wary of this time of year.

Jeffrey Carr, an author on cyberwarfare and founder and CEO of Taia Global, noted in a post on Infosec Island this week that he has noticed a major breach or act of cyber warfare that kicks off the New Year—every year since 2009.

Carr calls it "The January Effect," a well-established term in the investment world that refers to an expected price rise in securities after the first of the year. The effect, he said, is viewed as an opportunity for the bad guys.

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