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Inside Uber's $100,000 Payment to a Hacker, and the Fallout

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:29:19 +0000 "Hello Joe," read the November 2016 email from someone identifying himself as "John Doughs." "I have found a major vulnerability in Uber."

Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance-And Makes It Even Worse

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:45:13 +0000 In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was legally collecting millions of Americans' phone calls and electronic communications-including emails, Facebook messages, and browsing histories-without a warrant. Congress has now decided not only to reauthorize these programs, but also to expand some of their most invasive techniques.

The "Doublespeak" of Responsible Encryption

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:44:17 +0000 Coined by US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, responsible encryption is a new name for an old argument: that public agencies fighting crime and terrorism must have access to our private communications-for our own good. In 2016, Apple defied a court order to unlock an iPhone used by a shooter in an attack in San Bernardino, California.

Wi-Fi Alliance announces WPA3 to secure modern networks

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:41:01 +0000 The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an odd place to announce an enterprise product, but the Wi-Fi Alliance used the massive trade show - which has more or less taken over where Comdex left off - to announce a major upgrade to Wi-Fi security.

How I've captured all passwords trying to ssh into my server

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:48:04 +0000 By default ssh logs out ssh attempts , wether they're successful or not , what it doesn't do by default is log out the passwords they've tried. So i thought it would be a good idea to slightly modify ssh to log them passwords too.

Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:48:41 +0000 The outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is "looming" at the American military's door.

Major Linux distros have Meltdown patches, but that's only part of the fix

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:46:27 +0000 All the major Linux distributions have now released their Intel chip meltdown patches. But, someone must retune all those servers to get their performance up to speed and replace network devices and servers running up-to-date Linux distros.

Let's Encrypt disables TLS-SNI-01 validation

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:59:59 +0000 Let's Encrypt has disabled TLS-SNI-01 validation after the discovery of an attack able to hijack certificates using the protocol.

Linux vs Meltdown: Ubuntu gets second update after first one fails to boot

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:59:03 +0000 Canonical, the company that makes Linux distro Ubuntu, has re-released its Meltdown update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial users after the first attempt tripped up machines.

FBI chief claims encryption is an 'urgent public safety issue'

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:55:26 +0000 If "Going Dark" were an actual thing, then surely the FBI would be completely blind by now. After all, the bureau has been harping on how it was "going dark" for 25 years! That's right, the FBI started making claims about "going dark" due to encryption way back in 1993, according to Bruce Schneier.

Fedora 28 Looking To Replace Glibc's libcrypt With libxcrypt

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:18:18 +0000 As upstream Glibc is working on deprecating libcrypt for its eventual removal from the codebase, Fedora developers are looking at using libxcrypt for their hashing/encoding crypto library.

Adobe patches information leak vulnerability

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:17:26 +0000 In comparison to Microsoft which is having a busy month patching due to Spectre and Meltdown, Adobe's latest patch update addresses only one vulnerability.