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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:12:26 +0000 Chinese drone maker DJI faces questions from infosec researchers about its bug bounty programme. Sources have told The Register that a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) they were invited to sign would result in the company "owning their actions".

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:22:00 +0000 Do you want to stop criminals from getting into your Gmail or Facebook account? Are you worried about the cops spying on you? We have all the answers on how to protect yourself.

YASAT - A Simple Security Auditing Tool

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:20:09 +0000 YASAT (Yet Another Stupid Audit Tool) is a simple audit tool with minimum binary dependencies (only sed, grep and cut).

After a year of intensely investigating password theft, here's what Google found

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:15:22 +0000 Hackers are constantly trying to break into Google accounts, so Google researchers spent a year tracing how hackers steal passwords and expose them on the internet's black market.

Homeland Security team remotely hacked a Boeing 757

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:36:53 +0000 During a keynote address on Nov. 8 at the 2017 CyberSat Summit, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official admitted that he and his team of experts remotely hacked into a Boeing 757.

The four problems with the US government's latest rulebook on security bug disclosures

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:35:55 +0000 Analysis The United States government has published its new policy for publicly disclosing vulnerabilities and security holes.

10 best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs in 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:28:01 +0000 The awesome operating system Linux is free and open source. As such, there are thousands of different 'flavours' available - and some types of Linux such as Ubuntu are generic and meant for many different uses.

Privacy Pass protocol promises private perusing

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:58:25 +0000 Boffins have harnessed privacy-preserving crypto to create a browser extension that allows users to authenticate to services without being tracked.

Google researcher finds 79 Linux USB vulnerabilities

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:27:07 +0000 The Linux world learned last week that there is something surprisingly large and flaky at the heart of the platform's kernel USB drivers.

Cryptr - A Simple CLI Utility To Encrypt And Decrypt Files

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:37:05 +0000 Looking for a quick, easy, and secure method to protect your files? Well, there is a simple shell utility called "Cryptr" that helps you to encrypt and decrypt files. All from command line, and you don't need to be a security ninja or Linux expert to learn how to secure your data.

DXC spills AWS private keys on public Github

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:35:49 +0000 Miscreants racked up a $64,000 bill on DXC Technologies' tab after a techie accidentally uploaded the outsourcing firm's private AWS key to a public GitHub repo.

Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:09:56 +0000 Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel. Torvalds announced the new release with his usual lack of fanfare, but with a couple of interesting nuggets of news.