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Open source trounces proprietary software for code defects, Coverity analysis finds  18 April 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Security Projects Forget bad headlines generated by the Heartbleed flaw, when it comes to code defects open source is still well ahead of proprietary software, generating fewer coding defects for every size of project, according to a new analysis by scanning service Coverity.
 
Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears  18 April 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.
 
Canadians arrest a Heartbleed hacker  17 April 2014 
Source: CNN Money - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Latest News Canadian mounties have arrested a teenager who, they say, used the Heartbleed Internet bug to hack into the country's tax agency.
 
Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked with glue mould  16 April 2014 
Source: BBC - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacks/Cracks The researchers fooled the new handset using a mould made out of glue. The fingerprint sensor on Samsung's Galaxy S5 handset has been hacked less than a week after the device went on sale.
 
'Snowden effect' has changed cloud data security assumption, survey claims  16 April 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Network Security Edward Snowden’s revelations of sophisticated NSA spying has made many senior IT staff distinctly edgy about their use of the cloud with nine out of teen paying closer attention to where data is stored, a survey of global attitudes has found.
 
Why a hacker got paid for finding the Heartbleed bug  15 April 2014 
Source: New Scientist - Posted by Alex   
Security Projects Thank the hackers. This week's Heartbleed vulnerability has everyone running scared (see box below to read what you might do to protect yourself). The serious crack in the foundations of the supposedly secure internet was revealed earlier this week by a software engineer probing website security in his spare time.
 
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker  15 April 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cryptography Twee UK parenting website Mumsnet is the second high-profile organisation to claim it has fallen victim to the infamous Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability.
 
Hackers From China Waste Little Time in Exploiting Heartbleed  15 April 2014 
Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacks/Cracks For those who don't feel the urgency to install the latest security fixes for their computers, take note: Just a day after Heartbleed was revealed, attacks from a computer in China were launched.
 
Andrew Auernheimer’s computer hacking conviction is overturned by appeals court  14 April 2014 
Source: Washington Post - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Government A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a prominent computer hacker whose imprisonment had highlighted a growing debate over whether the government is overreaching in its campaign against cybercrime.
 
Tests confirm Heartbleed bug can expose server's private key  14 April 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cryptography Four researchers working separately have demonstrated a server's private encryption key can be obtained using the Heartbleed bug, an attack thought possible but unconfirmed.
 
Answering the Critical Question: Can You Get Private SSL Keys Using Heartbleed?  12 April 2014 
Source: CloudFare - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cryptography Below is what we thought as of 12:27pm UTC. To verify our belief we crowd sourced the investigation. It turns out we were wrong. While it takes effort, it is possible to extract private SSL keys. The challenge was solved by Software Engineer Fedor Indutny and Ilkka Mattila at NCSC-FI roughly 9 hours after the challenge was first published.
 
Whitehat hacker goes too far, gets raided by FBI, tells all  11 April 2014 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Alex   
Latest News A whitehat hacker from the Baltimore suburbs went too far in his effort to drive home a point about a security vulnerability he reported to a client. Now he’s unemployed and telling all on reddit.
 
Has the NSA Been Using the Heartbleed Bug as an Internet Peephole?  11 April 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Privacy When ex-government contractor Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s widespread efforts to eavesdrop on the internet, encryption was the one thing that gave us comfort. Even Snowden touted encryption as a saving grace in the face of the spy agency’s snooping. “Encryption works,” the whistleblower said last June.
 
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer  11 April 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection Websites and tools that have sprung up to check whether servers are vulnerable to OpenSSL's mega-vulnerability Heartbleed have thrown up anomalies in computer crime law on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
    
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