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Linux Advisory Watch: December 19th, 2014  19 December 2014 
Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Advisory Watch Thank you for reading the Linux Advisory Watch Security Newsletter. The purpose of this document is to provide our readers with a quick summary of each week's vendor security bulletins and pointers on methods to improve the security posture of your open source system.
 
Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014  19 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacks/Cracks Epic hacks, major vulnerabilities, and other security surprises rolled across the Internet like a tidal wave in 2014. We thought we’d seen it all after an SSL vulnerability pierced the heart of the Internet and the crypto world lost a major asset. But then Sony (once again) fell prey to one of the most devastating cyberattacks ever.
 
Report: U.S. planning “proportional response” to Sony hack, blamed on North Korea  19 December 2014 
Source: boingboing - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Latest News One day ahead of an expected announcement by U.S. officials that North Korea is responsible for the devastating hack on Sony Pictures, CNN reports that federal investigators have evidence that “hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system.”
 
Segmenting for security: Five steps to protect your network  18 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Network Security Relying on a DMZ to protect your network and data is like putting money in a bank that depends on one guard and a single gate to secure its deposits. Imagine how tempting all those piles of money would be to those who had access — and how keen everyone else would be to obtain access.
 
The Difference Between Wi-Fi Security Protocols: WPA2-AES vs WPA2-TKIP  18 December 2014 
Source: lifehacker - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Wireless Security Setting up encryption on your wireless router is one of the most important things you can do for your network security, but your router probably offers various different options—WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) among the alphabet soup. How-To Geek explains which one to choose for a faster, more secure home network.
 
New England security group shares threat intelligence, strives to bolster region  17 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
The Advanced Cyber Security Center is a three year old organization with a bold mission to “bring together industry, university, and government organizations to address the most advanced cyber threats” and drive cybersecurity R&D in the New England region.
 
London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS  17 December 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Latest News A 17 year-old Londoner has pleaded guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.
 
University of California, Berkeley Hacked, Data Compromised  17 December 2014 
Source: TechWorm - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacks/Cracks In September 2014, cyber criminals managed to breach the security of the University of California, Berkeley servers. The Real Estate Division of the UC Berkeley was apparently hacked and the personal information of approximately 1600 people including student and faculty may have been compromised.
 
This Linux grinch could put a hole in your security stocking  16 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Latest News A grinch may be snatching away some year-end holiday time, forcing Linux system administrators to fill a gaping security hole in their systems.
 
OphionLocker, A New Ransomware uses Elliptic Curve for Encryption  16 December 2014 
Source: TechWorm - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacks/Cracks A new variety of Ransomware has been discovered by Trojan7Malware researchers. Dubbed as OphionLocker, this Ransomware is very unique in the sense that it uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption, and Tor for communication. Another unique signature of OphionLocker is that it uses malvertising campaigns to propagate itself rather then traditional spear phishing methods.
 
Exploiting MS14-068 - just another pentest  15 December 2014 
Source: Hashcrack - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Network Security This is a short post on how to exploit MS14-068 on Linux. This came up on my recent internal infrastructure engagement. The primary DC was a vulnerable Windows 2008 R2 SP1 server.
 
Next gen ransomware: Elliptic cryptic, talks on Tor, demands Bitcoin  15 December 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cryptography Cybercrooks have brewed a strain of ransomware that uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption, and Tor for communication. The malware, dubbed OphionLocker, is spreading using a malicious advertising (malvertising) campaign featuring the RIG exploit kit.
 
Sony hackers release more data, promise ‘Christmas gift’  15 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Hacks/Cracks A further dump of Sony Pictures corporate secrets appears to have been put on the Internet over the weekend, with hackers warning of more to come.
 
Pirate Bay Responds to The Raid, Copies and The Future  15 December 2014 
Source: TorrentFreak - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Latest News The Pirate Bay crew has broken its silence for the first time since the site was knocked down hard by a raid in Sweden last week. The people behind the site are still considering their options and have no concrete comeback plans yet. Nevertheless, they encourage the public to keep the Kopimi spirit alive.
 
    
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