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The Rise of the Hacker Bounty Hunter  25 September 2014 
Source: NY Times - Posted by Dave Wreski   
One night earlier this year, while playing around with a new anonymous-sharing app called Secret, Benjamin Caudill was gripped by a familiar sensation: This thing is not secure.
 
Rogue cell towers discovered in Washington, D.C.  17 September 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a dozen rogue cell towers (also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers) around the U.S.
 
How Boston Children's Hospital Hit Back at Anonymous  16 September 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Hackers purportedly representing Anonymous hit Boston Children's Hospital with phishing and DDoS attacks this spring. The hospital fought back with vigilance, internal transparency and some old-fashioned sneakernet. That – and a little bit of luck – kept patient data safe.
 
How network virtualization is used as a security tool  15 September 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security.
 
Hacked Celeb Pics Made Reddit Enough Cash to Run Its Servers for a Month  11 September 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
If you saw Kate Upton or Jennifer Lawrence naked last week, there’s a good chance you saw them on the social news site Reddit. The self-proclaimed “front page of the Internet” was one of the main outlets linking to the celebrity nude photographs hacked from Apple’s iCloud accounts and leaked across the web.
 
Google ‘Sunsetting’ Weak SHA-1 Crypto Algorithm  09 September 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Google announced Friday it will begin the process of phasing out the obsolete SHA-1 cryptographic hash algorithm with the upcoming release of version 39 of the company’s Chrome browser in November.
 
Creator Of iCloud Hacker Tool: I Would Have Warned Apple If It Properly Rewarded Researchers  04 September 2014 
Source: Forbes - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Apple might have avoided embarrassment this week over the egregious iCloud-hack-naked-celeb-gate if it had adopted a more open approach to security in the past. For instance, it could have started a formal programme to incentivise researchers to disclose bugs to the consumer tech behemoth. Such bug bounty programmes are incredibly simple: tech manufacturers pay those who responsibly hand over information on vulnerabilities.
 
The Main Suspect Blamed For The Jennifer Lawrence Nude Leak Says He Is Innocent  02 September 2014 
Source: Buzzfeed - Posted by Alex   
As the online hunt for the persons responsible for yesterday’s massive celebrity nude photo leak continues, some Redditors and security researchers have pointed to Bryan Hamade, a 27-year-old from Lawrenceville, Georgia, as the culprit.
 
Why Russian hackers are beating us  29 August 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Russian hackers like the ones who breached the computer systems of JP Morgan Chase and at least four other banks win because they think strategically like the best chess players, an expert says.
 
Linux Kernel Development Gets Two-Factor Authentication  20 August 2014 
Source: eWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Developers are now encouraged to use an additional layer of security with the introduction of two-factor authentication for code commits.
 
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