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OpenBSD Project Finds Two Bugs In Software's IPsec Implementation  23 December 2010 
Source: Dark Reading - Posted by Alex   
The OpenBSD project has found two bugs in how OpenBSD, a Unix-like open source operating system, implements Internet protocol security (IPsec). The bugs are of interest given the recent allegation made by Gregory Perry, former CTO of now-defunct Federal Bureau of Investigation contractor Network Security Technology (NetSec), that the FBI created a backdoor in the OpenBSD code base, specifically in how it implements IPsec.
2010 Was a Big Linux Year  23 December 2010 
Source: LinuxPlanet - Posted by Anthony Pell   
2010 was a big year for Linux, with four major kernel releases, multiple enterprise Linux updates and some large vendor shifts that will likely affect the Linux market for years to come. The most recent kernel release is the 2.6.36 kernel which debuted at the end of October. Among the notable inclusions in the 2.6.36 kernel is the AppArmor security access control system, which is an alternative to SELinux which has been backed by Red Hat since at least 2004.
OpenBSD chief believes contractor tried to write backdoors  22 December 2010 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The lead developer of the OpenBSD operating system says that he believes that a government contracting firm that contributed code to his project "was probably contracted to write backdoors," which would grant secret access to encrypted communications.
Stallman's Cloudburst: Prudence or Paranoia?  20 December 2010 
Source: eCommerceTimes - Posted by Alex   
"I can tell old RMS he has lost," said Slashdot blogger hairyfeet. "The game is over, the fat lady is down the street having a sandwich. All one has to do is look at how quickly the public hands over every detail of their lives to Facebook to realize they simply don't care a thing about privacy as long as you appeal to their overblown sense of self worth."
Google Adds Hacked Site Alerts  20 December 2010 
Source: Information Week - Posted by Alex   
Google is boosting its efforts to steer people away from malevolent Web sites. The company on Friday started notifying users in search results when a site appeared to have been hacked. Google for years has included in search results notifications when a site is believed to have malware. The latest alert adds the notice "this site may be compromised" under the link to the site, when Google suspects it has been hacked.
MasterCard supports halting transactions to pirate sites  20 December 2010 
Source: ZDNet UK - Posted by Anthony Pell   
MasterCard is willing to stop processing transactions from sites trafficking in pirated music, movies, games and other digital copyrighted content. Lobbyists working for MasterCard have told trade groups from the entertainment sector that the credit card company is supportive of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, an anti-piracy bill introduced into the US Senate last September, sources with knowledge of the talks tell ZDNet UK's sister site CNET News.
Wacky story of Pirate Bay acquirer may end soon  16 December 2010 
Source: CNET - Posted by Alex   
Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish company that operates Internet cafes but became far more noteworthy for attempting to acquire The Pirate Bay last year, is facing possible bankruptcy. In addition, the company is the subject of a police investigation in Sweden.
OpenBSD back door claim now in doubt  16 December 2010 
Source: Tech World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The claim that the FBI planted a backdoor in OpenBSD a decade ago has been flatly denied by developer protagonists named as having been involved in the conspiracy in an email sent to OpenBSD founder, Theo de Raadt.
Mozilla Expands Bug Rewards for Other Web Apps  15 December 2010 
Source: PC World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Mozilla has expanded the scope of its vulnerability reward program and will now pay out for problems found within applications used across its websites. Researchers could earn between US$500 and $3,000 for finding a vulnerability in one of Mozilla's web properties, depending on the severity of the flaw.
Android Enabled As SecurID Authentication Device  15 December 2010 
Source: Information Week - Posted by Anthony Pell   
More evidence of the "consumerization" of enterprise IT: On Monday, security firm RSA announced that it will release software designed to make an Android device provide two-factor authentication by serving as an RSA SecurID authenticator.
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