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Linux kernel purged of five-year-old root access bug  23 August 2010 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The Linux kernel has finally been purged of a privilege-escalation vulnerability that for at least half a decade allowed untrusted local users to gain unfettered rights to the operating system's most secure locations.
 
Hackers set sights on small businesses, households  20 August 2010 
Source: Issaquah Reporter - Posted by Alex   
Over the past 20 years, in small cities and communities across America, the average daily police record of reported crimes and complaints would hold a familiar, and fairly uniform, list of events - a drunk and disorderly, car prowling, garage break ins, and vandalism would usually fill the police blotters of places like Issaquah and Sammamish.
 
Want to deter hackers? Make your password longer  20 August 2010 
Source: MSNBC - Posted by Alex   
Thanks to rapid increases in computing power, your confidential information is probably not safe unless you use a 12-digit randomized password, experts say.
 
Hacker's P2P virus replaces files with sea creature manga  19 August 2010 
Source: Computer World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
According to Japanese site, Asahi.com, a Japanese hacker was arrested for allegedly writing a computer virus that destroys all files on a victim's computer and replaces them with homemade manga images of sea creatures like squid, octopuses and sea urchins.
 
Mozilla downplays Firefox bug, passes on fix  18 August 2010 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Mozilla on Tuesday said that it will not patch a bug that blocks the display of a warning when Firefox detects a potentially deceptive URL, saying the flaw was not a threat.
 
Hackers Are Security VARs’ New Competitors  17 August 2010 
Source: eWeek Europe - Posted by Alex   
Hackers, malware writers and online criminal elements have operated like businesses for some time. Now, according to research by [1] Kaspersky Lab, these black hat organisations are expanding to include technical support and customer service for their victims. In a way, they’re beginning to mimic security solution providers.
 
What's a hacker's biggest fear?  16 August 2010 
Source: Forbes India - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Hackers. Faceless people who deface government Web sites, who can peek into your computer without you knowing. What are they like? Forbes India asked Akash Mahajan, a Certified Ethical Hacker, for a few insights into the shadowy world.
 
Blacks hats winning: Symantec  16 August 2010 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Traditional security technologies are losing the battle against the black hats and malicious code writers, according to digital security specialists Symantec. In a mid-year review of their IT security risks and predictions made early in 2010, Symantec has warned that there are simply too many new cyber threats out there for traditional automated systems to catch.
 
Linux Security, Then and Now  13 August 2010 
Source: eSecurity Planet - Posted by Alex   
Linux is inherently not a secure operating system. The reason it's not secure is because Linux was based on the architectural design of UNIX, and the creators of UNIX didn't care about security – it was 1969 after all.
 
Black Hat to keep quiet about planned controversial talks  13 August 2010 
Source: Tech World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The organisers of the Black Hat conference series may withhold details of selected talks at future events to avoid pressure from outside groups to cancel them.
 
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