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Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz  29 December 2011 
Source: New Scientist - Posted by Alex   
A century ago, one of the world’s first hackers used Morse code insults to disrupt a public demo of Marconi's wireless telegraph. Late one June afternoon in 1903 a hush fell across an expectant audience in the Royal Institution's celebrated lecture theatre in London.
 
2011: A year of hack!  20 December 2011 
Source: CIOL - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Dubbed as ‘The Year of hack’, 2011 was marked by change, challenge, and chaos in information security history. With threats evolving in their sophistication, pervasiveness and frequency, the profile of a hacker also underwent a transformation owing to increasing rise in cyber crime that were designed to go under the radar and steal sensitive data from individuals, businesses and governments.
 
Top 10 Influential 2011: Sony's PSN hacking  05 December 2011 
Source: Computer World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
While the tag-teaming antics of LulzSec and Anonymous made many a security news headline during the last year, arguably the repeated hacking of Sony’s PlayStationNetwork (PSN) and Qriocity services was the biggest hack, securing its place in the Top 10 Influential list for 2011.
 
Tor launches DIY relays in Amazon cloud  22 November 2011 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The Tor Project is tapping Amazon's EC2 cloud service to make it easier for volunteers to donate bandwidth to the anonymity network.
 
Experts explain greatest threats to cloud security  10 October 2011 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cloud security threats come in all shapes and sizes, so we asked eight experts to weigh in on what they see as the top threat to cloud security. The answers run the gamut, but in all cases, our cloud security panelists believe that these threats can be addressed.
 
Context warns of new reverse web proxy bypass vulnerability  06 October 2011 
Source: Context Information Security - Posted by Administrator   
Apache releases security advisory following discovery of back door threat by researchers at Context Information Security
 
Go Daddy mass hack points surfers towards malware  19 September 2011 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Hundreds of Go Daddy sites were compromised to point towards a site hosting malware last weekend. The mass hack of around 445 sites involved the injection of hostile code into the .htaccess files of the sites.
 
How Hacktivism Affects Us All  07 September 2011 
Source: PC Advisor - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In December 2010, a group of nearly 3000 activists under the name "Operation Payback" launched online attacks against PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa, briefly knocking the three financial services' sites offline and preventing consumers from accessing ATMs or online banking services.
 
Cloud computing: If hackers want access, they'll get it  23 August 2011 
Source: Director of Finance - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cloud providers that store client data on shared or virtual servers must ensure that private customer information cannot be accessed in the event of a cyber attack or a server being hacked, according to search specialists, Simplexo.
 
Lessons learned from a recent Amazon outage  16 August 2011 
Source: Computer World - Posted by Alex   
Another Amazon cloud-services outage occurred on Sunday, August 7th in a Dublin, Ireland data center. This one occurred due to a lightning strike that hit a transformer near the Dublin data center. It led to an explosion and fire that knocked out all utility services thereby leading to a total data center outage. Amazon had its only European data center located there.
 
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