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How Target’s Point-of-Sale System May Have Been Hacked  16 January 2014 
Source: Tripwire - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Target has not revealed much regarding how their massive data breach occurred. To date they have disclosed the breach included 40 million credit cards and 70 million personal records. Target has only stated that the point-of-sale systems were compromised by malware.
 
What a successful exploit of a Linux server looks like  07 January 2014 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Like most mainstream operating systems these days, fully patched installations of Linux provide a level of security that requires a fair amount of malicious hacking to overcome. Those assurances can be completely undone by a single unpatched application, as Andre' DiMino has demonstrated when he documented an Ubuntu machine in his lab being converted into a Bitcoin-mining, denial-of-service-spewing, vulnerability-exploiting hostage under the control of attackers.
 
Cloud computing 2014: Moving to a zero-trust security model  02 January 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The leaking of classified documents detailing the data collection activities of the U.S. National Security Agency earlier this year reignited some long-standing concerns about the vulnerability of enterprise data stored in the cloud.
 
Stanford Researchers Find Connecting Metadata With User Names is Simple  23 December 2013 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
One of the key tenets of the argument that the National Security Agency and some lawmakers have constructed to justify the agency’s collection of phone metadata is that the information it’s collecting, such as phone numbers and length of call, can’t be tied to the callers’ names.
 
A fistful of security fixes to help CSOs stay ahead of risks  11 December 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
No matter how valiant the efforts of chief security officers, or how much businesses say they focus on securing their systems, or the amount of money spent on IT defenses -- many of the same IT security challenges persist.
 
This Is the MIT Surveillance Video That Undid Aaron Swartz  10 December 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
The door to the network closet pops open and a slender figure enters, a bicycle helmet hanging at his side. He sheds his backpack and pulls out a cardboard box containing a small hard drive, then kneels out of frame. After about five minutes, he stands, turns off the lights and furtively exits the closet.
 
It’s Not a WikiLeak: Assange-Manning Chat Logs Surface on Army Website  09 December 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Anthony Pell   
In March of 2010, WikiLeaks was just weeks away from bursting onto the world stage with the first of its major leaks from intelligence analyst Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning: the “Collateral Murder” video showing a 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed civilians and wounded children.
 
Hackers meet professor's challenge to pen test his online world  05 December 2013 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Alex   
Everybody knows, or ought to know, about the risks of being hacked. But it's easy to slip into a level of denial about an amorphous threat and get careless if you don't think anybody is out specifically to get you.
 
Wisconsin man sentenced for participating in Anonymous DDoS  03 December 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
A man from Wisconsin was sentenced for participating in a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack by hacker group Anonymous on a Kansas company.
 
Worm targeting Apache Tomcat servers, possibly for DDoS  21 November 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
A worm-like type of malicious software has been found targeting Apache Tomcat, an open-source Web server application, according to Symantec.
 
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