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OpenSSL Patch to Plug Severe Security Holes  19 March 2015 
Source: Krebs on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The world is about to get another reminder about just how much of the Internet runs on technology maintained by a handful of coders working on a shoestring budget. OpenSSL — the software used by thousands of companies to encrypt online communications — is set to get a security makeover this week: The OpenSSL project said it plans to release new versions of its code to fix a number of security weaknesses, including some classified as “high” severity.
 
Clinton's Homebrew E-Mail Server: Risky or Genius?  09 March 2015 
Source: Top Tech News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer and could have been tucked quietly in a corner somewhere.
 
No, Lizard Squad Was Not Responsible For Facebook Outage  27 January 2015 
Source: Forbes - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Contrary to suggestions hacker group Lizard Squad took out Facebook, there was almost certainly no attack on the social network and its photo sharing property Instagram, which both went down late last night. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, the downtime was the result of a technical foul up. Facebook is now confirming this in statements to media.
 
Lavabit founder wants to make “dark” e-mail secure by default  06 January 2015 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Ladar Levison is probably most well-known to Ars readers as the founder of the secure e-mail service Lavabit, which he shut down in mid-2013 in an effort to avoid being forced to comply with a US government demand to turn over users’ e-mails.
 
The Dismal State of Embedded Device Security  23 December 2014 
Source: Security Ledger - Posted by Dave Wreski   
On Friday, the firm Allegro Software of Boxborough, Massachusetts, released an odd-sounding statement encouraging all its customers to “maintain firmware for highest level of embedded device security.”
 
Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Backdoor?  11 December 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A backdoor has multiple meanings. It can refer to a legitimate point of access embedded in a system or software program for remote administration.
 
CloudFlare Rolls Out Free SSL  30 September 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In a move that will essentially double the number of SSL-protected sites on the Web in the space of 24 hours, CloudFlare on Monday said that it was enabling SSL for all of its more than two million customers for free.
 
Performance and security in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7  24 September 2014 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Modern datacenters and next-generation IT requirements depend on capable platforms, with open source solutions offering a strong foundation for open hybrid cloud and enterprise workloads. A powerful, unified platform enables enterprises to use a solid foundation to balance demand while utilizing new trends and technologies such as virtual machines and the open hybrid cloud.
 
How Secure is Your Security Badge?  17 August 2014 
Source: Krebs on Security - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Security conferences are a great place to learn about the latest hacking tricks, tools and exploits, but they also remind us of important stuff that was shown to be hackable in previous years yet never really got fixed. Perhaps the best example of this at last week’s annual DefCon security conference in Las Vegas came from hackers who built on research first released in 2010 to show just how trivial it still is to read, modify and clone most HID cards — the rectangular white plastic “smart” cards that organizations worldwide distribute to employees for security badges.
 
A Convicted Hacker and an Internet Icon Join Forces to Thwart NSA Spying  23 July 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The internet is littered with burgeoning email encryption schemes aimed at thwarting NSA spying. Many of them are focused on solving the usability issues that have plagued complicated encryption schemes like PGP for years. But a new project called Dark Mail plans to go further: to hide your metadata.
 
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