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Google to pay rewards for open-source code security fixes  10 October 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Google said Wednesday it plans to reward developers for developing proactive security improvements for some of the most widely used open-source software programs.
 
Attention, CISOs: Strategy is the only security  08 October 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
According to the 2013 Chief Information Security Officers survey by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), 75 percent of CISOs responded that external attacks had increased. When asked what the main areas of risk as percentage of the overall risk are, 70 percent of CISOs responded that web applications represent an area of risk higher than network infrastructure. - See more at: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/100713-attention-cisos-strategy-is-the-274596.html?source=nww_rss#sthash.YMayE8W5.dpuf
 
Richard Stallman on the Hacker Spirit at MIT  30 September 2013 
Source: Computer World UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Last week I noted that the GNU project was celebrating its 30th anniversary. I thought it might be interesting to hear what Richard Stallman had to say about the environment in which he came up with the idea for GNU. What follows is part of a long interview I conducted with him in 1999, when I was carrying out research for "Rebel Code".
 
Would you hire a hacker to run your security?  30 September 2013 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
More than two in three IT professionals would consider ex-hackers for security roles, providing they have the right skills to do the job, a survey has found.
 
Help seed 2600's massive BitTorrent archive of hacker radio shows  26 September 2013 
Source: boing-boing - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine sez, "A few weeks ago, 2600 made its entire archive of radio shows available for free on the web in high fidelity. The response to this has been so great that the bandwidth charges have now gone through the roof.
 
A Password Even a Hacker Supervillain Can't Crack  26 September 2013 
Source: BusinessWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Previously on Showtime’s Homeland, viewers watched someone hack into a pacemaker remotely to try to kill its owner. Plenty of the plot points in the addictive and Emmy-winning series strain credulity, but this one, apparently, should not.
 
Munich to hand out Ubuntu Linux CDs to ward off upcoming Windows XPocalypse  24 September 2013 
Source: PC World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The end is nigh, and the date of doom has been foretold. The Windows XPocalypse is set to unleash hell on April 8, 2014, and in a bid to preserve the security of its citizens, the German city of Munich is turning to an unlikely savior: Ubuntu Linux.
 
Hacker can take out phones in an area  27 August 2013 
Source: Fudzilla - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The USENIX Security conference has been warned that by tweaking the firmware on certain kinds of phones, a hacker could make it so other phones in the area are unable to receive incoming calls or SMS messages.
 
Civic-minded hackers code well for the future  27 August 2013 
Source: LA Times - Posted by Dave Wreski   
On a recent day at work in a San Francisco loft, Moncef Belyamani was sporting a hipster "LOVE" T-shirt and riffing, with obsessive detail, on the evolution of vinyl record production.
 
Big Data Surveillance Results in Bad Policy  08 July 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Evgeny Morozov makes a point about surveillance and big data: it just looks for useful correlations without worrying about causes, and leads people to implement "fixes" based simply on those correlations -- rather than understanding and correcting the underlying the causes.
 
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