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Malware writers and memory dumping (podcast)  08 November 2010 
Source: IT Knowledge Exchange - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Jibran Ilyas, a computer forensics investigator and malware researcher and Nicholas J. Percoco, senior vice president of Trustwave’s SpiderLabs team talk about malware sophistication and memory dumping techniques.
 
Strong Passwords Aren't Enough  24 September 2010 
Source: The Examiner - Posted by Anthony Pell   
I’ve said it before, use upper and lower case, use number and letter combinations and when possible, if the website allows it, use special characters. It has been documented that “Adding just one capital letter and one asterisk would change the processing time for an 8 character password from 2.4 days to 2.1 centuries.”
 
IT security threats 'can be overstated'  07 September 2010 
Source: Global Gold - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Web hosting users should not exaggerate the risks associated with online activity, it has been claimed. According to Tony Neate, managing director of Get Safe Online, the fear of succumbing to a computer virus is potentially more concerning than the reality.
 
Advanced plug-in blocking appears in Chrome dev  16 August 2010 
Source: CNET - Posted by Anthony Pell   
A new method for blocking approved plug-ins from third-party sources appeared in the developer's version of Google's Chrome browser. Available on Friday for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Google Chrome dev 6.0.490.1 includes numerous bug fixes and introduces the Click-to-Play feature for more finely tuned plug-in control.
 
Social Engineers Successfully Gather Info  06 August 2010 
Source: Dark Reading - Posted by Alex   
The one glimmer of hope during last week's social-engineering contest at Defcon18 was when two different employees at a major retailer separately shut down a contestant trying to smooth-talk his way into gathering sensitive information on their company.
 
For Kevin Mitnick, staying legal is job one  05 August 2010 
Source: CNET - Posted by Alex   
Kevin Mitnick was eager to participate in a social-engineering contest at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas last weekend and was told he would target Microsoft in the event. He figured it would be fun to show off his schmoozing skills, which he so easily used to trick employees at tech companies in the 1990s into handing over passwords and other sensitive information, ultimately landing him in jail.
 
Building Botnets For Fun And Profit  04 August 2010 
Source: Dark Reading - Posted by Alex   
If you're thinking about a life of cybercrime, then building a botnet might be the best place to start, a security researcher said here last week.
 
5 ways to use bootable Linux live discs  20 July 2010 
Source: Computer World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
One incredibly useful way that Linux has been adapted to the needs of modern computer users is as a "live CD," a version of the operating system that can be booted from a CD (or a DVD or, in some cases, a USB drive) without actually being installed on the computer's hard drive.
 
No Starch Press: Network Flow Analysis  28 June 2010 
Source: infozine - Posted by Alex   
Network flow analysis is the art of studying high volume network traffic. Rather than capture every single packet, flow analysis allows network administrators to selectively record and filter network data, so they're only collecting the data they really need. Flow analysis makes difficult tasks like real-time network monitoring, user profiling, security analysis, and data mining dead simple.
 
Track a Hacker, Or Hit Him Back  18 June 2010 
Source: The New Internet - Posted by Alex   
Attribution is a commonly bemoaned issue in cybersecurity, with many cyber experts claiming that the inability to attribute attacks definitively to a source is a problem in developing a coherent cyber-response strategy. However, a security researcher may have found a way to solve that problem, according to The Register.
 
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