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Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Security Week Thank you for reading the LinuxSecurity.com weekly security newsletter. The purpose of this document is to provide our readers with a quick summary of each week's most relevant Linux security headlines.

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Securing a Linux Web Server - With the significant prevalence of Linux web servers globally, security is often touted as a strength of the platform for such a purpose. However, a Linux based web server is only as secure as its configuration and very often many are quite vulnerable to compromise. While specific configurations vary wildly due to environments or specific use, there are various general steps that can be taken to insure basic security considerations are in place.

Password guessing with Medusa 2.0 - Medusa was created by the fine folks at foofus.net, in fact the much awaited Medusa 2.0 update was released in February of 2010. For a complete change log please visit http://www.foofus.net/jmk/medusa/changelog


  The week in security: AFP arrests LulzSec hacker, security arresting BYOD planning (Apr 29)
 

Security researchers were surprised to discover that the malware baddies had gone to the unprecedented effort of creating an entirely new online advertisement distribution network, called BadNews, which burrowed its way through Google Play's security defences by laying dormant for weeks before distributing malware millions of times by sending fake update notifications.

  Apache servers ambushed by sophisticated backdoor attacks (May 3)
 

Apache servers are being ambushed by a particularly pernicious malware program called Linux/Cdorked.A that's infecting visitors to the sick machines with the Blackhole malware kit.

  Not all hackers bad: academic (May 1)
 

The arrest of a 24-year-old Australian claiming to be the head of an international hacking ring and a Twitter hack that briefly sent Wall Street into a tailspin last week has shone the light on hackers as Perth prepares to host its first "hacker con".

  Hackers Train Security Experts in Digital Attack Methods (May 1)
 

The HackMiami 2013 Hackers Conference, taking place on Miami Beach, will feature comprehensive training seminars that seek to facilitate the skills of SQL injection, smartphone attacks, and enterprise network breaches.

  How to fend off aggressive white-hat hackers (Apr 30)
 

Recently, a former student of mine wrote me asking how to handle an overzealous white-hat hacker. In this case, the hacker had probed the publically exposed computer networks and assets of my friend's company, then left multiple copies of a document describing the weaknesses he found -- and asked to be hired to close the holes and locate more weaknesses.

  The 7 elements of a successful security awareness program (May 3)
 

When we were asked to keynote a recent CSO event, it was a pleasant surprise that the top concern of the CSOs was "security culture." From performing many security assessments and penetration tests, it is sadly obvious that even the best technical security efforts will fail if their company has a weak security culture.

  New Amazon Blog Tackles Web Services Security Concerns (May 1)
 

Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) is attempting to help its cloud users boost their security prowess with the launch of a blog focusing on information security best practices.

  Suspect in 'biggest cyber attack in history' had hack van, bunker (Apr 29)
 

A Dutch citizen arrested in northeast Spain on suspicion of launching what is described as the biggest cyber attack in internet history operated from a bunker and had a van capable of hacking into networks anywhere in the country, officials said on Sunday.

  Penn College students win ‘Hacker' event at security conference (Apr 30)
 

In a field that included industry professionals, 10 students in Pennsylvania College of Technology's School of Business and Computer Technologies won the Hacker Battleship competition during a recent network security conference in Rochester, N.Y.

  Just how secure is open source software? (May 3)
 

Open source software fosters innovation and inclusion, but what about the security, asks Asavin Wattanajantra.

  From hackers to security experts, the Balkan IT sector is booming (Apr 29)
 

After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britain's Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.

  Supposed "LulzSec leader" is just a wannabe hacker (Apr 29)
 

On Wednesday, the Australian Federal Police arrested 24-year-old Matthew Flannery, who went by the name Aush0k online and is now being charged with computer sabotage and unauthorised access to restricted data.

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