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Linux Security Week: September 3rd, 2013 Print E-mail
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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


  ‘Ethical' computer hacker to discuss threats at Dayton event (Aug 30)
 

Want to know how computer hackers work?The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center in Beavercreek plans to bring one to town.

  How To Avoid Getting Your DNS Hacked Like The New York Times (Aug 29)
 

When the New York Times' website fell prey to a high profile hack Tuesday, you may have wondered how a huge, multimillion dollar corporation could get hacked in the first place. From there, it's not that far to another terrifying idea: "If the NYT didn't stand a chance, what hope is there for my own website?"

  Hacker uses Google Glass to control flying drone (Aug 27)
 

Blaine Bublitz, a security researcher used a JavaScript program called node.js. to control a robot through Google Glass. Bublitz, managed to turn the wearable device into a control system for a Parrot AR drone.

  Tesla Model S vulnerable to hackers? (Aug 26)
 

Next time you walk by a parked Tesla and its sunroof is opening and closing with nobody sitting inside or around it, you could be witnessing a hacker moment. For all of its strengths as a car, the Model S reportedly has a weak spot: the security of its API (application programming interface) authentication, according to an article in the O'Reilly Community by George Reese, executive director of cloud management at Dell.

  Google Glass Security, Privacy Worries Complicate Wide Adoption (Aug 26)
 

The always-on devices show what may be possible in the future of the Internet of Things but also highlight the dangers. As a Google Explorer, Anthony Pettenon wears his enthusiasm for technology on his face.

  Hacker can take out phones in an area (Aug 27)
 

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.

  Three types of DNS attacks and how to deal with them (Aug 29)
 

The Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad hacking group, altered the DNS records used by the New York Times, Twitter, and the Huffington Post. The changes forced one site offline and caused problems for the others. Here are three ways such attacks happen, and how they can be mitigated

  Civic-minded hackers code well for the future (Aug 27)
 

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.

  The NSA has its own team of elite hackers (Aug 30)
 

Our Post colleagues have had a busy day. First, they released documents revealing the U.S. intelligence budget from National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden. Then they recounted exactly how the hunt for Osama bin Laden went down.

  DNSSec day in Colombia (Aug 29)
 

The Event was "Day of technology and DNS Security". This was the 3rd edition of a very technical conference where network experts discussed future trends in DNS Security, IP managing and IT Sec related issues.

  How the Syrian Electronic Army and other hacker groups are attacking news Web sites (Aug 30)
 

The hack of the New York Times' Web operations this week has drawn renewed attention to a cyberattack that takes aim at a core function of the Internet: the Web address.

  THE SILENT POWER OF THE N.S.A. (Sep 3)
 

David Burnham is a reporter in The Times's Washington bureau. This article is adapted from Mr. Burnham's book ''The Rise of the Computer State,'' to be published by Random House in May.

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