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Linux Security Week: December 16th, 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


  DARPA makes finding software vulnerabilities fun (Dec 9)
 

The U.S. Department of Defense may have found a new way to scan millions of lines of software code for vulnerabilities, by turning the practice into a set of video games and puzzles and having volunteers do the work.

  It's Not a WikiLeak: Assange-Manning Chat Logs Surface on Army Website (Dec 9)
 

In March of 2010, WikiLeaks was just weeks away from bursting onto the world stage with the first of its major leaks from intelligence analyst Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning: the "Collateral Murder" video showing a 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed civilians and wounded children.

  NSA Spying on Online Gaming Worlds (Dec 10)
 

he NSA is spying on chats in World of Warcraft and other games. There's lots of information -- and a good source document. While it's fun to joke about the NSA and elves and dwarves from World of Warcraft, this kind of surveillance makes perfect sense.

  NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking (Dec 12)
 

The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.

  How These 5 Dirtbags Radically Advanced Your Digital Rights (Dec 11)
 

Bad facts make bad law, the saying goes. But sometimes, bad people make good law.Consider the following exhibits: a cocaine dealer, a child pornographer, a purveyor of suspect penis-enlargement pills, and two accused hackers.

  Cops and Feds Routinely ‘Dump' Cell Towers to Track Everyone Nearby (Dec 13)
 

The nation's mobile phone carriers received more than 9,000 requests last year for cell-tower dumps, which identify every mobile phone at a particular location and time, often by the thousands.

  Anonymous Hacker Ordered To Pay $183K Fine For One-Minute Attack On Koch Industries (Dec 10)
 

A Wisconsin man who joined an Anonymous hacker attack for one minute has been sentenced to two years of federal probation and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution to Koch Industries.

  This Is the MIT Surveillance Video That Undid Aaron Swartz (Dec 10)
 

The door to the network closet pops open and a slender figure enters, a bicycle helmet hanging at his side. He sheds his backpack and pulls out a cardboard box containing a small hard drive, then kneels out of frame. After about five minutes, he stands, turns off the lights and furtively exits the closet.

  Hacker sentenced to 18 months for peddling computer access to US national security lab (Dec 13)
 

A Pennsylvania man who hacked into multiple corporate, university and government computer networks and tried to sell access to them, including supercomputers from a U.S. national security laboratory, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

  Linux Foundation Aims to Secure Internet of Things (Dec 12)
 

The Internet of Things could herald a bold new era of pervasive connectivity and it could also be the harbinger of a coming zombie toaster apocalypse.One of the ways the Internet of Things could be secured is by way of the new Linux Foundation AllSeen Alliance project, which was announced today.

  Zero-day exploits: Separating fact from fiction (Dec 13)
 

Zero-day exploits strike fear into the heart of computer security pros. An active attack, unrecognized by antimalware software and without a ready vendor patch, is harder to deal with than your run-of-the mill security bug. You can't just run a scanner, slap on a patch, high-five your friends, and call it a day.

  Show us a better way than collecting metadata, NSA director says to critics (Dec 12)
 

Critics of the U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. residents' telephone records should offer a better way to track terrorists and protect the country against attacks, the agency's director said Wednesday.

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