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Linux Security Week: March 4th, 2014 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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Peter Smith Releases Linux Network Security Online - Thanks so much to Peter Smith for announcing on linuxsecurity.com the release of his Linux Network Security book available free online. "In 2005 I wrote a book on Linux security. 8 years later and the publisher has gone out of business. Now that I'm free from restrictions on reproducing material from the book, I have decided to make the entire book available online."

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.


  Was the iOS SSL Flaw Deliberate? (Feb 27)
 

Last October, I speculated on the best ways to go about designing and implementing a software backdoor. I suggested three characteristics of a good backdoor: low chance of discovery, high deniability if discovered, and minimal conspiracy to implement.

  To build the best defense, know which attack is which (Feb 28)
 

As you mount your defense against the bad guys, it's important to make the distinction between the two major types of attack: the initial compromise and movement.

  World's Largest BitTorrent Trackers Suffer Prolonged Downtime (Feb 27)
 

The two largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet have been down for a few days, and will remain offline for another week. The tracker owners are performing maintenance and replacing hardware to cope with the billions of connection requests they get each day. Interestingly enough, most casual BitTorrent users are completely unaware of the prolonged downtime.

  Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands (Feb 28)
 

Around two in five people who fall victim to CryptoLocker have agreed to pay a ransom of around £300 to recover their files, according to a survey of victims.

  UK's security branch says Ubuntu most secure end-user OS (Feb 25)
 

I've been preaching the gospel of Linux security for decades now, but it's always nice to see proof-positive from an independent organization that Linux is indeed the most secure operating system around.

  Paramount Sets Lawyers on ‘Top Gun' Frame-By-Frame Tweets (Feb 26)
 

For a month a Twitter account has been tweeting the movie Top Gun to the masses, frame-by-frame, in a project that could take months to complete. Determined to shoot down this patient pirate, Paramount Pictures has just launched the first of what could be many heat-seeking DMCA notices.

  Bitcoins, other digital currencies stolen in massive 'Pony' botnet attack (Feb 25)
 

Cybercriminals have infected the computers of digital currency holders, using a virus known as "Pony" to make off with account credentials, bitcoins and other digital currencies in one of the largest attacks on the technology, security services firm Trustwave said.

  DDoSing a Cell Phone Network (Feb 26)
 

The HLR/AuC is considered to be one of the most important network elements of a 3G network. It can serve up to five million subscribers and at least one transaction with HLR/AuC is required for every single phone call or data session.

  Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy with debts of $63.6 million (Feb 28)
 

Embattled Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is filing for bankruptcy protection with liabilities of AY=6.5 billion (US$63.6 million), according to Japanese media reports.

  Uh-oh, this computer virus can spread via Wi-Fi (Mar 3)
 

Researchers at England's University of Liverpool have created Chameleon, a virus that can proliferate via Wi-Fi as efficiently as the common cold infects humans. British researchers have created a computer virus that they say is the first to spread like a real airborne contagion.

  Businesses told to lockdown Bitcoin wallets against malware threat (Mar 3)
 

Businesses considering accepting Bitcoins or other forms of cryptocurrency should be prepared to battle a rising number of malware aimed at emptying digital wallets.

  Hackers hijack 300,000-plus wireless routers, make malicious changes (Mar 3)
 

Researchers said they have uncovered yet another mass compromise of home and small-office wireless routers, this one being used to make malicious configuration changes to more than 300,000 devices made by D-Link, Micronet, Tenda, TP-Link, and others.

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