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Linux Security Week: June 30th, 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.


  How A Hacker Nabbed $600,000 In Two Months By Googling People's Home Networks (Jun 22)
 

Sometimes a hacker does something so brilliant, we can't help but marvel at it.In this case, a hacker figured out how to control certain home networks to mine for a computer currency called Dogecoin, netting over half a million dollars in a matter of months.

  Encrypted Web traffic can reveal highly sensitive information (Jun 24)
 

Analyzing encrypted Web traffic can potentially reveal highly sensitive information such as medical conditions and sexual orientation, according to a research paper that forecasts how privacy on the Internet may erode.

  The Net's Dark Side: Watch People Try to Hack Each Other, Live (Jun 25)
 

The rise of the internet has given rise to a new battlefield. Whether across the country or across the world, hackers work to penetrate the digital defenses of nations, corporations, organizations and individuals.

  New open-source router firmware opens your Wi-Fi network to strangers (Jun 22)
 

We've often heard security folks explain their belief that one of the best ways to protect Web privacy and security on one's home turf is to lock down one's private Wi-Fi network with a strong password. But a coalition of advocacy organizations is calling such conventional wisdom into question.

  Google Glass Snoopers Can Steal Your Passcode With a Glance (Jun 24)
 

The odds are you can't make out the PIN of that guy with the sun glaring obliquely off his iPad's screen across the coffee shop. But if he's wearing Google Glass or a smartwatch, he probably can see yours.

  "The Internet's Own Boy": How the government destroyed Aaron Swartz (Jun 25)
 

Brian Knappenberger's Kickstarter-funded documentary "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," which premiered at Sundance barely a year after the legendary hacker, programmer and information activist took his own life in January 2013, feels like the beginning of a conversation about Swartz and his legacy rather than the final word.

  Hacker Tactic: Holding Data Hostage (Jun 22)
 

THE perpetual cat-and-mouse game between computer hackers and their targets is getting nastier. Cybercriminals are getting better at circumventing firewalls and antivirus programs. More of them are resorting to ransomware, which encrypts computer data and holds it hostage until a fee is paid.

  "Internet's Own Boy" pays tribute to hacker who cut his life short (Jun 27)
 

A moving memorial to Internet whiz kid Aaron Swartz, "The Internet's Own Boy" may be the most emotionally devastating movie ever made about hacking and freedom of information. Documentarian Brian Knappenberger creates a spellbinding portrait of Swartz's life and political convictions

  NoW hacker Glenn Mulcaire 'breached witness protection' (Jun 27)
 

News of the World hacker Glenn Mulcaire may now face prosecution for obtaining the identities of people under witness protection, Panorama has learned.He had discovered the new identities of four notorious offenders, including one of toddler James Bulger's killers, by hacking phones, the Met Police said.

  At least 32,000 servers broadcast admin passwords in the clear, advisory warns (Jun 22)
 

An alarming number of servers containing motherboards manufactured by Supermicro continue to expose administrator passwords despite the release of an update that patches the critical vulnerability, an advisory published Thursday warned.

  The character assassination of Keith Alexander (Jun 30)
 

According to these stories, a Congressman wants to know if former NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is selling classified info to banks. There is nothing to this story. It's gossip based on upon rumor based on speculation based on innuendo. It's such obvious character assassination that I shouldn't have to write a blog post debunking it, but apparently you people have gone insane.

  Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping to early adopters (Jun 30)
 

The wait is almost over for early adopters of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone that promises enhanced privacy and security.

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