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Linux Security Week: September 2nd, 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.


  The hacker revealed (Aug 25)
 

It's a story of hackers and attack bloggers, privacy and paranoia, bombshells and duds. It's rapidly become the story of the election.Rawshark, a self-styled information vigilante, has derailed National's political campaign with his hack of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater's private communications and now threatens to up- end the seedier part of corporate public relations.

  Hackers Ground Sony Executive's Flight With Bomb-Threat Tweet (Aug 25)
 

Gamers have been annoyed all day today as a hacker collective (or individual) known as the "Lizard Squad" succeeded in taking offline many gaming services including Blizzard's Battle.net and Sony PSN. But things took a turn from irritating DDoS attacks to another level of harassment earlier this afternoon when the group took to Twitter to announce publicly that it believed the flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley had explosives on board.

  These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds (Aug 28)
 

One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.

  Mozilla reports user data leak from Bugzilla project (Aug 28)
 

Email addresses and encrypted passwords of around 97,000 users who tested early builds of the Bugzilla bug tracking software were left exposed for three months following a server migration.

  Why Russian hackers are beating us (Aug 29)
 

Russian hackers like the ones who breached the computer systems of JP Morgan Chase and at least four other banks win because they think strategically like the best chess players, an expert says.

  DQ Breach? HQ Says No, But Would it Know? (Aug 29)
 

Sources in the financial industry say they're seeing signs that Dairy Queen may be the latest retail chain to be victimized by cybercrooks bent on stealing credit and debit card data.

  How Cops and Hackers Could Abuse California's New Phone Kill-Switch Law (Aug 29)
 

Beginning next year, if you buy a cell phone in California that gets lost or stolen, you'll have a built-in ability to remotely deactivate the phone under a new "kill switch" feature being mandated by California law--but the feature will make it easier for police and others to disable the phone as well, raising concerns among civil liberties groups about possible abuse.

  CryptoWall's Haul: $1M in Six Months (Sep 2)
 

CryptoWall is a million-dollar business.The file-encrypting ransomware has netted the criminal gang responsible for its development and dispersal, more than $1.1 million in the six months it's been in the wild, researchers at Dell SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit said in a report this week.

  A Google Site Meant to Protect You Is Helping Hackers Attack You (Sep 2)
 

Before companies like Microsoft and Apple release new software, the code is reviewed and tested to ensure it works as planned and to find any bugs.Hackers and cybercrooks do the same. The last thing you want if you're a cyberthug is for your banking Trojan to crash a victim's system and be exposed.

  The Main Suspect Blamed For The Jennifer Lawrence Nude Leak Says He Is Innocent (Sep 2)
 

As the online hunt for the persons responsible for yesterday's massive celebrity nude photo leak continues, some Redditors and security researchers have pointed to Bryan Hamade, a 27-year-old from Lawrenceville, Georgia, as the culprit.

  Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program (Sep 2)
 

A zipping comes across the sky.A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears above the trees, a tiny plane a bit bigger than a seagull. It glides towards Parfitt, pitches upwards to a vertical position, and hovers near him, a couple hundred feet in the air. From its belly, a package comes tumbling downward, connected by a thin line to the vehicle itself.

  Hackers Build a Skype That's Not Controlled by Microsoft (Sep 2)
 

The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it's also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA's mass surveillance program.

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