Linux Security Week: September 11th, 2012
Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Security Week Thank you for reading the 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. Feature Extras:

Password guessing with Medusa 2.0 - Medusa was created by the fine folks at, in fact the much awaited Medusa 2.0 update was released in February of 2010. For a complete change log please visit

Password guessing as an attack vector - Using password guessing as an attack vector. Over the years we've been taught a strong password must be long and complex to be considered secure. Some of us have taken that notion to heart and always ensure our passwords are strong. But some don't give a second thought to the complexity or length of our password.

  Now there's irony: Hacked FBI agent the posterboy for hacker collaboration (Sep 4)

The FBI agent whose hacked laptop gave up a 12m-strong database of Apple device user details was the star of a promo encouraging hackers to get involved with the agency, it's been revealed in an ironic twist to the tale.

  AntiSec Hackers Post 1 Million Apple Device IDs (Sep 5)

Hacking group AntiSec on Monday posted online a million and one Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) that it claims to have obtained from an FBI laptop.

  Linux users targeted by password-stealing 'Wirenet' Trojan (Sep 4)

Malware writers are interested in Linux after all. Russian security firm Dr Web has reported finding a shadowy Trojan that sets out to steal passwords on the open source platform as well as OS X.

  BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored (Sep 4)

Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release without paying is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest.

  Anonymous group leaks 1m Apple IDs from FBI laptop (Sep 6)

In another brazen attack, the Anonymous-connected AntiSec hacking group has published one million Apple unique device identifier numbers, or UDIDs, which it claimed it lifted from a file on an FBI laptop.

  The Hacker (Sep 6)

last year's ranking: New. STAGE OF GLOBAL CONQUEST: "There are only two types of companies," F.B.I. director Robert Mueller proclaimed at a security-industry conference earlier this year, "those that have been hacked and those that will be."

  Security 101 for Cloud building it right (Sep 5)

So it's often a question I get asked at conferences and when speaking about security in Cloud and security enforcement and responsibility in the Cloud and virtualisation arena. Fortunately at Red Hat we take security incredibly seriously and have contributed technologies such as SELinux and sVirt into our architectures and supported versions of our releases, as well as employing the mainstays in the SELinux world on our payroll to ensure that we have continuity and those folk are rewarded for their efforts.

  Amid Hacker Attacks, Security Start-Ups Garner Attention (Sep 5)

As the number of hacker attacks swell, so do the fortunes of security start-ups.Accel Partners, an early backer of Facebook, announced early Wednesday that it had invested $50 million in Tenable Network Security, a software maker that helps companies identify network security problems.

  Elderwood hacker gang claims unlimited supply of zero-day bugs (Sep 10)

An elite hacker group targeting defense industry sub-contractors has an inexhaustible supply of zero-days, or vulnerabilities that have yet to be publicised, much less patched, according to Symantec.

  Debora Plunkett, NSA's Cyber Defense Director, Says Foreign Cyber Attacks Are Increasingly 'Reckless (Sep 10)

Other nations are increasingly employing cyber attacks without "any sense of restraint," a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday, citing "reckless" behaviors that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union would have dared at the height of Cold War tensions.

  Cyberdetectives hunt down hackers, shore up security risks (Sep 10)

Hackers often are portrayed as basement-dwelling, junk-food eating computer geniuses who enjoy wreaking havoc on unsuspecting people by sneaking into their computers.

  Go Daddy-serviced Web sites go down; hacker takes credit (Sep 11)

Web sites serviced by DNS and hosting provider Go Daddy were down for most of today, but were back up later this afternoon. A hacker using the "Anonymous Own3r" Twitter account claimed credit for the outage.

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