Linux Security Week: May 13th, 2013
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.

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  Intelligence Analysis and the Connect-the-Dots Metaphor (May 7)
 

The FBI and the CIA are being criticized for not keeping better track of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the months before the Boston Marathon bombings. How could they have ignored such a dangerous person? How do we reform the intelligence community to ensure this kind of failure doesn't happen again?

  Too many admins spoil your security (May 7)
 

We've all known for a long time that unnecessary use of elevated privileges is a bad thing. You shouldn't be logged in as an administrator while surfing the Internet or checking your email; in particular, you shouldn't do that stuff while logged onto a server as an admin. Your organization shouldn't have too many enterprise admins, domain admins, or server admins. We all have that.

  Banking Trojan hacker charged after three-year manhunt (May 7)
 

An Algerian national who is allegedly part of the cybercrime consortium behind a powerful hacking software known as SpyEye appeared in an Atlanta courtroom in the US after a three-year manhunt ended with his extradition from Thailand.

  Anonymous, Islamist Hackers Plan Major Assault May 7 (May 7)
 

Ascribing a consistent political agenda to the hacktivist collective Anonymous is almost impossible. Anyone can claim the "Anonymous" moniker and use it for good or evil, provided that his or her work is subversive.

  Hackers gain access to all .edu domains (May 8)
 

The hacker collective "Hack the Planet" (HTP) has claimed responsibility for an attack on MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) computer systems in late January, in which it claims to have briefly taken control of the university's domain, redirected email traffic, and obtained administrator access to all .edu domains.

  India introduces Central Monitoring System (May 8)
 

Privacy advocates are up in arms after the Indian government began quietly rolling out a Rs.4 billion(47.8m) Central Monitoring System (CMS) designed to give the authorities sweeping access to citizens' phone calls and internet comms in the name of national security.

  Michael Chertoff on Google Glass (May 6)
 

Interesting op-ed by former DHS head Michael Chertoff on the privacy risks of Google Glass. Now imagine that millions of Americans walk around each day wearing the equivalent of a drone on their head: a device capable of capturing video and audio recordings of everything that happens around them.

  Experts hope for another failure in next Anonymous attack (May 6)
 

Anonymous' failed attack against Israeli websites last month has left security experts cautiously optimistic that the hacktivist group will be unsuccessful in its plans to disrupt U.S. government and banking sites.

  Banking Trojan hacker charged after three-year manhunt (May 6)
 

An Algerian national who is allegedly part of the cybercrime consortium behind a powerful hacking software known as SpyEye appeared in an Atlanta courtroom in the US after a three-year manhunt ended with his extradition from Thailand.

  Accused 'SpyEye' hacker in court (May 6)
 

An Algerian national implicated in the cybercrime consortium behind the SpyEye hacking software has appeared in court after a three-year manhunt that ended with his arrest in Bangkok.

  Fake 'honeyword' passwords could be planted to trip up hackers (May 13)
 

A new security technique thwarts evildoers online not by hiding or encrypting your password, but by giving the hackers in question too many to choose from.

  Google's Cloud Drops Custom Linux For Debian (May 13)
 

Google has been using its own custom version of Linux, Google Compute Engine Linux, as it loads its customers' applications into its infrastructure as a service.

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