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Apache Commons Collections Under Attack 0

Apache Commons Collections Under Attack

Two months ago, a Java zero day vulnerability (CVE-2015-4852) that targeted Apache commons collections library was disclosed. This vulnerability is caused by an error when Java applications, which use Apache commons collections library, deserialize o…

Security vs. Surveillance 0

Security vs. Surveillance

Both the “going dark” metaphor of FBI Director James Comey and the contrasting “golden age of surveillance” metaphor of privacy law professor Peter Swire focus on the value of data to law enforcement. As framed in the media, encryption debates are about whether law enforcement should have surreptitious access to data, or whether companies should be allowed to provide strong encryption to their customers. It’s a myopic framing that focuses only on one threat — criminals, including domestic terrorists — and the demands of law enforcement and national intelligence.

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Sources: Security Firm Norse Corp. Imploding

Norse Corp. , a Foster City, Calif. based cybersecurity firm that has attracted much attention from the news media  and investors alike this past year, fired its chief executive officer this week amid a major shakeup that could spell the end of the company.

Psychological Model of Selfishness 0

Psychological Model of Selfishness

This is interesting: Game theory decision-making is based entirely on reason, but humans don’t always behave rationally. David Rand, assistant professor of psychology, economics, cognitive science, and management at Yale University, and psychology doctoral student Adam Bear incorporated theories on intuition into their model, allowing agents to make a decision either based on instinct or rational deliberation

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Wendy’s Probes Reports of Credit Card Breach

Wendy’s , the nationwide chain of fast-food restaurants, says it is investigating claims of a possible credit card breach at some locations. The acknowledgment comes in response to questions from KrebsOnSecurity about banking industry sources who discovered a pattern of fraud on cards that were all recently used at various Wendy’s locations. Bob Bertini , spokesperson for the Dublin, Ohio-based restauranteur, said the company began receiving reports earlier this month from its payment industry contacts about a potential breach and that Wendy’s has hired a security firm to investigate the claims.