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Archive for the ‘Bruce Schneier’ Category


Building a Legal Botnet in the Cloud

Two researchers have built a botnet using free anonymous accounts. They only collected 1,000 accounts, but there’s no reason this can’t scale to much larger numbers

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Security Vulnerability in the Tails OS

I’d like more information on this .

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Securing the Nest Thermostat

A group of hackers are using a vulnerability in the Nest thermostat to secure it against Nest’s remote data collection.

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Fingerprinting Computers By Making Them Draw Images

Here’s a new way to identify individual computers over the Internet. The page instructs the browser to draw an image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, this can be used to uniquely identify each computer.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Dissection

A six-hour video of a giant squid dissection from Auckland University of Technology. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

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NASDAQ Hack

Long article on a sophisticated hacking of the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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US National Guard is Getting Into Cyberwar

The Maryland Air National Guard needs a new facility for its cyberwar operations : The purpose of this facility is to house a Network Warfare Group and ISR Squadron. The Cyber mission includes a set of capabilities, expertise to enable the cyber operational need for an always-on, net-speed awareness and integrated operational response with global reach. It enables operators to drive upstream in pursuit of cyber adversaries, and is informed 24/7 by intelligence and all-source information

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Hackers Steal Personal Information of US Security-Clearance Holders

The article says they were Chinese but offers no evidence: The intrusion at the Office of Personnel Management was particularly disturbing because it oversees a system called e-QIP , in which federal employees applying for security clearances enter their most personal information, including financial data.

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Security Against Traffic Analysis of Cloud Data Access

Here’s some interesting research on foiling traffic analysis of cloud storage systems.

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Risks of Keyloggers on Public Computers

Brian Krebs is reporting that: The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.

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