Monthly Archives: October 2009


Ransomware

Posted on by Mary Brown

Zarestel Ferrer blogs about a new variant of ransomware that has been discovered. The exploit encrypts documents that have file extensions most commonly used in business and then requests $100 in exchange for the key. Computer Associates (CA) have made … Continue reading

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Spying on Twitter and Facebook

Posted on by Mary Brown

Noah Shachtman at Wired.com reports on a business relationship between a segment of the CIA and an Internet company that uses specialized data mining tools to monitor the activity going on in the social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. … Continue reading

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Out of Band Password Administration

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Many of us who work in information security have long bemoaned the shortcomings of using passwords as an authentication factor.  One of the first alternatives to passwords in the form of two factor authentication was the token that would generate … Continue reading

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How can we defeat “the enemy” if we can’t get along?

Posted on by Dr. Steven Brown

Politics is a way of life it seems, but sometimes we need to remove the politics and turf wars that do not nothing to help the security of the United States.  Good and continued leadership is critical to run any … Continue reading

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Potential Vacuum Attack?

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Robert McMillan writes about the possibilities of a robot inside your home being used as an attack point by a hacker.  He suggests that it would be prudent to get ahead of the curve and learn from the past.  Too … Continue reading

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Creatures of Habit

Posted on by Dr. Steven Brown

The latest large scale phishing attacks not only show that people are still somewhat vulnerable to giving up personal information — they also show that we are creatures of habit. One reason why this attack was so large was that, … Continue reading

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DHS Announces Hiring Authority for 1000 InfoSec Positions

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Janet Napolitano released an announcement today as part of celebrating Information Security Awareness Month that the Department of Homeland Security has been given permission to hire up to 1000 information security professionals. However, there was no mention of filling the … Continue reading

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