I.T. Security and Linux Administration:

April, 2014

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April 30, 2014  9:47 PM

Lavabit bit the dust…again

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27063369 For those who aren't familiar with Lavabit, it was a service that offered encrypted email service that got cease-and-desist sort of letters form the government once the Edward Snowden event happened.  This was mostly a "we want those emails, give them...

April 30, 2014  9:42 PM

Google Hacks reCAPTCHA

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2340691/google-accidentally-cracks-its-own-captcha-verification-with-maps-algorithm This is the problem with "improving" features.  You make a change in one spot of the code and you break a million other things.  Though I think it is admirable that...


April 30, 2014  9:36 PM

Strong Push to Pure-SSL?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/https/ Should the entire Internet be encrypted?  No.  I don't see the point of encrypting a website about my neighbor's dog, for example.  Do I think it should be enforced/mandated for sites that hold sensitive information?  Most definitely. I think this...


April 30, 2014  9:29 PM

Reddit censors things?!

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27100773 The company that owns Reddit doesn't, but the mods who run (ran?) the technology community removed posts silently that included certain words. This is done most likely by a "bot" someone made to check for new posts and delete all posts that had any...


April 30, 2014  9:14 PM

BitCoins for Donations

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/22/technology/bitcoin-political-contributions/index.html So again people are trying to push the BitCoin rave to be for governmental donations.  With the recent movements towards people accepting it as a valid form of currency, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets...


April 30, 2014  9:07 PM

DarkNet, meet DarkMarket

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/darkmarket/ Truthfully I'm shocked it took this long, especially with BitCoin being around for a long while now.  But, then again, BitCoin (BTC) is finally being considered a legitimate form of currency, so hey. While I have no intention of using DarkMarket, it...


April 30, 2014  8:53 PM

AOL Talks Breach

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/28/aol_confirms_security_breach_from_spam_attack/ AOL still exists? But, seriously, this is interesting to say the least.  The idea of spam itself causing a security breach is intriguing.  Changing security measures by sending out a mass amount of email...


April 30, 2014  8:47 PM

Bug Bounty Program Critique

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

Bug bounty programs have really become a popular tourist attraction for IT security pros.  The premise is that a company will pay $x for finding an exploit, based on various criteria like severity, impact, etc... However, it seems more often than not, people are reporting exploits that should...


April 30, 2014  8:32 PM

Should the Government Release Info?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.cnet.com/news/after-heartbleed-nsa-reveals-some-flaws-are-kept-secret/ This is a big article that can be boiled down to this: "the American government (specifically NSA) won't always disclose information." Some people might get in an uproar about this, but why?  Because we're not...


April 30, 2014  8:26 PM

Hackers hack traffic lights

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/traffic-lights-hacking/ This one is interesting.  When I first saw the title it brought me back to the golden days when I would hack Coke and Pepsi machines (it was cool to get to the debug menu).  I then also read on how to hack those light signs that construction...


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