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May, 2009

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May 31, 2009  7:38 PM

Are YOU a Hacker?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Are you? It’s not necessarily a derogatory term. Neither is “geek.” But what does “hacker” really mean? Here’s one opinion:

Someone that is...

May 31, 2009  6:56 PM

Search for Screensavers at Your Own Risk

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Enter “screensavers” into any major search engine and there’s better than a fifty percent chance that any result you click on will land you on a malicious website. According to McAfee’s recently released report “


May 29, 2009  1:59 AM

ID Analytics Service Validates Identity Exposure Index

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

A new, free service offered by ID Analytics, www.myidscore.com, validates my Identity Exposure Index concept I proposed last month (What’s Your Identity...

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May 27, 2009  8:25 PM

How to Use the Windows Registry for Cyber Forensics: Part 1

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

I recently completed the free SANS mini-course on cyber forensics (see my post, Free Mini-courses from SANS). That course could not have shown up at a more opportune time as I had just...


May 20, 2009  7:24 PM

Three US Cyber Challenges to be Announced May 29

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Just received SANS NewsBites' May 19, 2009 issue (Vol. 11, Num. 39) and one article caught my eye. Seems that the sponsors of these Cyber Challenges need some help in naming them:

...a week from Friday...three national cyber games will be announced at a Center for Strategic and...


May 20, 2009  2:03 AM

Can Your iEi be Improved?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Last month, I posted "What’s Your Identity Exposure Index?" I've had some interesting feedback. This one stood out:

I was really interested in your...


May 11, 2009  8:44 PM

Real Spam Statistics

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Depending on whose reports you view, spam accounts for from 85 to 95 percent of all emails sent. This may hold true over the Internet at large, but as with any other statistical data, there are local and regional variations. My own inbox is an exception to the general rule; I get far more...


May 6, 2009  12:41 AM

Free Mini-courses from SANS

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Without a doubt, SANS offers some of the best and most trusted computer security training and certifications. Today, I was thrilled to find that they’re currently offering four free mini-courses. I already completed the Windows Intrusion Discovery course and started on Cyber...


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