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Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA's prying eyes. It's called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.

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Bob Boynton's curator insight, April 14, 9:05 AM

It worked for Snowden -- the linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It could work for the rest of us unless NSA now has added their own back door to it.

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Facebook facial recognition takes a giant, scary leap forward

Facebook facial recognition takes a giant, scary leap forward | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald Facebook facial recognition takes a giant, scary leap forward Sydney Morning Herald Trained on a data set of some 4 million photos "from a popular social network", the software uses 3D modeling techniques and artificial neural...
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Anonymous Syria hacks and defaces 25 Nigerian government websites to bring world attention to the violence in Syria

Anonymous Syria hacks and defaces 25 Nigerian government websites to bring world attention to the violence in Syria | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Anonymous Syria hacks and defaces 25 Nigerian government websites to bring world attention to the violence in Syria
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Surveillance by Algorithm

Surveillance by Algorithm | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Increasingly, we are watched not by people but by algorithms. Amazon and Netflix track the books we buy and the movies we stream, and suggest other books and movies based on our habits.
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CryptoLocker infects computers

CryptoLocker infects computers | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
CryptoLocker infects computers Bucks County Courier Times So-called “ransomware” programs like CryptoLocker, BitLocker and others create havoc on computers that can only be solved by paying the anonymous criminal, according to FBI computer...
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Human Element Overlooked in Security

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Human Element Overlooked in Security
Sci-Tech Today
Based on assessments of 96 companies globally, HP found that most spent 86 percent of their security budget trying to block threats at the infiltration stage.
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TYPHON HX: NSA Exploit of the Day

TYPHON HX: NSA Exploit of the Day | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Today's item from the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalog:
TYPHON HX
(S//SI//FVEY) Base Station Router - Network-In-a-Box (NIB) supporting GSM bands 850/900/1800/1900 and associated full GSM signaling and call control.
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Cyber crooks will go after medical records next

Cyber crooks will go after medical records next | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
As security firms and law enforcement agencies continue to cooperate and successfully take down botnets, cyber crooks will be forced to look for new and more lucrative targets, and especially ones tha...
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World's biggest cyberattack detected, 360 million accounts, 1.25 billion email addresses hacked

World's biggest cyberattack detected, 360 million accounts, 1.25 billion email addresses hacked | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
One of the hacker attacks stole over 105 million records making it the single largest data breach in cybercrime history.

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Alleged iOS Security Flaw Enables Malicious Apps to Secretly Log ...

Alleged iOS Security Flaw Enables Malicious Apps to Secretly Log ... | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Researchers from security firm FireEye have revealed a new bug in iOS that enables a malicious app to monitor and log a user's touch inputs and button uses while running in the background, reports Ars Technica.
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Senate cybersecurity report a horror story - San Antonio Express

Senate cybersecurity report a horror story - San Antonio Express | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Senate cybersecurity report a horror story San Antonio Express Last week the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee's minority staff released a 19-page assessment titled “The Federal Government's Track Record on Cybersecurity...
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Switchboard: Syrian hackers went after Facebook

Switchboard: Syrian hackers went after Facebook | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
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Switchboard: Syrian hackers went after Facebook
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Syrian hackers mess with Facebook's domain. Nothing happens.
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Hackers… Big Data is watching you

Hackers… Big Data is watching you | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Criminals are rapidly evolving their hacking techniques, and are attacking quickly, making timely security and fraud analytics more critical than ever.
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Washington State Sold Computers Loaded With Sensitive Personal Information - The Consumerist

Washington State Sold Computers Loaded With Sensitive Personal Information - The Consumerist | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
GeekWire Washington State Sold Computers Loaded With Sensitive Personal Information The Consumerist It's not just retailers and manufacturers that carelessly sell used and refurbished electronics containing sensitive information left behind by a...
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Turkey Blocks Google DNS, YouTube Could Be Next

Turkey Blocks Google DNS, YouTube Could Be Next | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
The social media crackdown in Turkey continues, as the country has moved to block backdoor access to communications services like Twitter via Google DNS...

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Bob Boynton's curator insight, March 22, 5:34 PM

When in doubt turn off the opposition.

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FEULNER: Stopping the cybersecurity threat

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FEULNER: Stopping the cybersecurity threat
Washington Times
“Cyber-espionage is rampant, with U.S.

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Lloyd's of London Declines Infosec Cover For Energy Companies

Lloyd's of London Declines Infosec Cover For Energy Companies | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Lloyd's of London Declines Infosec Cover For Energy Companies Infosecurity Magazine The BBC reported yesterday that energy companies "are being refused insurance cover for cyber-attacks because their defenses are perceived as weak." Before cover is...
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How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in...
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Two London IP addresses have compromised over 300000 computers

Two London IP addresses have compromised over 300000 computers | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
BBC News Two London IP addresses have compromised over 300000 computers The Verge Researchers at the security firm Team Cymru have discovered a massive network of router exploits that has effectively hijacked the internet for more than a quarter of...
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Choosing Secure Passwords

Choosing Secure Passwords | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
As insecure as passwords generally are, they're not going away anytime soon. Every year you have more and more passwords to deal with, and every year they get easier and easier to break. You need a strategy.
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300,000 routers compromised in DNS hijacking campaign

300,000 routers compromised in DNS hijacking campaign | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Some 300,000 confirmed - but most likely many more - small office/home office (SOHO) routers have been compromised and their DNS settings changed to use two IP addresses in London, effectively allowin...
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Privacy concerns about data collection may lead to dumbing down smart devices - TechRepublic

Privacy concerns about data collection may lead to dumbing down smart devices - TechRepublic | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it

In the decades since, with the subsequent development of thermonuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles and arms buildup during the Cold War,...

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U-Md. computer security attack exposes 300000 records - Washington Post

U-Md. computer security attack exposes 300000 records - Washington Post | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it

More than 300,000 personal records for faculty, staff and students who have received identification cards at the University of Maryland were compromised in a computer...

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Snowden Whines: British Spies Used Sex and 'Dirty Tricks'

Snowden Whines: British Spies Used Sex and 'Dirty Tricks' | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
British spies have developed “dirty tricks” for use against nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing comp...

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Bob Boynton's curator insight, February 7, 10:04 PM

So now we have a competition to see which spy agency can be most offensive. There is a version of that word that seems very appropriate; they are offensive in their actions.

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Experts Warn of Russian Spying, Hackers at Sochi Olympics

Experts Warn of Russian Spying, Hackers at Sochi Olympics | InfoSec Focus | Scoop.it
Americans heading to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics are being warned that privacy is not a right in the host country and all their electronic communications will likely be monitored.
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