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Homeland Security gets into software security

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments

PORTLAND — No, I am not making this up. At OSCon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), best known to you as the people checking up on you between the airport parking lot and your flight, quietly announced that they’re now offering a service for checking out your open-source code for security holes and bugs: the […]

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Tags: Development · Open Source · Security

Linux and botnets: It’s not Linux’s fault!

March 20th, 2014 · Comments Off

I couldn’t blame you, if — based on recent headlines such as “Linux worm Darlloz targets Intel architecture to mine digital currency” and “Botnet of thousands of Linux servers pumps Windows desktop malware onto web” — you thought Linux was as full of holes as Windows XP. If you take a closer look, you’ll find […]

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Tags: Infrastructure · Internet · Network · Security · Server · Web Services

Chrome OS security holes found, patched

March 18th, 2014 · Comments Off

Linux is very secure. Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS, with its auto-updating and security sandboxing, is even more secure. But, neither is perfect. At Google’s own Pwnium hacking contest and HP Zero Day Initiative’s (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, three new sets of security problems were found in Chrome OS… and then immediately patched. Chrome OS […]

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Tags: Business · Google · Infrastructure · Internet · Laptop · Linux · Network · Operating System · Security · Web browser

Google free public DNS services were briefly corrupted

March 17th, 2014 · Comments Off

Without the Domain Name System (DNS), we’re all lost on the Internet. DNS provides the service that translates our human readable Web addresses such as google.com to their real, but mysterious Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses, such as 8.8.8.8 or IPv6′s 2001:4860:4860::8888. The problem with this master yellow pages directory to the Internet is […]

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Tags: Business · Google · Internet · Network · Network Services · Security

Crash, bang, boom: Down go all the major browsers at Pwn2Own

March 14th, 2014 · Comments Off

If there was ever any doubt that security is a process and not a product, the results of HP Zero Day Initiative’s (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own hacking contest will lay those doubts to rest. All the major Web browsers—Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), and Safari—were cracked by the end of the two day competition. Crash, bang, […]

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Tags: Apple · Business · Google · HP · Microsoft · Mozilla · Network · Security · Web browser