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In the News (2014-03)

  • The Limits of Packet Capture, Information Security Buzz, 21 July 2014. Packet capture data can be invaluable in digital forensics, but it is important to remember that it has its shortcomings. There are many scenarios where packet capture does not provide complete data, or is insufficient at accomplishing what it is often intended to do. (ID#: 14-50032) See
  • Sestus Warns Users to Be Careful of Business Centre Networks, Information Security Buzz, 22 July 2014. With the summer travel season at its peak, the U.S. Secret Service warned the hospitality industry of the cyber threat posed by public PCs and networks. Cyber criminals can introduce malware onto these systems that can sniff for passwords other personal, sensitive information. (ID#: 14-50033) See
  • We Are Better Protected When We Work Together, Information Security Buzz, 21 July 2014. The cyber threats of today require advanced technologies and sophisticated methods to thwart, but at the end of the day, threat sharing is one of the greatest tools against such threats. Working together can help identify patterns in cyber attacks and disrupt the activities of cyber criminals. (ID#: 14-50034) See
  • What is memory safety?, Programming Languages Enthusiast, 21 July 2014 (Blog post). An attempt to define and examine memory safety, specifically in the C programming language. Buffer overflows, dynamic memory errors, out-of-memory errors, and misuse of pointers can cause instabilities and vulnerabilities in programs. (ID#: 14-50039) See
  • Organizations Slow at Patching Heartbleed in VMware Deployments: Report, SecurityWeek, 25 July 2014. Despite VMwareis releast of patches to address the Heartbleed vulnerability, a substantial number of organizations are vulnerable to Heartbleed attacks. The number of vulnerable systems decreased dramatically in the weeks following the disclosure of the infamous bug, but it might take years before all of them have been patched. (ID#: 14-50040) See
  • Fake Googlebots Increasingly Serve as Tools for DDoS, SecurityWeek, 24 July 2014. Bots are used by Google to help index the web and provide search results, but fake Googlebots are being used for malicious purposes. These impostors can be used for acquiring marketing data, hacking, spamming, and even executing layer 7 DDoS attacks, in an increasing trend. (ID#: 14-50041) See
  • UK Travel Company Fined After Card Data Hack, SecurityWeek, 25 July 2014. Think W3 Ltd., a UK-based travel company, was fined PS150,000 after a lapse in security compromised payment card details of over 1.1 million customers. The hackers were able to SQL injection on a login page for an internal system, enabling them to acquire administrative access and thus obtain data held on the server. (ID#: 14-50042) See


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