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Zendesk Security Breach Affects Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest | Threat Level Customer service software provider Zendesk announced a security breach that allowed attackers into its system, where they could access data from three customers this week. Wired learned those three clients were Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. The San Francisco-based company announced the breach in a blog post published early Thursday night. Tumblr notified affected users in an email at approximately 6:35 p.m. PST; Twitter and Pinterest are expected to do so shortly.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA H.R. 3523 (112th Congress), H.R. 624 (113th Congress)) is a proposed law in the United States which would allow for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies. The stated aim of the bill is to help the U.S. government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyberattacks. Some critics saw CISPA as a second attempt at strengthening digital piracy laws after the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act both met huge opposition. Intellectual property theft was initially listed in the bill as a possible cause for sharing Web traffic information with the government, though it was removed in subsequent drafts. Content
A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites. A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients.
Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems. This course explains the inner workings of cryptographic primitives and how to correctly use them. Students will learn how to reason about the security of cryptographic constructions and how to apply this knowledge to real-world applications. The course begins with a detailed discussion of how two parties who have a shared secret key can communicate securely when a powerful adversary eavesdrops and tampers with traffic.
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Wal-Mart pretty much sliced itself open and spilled its guts onto the scammer's lap. In this year's Capture the Flag social engineering contest at Defcon, champion Shane MacDougall used good lying, a lucrative (albeit bogus) government contract, and his talent for self-effacing small talk to squeeze the following information out of Wal-Mart: The small-town Canadian Wal-Mart store's janitorial contractor,Its cafeteria food-services provider,Its employee pay cycle,Its staff shift schedules,The time managers take their breaks, Where they usually go for lunch, Type of PC used by the manager, Make and version numbers of the computer's operating system, and Its Web browser and antivirus software. Reporting from the Las Vegas show, which wrapped up a few weeks ago, Stacy Cowley at CNNMoney wrote up the details of how Wal-Mart got taken in to the extent of coughing up so much scam-worthy treasure. How a social engineer tricked Wal-Mart into handing over sensitive information
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Over a million web sites affected in mass SQL injection attack Security researchers from Armorize have intercepted a mass SQL injection attack, targeting ASP ASP.NET websites. The mass infection, redirects users to a web malware exploitation kit, attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in Adobe PDF or Adobe Flash or Java, with the dropped malware having a low detection rate. Mass SQL injection attacks usually take place through active search engines reconnaissance (SQL Injection Through Search Engines Reconnaissance; Massive SQL Injections Through Search Engine's Reconnaissance - Part Two; Massive SQL Injection Attacks - the Chinese Way) followed by automatic exploitation of the vulnerable sites. Of the two SQL injected domains nbnjkl.com and jjghui.com, only nbnjkl.com is currently active and responding.