Category Archives: Security

Why legislative organizations shouldn’t try to write tech law

This is an unfortunately common type of situation – the people making the laws don’t understand the concepts of security or attack, or not well enough to figure out a way to respond to them. Rather than trying to put … Continue reading

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Wall of Sheep

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Montgomery Wards is hacked – doesn’t tell it’s customers

Basically after following the credit card companies technical instructions, they didn’t bother to follow state or federal laws. Story is here.

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OSSEC reviewed

I’ve been running OSSEC for about six weeks now. General thoughts – it’s pretty easy to get up and running. The server client is sitting on my fedora mail/web/firewall/sql server and I have two of the windows client apps sitting … Continue reading

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opendns redirecting google lookups?

Hard to tell what they’re doing, but it looks really shady. dig @ ; < > DiG 9.4.2 < > @ ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<

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Ubuntu Linux Disk Encryption Benchmarks

Introduced in Ubuntu 7.10 was install-time encryption support where using the alternate installer one can fully encrypt their disk in an LVM using dm-crypt. Unfortunately, the Ubiquity installer in Ubuntu 8.04 continues to lack LVM and encryption support, but using … Continue reading

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OSSEC is a scalable, multi-platform, open source Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS). It has a powerful correlation and analysis engine, integrating log analysis, file integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, centralized policy enforcement, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response.

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Ubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu 8.04 was officially released as production code on Friday. I’d already been running beta versions of it on two laptops (or the wife was, I should say) so I felt that I pretty much was ready to take my … Continue reading

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Hacker testifies News Corp unit hired him

SANTA ANA, California (Reuters) – A computer hacker testified on Wednesday that a News Corp (NWSa.N) unit hired him to develop pirating software, but denied using it to penetrate the security system of a rival satellite television service. Christopher Tarnovsky … Continue reading

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Asus 500g and DD-WRT

I’ve been a big fan of the $9.99 special wireless routers for a while, but I’ve started having problems recently. I’m not sure if it’s because everybody in the neighborhood is buying fios and all the lame actiontek routers are … Continue reading

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