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Jennifer Leggio has been in the security industry for 17 years as a marketer, advisor, and writer. Her focus is on security culture, including disclosure, community issues, equality in security, disruptive trends, and even marketing best practices. PGP Key: 3A708289 | She prefers other contact on Twitter via @mediaphyter.

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Metasploit's HD Moore releases 'war dialing' tools

Metasploit's HD Moore releases 'war dialing' tools

HD Moore wants to simplify pen-testing and simulated hacking attacks against telephone systems.The Metasploit founder has released WarVOX as a free suite of tools to explore, classify and audit a range of telephone systems, including modems, faxes, voicemail boxes, PBXs, loops, dial tones, IVRs and forwarders.

March 5, 2009 by in CXO

FAA confirms data breach; 45,000 affected

FAA confirms data breach; 45,000 affected

A computer breach at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has led to the theft of personal information on more than 45,000 employees and retirees, the agency confirmed this week.All told, the FAA said the hackers hijacked 48 files, two containing sensitive personal information that could expose the employees and retirees to identity theft.

March 5, 2009 by in Hardware

What is security transparency?

What is security transparency?

Guest editorial by Andrew StormsTransparency is a common theme in politics and Wall Street these days. The 2008 elections, dealings of TARP, financial institutions run a-muck are all places where we hear the word transparency bandied about on a daily basis.

March 4, 2009 by in Microsoft

Google downplays severity of Gmail CSRF flaw

Google downplays severity of Gmail CSRF flaw

Yesterday, Vicente Aguilera Diaz from Internet Security Auditors released proof of concept of a CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) vulnerability in Google's Gmail, which he originally communicated to Google two years ago. The CSRF flaw affects Gmail's "Change Password" function, since according to Diaz the session cookie is automatically sent by the browser in every request making the attack possible.

March 4, 2009 by in Security

Bad, bad, cybercrime-friendly ISPs!

Bad, bad, cybercrime-friendly ISPs!

In a post-McColo, post-Atrivo and post-EstDomains cybercrime ecosystem, the researchers at FireEye have recently launched a "Bad Actors series" aiming to put the spotlight on some of the currently active badware actors online. The sampled ISPs represent safe heavens for drop zones for banker malware,  DNSChanger malware, rogue security software and live exploit URLs.

March 4, 2009 by in Security

Why full disclosure is an important tool

Why full disclosure is an important tool

Guest editorial by Danny QuistThis latest Adobe vulnerability has created a stir on some of the closed mailing lists regarding full disclosure. While I would have liked to think that this debate was over a long time ago, I now realize that everyone has disagreed to disagree.

March 3, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Conficker worm to DDoS legitimate sites in March

Conficker worm to DDoS legitimate sites in March

Among the key innovations of the Conficker worm (W32.Downadup) was the pseudo-random domain generation algorithm used for the generation of dynamic command and control locations in order to make it nearly impossible for researchers and the industry to take them down.

March 3, 2009 by in Security

Pwn2Own hacker: Apple Safari is 'easy pickings'

Pwn2Own hacker: Apple Safari is 'easy pickings'

Charlie Miller, the security researcher who won last year's Pwn2Own hacker contest, is predicting that Apple's Safari browser will be the easiest target this year.In a note posted on the popular Daily Dave mailing list, Miller describes Safari as "easy pickin's" and forecasts that at least four zero-day Safari flaws will be used during the contest at CanSecWest later this month.

March 3, 2009 by in Security

The return of L0phtCrack

The return of L0phtCrack

More than two years after Symantec pulled the plug on L0phtCrack, the venerable password cracking tool is being prepped for a return to the spotlight.The original creators of L0phtCrack has reacquired the tool with plans to release a new version at next week's SOURCE Boston conference.

March 2, 2009 by in Security

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