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Section 702

Filed under the area of government surveillance:

What is Section 702 surveillance? (via PCW) The NSA's foreign surveillance: 5 things to know /

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Gentleman Start Your Patching Engines

If you read the technology news this week you'll note that Wikileaks is at it again. Now comes the mad dash by all software companies (and a lot of long nights ahead by developers!) to begin patching their code. Which proves the point that if you want the most secure 100% method of not being hacked on your phone/tablet/laptop or any electronic device -- keep it in airplane mode and disconnect it from the Interwebs. Here are some articles from the week:

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Cyber-security: iOS Is Not Immune

A friend of mine often says, "Do you want to make sure all of your devices are secure? Unplug them from the Internet. Exactly. For all the benefits of "the Internet of things" [IoT] they're all susceptible. If it's on the Internet it can be hacked. Plain and simple.

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The Point And Print Vulnerability

The vulnerability is more than 20 years old. Microsoft has finally patched this route for malware in their latest Patch Tuesday. From the article, "Researchers with security firm Vectra Networks discovered that the Windows Print Spooler doesn't properly authenticate print drivers when installing them from remote locations. The failure makes it possible for attackers to use several different techniques that deliver maliciously modified drivers instead of the legitimate one provided by the printer maker."

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Libraries Failing in HTTPS

I posted this on Twitter a few days ago, but I'm adding it here for reference as well. Unfortunately this is a very serious issue. Librarians advocate privacy, prideful in using the latest technologies, and yet our libraries are failing in one of the most fundamental core components of the Internet when it comes to encryption and security.


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