Security Alerts for the Week Ending 7/4/2010

TCLP 2010-06-13 News

This is news cast 216, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, an update on the badge experiment.

This week’s security alerts are diffusing botnet control makes them more robust and bad passwords and the economics around perpetuating them.

In this week’s news open source could make attackers’ jobs easier, understanding the real risks of Android fragmentation, programmers should stop being smart-alecks, and heated atomic force microscopes for 12nm graphene elements.

Following up this week, another social network bill of rights and judge may dismiss most defendants from US Copyright Group suits.

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Quick Security Alerts for the Week Ending 3/28/2010

The Biggest Cloud Providers are Botnets

Slashdot links to a Network World piece that covers a presentation at Cloud Connect that cites some pretty impressive numbers and explains how a typically botnet actually fits the taxonomy of a cloud service provider.

While it is true that botnets are often rented out for nefarious purposes, I think there are still telling differences. I doubt botnets have to hit certain uptime and other reliability targets. I suspect they achieve whatever agreed upon goal through sheer brute force, an option not open to any but the likes of Google and maybe Amazon.

Still, it is a useful reminder that criminal activities are as hungry for computing cycles as legitimate innovations and far less scrupulous about how they acquire it.

Quick Security Alerts for Week Ending 3/21/2010

TCLP 2010-03-14 News

This is news cast 209, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, a call for help with my new experiment, this time with a way to reward and encourage donors. Also, happy Pi Day.

This week’s security alerts are researchers build an 8K smart phone botnet and share their motivations for doing so and some findings and a serious Apache exploit is discovered.

In this week’s news theoretical breakthrough for quantum crypto, Apple iPhone developer agreement comes to light leading to my own moment of principle where I’ve decided once my iPod Touch is worn out I will be buying an Android based PMP, the value of BASIC as a first language, and improving the bandwidth of quantum memory.

Following up this week web cames disabled in PA school laptops and Open Source for America rebuts IIPA’s petition to the USTR including a post, a paper and a personal meeting.

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