Security means...?

04/10/2007 Written by Jakub Maslowski

laptopWe all heard about com­pa­nies spend­ing cash on secu­rity audits, fol­low­ing very strict secu­rity polices, hir­ing secu­rity spe­cial­ists etc. And all that to feel safe and whats more impor­tant to look safe out­side as this starts to be impor­tant vec­tor in war for cus­tomers. Study shows that com­pa­nies started to real­ize that remote work­ers are dan­ger­ous for them, so every­thing what can be done is being done to min­i­mize this danger.

From deploy­ing vir­tual pri­vate net­works, imple­ment­ing token autho­riza­tion and train­ing staff in mat­ter of poten­tial harm, that can be done by hack­ers, if they suc­ceed, to takeover a sin­gle home machine that is used to “get work done”. IT depart­ment is often help­less to warn about what is get­ting to be installed (i.e. updates of oper­at­ing sys­tems or antivirus soft­ware) and who got access to those home desk­tops. Peo­ple respon­si­ble for secu­rity in com­pa­nies know that hacker who man­ages to steal login infor­ma­tion using some sort of virus, could cause havoc in company’s net­work not even know­ing where the build­ing of com­pany is located, so work­ers that demand remote access from their employ­ers often gets “work-​laptops”.

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When security becomes the real threat

03/10/2007 Written by tripwire

The unbe­liev­able secu­rity fail­ures of 911 exposed, among many other issues, the effects of more than two decades of cut­ting resources to the pub­lic sec­tor and out­sourc­ing gov­ern­ment func­tions together with essen­tial secu­rity ser­vices to profit-​driven pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions.

It clearly came out that, while every­thing seems fine and dandy when busi­ness is as usual, this way of man­ag­ing secu­rity crum­bles to pieces as soon as some­thing goes wrong.

As an exam­ple, think of the North Amer­i­can air tran­sit sys­tem, which was pri­va­tised, dereg­u­lated and down­sized, with the vast major­ity of air­port secu­rity jobs per­formed by under­paid, poorly trained, unmo­ti­vated, barely Eng­lish speak­ing work­ers.

On Sep­tem­ber 10, when fly­ing was as easy as tak­ing a bus and air­ports looked like a mix between a mega shop­ping cen­tre and a Luna Park, none of that seemed to mat­ter: busi­ness was good, prof­its were as high as pos­si­ble, and the per­ceived risk was close to zero.

But on Sep­tem­ber 12, putting 6-​dollars-​an-​hour con­tract work­ers in charge of air­port secu­rity seemed an unfor­giv­able fool­ish­ness — which, in fact, it is.

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EU wants to fight against cyber terror

02/10/2007 Written by minor

terrorSophis­ti­cated equip­ment in small air­plane is used to eaves­drop and mon­i­tor of sus­pected ter­ror­ists. In UK this plane is flew by RAF. But this is not only one tech­no­log­i­cal mea­sure against terrorists.

More such action will fol­low and not only against sus­pected ter­ror­ists. Last month Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner respon­si­ble for Jus­tice, Free­dom and Secu­rity Franco Frat­tini spoke about con­nec­tion between Inter­net and ter­ror­ists. The same he told on last meet­ing of Euro­pean Home Depart­ment sec­re­taries in Lisbon.

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Burmese censorship -UPDATED!

30/09/2007 Written by minor

monksReally hard are these days in Burma — Myan­mar. Every news chan­nel reported about reac­tion of mil­i­tary junta, that supressed with force demon­stra­tions lead by monks.

Offi­cial infor­ma­tions from Burmese junta says, that there has been few dead and injured. Army took over many cities to avoid any fur­ther demon­stra­tions. What is sur­pris­ing in this issue? Many peo­ple informed, that pro­vided infor­ma­tions are wrong and num­bers of deads and injured are much higher. Censorship?

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Secure Germany

26/09/2007 Written by Boris Mutina

merkelIt’s been few weeks since Mrs. Merkel on her visit in China com­plained about spy­ware and hack­ers attack­ing Ger­man insti­tu­tions. And more weeks ago Strafge­set­zbuch — Ger­man penal code was updated. Mrs. Merkel’s gov­ern­ment wanted prob­a­bly dis­tract all Ger­man hack­ers and crack­ers and script kid­dies from attack­ing their insti­tu­tions. From pro­fes­sional point of view, this is the bad impli­ca­tion of maybe good idea.

So called anti-​hacking law is part of Ger­man penal code — §202. It talks about invi­o­la­bil­ity of let­ters. But newly added parts speak about pos­sess­ing and using hack­ing tools, query­ing sys­tems to get infor­ma­tions… Let’s look, what is inside.

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