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The Week When Attackers Started Winning The War On Trust
Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence, VenafiCommentary
The misuse of keys and certificates is not exotic or hypothetical. Its a real threat that could undermine most, if not all, critical security controls, as recent headlines strongly show.
By Kevin Bocek VP Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence, Venafi, 11/21/2014
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Killing Passwords: Dont Get A-Twitter Over Digits
Dave Kearns, Analyst, Kuppinger-ColeCommentary
Twitters new service that eliminates passwords for authentication actually makes your mobile device less secure.
By Dave Kearns Analyst, Kuppinger-Cole, 11/19/2014
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Is Security Awareness Training Really Worth It?
Fahmida Y. Rashid, News
Experts weigh in on the value of end-user security training, and how to make education more effective.
By Fahmida Y. Rashid , 11/18/2014
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TRUSTe Not So Trustworthy
Thomas Claburn, Editor-at-LargeNews
Privacy certification company has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle FTC charges that it deceived consumers.
By Thomas Claburn Editor-at-Large, 11/17/2014
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Walk & Stalk: A New Twist In Cyberstalking
Ken Munro,  Partner & Founder, Pen Test Partners LLPCommentary
How hackers can turn Wifi signals from smartphones and tablets into a homing beacon that captures users' online credentials and follows them, undetected, throughout the course of the day.
By Ken Munro Partner & Founder, Pen Test Partners LLP, 11/11/2014
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This Week in 60 Seconds: Net Neutrality, IT Hiring
Andrew Conry Murray, Director of Content & Community, InteropCommentary
Our video wrap-up shares how to win net neutrality, wades into the debate over an IT talent shortage, and more.
By Andrew Conry Murray Director of Content & Community, Interop, 11/7/2014
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Privacy Versus The 'Tyranny Of The Algorithm'
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Health, social media, buying trends, and other data and activity are routinely bartered for profit, but at what cost to the consumer or user?
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/5/2014
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Workplace Privacy: Big Brother Is Watching
David Melnick, Founder & CEO, WebLife BalanceCommentary
Companies may have the right to monitor employees who are checking their bank balances or shopping online on corporate networks. The real question is, should they?
By David Melnick Founder & CEO, WebLife Balance, 11/4/2014
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4 Essentials For Mobile Device VPNs
Patrick Oliver Graf, GM, Americas, NCP EngineeringCommentary
VPNs for smartphones and tablets have different requirements than laptops. Heres what you need to know.
By Patrick Oliver Graf GM, Americas, NCP Engineering, 10/31/2014
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Verizon Wireless Embroiled In Tracking Controversy
Kristin Burnham, Senior Editor, InformationWeek.comNews
Verizon Wireless is in hot water with security and privacy advocates regarding unique identifier headers that function as what one EFF expert calls "perma-cookies."
By Kristin Burnham Senior Editor, InformationWeek.com, 10/29/2014
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FBI Director Urges New Encryption Legislation
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Encryption algorithms do not acknowledge "lawful access."
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 10/16/2014
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Berners-Lee Behind New Private Communications Network For Ultra-Privacy Conscious
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
MeWe offers free, secure, and private communications.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 10/16/2014
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'POODLE' Attacks, Kills Off SSL 3.0
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
A newly discovered design flaw in an older version of SSL encryption protocol could be used for man-in-the-middle attacks -- leading some browser vendors to remove SSL 3.0 for good.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 10/15/2014
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Stolen Medical Data Is Now A Hot Commodity
Lysa Myers, Security Researcher, ESETCommentary
While credit cards are selling for a dollar or less on the black market, personal health credentials are commanding as much as $10 per patient. Heres why.
By Lysa Myers Security Researcher, ESET, 10/14/2014
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2 Tech Challenges Preventing Online Voting In US
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
A new report explains that online voting in the US is a matter of "if, not when," but problems of anonymity and verifiability must be solved first.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 10/9/2014
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Twitter Sues US Government Over Surveillance
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Twitter claims the government is restricting its free speech by limiting what it can disclose about requests for customer data.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 10/9/2014
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Good Job, Facebook: The Intersection Of Privacy, Identity & Security
Dave Kearns, Analyst, Kuppinger-ColeCommentary
Birth names and legal names arent always the names people are best known by, concedes Facebook in the wake of a real-name policy usage flap.
By Dave Kearns Analyst, Kuppinger-Cole, 10/8/2014
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To Combat Government Snooping, Encrypt Data Before Putting It In Cloud, Says Interop Speaker
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
If Uncle Sam wants your data, make him come directly to you.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 10/3/2014
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Hacking Hackers: Taking Matters Into Private Hands
Becca Lipman, Senior EditorNews
Private groups are fighting back against foreign sources of malware and credit fraud. But methodologies put these digital crusaders and their employers at serious legal risk.
By Becca Lipman Senior Editor, 9/23/2014
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Apple CEO: We Don't Covet Your Data
Thomas Claburn, Editor-at-LargeNews
Apple CEO Tim Cook highlights the company's commitment to privacy in an open letter.
By Thomas Claburn Editor-at-Large, 9/18/2014
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CVE-2014-8551
Published: 2014-11-26
The WinCC server in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC 7.0 through SP3, 7.2 before Update 9, and 7.3 before Update 2; SIMATIC PCS 7 7.1 through SP4, 8.0 through SP2, and 8.1; and TIA Portal 13 before Update 6 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via crafted packets.

CVE-2014-8552
Published: 2014-11-26
The WinCC server in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC 7.0 through SP3, 7.2 before Update 9, and 7.3 before Update 2; SIMATIC PCS 7 7.1 through SP4, 8.0 through SP2, and 8.1; and TIA Portal 13 before Update 6 allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via crafted packets.

CVE-2014-1421
Published: 2014-11-25
mountall 1.54, as used in Ubuntu 14.10, does not properly handle the umask when using the mount utility, which allows local users to bypass intended access restrictions via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-3605
Published: 2014-11-25
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: CVE-2014-6407. Reason: This candidate is a reservation duplicate of CVE-2014-6407. Notes: All CVE users should reference CVE-2014-6407 instead of this candidate. All references and descriptions in this candidate have been removed to pre...

CVE-2014-6093
Published: 2014-11-25
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0.x before 7.0.0.2 CF29, 8.0.x through 8.0.0.1 CF14, and 8.5.x before 8.5.0 CF02 allows remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a crafted URL.

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