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Schneier: The Fundamental Insecurity of USB->

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This is pretty impressive: Most of us learned long ago not to run executable files from sketchy USB sticks. But old-fashioned USB hygiene can't stop this newer flavor of infection: Even if users are aware of the potential for attacks, ensuring that their USB's firmware hasn't been tampered with is nearly impossible. The devices don't have a restriction known as...
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Schneier: Debit Card Override Hack->

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Clever: Parrish allegedly visited Apple Stores and tried to buy products with four different debit cards, which were all closed by his respective financial institutions. When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank except, he wasn’t really calling his bank. So, the complaint says, he would offer...
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Schneier: Russia Paying for a Tor Break->

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Russia has put out a tender on its official government procurement website for anyone who can identify Tor users. The reward of $114,000 seems pretty cheap for this capability. And we now get to debate whether 1) Russia cannot currently deaonymize Tor users, or 2) Russia can, and this is a ruse to make us think they can't....
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Schneier: US National Guard is Getting Into Cyberwar->

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The Maryland Air National Guard needs a new facility for its cyberwar operations: The purpose of this facility is to house a Network Warfare Group and ISR Squadron. The Cyber mission includes a set of capabilities, expertise to enable the cyber operational need for an always-on, net-speed awareness and integrated operational response with global reach. It enables operators to drive...
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Schneier: Hackers Steal Personal Information of US Security-Clearance Holders->

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The article says they were Chinese but offers no evidence: The intrusion at the Office of Personnel Management was particularly disturbing because it oversees a system called e-QIP, in which federal employees applying for security clearances enter their most personal information, including financial data. Federal employees who have had security clearances for some time are often required to update their...
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