Department of Homeland Security
Everything from passwords being left around on desks to computers missing critical patches to sensitive data being stored on unencrypted laptops. Believe it or not - that's just the 'tame' stuff. It gets worse. Much worse.
The kill switch - aka Standard Operating Procedure 303 - describes a shutdown and restoration process for wireless networks in the event of a national crisis that would prevent, among other things, the remote triggering of radio-activated explosives.
Specifically, the US government is reportedly thinking about tax breaks, insurance perks and limited lawsuit protection for organizations that opt in to standards that are now getting hammered out.
"Unless it is absolutely necessary to run Java in web browsers, disable it", DHS-sponsored CERT team says
Can you really justify having Java installed on your main web browser any more? Even if you have installed the latest security patch?
It's time to rip Java out of your browser for better security... unless you have a really good reason not to.
Interest in a free, encrypted web chat service called Cryptocat has spiked following the detainment and interrogation of its developer at the US border.
Imagine being responsible for safeguarding the entirety of the United States against cyber attacks. I think we can all agree it would be pretty stressful. Perhaps it is no wonder that Randy Vickers just resigned from US-CERT, effective immediately.
We're currently seeing a limited-volume run of spam messages linking to a zip file containing Zbot/Zeus malware. The messages purport to be from the Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon, or the Transportation Security Administration. The subjects of the spam Read more…