SSCC 49 - Java patches, Canadian government hacked, internet kill switch

Filed Under: Data loss, Java, Law & order, Microsoft, Podcast, Vulnerability

Sophos Security Chet Chat logoMichael Argast joined me in Vancouver this week to discuss this week's security news. It was a reasonably quiet week, which is quite normal after a major conference like RSA, and that is good news. Most news in this industry means more work for those of us responsible for defending our information.

The discussion started with the latest updates to Oracle Java (download Java 6 Update 24 at and the new zero day flaw in the SMB service on Windows. We talked a bit about the Westboro Baptist Church deciding to wrestle with Anonymous and the recent security breach of the Canadian government.

Michael shared his thoughts on the proposed internet kill switch and pondered whether it was better to have your social media credentials compromised, like in Tunisia, or if you might be safer with the internet being inaccessible, like in Egypt.

(21 February 2011, duration 11:47 minutes, size 10.8MBytes)

You can also download this podcast directly in MP3 format: Sophos Security Chet Chat 49.

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Chester Wisniewski is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. You can follow Chester on Twitter as @chetwisniewski, on as Chester, Chester Wisniewski on Google Plus or send him an email at