No Cyber Experience? Strategy! Um…

Michael Daniel is the person who is on point for shaping cyber security in the US government. I find it rather disquieting that the White House cyber security coordinator espouses his lack of technical knowledge as a plus. From Gov Security: "Being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction," Daniel, a special assistant to the president, says in an ...

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Blackhat and Defcon Parties 2014

Back for the Blackhat and Defcon Parties 2014...FINALLY! Yet again, sorry I was late getting this published. Here is the list. It is a little short as I didn't take the time to include ones that have already filled up. You can try your hand with the remaining ones. Please note that this sched should work fine in most smart phone browsers. Also, feel free to leave a comment if ...

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Bill Brenner Is Joining Liquidmatrix

Fresh from the “why the hell didn’t I think of this years ago” files we have some news. Bill Brenner is joining Liquidmatrix! It will be nice to actually have someone writing again. Hint hint. (looking at the crew…myself included) Nothing like a comment made in passing to develop into a cool idea. Years ago Bill was the first media person to interview me for…well, any publication. ...

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NSA Proof? $2 Million In Backing

The company Protonet is sitting in the right place at the right time. With the Snowden docs continuing to cause churn and the edition of Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, to the board at Dropbox, more people are looking for secure alternatives. Protonet was launched a year ago and on the heels of the Reset the Net movement decided to launch a courdsourcing initiative. From The Inquirer: The ...

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Hershey Medical Center Data Breach

It seems that some 1,800 patients of the Hershey Medical Center may possibly have had their personal information breached. A staffer with the hospital had uploaded patient data to his home computer in order to work on it without having authorization to do so. From Lancaster Online: Officials at the hospital said in a press release Friday afternoon that results of an extensive internal investigation give no indication that any unauthorized ...

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Mt. Gox “Found” Some Missing Bitcoins

Exactly how does this happen? Sheer incompetence, that's how. Today I read that Mt. Gox discovered an "old" wallet with 200,000 bitcoins in it. What the ever living...are you kidding me? From CNN: "On March 7, 2014, Mt.Gox Co., Ltd. confirmed that an old-format wallet which was used prior to June 2011 held a balance of approximately 200,000 BTC," the statement said. Karpeles said that the discovery was reported to lawyers on March 8. ...

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Spy Satellites Backdoored

Oh this just keeps getting better. Apparently some back doored parts made in the US were discovered in a couple of brand new spy satellites. From Defense News: A United Arab Emirates (UAE) deal to purchase two intelligence satellites from France worth almost 3.4 billion dirhams (US $930 million) is in jeopardy after the discovery of what was described as “security compromising components.” A high-level UAE source said the two high-resolution Pleiades-type ...

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Liquidmatrix Security Digest Podcast – Briefing 002

Security Briefing Episode  -- SB002 Twice is Nice Here's another week of the Liquidmatrix Briefing. Dave figured out that things work better when he has minions. Stay tuned for the regular gang of fools doing the full round-table - we accept our erratic nature. And if you've got commentary, please sent it to [email protected] for us to check out. DISCLAIMER: It's not that explicit, but you ...

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Liquidmatrix Security Digest Podcast – Security Briefing 001

Episode SB001 Something New Is Tried Be gentle, this "security briefing" is a new format. Hi folks, Dave here. I've set up a new short security news briefing format for a weekly update in addition to our main podcast. This is just a test balloon for this week. I plan to get it smoother for next week. Upcoming this week... News news news... And if you've got commentary, please sent ...

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Security Briefing: July 24th

For today's Security Briefing we have a post on the opt-in conversation that seems to have been imported to Canada. This is a slippery slope if governments start to head down this path. Reminder: for those of you heading off to security summer camp, don't forget to sign up for parties while you're there. Here is the post with the list of parties that we're tracking. And now, the security ...

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