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By Steve McMaster - I’ve gotten in a lot of arguments lately about one of the latest “hot topics” in the end-user side of technology – privacy. With some of the biggest names in Social Media doing a really bad job of it (and I’m not even just talking about leaked passwords), it’s something that’s throwing itself in the face of many average, day-to-day computer users. Many in the security industry already know most of the things people are discovering, and have screamed warnings from the mountaintops to the folks below. Alas, this is the woe of being a security engineer. But here’s my gripe for you. Facebook has, as of April 2012, 901 million active members (according to Wikipedia). If Facebook were a country, it would be ranked 3rd in the world by population. And it seems every week, they’re in the news again, someone ranting about their privacy on Facebook. My fav... (more)

Beacon Podcast – Episode 038

Hurricane Labs Beacon Podcast Episode Number: .038 – Tom Has Friends Edition Hosts: Bill Mathews (@billford), Ian Gillespie (@ianisgood), Patrick Sayler (@psayler), Tom Kopchak SECURITY RSA Distributed Credential Protection Pacemaker hacker says worm could possibly ‘commit mass murder’ Android Play Store adding malware scanner US congress rules Huawei a ‘security threat’ TECH Congressman warns FTC: Leave Google alone Verizon, AT&T sell users’ browsing, location histories to marketers How to Make Your Boss Angry — Bad Linux Sysadmin Practices Splunk – Tips and Tricks for the new guy Readin... (more)

Nothing New Under the Sun

I recently wrote a couple of to-be-published articles basically laying out all the reasons why we as security professionals should not be running away from so-called "new" technology. Essentially I am asking that we take the time to really understand what's so new about this stuff. SmartPhones, the "cloud", etc these are all repackaged versions of old technology. We're terrified of them because we think we don't understand them. The sad part is, we don't. We seem to be under the impression that all new technology is bad and inherently insecure, it isn't. It's not any more insecu... (more)

Mobile Security Apps – ESET

By: Bill Mathews - Anyone who listens to our podcast should know that I hate all anti-virus and anti-virus vendors. I really don’t have too many shades of grey when it comes to it, so it’s pretty hard to make me want to do anything regarding anti-virus technology that isn’t just recommending you get rid of the platform that is so susceptible to it. I’ve argued (and still argue) that even though there is clearly a malware issue with Android phones (unless lots of folks are lying), it is not as bad as the vendors make it out to be. They have a whole new platform to infect…err, get ... (more)

Malware, Malware Everywhere

By Steve McMaster - I want to preface this by saying that I’m an Android fan boy. I’ve owned a device running each and every version of Android at some point, from the G1 with Android 1.0 (did it have a codename?) through my Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean coming soon. I have also never owned an iPhone. Just wanted to get that out there, in the interest of full disclosure. That said, I’m really growing tired of reading articles about “Malware discovered in Google Play”, “First Malware ever in the App Store”, “Malware went undiscovered for weeks in Google Pla... (more)