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Security Fix: July 24, 2005 - July 30, 2005

DefCon Day 2: Patching Your Hacker Toolkit

LAS VEGAS, July 30 -- New research released at the DefCon conference suggests that not only is it important to apply patches to fix security flaws in commonly used computer software, but that patch installation is important for the very...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 30, 2005; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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DefCon Night 1: Team Kegbot

LAS VEGAS, July 30 -- Spent an educational evening last night with maybe 20 hackers who were elegantly mixing alcohol and technology into a wicked cocktail recipe that is sure to revolutionize fraternity parties from this day forward. The clever...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 30, 2005; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DefCon Day 1: Lynn Presentation Circulating on Internet

LAS VEGAS, July 29 -- The full, unedited version of Michael Lynn's controversial presentation on flaws he claims to have uncovered in the software powering Cisco Systems's widely used Internet routers has been posted on a series of Web...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 29, 2005; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DefCon Day 1: Hacker Mayhem

LAS VEGAS, July 29 -- Just got a tour of the sprawling campus that is the Alexis Park Hotel, where DefCon is in full swing. My guide was a junior "Goon," one of dozens of security folks wearing orange...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 29, 2005; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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FBI Investigating Lynn's Role in Ciscogate

LAS VEGAS, July 29 -- Michael Lynn is being investigated by the FBI for criminal conduct after he gave a presentation detailing what he said are flaws in the critical routers supporting the Internet and many computer networks, according a...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 29, 2005; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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FBI Investigating Lynn's Role in Ciscogate

LAS VEGAS, July 29 -- Michael Lynn is being investigated by the FBI for criminal conduct after he gave a presentation detailing what he said are flaws in the critical routers supporting the Internet and many computer networks, according a...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 29, 2005; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Text of the Cisco-ISS-Lynn-Black Hat Agreement

LAS VEGAS, July 29 -- Late yesterday I reported here that security researcher Michael Lynn had reached an agreement with Cisco Systems and his former employer, Internet Security Systems, to end a short-lived legal wrangle over his discussion of a...

By  |  July 29, 2005; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Black Hat Day 2: Peace Breaks Out

LAS VEGAS, July 28 -- Michael Lynn, the security researcher whose talk yesterday about new flaws in Cisco Systems routers landed him in court this morning, has settled the legal dispute with Cisco and his former employer, Atlanta-based Internet Security...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 28, 2005; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Pranks, Parties and Personalities

LAS VEGAS, July 28 -- The Michael Lynn Cisco-gate controversy has somewhat overshadowed everything else going on here at Black Hat, and I've been spending so much time getting to the bottom of the whole ordeal that I haven't had...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 28, 2005; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Black Hat: The Latest on Lynn and Cisco

LAS VEGAS, July 27 -- The Michael Lynn story keeps getting more interesting. The computer security researcher lost his job at Internet Security Systems today after he briefed Black Hat conference attendees about a flaw in the software that powers...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 27, 2005; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Black Hat Day 1: Update on Cisco-gate

LAS VEGAS, July 27 -- I promised earlier that I would follow up on this morning's pre-dawn post about one of the most eagerly awaited presentations here at Black Hat -- a talk to be given by Michael Lynn...

By  |  July 27, 2005; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Black Hat Day 1: A Cover Up?

LAS VEGAS, July 27: One of the primary reasons companies send their computer security experts to the annual Black Hat security conference here is to learn about new security vulnerabilities that bad guys could use to disrupt Internet communications that...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 27, 2005; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Paying a Bounty for Security Flaws

Another security company on Monday offered to pay security researchers who discover and responsibly report security flaws in commercial software products. The goal of the "Zero Day Initiative," announced Monday by TippingPoint, an Austin, Tex.-based security services firm owned by...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 26, 2005; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Where the Flaws Are

One of the major themes of this blog has been the need for computer users to develop their Internet "street smarts." Even those who observe the most basic security advice -- by applying Microsoft Windows patches and using antivirus and...

By Brian Krebs  |  July 25, 2005; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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