Stories by David Braue

The week in security: If you must poke a bear, use a long stick

It's a lesson learnt all too painfully by all sorts of people in the past: don't cross a hacker or you never know what will happen. Sadly, the developers of the Ruby on Rails team learned this this hard way after a user, who had warned of a vulnerability in the project's code repository on GitHub, hacked into the site to make a point after the development team dismissed his notification.

David Braue | 14 Mar | Read more

The week in security: When corporate 'security' just isn't

Following on from the hack of analyst firm Stratfor in December, Wikileaks has published more than five million emails from the group — painting in stark clarity just what can happen if you don't take your security seriously enough. And while CIOs should consider their risk culture and are expected to boost security spending in 2012, it's crucial to make sure your company's site is secure before you try to implement anti-distributed denial of service (DDoS) systems, one group warned.

David Braue | 05 Mar | Read more

The week in security: War of security words

Australian techhead Mark Pesce made some waves after designing a way to send encrypted tweets using his CrypTweet applications. It's an interesting approach but the still-evolving platform has been slammed by observers as being at an early stage, and compromised by inherent characteristics of the Twitter platform.

David Braue | 27 Feb | Read more

The week in security: Turns out they really are watching you

IPv6 has been in and out of the news, but more in recently than out as the online world gears up for the protocol’s big debut in June. Network engineers contemplating their own deployments may want to consider [[xref: http://www.cso.com.au/article/415212/ipv6_dual-stack_strategy_starts_perimeter/| their security practices|]] and rolling the protocol in from the edge of the network.

David Braue | 20 Feb | Read more

Malware networks smarter, faster than you: Blue Coat

It’s not time to run for the hills quite yet, but you might want to start packing. That's effectively the conclusion of a new report from security vendor Blue Coat, which in its latest state-of-security report has warned about everything from in-detectable malware to the explosion in 'malvertising'.

David Braue | 15 Feb | Read more

The week in security: Would you notice if you were hacked?

Confident you would notice if your systems were being hacked? You’re in the minority: A new survey has found just 16 per cent of organisations hit by a breach last year noticed it before someone else told them about it. That’s hardly surprising given another study that found many of the worst malware offenders are using methods that antivirus software just can’t spot or deal with.

David Braue | 13 Feb | Read more

The week in security: Companies pressured to act on breaches

News of new security breaches continued to roll in throughout the week, with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) kicking off the week with a warning that users of online stockbroking services should review their security, change their passwords, and ensure all software was current. Seems someone has been poking their heads where they shouldn't be, and ASIC is eager to prevent any more unwanted intrusions.

David Braue | 30 Jan | Read more

The week in security: A bitter bar of SOPA

While much of the online world followed Wikipedia’s unprecedented SOPA legislation protest, security concerns provided a more definitive solution as the Obama administration promised to veto SOPA on the basis that it would push people to “dangerous, unreliable DNS servers” and compromise secure improvements like DNSSEC.

David Braue | 20 Jan | Read more

2012: the year business must revisit security basics

It may be that 2<a href="http://www.cso.com.au/article/411067/2011_year_ddos_/" target="_blank">011 was the year of the DDoS</a>,&nbsp;but security&nbsp;experts warn that 2012 could shape up to be the year businesses really&nbsp;pay the piper as a broad range of attacks pummel them for years spent&nbsp;overlooking and underfunding their security.<br />

David Braue | 23 Dec | Read more

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