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The Internet is often called a superhighway, but it may be more analogous to a city: an immense tangle of streets, highways, and interchanges, lined with homes and businesses, playgrounds and theatres. We may not physically live in this city, but most of us spend a lot of time there, and even pay rents and fees to hold property in it.
But the Internet is not a city of the 21st century. Jeffrey Hunker, an internationally known expert in cyber-security and counter-terrorism policy, argues that the Internet of today is, in many ways, equivalent to the burgeoning cities of the early Industrial Revolution: teeming with energy but also with new and previously unimagined dangers, and lacking the technical and political infrastructures to deal with these problems. In a world where change of our own making has led to unexpected consequences, why have we failed, at our own peril, to address these consequences? Continue reading “Creeping Failure: How We Broke the Internet and What We Can Do to Fix It”
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An inside look at who's watching you, what they know and why it matters. We are being watched.
We see online ads from websites we've visited, long after we've moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what's in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the Internet and on our phone lines.
In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America's surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. In a world where we can be watched in our own homes, where we can no longer keep secrets, and where we can be impersonated, financially manipulated, or even placed in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the greatest long-term danger is that we start to internalize the surveillance and censor our words and thoughts, until we lose the very freedom that makes us unique individuals. Appalled at such a prospect, Angwin conducts a series of experiments to try to protect herself, ranging from quitting Google to carrying a "burner" phone, showing how difficult it is for an average citizen to resist the dragnets' reach.
Her book is a cautionary tale for all of us, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves.
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A honeypot is a non-production system, design to interact with cyber-attackers to collect intelligence on attack techniques and behaviors. While the security community is reaping fruits of this collection tool, the hacker community is increasingly aware of this technology. In response, they develop anti-honeypot technology to detect and avoid honeypots. Prior to the discovery of newer intelligence collection tools, we need to maintain the relevancy of honeypot. Since the development of anti-honeypot technology indicates the deterrent effect of honeypot, we can capitalize on this deterrent effect to develop fake honeypot. Fake honeypot is real production system with deterring characteristics of honeypot that induces the avoidance behavior of cyber-attackers. Fake honeypots will provide operators with workable production systems under obfuscation of deterring honeypot when deployed in hostile information environment. Deployed in a midst of real honeynets, it will confuse and delay cyber-attackers. To understand the effects of honeypot on cyber-attackers to design fake honeypot, we exposed a tightly secured, self-contained virtual honeypot to the Internet over a period of 28 days. We conclude that it is able to withstand the duration of exposure without compromise. The metrics pertaining to the size of last packet suggested departure of cyber-attackers during reconnaissance.
Terrorist groups are currently using information and communication technologies to orchestrate their conventional attacks. More recently, terrorists have been developing a new form of cyber-capability to coordinate cyber attacks. This book explores the possibility that cyber-terrorists may have developed or may have future capabilities to attack critical infrastructure by accessing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems within Australia and throughout the world. The book characterises the Australian security and terrorism environment and discusses the vulnerability of Australian computer systems and control systems. It also discusses the cyber-capability of various terrorist groups, SCADA risk evaluation methods and presents a framework to measure and protect SCADA systems from the threat of cyber-terrorism within Australia. This framework forms the main basis of this research and is examined by three focus group interviews, signifying the need for new counter-terrorism security models to assist with assessing new cyber security threats such as cyber-terrorism. This contribution is of great value to the SCADA community and organisations.
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ModSecurity Handbook is the definitive guide to ModSecurity, the popular open source web application firewall. Written by Christian Folini and ModSecurity’s original developer, Ivan Ristic, this book will teach you how to monitor activity on your web sites and protect them from attack.
Situated between your web sites and the world, web application firewalls provide an additional security layer, monitoring everything that comes in and everything that goes out in real time. They enable you to perform many advanced activities, such as access control, virtual patching, HTTP traffic logging, continuous passive security assessment, and web application hardening. Web application firewalls can be very effective in preventing application security attacks, such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, remote file inclusion, and others that plague most web sites today. Continue reading “ModSecurity Handbook, Second Edition”