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Learning About Cybersecurity at Univ. of Illinois
Kudos the University of Illinois.
   "The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a four-year, 
    $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to renew a 
    program that trains students in cyber security, a field that is 
    projected to experience an annual shortage of 20,000 to 40,000 
    skilled workers for the foreseeable future, according to a 2012 
    Reuters report."

Interesting quote: "I once had a student tell me, 'I see this as a way to defend my country without picking up a gun'." -- Masooda Bashir, an assistant professor of library and information science. Receives $4.2 Million to Train Students in Cyber Security

[27 December 2013, top]
Being a Hacker is a Good Thing
Categorize yourself as a hacker and go to jail? I hope not.'s computer seized because he called himself a hacker

[24 November 2013, top]
Passwords Are Still Important
[05 September 2013, top]
Computer Security Jobs Offer Job Security?
The following is an embedded CSzero Facebook posting.

[28 August 2013, top]
Crypto-Gram Newsletter for 15 July 2013 Newsletter July 15, 2013 is what the Security::Watchdog should be. Kudos to Bruce Schneier for helping us learn about security and privacy.

[extra] Gerald Thurman of Tempe, Arizona, signed the "I support the NSA petition."

[28 July 2013, top]
What is PRISM?
   "The newspaper [Washington Post] reported that the U.S. National 
    Security Agency and the FBI are "tapping directly into the central 
    servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies" through a secret 
    program known as PRISM, and extracting massive amounts of data including 
    audio, video, photographs, emails, documents and connection logs." giants deny granting government 'direct access' to servers

[07 June 2013, top]
   "Department of Homeland Security is preparing to deploy a much more 
    powerful version of its EINSTEIN intrusion-detection system that 
    can capture e-mail content and personally identifiable data." use of deep packet inspection technology in new net security system raises serious privacy questions

[22 May 2013, top]
Brute Force Cracking Gets Easier and Easier
Brute force attacks have reached epidemic level. -- Peter Armstrong, managing director of Spiral Hosting. brute force attack against WordPress underway

[14 April 2013, top]
Crackers Cracking Israel
Anonymous crackers are scary. Hacks Israel: Doesn't Reach Goal, But Leaks Credit Cards And Defaces NGO Website For Children With Cancer

[08 April 2013, top]
Health Data is Data, So It's Crackable
The direct repercussions are not quite clear because the definition of cloud -- excuse the pun -- is very nebulous." -- Eugene Vasserman's Health Data Patiently Awaits Inevitable Hack

[25 March 2013, top]
Android vs. Windows--Which is More Secure?
@nanofoo received the following tweet from @RWW on 2013.03.04.
   In the security world, Android is the new Windows, by @TheFreditor
[04 March 2013, top]
Smart Mobile Identity #biometrics
@nanofoo received the following tweet from @DangerRoom on 2013.02.13.
   Pentagon Inks Deal for Smartphone Tool That Scans Your 
   Face, Eyes, Thumbs

"The Defense Department has awarded a $3 million research contract to California-based AOptix to examine its 'Smart Mobile Identity' biometrics identification package." --

[13 February 2013, top]
Geeks Have Always Defended Civil Liberties
I think geeks have always been guardians of civil liberties. Examples... RFC 3271: "The Internet is for Everyone" (even martians) in 02002; rms (the geekiest of geeks): "America means civil liberties. Patriotism means protecting them." (02001/post 911); the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) was founded in 01990. CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility) was founded in 01981 in response to potential star wars. are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties

[05 February 2013, top]
About the Security Watchdog
The Security WatchDog begins 2013 with 537 postings. This blog was started during March of 2000 and the current world of computer security is worse now than it was then. Needless to say, there will always be content for the Security WatchDog for at least the next couple of years.

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[21 January 2013, top]

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