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Updating Hash Security: NIST and SHA-3

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is holding a competition aimed at finding the best possible replacement for the cureent SHAs (Secure Hash Algorithms) — SHA-1 and SHA-2. Cryptographers are submitting new mathematical algorithms in order to develop a more secure and robust substitute that will strengthen the hash functions that are used

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Anonymous claims to expose bank executive details

Hacktivist group Anonymous said it has posted the sensitive details of 4,000 bank executives on a government website. On Sunday night, an Anonymous Twitter account called “OpLastResort”tweeted about the leaked information, which was posted on the website of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC), a clearinghouse of criminal records and statistics for the state. The ACJIC page

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How to Avoid a Hacktivist Attack

Last year saw a massive surge in hacktivism – hacking motivated by political and social objectives – according to Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report [PDF file]. The report attributed fully 58 percent of all data stolen, more than 100 million records, to hacktivists. “The most significant change we saw in 2011 was the rise of ‘hacktivism’ against

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Laptop Security: The First Line of Defense

White Papers – Laptop Security: The First Line of Defense – By Kensington Companies invest millions of dollars in computer security solutions, from sophisticated antivirus toolkits to round-the-clock threat-monitoring software. Yet, all too often, businesses focus on enterprise-wide security initiatives rather than on protecting one-time purchases such as laptop computers. Security accessories for portable devices often