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Fix Released for Heartbleed OpenSSL Flaw

A fix is now available for a serious Open SSL flaw known as Heartbleed. The vulnerability, covered in CVE-2014-0160, affects OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f with two exceptions: OpenSSL 1.0.0 branch and 0.9.8.

SOURCE Boston 2014: Talk Descriptions

SOURCE Conference 2014 runs tomorrow through Thursday at the Marriott on Tremont Street, Boston. Akamai is a platinum sponsor of the event and we hope to see you there. To help attendees acclimate, we're sharing the following talk descriptions, which are also available on the conference website.

And Now, This Message on 'Booth Babes'

For years, I've despised the so-called booth-babe phenomenon, in which vendors hire women to stand at their booths in skimpy attire at conferences. I've focused on what I see at security events, but the problem is universal.

If you want to know how I feel about it, read this Salted Hash write-up from a couple years ago. 

For the rest of this post, I direct your attention to this message from two individuals who want to see change.

Akamai is a Platinum Sponsor of SOURCE Boston 2014

Akamai is a platinum sponsor of next week's SOURCE Boston conference, and we'll have an army of security staff on hand to answer questions, show people around and help with introductions.

Security Awareness for Senior Citizens

We hear a lot about the need to educate kids on Internet security threats. But Christopher Burgess, CEO of security consultancy Prevendra, thinks the danger is even greater for senior citizens who haven't had the advantages of growing up in a hyper-connected world. 

"We focus so much on protecting our kids. Nobody is watching the seniors," he told me in a phone conversation this week. "A lot of people are invested in separating seniors from their personal information and money." 

That being the case, his company set out to do something about it.

Full Disclosure's Second Chance

A week after the shutdown of Full Disclosure sent shockwaves through the security industry, we're getting word that it's getting a second chance. Nmap Project hacker Gordon Fyodor Lyon announced Tuesday that he's taking on management of the list.

BsidesBoston Details

The final speaker list and agenda have yet to be finalized, but plenty of details are now available regarding BSides Boston 2014. Those details are below. As for the final agenda, stay tuned for that after the call for papers period closes March 31.

Full SOURCE Boston 2014 Schedule Released

The full schedule has been released for next month's SOURCE Boston security conference. This year's keynote speakers are:

  • Internationally renowned security technologist and author Bruce Schneier;
  • Justine Aitel, who manages cyber security and identity programs at Dow Jones; and 
  • Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn, an academic studying technology innovation and its legal implications, particularly corporate information security regulation and commercial and consumer privacy.
The SOURCE website includes podcast interviews with the keynoters as well as many other speakers.

Patrick J. McGovern Left a Huge Legacy in Tech Media

International Data Group (IDG) announced yesterday that its Founder and Chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, died March 19 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Having worked at IDG for five years before coming to Akamai, the news made me profoundly sad. But this post is a celebration of a life well lived and the huge legacy he left in the world of tech media and beyond.

Full Disclosure Shutdown: A Journalist's Perspective

There's a lot of valuable perspective out there regarding the shutdown of Full Disclosure, a mailing list where researchers posted details of exploits and software security holes. I'll share that perspective below. But first, here are my thoughts as an ex-journalist who often relied on it for news.