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An in-depth look at hacking back, active defense, and cyber letters of marque

There has been much discussion in cyber security about the possibility of enabling the private sector to engage in active cyber defense, or colloquially “hacking back”. Several house bills have been introduced to study or enable this, such as the “Study on Cyber-Attack Response Options Act” and “Active Cyber Defense …

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YouTube’s Policy on Hacking Tutorials is Problematic

Recently YouTube changed its policy on “hacking” tutorials to an essential blanket ban. In the past, such content was occasionally removed under YouTube’s broad “Harmful and Dangerous Content” clause, which prohibited videos “encouraging illegal activity”. An updated policy now specifically targets instructional hacking videos. One major problem here is that …

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Why Open Source Ransomware is Such a Problem

A while back 2sec4u posted a poll asking if people considered open source ransomware helpful to detection and prevention, with 46% voting yes. Although the poll wasn’t limited to people working in the antimalware industry, 46% is scarily high. Trying to prove a point, help me out Twitter. Is open source ransomware helping …

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Backdoored Ransomware for Educational Purposes

Here is an interesting article I found this week, it’s about how A researcher released two pieces of ‘educational’ ransomware which were secretly backdoored in order to own some advanced and prolific cyber-criminals a small number of scriptkiddies. There two pieces were HiddenTear (a ransomware with deliberately insecure cryptography designed to …

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David Cameron Wants Porn Sites to Require Banking Information

It would seem that David Cameron doesn’t have a tech advisory or even knows anyone who uses browser other than Netscape, but that doesn’t seem stop him with his endless stream of proposals and laws to govern our internet. The latest idea in a long list of terrible ideas is …

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Malware – A One Night Stand

Last night i had this idea that ransomware and other “stab you in the face then steal your wallet” types of malware are likely a result of the antivirus industry becoming better at dealing with malware. It sounds like a crazy claim, but with a little explaining I think most …