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Regulations and Technologies to Reduce Breaches in Computer Networks

Contributed by Ming-Li Tabor.

From the records, there are more hackers attacking computer network systems. The systems include banks, companies, and hospitals. Millions of records were breached and billions of dollars were lost. The government regulations require data breach notification. According to Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, Internet service providers are liable to their customers. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects health information. Magnetic strip technology can help to reduce breaches. The methods include chip card, chip and pin, Europay, MasterCard, Visa card (EMV), and tokenization. Some technologies provide detection of intrusion. These technologies include honeypots, snort, and Open Source Tripwire. Honeypots collect information about the attacker’s activities. Snort is easily deployed on most nodes. Open Source Tripwire is a host-based detection system.


A DIY Guide for those without the patience to wait for whistleblowers

Written by Phineas Fisher. ISW is mirroring this paper for discussion. This type of work is what ISW, formerly known as SWG, was all about. Different approaches to the security world! Thank you!

'm not writing this to brag about what an 31337 h4x0r I am and what m4d sk1llz it took to 0wn Gamma. I'm writing this to demystify hacking, to show how simple it is, and to hopefully inform and inspire you to go out and hack shit. If you have no experience with programming or hacking, some of the text below might look like a foreign language. Check the resources section at the end to help you get started. And trust me, once you've learned the basics you'll realize this really is easier than filing a FOIA request.

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The 2014 Sony Pictures Hack: Theories of the Truth

Contributed by Mikal Chavez

Many users in today’s society are precarious about the topic of information security while exploring the depths of the virtual world. Fortunately, there are pre-configured layers of security provided by default via the operating systems firewall. However, how much protection do we truly believe the manufacturers and service providers offer in the terms of safeguarding our personal information?

In the content of this report, I intend to expand the recognition of newly discovered system vulnerabilities through malware insertion. These malicious tactics include cross-site scripting (XSS), embedded cookies and email spoofing used to exploit the information of a targeted user or enterprise. In doing so, my purpose is to share knowledge of the enterprise level of attack and inform best practice of disaster response methods by examining The 2014 Sony Pictures Hack.


Government Surveillance

Contributed by Kevin McCoy

In the beginning, the National Security Agency (NSA) was founded November 8, 1952 and headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The agency is tasked with collecting and processing foreign intelligence to help with military operations (“FAQs”). A primary objective of the agency has always been cryptanalysis as part of its foreign intelligence operations. The agency still seeks to collect information on foreign nations in today’s world, however it now also concentrates its efforts on monitoring and collecting information regarding its very own citizens. This paper explores and analyzes government surveillance that has startled the nation.


Thick Client Application Security

Contributed by Arindam Mandal.
This paper discusses the critical vulnerabilities and corresponding risks in a two tier thick client application along with the measures to mitigate risks. Thick client is defined as an application client that processes data in addition to rendering. An example of thick client application can be a Visual Basic, JAVA or VB.NET application that communicates with a database.

The risks observed in thick client applications generally include information disclosure, unauthorized access, authentication bypass, application crash, unauthorized execution of high privilege transactions or privilege escalation. It is interesting to note that most of the Open Web Application Security Project1 (OWASP) Top 10 vulnerabilities are as applicable to Thick client applications as they are to web applications.


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