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Iowa State Hacked–To Mine Bitcoins

It’s an odd week these days when there isn’t a data breach at some university or college. These institutions are prime targets for attackers for several reasons, not the least of which are their open network environments and databases bulging with personal information. But now attackers are looking at college networks for another reason: computing[...]


OpenSSL Heartbleed Highlights Crypto Pitfalls

There is no shortage of bad advice online about crypto–or anything else, for that matter. And the recent mess involving the OpenSSL heartbleed vulnerability has brought out plenty of advice on building, implementing and repairing cryptosystems, but experts say that the fundamental truths about how to do these tasks hasn’t changed much. Cryptosystems are the[...]