At FBI’s Cyber Crime Conference: Chest Thumping And Head Scratching In Equal Measure

Long content to talk about the “what” behind cyber crime, the nation’s top computer security cops descended on New York City this week for the FBI’s International Conference on Cyber Crime ready to talk about “who.” But while discussions of tools and techniques for identifying criminal actors online dominate the schedule, cyber security experts say law enforcement still has a long way to go.

Microsoft Fixes BEAST SSL Bug in January Patch Tuesday

Microsoft on Tuesday patched the vulnerability in Windows that was exploited by the BEAST SSL attack tool developed by Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong last year. The patch is one of several rated important that was issued by Microsoft in January’s Patch Tuesday release, and there also was a critical bulletin released, fixing two separate vulnerabilities in Windows Media Player.

Two congressmen have accused Facebook of dodging questions about whether it tracks the activity of its 800 million members. On Monday, Representatives Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) questioned the reasoning behind a recent patent application by the site that suggests it may use information from its users for targeted advertisements.

The White House has launched a new initiative designed to help companies in the electric power industry measure the maturity of their security programs against a new maturity model. The program is being run in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy and is meant to help the utility companies find their weak spots and where they need to improve.

Governments in some countries have not been shy about trying to block their citizens from using the Tor network to access censored or sensitive Web content. The Chinese government has become quite proficient at this, and a recent analysis of the methods the country is using to accomplish this shows that officials are able to identify Tor connections in near real-time and shut them off basically at will.

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