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Samy Kamkar has always been prescient. He first gained notoriety by showing how nascent social networks like MySpace could be used to spread malware rapidly among a population of millions (now billions) of users. His worm for MySpace, dubbed the ‘Samy Worm’ earned him a visit from law enforcement. But Kamkar kept up his research. More recently, he has turned his attention and considerable skills to the problem of persistent user tracking. His Evercookie, released in October, 2010, called attention to the myriad of ways that advertisers, media firms and online merchants were finding to track their customers – often despite explicit efforts by customers to prevent their online activities to be tracked. More recently, his research into suspicious geotagging was the foundation for a class action lawsuit against Microsoft. 

Dennis Fisher talks with Gary McGraw of Cigital about the release of the data collected during the BSIMM 3 software security measurement project, the most pressing challenges facing companies involved in software security programs and the reasons that the US government is falling farther behind on this front.

A new report suggests that lawmakers, policy wonks and
corporations are sensationalizing the risk of cyber attacks far beyond the
actual threat. The inflation of cyber security threat, like the inflation of the threat of Communism during the Cold War, or terrorist acts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, could lead to laws
that curtail individual freedoms and regulate the Internet in
unnecessary ways, the report concludes.

With the deadline for filing U.S. tax returns fast approaching, the U.S. Government’s watchdog agency warns that the Internal Revenue Service still hasn’t implemented steps to secure its IT infrastructure and protect taxpayers’ financial data.

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