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07 December 2009, 15:43

Lost+Found:, Hustlers, Lolcats, Reports and Tools

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Too short for news, too good to lose; lost+found is a round up of useful security information. Today,, Hustlers, Lolcats, Reports and Tools.

  • URL shortener plans to improve its filters for links that lead to spam and malware using services provided by VeriSign, Websense and Sophos.

  • Criminals have a better understanding of the human psyche and behaviour than the developers of security systems. As a result, they are more successful in their efforts than the developers, says a study conducted by the University of Cambridge. The study is based on the BBC series "The Real Hustle", which involves unsuspecting people being conned by actors in various real-life situations.

  • For those who like lolcats: After lolcode, there is now also lolsql.

  • The graphical Picviz tool can reportedly help detect stealthy attacks within networks. It takes data from tcpdump, syslog, iptables logs and Apache logs and presents it graphically.

  • Password cracking: Does it require PC clusters worth millions, or is a simple $5 tool enough? A comic at xkcd provides the answer.


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