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I recently came across an interesting article about a new service that Google is trying to launch called “Nearby,” which will let other people, places, and things know when you are around. After reading the article, I immediately began thinking about the trade offs of convenience vs. privacy.Read more

Jerald Dawkins

Jerald Dawkins

Dr. Jerald Dawkins is the CEO and Founder of TRUE and has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, technical risk assessments, penetration testing, web application vulnerability analysis and secure coding. Dr. Dawkins is the author of numerous publications and presents at national and international conferences. He holds the following certifications: CISSP, NSA IAM, and CNSS 4011-4015.

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I recently read an article discussing how our home devices are now a more public target for attackers. All the smart devices in our home are “smart” because they are nothing more than small embedded devices that typically run some variant of Linux. Therefore, any attack against Linux means an attack against your toaster, home security system, HVAC controllers, and yes, your refrigerator and television.Read more

Jerald Dawkins

Jerald Dawkins

Dr. Jerald Dawkins is the CEO and Founder of TRUE and has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, technical risk assessments, penetration testing, web application vulnerability analysis and secure coding. Dr. Dawkins is the author of numerous publications and presents at national and international conferences. He holds the following certifications: CISSP, NSA IAM, and CNSS 4011-4015.

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If you haven’t heard about it by now, let me clue you in: Java is a security nightmare. A few days ago, a zero-day exploit for Java 7 became widely-known. The exploit bypasses Java 7′s security sandbox and permits attackers to download and execute code without user interaction. The attack is already available in Metasploit and in the Blackhole Exploit Kit (BEK). Since it’s in BEK, users are now susceptible to this attack via so-called “drive-by” web hacks. All a user has to do is get unlucky and visit a compromised site (and there are a TON of compromised WordPress sites out there) and their machine is compromised.Read more

Brett Edgar

Brett Edgar

Brett is a Founder and the former Director of Managed Security Services at TRUE. He has been working in the system and network forensics field since graduating from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. Computer Science in 2003. He speaks hexadecimal fluently and is TRUE's resident human Ethernet transceiver. He holds CISSP, CSSLP, and CNSS 4011-4015 certificates, loves MLB and NCAA Football, and when he gets tired of hexadecimal, he goes home to hang out with his wife and kid.

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Before deciding to participate in your favorite online games, you might be interested to know what the government is potentially cooking up that would potentially allow them to monitor your online gaming activities.Read more

Jason Staggs

Jason Staggs

Jason is True's Security Analyst Intern and is currently a senior at Oklahoma State University. He is pursuing his Bachelors in Information Assurance and Forensics and will be obtaining CNSS 4011-4016 certifications upon graduation in the summer of 2012. Jason plans to pursue his graduate degree in the near future. His information security interests include penetration testing, social engineering and forensics.

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Teens in Love Will Do Stupid Things

January 19th, 2012 | Posted by Brett Edgar in privacy - (0 Comments)

From the what-is-the-world-coming-to department:

Attention parents of teenagers. This story has made the front page of Slashdot: Teens Share Passwords as a Form of Intimacy. First, you had to talk to your teens about alcohol and drugs. Then, the birds and the bees. Now add another item to your list of topics during The Talk: abstinence from pre-marital password sharing!

Brett Edgar

Brett Edgar

Brett is a Founder and the former Director of Managed Security Services at TRUE. He has been working in the system and network forensics field since graduating from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. Computer Science in 2003. He speaks hexadecimal fluently and is TRUE's resident human Ethernet transceiver. He holds CISSP, CSSLP, and CNSS 4011-4015 certificates, loves MLB and NCAA Football, and when he gets tired of hexadecimal, he goes home to hang out with his wife and kid.

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