Hot Topics at Blackhat USA 2013

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Our government’s admitted spying activities have made this year’s blackhat conference more relevant than ever. There are several security training courses being offered at the week long event.

With more than three weeks before the course, the following sessions are already sold out:

ADVANCED C/C++ SOURCE CODE ANALYSIS
ADVANCED WINDOWS EXPLOITATION TECHNIQUES
HANDS-ON HARDWARE HACKING AND REVERSE ENGINEERING
PENTESTING SMART GRID AND SCADA WITH SAMURAISTFU
PENTESTING WITH KALI LINUX
PRACTICAL ARM EXPLOITATION
SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO
VISUAL ANALYTICS – DELIVERING ACTIONABLE SECURITY INTELLIGENCE

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AT&T “upgraded” my iPhone just now

ATT, Carrier Settings Update: new settings required for your device have been installedToday I received an automatic update from AT&T on my iPhone. “Carrier Settings Update: new settings required for your device have been installed.

I wasn’t aware of what it was all about, but after a bit of searching I found a link on an AT&T blog.

Starting today, customers using iPhone 5 and 4S will begin receiving a software update that includes Wireless Emergency Alerts.

These are government-issued safety messages that include AMBER Alerts, emergency alerts – such as man-made or natural disasters, and Presidential alerts. – See more at: http://blogs.att.net/consumerblog/story/a7790136#sthash.SaAzBxJ0.dpuf

Wireless Emergency Alerts are part of the FCC’s CMAS program and are mandated by law. You may turn off alerts (except for Presidential alerts) if you choose. Go to Settings >Notifications>Turn On/Off.

It will allow for the President (POTUS) to send me messages. Thank you Mr. President! Apparently, I will also get reports of imminent danger and Amber alerts too.

This was friendly. Our government providing us, it’s constituents, with some potentially helpful information. It was also another reminder that through our carriers; ATT, Verizon, Sprint, etc., the government can do just about anything they want with our communication devices.

network security for your iphone

Since the iPhone is so good at trying to find and connect to available WiFi hotspots, it is no wonder that security companies are working hard to come up with solutions to improve on security.

The iPhone’s browser supports SSL websites, but often websites don’t offer SSL on all the pages they should be protecting, or maybe your accessing corporate intranets, etc. that also aren’t as secure as they should be.

I came across a security package from GoTrusted.com. They already make security products for the PC’s and now are offering a 7-day free trial to use their security system on the iPhone platform.

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