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By Steve McMaster - I’ve gotten in a lot of arguments lately about one of the latest “hot topics” in the end-user side of technology – privacy. With some of the biggest names in Social Media doing a really bad job of it (and I’m not even just talking about leaked passwords), it’s something that’s throwing itself in the face of many average, day-to-day computer users. Many in the security industry already know most of the things people are discovering, and have screamed warnings from the mountaintops to the folks below. Alas, this is the woe of being a security engineer. But here’s my gripe for you. Facebook has, as of April 2012, 901 million active members (according to Wikipedia). If Facebook were a country, it would be ranked 3rd in the world by population. And it seems every week, they’re in the news again, someone ranting about their privacy on Facebook. My fav... (more)

Celebrating 10 Years of Business

December 19th, 2013 marked 10 years of successful business for Hurricane Labs. In honor of the occasion, the company will celebrate January 8th at their “10th Anniversary Celebration Lunch” with selected employees and clients. Hurricane Labs, founded in 2003 by Bill Mathews and Glenn Brzuziewski, has seen exponential growth from its beginning. Starting off with only a few employees, Hurricane Labs has grown into a mid-sized business, continuing to employ IT professionals. Today, the company is a leader in the industry offering Splunk managed services, vulnerability management, t... (more)

Nothing New Under the Sun

I recently wrote a couple of to-be-published articles basically laying out all the reasons why we as security professionals should not be running away from so-called "new" technology. Essentially I am asking that we take the time to really understand what's so new about this stuff. SmartPhones, the "cloud", etc these are all repackaged versions of old technology. We're terrified of them because we think we don't understand them. The sad part is, we don't. We seem to be under the impression that all new technology is bad and inherently insecure, it isn't. It's not any more insecu... (more)

Hurricane Labs URL Shortening

In case you hadn't heard, Hurricane Labs has a URL shortening service, similar to bit.ly and tinyurl.com. The URL is www.hlurl.com, and its free to use. If your client supports it, you can even set up automatic URL shortening with it. The following URL would create an hlurl for our blog, http://blog.hurricanelabs.com: http://hlurl.com/yourls-api.php?action=shorturl&url=http://blog.hurricanelabs.com That simple! just replace our URL in the example above with whatever character sequence your client expects (for example, we just configured twitterfeed to use this, their placeholder is... (more)

IPS Updates, Splunk, Check Point and You

IPS Updates, Splunk, Check Point and You How I Learned to Stop Hating the Term “Zero-Day” but Not Really By: Bill Mathews Zero Day attacks – you know, the ones that almost EVERY signature in your IPS claim to protect you against? Yep those guys, nasty little things. Basically, if IPS vendors are to be believed, those are the things that don’t have a patch yet and have active exploits against them. You update your IPS signatures and BOOM protection from zero day! The problem we always run into, and this is with almost every IPS vendor so I’m not just picking on Check Point here, is... (more)