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Can We Trust Social Media Data? Social Network Manipulation by an IoT Botnet

New results related to our research about Linux/Moose, an IoT botnet that conducts social media fraud (SMF), were published in the scientific journal, Social Media & Society, last week. The article is open-source and available at: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3097301. However, if you don’t want to bother reading it, we have provided below a quick summary of the main findings. In general, the study assesses the market for social media fraud.

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Building a Content Security Policy configuration with CSP Auditor

Content Security Policy – or CSP in short – is the latest milestone in browser XSS attack mitigation. Rather than relying on the browser’s anti-XSS filter solely, it is now possible to instruct browsers to apply additional restrictions on external resources like Javascript. This is enforced via the CSP HTTP Headers. The true adoption of this standard will probably not happen before auto-generated and transparent CSP configuration become built-in to web frameworks. At the moment, manual work is still needed in most cases.

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Opinion: Petya, NotPetya and what’s wrong with our industry?

In the last few days, we closely followed the malicious software outbreak that took control of about 12,500 devices, mostly in Ukraine and Russia, demanding a $300 ransom from the infected device’s owner. Although this new attack is fascinating, we noticed that the associated stories quickly got out of hand.

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An Introduction to Application Security

To remain in business, companies rely on perimeter security to protect, among other, their “secret sauce” recipe and the confidential information of their customers. To this end, information security vendors offer different types of defenses. The intent is commendable and the organization then feels confident, warm and cozy behind its firewall. However, there is something fishy.

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