Happy Hour Hot Links: Week of 7/8

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Every Friday, after the SC Magazine news team has taken a few spins around the interwebs, we post some security-related links that we found interesting. We hope you do too. If not, there's always next week.

  • Lenny Zeltser surmises that organizations are poor at preparing for an attack because they don't think it will happen to them. Famous last words. Zeltser likens this argument to the fact that teens know that smoking will kill them, but they decide to pick up the habit anyway. (Admittedly, not as much as they used to).
  • Richard Bejtlich, CSO of the security forensic firm often brought in to investigate breaches, believes the "P" part of "APT" is actually a blessing in disguise. That's because the attackers' persistence and their ability to stay burrowed within a network can buy time for defenders to find them and boot them out.
  • Don't be this person.
  • Stop trying to defend the term "hacker." We've already crossed the line, and there ain't no going back.
  • The debate continues on whether it's a good idea to block the feds' attendance at DefCon. Some in the industry even are calling the move a marketing stunt – albeit one that seems to be working.
  • If you're a fugitive, it's best not to taunt authorities via Twitter.
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