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.
We'll leave it to your Twitter feeds for a steady stream of news surrounding the pervasive NSA data collection and surveillance practices that were revealed this week – the latest is that the shadowy security and intelligence firm Palantir may be behind PRISM – but if we must, we'll point you to Bruce Schneier's excellent commentary on the overclassification of government programs and the importance of whistleblowers.
In overzealous prosecution news, the allegedly Anonymous-connected hacker who blew open the door on the Steubenville rape case could face more time behind bars than the actual rapists.
The Federal Trade Commission held a Mobile Security Forum this week, and perhaps the most interesting news to come out of it was that many of the panelists think mobile malware isn't a big deal, at least here in the United States. They are much more concerned with those legitimate applications that secretly vacuum up personal data.
Threat actors have been quickly exploiting misconfigured cloud services, compromising 80% of honeypots deployed across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific within a day and all honeypots within seven days, according to a study by Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 team.