Social Networks Used to Incite UK Riots

Following the series of recent riots and other acts of civil unrest in England the UK’s Home Secretary has asked to meet with major social network providers.  The meeting is due to take place on Thursday the 25th of August.  Social networks came under scrutiny after it was discovered individuals used them to organize riots and to incite others to riot. 

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, created controversy when he said the UK government will look at ways of limiting access to social networking and messaging services in the event of any future civil disorder.  Facebook has welcomed the opportunity to meet with the UK government to discuss the issues.  Twitter and BlackBerry maker RIM have also confirmed attendance; the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service was reportedly widely used in organizing the riots. Meanwhile, an 18-year old Scottish man has been arrested for comments allegedly made on a social networking site that incited others to riot.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14587502
http://thenextweb.com/uk/2011/08/22/confirmed-twitter-will-meet-with-the-uk-government-for-riot-talks/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-14608134

 –Source: SANS NewsBites, Vol. 13 Num. 67 (August 19, 2011)

NSA’s “Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network”

The NSA just released a useful guide called “Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network” that goes beyond home networks and wireless to cover email and traveling with mobile devices and more.  It’s worth making copies and distributing to your co-workers and employees, and it is also a good guide for small businesses.  What makes it particularly useful is that it reflects the real-world knowledge of the NSA Blue Teams and Red Teams.

On the back page are references to five additional guides:

  • Social Networking
  • Defense Against Drive By Downloads
  • Defense Against Malicious E-mail Attachments
  • Mac OSX 10.6 Hardening Tips
  • Data Execution Prevention

 You’ll find it at the NSA web site:  http://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/factsheets/Best_Practices_Datasheets.pdf

“If You See Something, Say Something™”


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Southeast Tennessee InfraGard

SETN InfraGardInfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of a wide range of members. At its most basic level, InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector. InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. InfraGard Chapters are geographically linked with FBI Field Office territories. Learn more about InfraGard

Aug 24

Social Networks Used to Incite UK Riots

Following the series of recent riots and other acts of civil unrest in England the UK’s Home Secretary has asked to meet with major social network providers.  The meeting is due to take place on Thursday the 25th of August.  Social networks came under scrutiny after it was discovered individuals used them to organize riots and to incite others to riot. 

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, created controversy when he said the UK government will look at ways of limiting access to social networking and messaging services in the event of any future civil disorder.  Facebook has welcomed the opportunity to meet with the UK government to discuss the issues.  Twitter and BlackBerry maker RIM have also confirmed attendance; the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service was reportedly widely used in organizing the riots. Meanwhile, an 18-year old Scottish man has been arrested for comments allegedly made on a social networking site that incited others to riot.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14587502
http://thenextweb.com/uk/2011/08/22/confirmed-twitter-will-meet-with-the-uk-government-for-riot-talks/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-14608134

 –Source: SANS NewsBites, Vol. 13 Num. 67 (August 19, 2011)

Aug 24

NSA’s “Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network”

The NSA just released a useful guide called “Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network” that goes beyond home networks and wireless to cover email and traveling with mobile devices and more.  It’s worth making copies and distributing to your co-workers and employees, and it is also a good guide for small businesses.  What makes it particularly useful is that it reflects the real-world knowledge of the NSA Blue Teams and Red Teams.

On the back page are references to five additional guides:

  • Social Networking
  • Defense Against Drive By Downloads
  • Defense Against Malicious E-mail Attachments
  • Mac OSX 10.6 Hardening Tips
  • Data Execution Prevention

 You’ll find it at the NSA web site:  http://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/factsheets/Best_Practices_Datasheets.pdf

Jun 08

Southeast Tennessee InfraGard

SETN InfraGardInfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of a wide range of members. At its most basic level, InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector. InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. InfraGard Chapters are geographically linked with FBI Field Office territories. Learn more about InfraGard