Data Security Podcast Episode 75, Oct 25 2009

30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus ten)

On this week’s program:

* Everyone loves retail gift cards…they are quick and easy for consumers, and for web application “hackers.”

* Some Time Warner cable internet users are vulnerable to serious attacks — when will Time Warner release a fix?

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Show Notes for Episode 75 of the Data Security Podcast

Time Warner-supplied SMC cable modem: open for exploit?

Time Warner-supplied SMC cable modems: Open for Exploit?

* Conversation:  Ira talks with David Chen of with an update on the critical vulnerabilities he discovered in a batch of Time Warner cable modems (made by SMC). TW now acknowledges the flaw, and they have made statements elsewhere that a fix is being deployed. David Chen tells us that as of this past weekend the vulnerabilities remain.  Both David Chen and The Data Security Podcast have attempted to get an update on a fix. Time Warner cable has not replied to written requests from David Chen, or from this program.  David Chen is blogging with recommendation on how he thinks Time Warner Cable could mitigate these flaws… see his latest blog here.

* Tales From The Dark Web: Retail gift cards are potentially vulnerable to attacks. One that jumps out: web application attacks. Read the entire report by Corsaire.

* From Our Take on The News: Jurors are using smartphone from the jury box and the deliberation room – potentially putting trial outcomes into jeopardy.

* From Our Take on The News: Treasury Strategies Sees Possible Bank Failures Due to Fraud Losses

* The Kicker: Long Island Teen Uses Hidden Video to Catch a Thief

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