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Aug
2021

Security Scene: August 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer

Ah, the students are returning. This is why we do what we do, right? For the chaos? Our lives would be so boring without them around!Qrator posted a quarterly analysis of DDoS and BGP attacks. The majority of DDoS attacks were UDP-based, and the median attack time was 270 seconds, or…

26
Jul
2021

Security Scene: July 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer

It’s far too hot, y’all. I hope you’re all staying comfortable and not getting sunburned! Brian Krebs reports on a new development in card skimmers. The skimming hardware isn’t visible from outside the device, which is annoying in itself, but the real story is how the thieves…

23
Jun
2021

Security Scene: June 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer

Well, it’s summer, and things are starting to get back to normal in many places. Living in a college town, we typically see fewer people outside in the summer because many of them have gone back home, but I was driving yesterday and was surprised by just how many people…

12
May
2021

Security Scene: May 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer Happy May! I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day. This is normally a bittersweet time of year for me – the students are leaving for the summer, so it’s easier to park and get dinner near campus, but it just feels so empty without them. Just me? Many…

14
Apr
2021

Security Scene: April 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer Spring is upon us, and I think it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I did floral design in college, and spring flowers are just the best. Ranunculus, daffodils, and dahlias? Yes, please. I guess I should try to relate this back to security in…

11
Mar
2021

Security Scene: March 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer I hereby petition to rename “March” to “Slog,” as the latter more accurately describes the passage of time these days. At least it’s starting to be a warmer slog, eh? I enjoyed this article about how ReliaQuest handled the challenges around working with…

12
Feb
2021

Security Scene: February 2021 Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer Happy February! I hope you all have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or half-off-candy day! In the category of “programming languages nobody wants to admit they’re still using,” perl{.}com had their domain stolen back in September and is now hosted on…

11
Jan
2021

Security Scene: January Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer Only a few days into 2021, and it appears to be giving 2020 a run for its money. It was naive to hope for a quick improvement, but I remain an optimist! Dark Reading published a rollup of The Coolest Hacks of 2020 that…

07
Dec
2020

Security Scene: December Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer Near and dear to our hearts are our K-12 schools — they’re especially appreciated this year for all they’ve done and all they’ve tried to do. Dark Reading came up with a list of recommendations for K-12s, and a number of them…

03
Aug
2020

Security Scene: August Edition

By Adair Thaxton, Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Security Engineer Well, folks, it’s August. Too hot for jokes. Let’s do a quick poll. Not an official poll, no names attached, etc. A few of you have asked about plans for a virtual “TechEX.” We’re hosting a virtual research and education technical community event…