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This week in Infosec
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5th June 1991: Philip Zimmermann sent the first release of PGP to 2 friends, Allan Hoeltje and Kelly Goen, to upload to the Internet.
Read his story about the release, including his disclosure of how little he understood about Usenet and what newsgroups even were.
7th June 1989: The beta release of the Bourne Again SHell (Bash) was announced as version 0.99. 2 months later Shellshock was introduced into the Bash source code and persisted in subsequent versions for over 25 years.
9th June 1993: The first DEF CON hacker conference was held at the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Initially planned by Jeff Moss as a farewell party for a hacker friend, about 100 people attended. It has since grown to become a 4-day conference with 30,000 attendees.
Rant of the Week
There was widespread panic on Tuesday after a major Internet outage knocked dozens of websites offline.
Amazon, Reddit and Twitch were all affected, as were the Guardian, the New York Times and the Financial Times.
Additionally, the UK government website crashed – on the day that Britons aged 25–29 were invited to book their COVID-19 vaccines.
Despite initial speculation that the outage was the result of a cyber attack – with ‘#cyberattack’ trending on Twitter – the true cause of the incident was less sensational, although nonetheless concerning.
Billy Big Balls of the Week
Alleged drug syndicates, contract killers and weapons dealers thought they were using high-priced, securely encrypted phones that would protect them as they openly discussed drug deals by text message and swapped photos of cocaine-packed pineapples. What they were really doing, investigators revealed Tuesday, was channeling their plots straight into the hands of U.S. intelligence agents.
An international coalition of law enforcement officials announced they had ensnared alleged criminals around the world after duping them into using phones loaded with an encrypted messaging app controlled by the FBI.
Tweet of the Week