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UGa breach, "Secret Questions" and blaming the user

The University of Georgia announced an intrusion and a breach of 8,500 personnel records including full names, social security numbers and other data.  The attackers apparently reset the passwords of two IT workers who had access to personnel records using the password reset mechanism - they guessed or discovered the answer to secret questions.  "Secret questions" are an incredibly weak authentication mechanism.  We will likely see many more breaches like this.

Updated OpenVPN & Two-factor authentication tutorial

We recently updated the tutorial on how to add two-factor authentication to OpenVPN AS over on HowToForge.   It's quite easy.

11 Top tips for two-factor authentication

For a long time I have been meaning to pull together some of the top tips when setting up two-factor authentication. I expect this will be a moving target. Obviously, two-factor authentication is central to your network deployment, so even if that PCI QSA is breathing down your throat, take some time to do a bit of planning!

PCI compliance in the local news

The Atlanta-area transit authority was forced to accept only cash due to software errors it blamed on their efforts to meet PCI compliance.

WiKID support for Cloudstack

We're pleased to announce the release of a prototype authentication plugin for Cloudstack that will add WiKID Two-factor authentication to the administrator login. The jar is available for download at our Sourceforge site. The license is GPL. We have very brief installation instructions as well.

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