Thank you for reading the weekly security newsletter. The purpose of this document is to provide our readers with a quick summary of each week's most relevant Linux security headlines. Feature Extras:

Peter Smith Releases Linux Network Security Online - Thanks so much to Peter Smith for announcing on the release of his Linux Network Security book available free online. "In 2005 I wrote a book on Linux security. 8 years later and the publisher has gone out of business. Now that I'm free from restrictions on reproducing material from the book, I have decided to make the entire book available online."

Securing a Linux Web Server - With the significant prevalence of Linux web servers globally, security is often touted as a strength of the platform for such a purpose. However, a Linux based web server is only as secure as its configuration and very often many are quite vulnerable to compromise. While specific configurations vary wildly due to environments or specific use, there are various general steps that can be taken to insure basic security considerations are in place.

  Five great browser add-ins to protect your privacy (Dec 3)

Want to help make sure your privacy is protected when browsing the Web, sending messages on social network services, and more? Then try out these five great browser add-ins.

  Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs (Dec 4)

The FBI has made it no secret that it hates Apple and Google's efforts to encrypt files in your smartphones and tablets.Now court documents have emerged showing just how far the Feds are willing to go to decrypt citizens' data.

  FBI: Watch out for HDD-BUSTING Sony megahack malware (Dec 2)

The FBI has warned US businesses to maintain a heightened state of alert following a high profile cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last week.

  Pirated Joomla, WordPress, Drupal themes and plugins contain CryptoPHP backdoor (Dec 3)

Illegal search engine optimization (SEO) is the goal of attackers who are freely distributing pirated Joomla, WordPress and Drupal themes and plugins that are packaged with a backdoor being referred to as CryptoPHP.

  (Dec 5)

This week, Sony's breach went nuclear, banks were cleared to sue Target for credit card hack negligence, Microsoft readied its patches, security seals lost their standing, and much more.

  (Dec 4)

Who knew that Sony's top brass, a line-up of mostly white male executives, earn $1 million and more a year? Or that the company spent half a million this year in severance costs to terminate employees? Now we all do, since about 40 gigabytes of sensitive company data from computers belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment were stolen and posted online.

  (Dec 5)

We've all been there. You're locked out of the building, it's late and starting to rain, your wheel man Boris is getting impatient in the van, and the security guard is due to make rounds in 14 minutes. Fortunately, your next second story job doesn't have to end this way.

  (Dec 1)

A global police crackdown co-ordinated by Interpol has seen the arrest of 118 people accused of using stolen or fake debit and credit cards to buy airplane tickets.

  (Dec 2)

On Nov. 1 of next year, merchants that aren't ready to accept chip-based cards instead of the current magnetic-stripe cards will become liable for fraudulent transactions that today are covered by the credit card companies.

  (Dec 2)

Open-source software plays an increasingly prominent role in many areas of modern business IT