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5 Security Things to Know for the Week of Aug. 10

Like it or not, Monday is upon us. Here are five items making news that can help you kick off your work week in style - or at least a little more informed.

  • Hacker summer camp wrapped up Sunday in Las Vegas, after a week of cons (Black Hat, BSidesLV and DefCon). Here is a good wrap-up of DefCon, which included talks on skateboard hacks and unlocking cars with a $32 gadget.
  • Apple is planning to fix a serious Mac OS X privilege-escalation zero-day vulnerability. 
  • A patch is now available for a major vulnerability in Firefox's PDF Viewer that could allow attackers to steal sensitive files. The bug was being actively exploited in the wild.
  • The FBI is warning businesses about a surge in incidents in which they are threatened with distributed denial-of-service attacks unless they pay a ransom. 
  • Seven years later, whatever happened to the notorious Conficker worm? A group of researchers are ready to present on lessons learned.

Dan Kaplan is manager of online content at Trustwave and a former IT security reporter and editor.