Space Weather Outlook April 21, 2014 at 01:33AM

Official Space Weather Advisory issued by NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center Boulder, Colorado, USA SPACE WEATHER ADVISORY OUTLOOK #14-16 2014 April 20 at 11:21 p.m. MDT (2014 April 21 0521 UTC) **** SPACE WEATHER OUTLOOK **** Summary For April 14-20 G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm conditions were observed on 20 April. R1 (Minor) radio blackout conditions were observed on 16 April. R2 (Moderate) radio blackout conditions were observed on 18 April. S1 (Minor) solar radiation storm conditions were observed 18-20 April. Outlook For April 21-27 There is a chance for R1-R2 (Minor-Moderate) radio blackouts during the outlook period. G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm conditions are expected on 21 April. No S1 (Minor) or greater solar radiation storms are expected during the outlook period. Data used to provide space weather services are contributed by NOAA, USAF, NASA, NSF, USGS, the International Space Environment Services and other observatories, universities, and institutions. More information is available at SWPC's Web site Thank you for using the Product Subscription Service. If you would like to remove a product subscription or update the personal information in your account, go to the Product Subscription Site. Please do not use the from address for correspondence, as it is not monitored. For comments or help, please contact SWPC Help.

Late Night Coffee with Caffeine Security - 4/18/2014

I'm happy to announce that my first episode of "Late Night Coffee" was a success.

In case you missed it, here's what was discussed.

Topics include:

  • Heartbleed
  • Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security Framework
  • News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal
  • Windows XP End of Life
  • Michaels Data Breach
  • Additional late-breaking security news
Listen to the show below! Did you like the show? Do you think I should make it a regular event? Let me know in the comments section below!

Heartbleed -- What Can You Do To Stay Safe?

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The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is making headlines around the world – and misreporting in the press and online is causing confusion. How can you stay safe and ensue your personal details aren’t leaked?

What Is Heartbleed? Well, It’s Not A Virus

You’ve probably heard Heartbleed described as a virus. This isn’t the case: in fact, it is a weakness, a vulnerability in servers running OpenSSL. This is the open source implementation of SSL and TLS, the protocols used for secure connections – those that begin https:// rather than the usual http://.

This vulnerability – more commonly referred to as a bug – essentially creates a hole through which hackers can circumvent the encryption. Confirmed on April 7th 2014, it occurs in all versions of OpenSSL except 1.0.1g. The threat is limited to sites running OpenSSL – other SSL and TLS libraries are available, but OpenSSL is employed widely on servers around the web. A fix for the problem exists, but this may not have been applied to the websites you regularly visit for secure activities. These might be online shopping, gambling and other adult themed websites or even social networking.

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