The black hat and white hat communities have had yet another busy week. Over the past seven days we've seen headlines about everything from vulnerabilities in Apple's Mac OS X and iOS operating systems to reports of broken criminal exploit kits shooting hackers in the foot.
Here to make sure you don't miss any vital updates, we've collected the biggest news and insights out of the hacker community to break this week.
LinkedIn sticks with private bug bounty programme
Companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft have been singing the praises of public bug bounty programmes for quite some time. However, this week LinkedIn decided it didn't want to follow their tune and announced plans to keep running a private bug bounty programme.
One of the Silk Road cops will plead guilty
The Silk Road takedown in 2013 was one of the biggest headlines that year. However, a juicier story popped up later revealing that two of the law enforcement professionals working on the case were being charged for a "laundry list" of offences during the investigation, including stealing bitcoins.
The plot thickened this week when a court document revealed that one of the men plans to plead guilty.
SANS Institute is opening a cyber boot camp
Plugging the skills gap has been an ongoing goal of several government and private sector groups.
This week the SANS Institute had a go, announcing a public online security aptitude exam that will offer high scorers £30,000 worth of cyber boot camp training.
The Galaxy S6 has a pretty big security flaw
Samsung has been working hard to sell its Galaxy range of devices as the safe Android option for businesses. This week these efforts hit a speed bump as reports emerged that a flaw in many of its handsets' pre-installed SwiftKey keyboard was leaving device owners open to attack.
The Nuclear exploit kit is broken
Exploit kit upgrades are normally a troubling sign that precedes headlines about new data breaches.
This week, though, the arrival of an updated Nuclear exploit kit had the opposite effect, after experts from Cisco revealed that the changes actually reduced its effectiveness.
Apple's iOS and Mac OS aren't as secure as they'd have you believe
Apple has been trumpeting its devices' security for years, coming close to claiming that they are unhackable and that any incidents, like the notorious iCloud nude celebrity debacle, are the user's fault.
The claim was tested this week when a team of university researchers reported uncovering a wave of zero-day vulnerabilities that could be used to steal iOS and Mac OS X users' passwords.
Ecostress instrument will provide new insights into water usage and plant health on Earth
Chinese cyber espionage group Thrip targeting satellite communications, telecoms and defence companies
Symantec warning over state-sponsored hackers targeting satellite operators' control systems
Letter to House of Commons Treasure Committee explains cause of payments glitch earlier this month
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