Bugs & Bugs: National Moth Week, PHP, Black Hat & more

Edible insects, Pornhub bug bounty & Zica prevention at the Rio Olympics all come up on Bugs & Bugs Facebook Live event
  • Bob Brown (Network World)
  • 29 July, 2016 06:32

National Moth Week, Black Hat exploit presentations, edible insects, Pornhub's bug bounty, Flash vulnerabilities and Zica prevention at the Rio Olympics all came up on this week's Bugs & Bugs Facebook Live event, the program on which we discuss the latest in computer bugs and real insects (view saved version of video below).

As my colleague Tim Greene, our resident IT security editor discusses, next week's Black Hat event in Las Vegas will be filled with intriguing presentations by white hat hackers sharing their latest exploits, including one involving Bluetooth Low Energy that could impact internet of things devices. Tim also hits on researchers taking Pornhub up on its $20K bug bounty challenge, which turns out to benefit PHP developers everywhere, and dives into the latest on Flash exploits, which Cisco warns can lead to ransomeware attacks.

As Network World's resident amateur entomologist, I explained the significance of National Moth Week (and while on the topic of made-up holidays, give a shout out to techies for Sysadmin Day, which is on July 31). I also touched on the emergence of bug repellent-infused clothing being marketed to Olympics athletes and the media heading to Rio (tech workers heading there might want to style this stuff as well), as well as a new coalition that plans to push the FDA to give the go-ahead to edible insects.

A tasty collection of news indeed...