30-7-2011 – 24-7-2011

iPhone data interception tool released

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)
A near decade old tool has been updated with man-in-the-middle attack capabilites that can intercept traffic from Apple iPhones. The attack tool sslsniff exploits a vulnerability disclosed by researchers Gregor Kopf and Paul Kehrer yesterday which allow traffic from iOS iPhones to be intercepted. Apple released fix iOS 4.3.5 yesterday to fix the flaw. An attack exploiting the BasicConstraints flaw The BasicContraints vulnerability affecting iPhones was first identified in 2002 by ind… Read Full Post »

Police arrest truckie over ‘Evil’ network hack

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM Comments comments (0)
An unemployed truck driver known online as ‘Evil’ has been arrested in southern NSW over an alleged “compromise” of systems maintained by sub-wholesaler Platform Networks. The 25-year-old Cowra man, whose IT skills were allegedly “self-taught”, appeared in Orange Local Court today where he was refused bail. He faced up to 12 years’ jail if convicted. Police said that further charges were “likely”. The Australian Federal Police will allege that Evil was “motivated by ego… proving his s… Read Full Post »

Credit card fraudster gets 10 years

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM Comments comments (0)
A Georgia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after authorities found him in possession of more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers that he used to conduct fraudulent transactions totaling more than $32 million. Rogelio Hackett Jr., 25, was sentenced Friday by US District Judge Anthony Trenga. In addition to his decade-long prison term, Hackett was ordered to pay a $90,000 fine. He pleaded guilty in April to one count each of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft a… Read Full Post »

Kaspersky warns of growing internet threats

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (0)
If employees use their personal mobile device to send or read corporate emails, use the same device to access personal emails and social networking, or connect to public networks, they may be putting their company and their personal data at risk, according to Costin G Raiu, director, Global Research and Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab. According to Raiu, 30% of all companies think they are specifically targeted by cyber-attacks, while just 9% of companies admit to having been the victim of at le… Read Full Post »

Automated stock trading poses fraud risk, researcher says

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)
An emphasis on speed and a lack of security makes automated trading in financial markets ripe for exploitation and fraud, a security researcher warned today. Most stock trades in the U.S. and many around the world in general are now made by data-crunching computers that buy and sell stocks in microseconds–something that used to take human traders minutes to do. With these algorithm-based, high-frequency trades a fraction of second can be worth millions of dollars for an investor. (See CBS 60 M… Read Full Post »

Tea Party leader arrested on piracy charges

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)
A cached version of the Grand Strand Tea Party home page. The site was inaccessible today. A leader of a South Carolina Tea Party group has been arrested for allegedly selling pirated software, according to reports. Anthony Trinca, 61, is accused of selling versions of Microsoft Office, Windows, Adobe Photoshop, and Rosetta Stone language programs that were counterfeit, news site TG Daily reported today, one of several outlets to write about it. Trinca, president of the Grand Strand Tea Part… Read Full Post »

U.K. police say they’ve arrested LulzSec’s ‘Topiary’

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:24 PM Comments comments (0)
The British Metropolitan Police said today that they have arrested a 19-year-old who uses the nickname “Topiary” and is believed to be a key member of the LulzSec hacking group. “The man arrested is believed to be linked to an ongoing international investigation into the criminal activity of the so-called ‘hacktivist’ groups Anonymous and LulzSec, and uses the online nickname ‘Topiary,’ which is presented as the spokesperson for the groups,” Scotland Yard said in a statement. “He was arrested… Read Full Post »

Anonymous urges PayPal boycott, condemns FBI

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM Comments comments (0)
Anonymous is lashing out today at the FBI and especially at PayPal, urging users of the electronic payments site to dump their accounts. In its latest “official communique” on behalf of itself and Lulz Security, the hactivist group condemned the FBI for its recent arrests of those charged in connection with hacking attacks by Anonymous in December against PayPal and a host of other companies. Complaining that the Anonymous “suspects” may face a fine of $500,000 and a possible 15 years of jail … Read Full Post »

Mac OS X Lion reveals passwords in sleep mode

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:22 PM Comments comments (0)
Passware says “automatic login” should not be enabled. (Credit: Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET) Mac OS X Lion users might want to disable the operating system’s “automatic login” feature, a password recovery firm has warned. According to Passware, the latest version of Mac OS X has a “vulnerability” that allows login passwords to be exposed while the Mac is locked or in sleep mode. In order to access those passwords, users will need to connect to the Mac’s FireWire port, since it allows f… Read Full Post »

Start-up picks new Web address after hijacking

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:22 PM Comments comments (0)
Lissn, a start-up focusing on online conversations, has picked up and moved to a new Web address after having its own hijacked last week. Lissn had been hosted at Lissn.com, but now is located at Lissn.in, chief executive Myke Armstrong said in a blog post today. “We have contacted the authorities and proper parties to get the domain back, but the legal process of reclaiming a domain name can take months and thousands of dollars,” he said. That’s “too much time and too much money for a learn s… Read Full Post »

Expert hacks car system, says problems reach to SCADA systems

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:21 PM Comments comments (0)
Don A. Bailey and Mathew Solnik of iSec Partners were able unlock a car and start it by manipulating the car security and control system over the cellular network. (Credit: iSec Partners) Researcher Don A. Bailey will be showing at the Black Hat security conference next week how easy it is to open and even start a car remotely by hacking the cellular network-based security system. Even more disturbing is the message that demonstration brings, that cars aren’t the only things at risk. “We ar… Read Full Post »

Hospital scans palms to pull up medical records

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)
A New York City hospital is using patients’ palms, not insurance cards, to pull up their records, according to a new report. A PatientSecure scanner, in action. (Credit: PatientSecure) The New York University Langone Medical Center started scanning palms last month to reduce paperwork and prevent identity theft, the New York Daily News reports, using a device that images the veins in a patient’s hand. Shaped like a butter tray, the black PatientSecure device uses infrared light to scan pal… Read Full Post »

Web apps attacked every two minutes, study finds

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)
The average Web-based application is hit by a cyberattack once every two minutes, says a report out today by security firm Imperva. Detailing its findings in its “Web Application Attack Report” (PDF) for July, Imperva found that Web applications are attacked around 27 times per hour. Monitoring the Internet from December 2010 through May 2011, the security firm uncovered and categorized more than 10 million individual attacks targeting both business and government sites. Automated cyberattacks… Read Full Post »

Anonymous lashes out at Norway massacre suspect

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 27, 2011 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (0)
The man accused of the attacks in Norway last Friday that left dozens of people dead is the latest target of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous. In an attempt to discredit the manifesto of accused murderer Anders Behring Breivik, Anonymous has unveiled its own campaign known as Operation UnManifest. The hactivist group’s latest action is aimed at hacking into and modifying Breivik’s “European Declaration of Independence” with the goal of republishing fake editions of the so-called manifesto every… Read Full Post »

Government confirms asylum-seeker swap deal with Malaysia

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 25, 2011 at 4:07 AM Comments comments (0)

UPDATE 4.44pm: ASYLUM seekers who arrive illegally in Australia by boat will be sent to Malaysia from today, after the Government’s contro…

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Google buys facial recognition business

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 25, 2011 at 4:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Product already at core of YouTube, Picasa.

Google has acquired a three-person facial recognition start-up, PittPatt, as it continues its socia…

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Judge rejects Oracle damages estimate

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 25, 2011 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Java battle against Google continues.

A US judge rejected Oracle’s claim for billions of dollars in damages from Google for infringing on Java patents, da…

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Exetel joins NBN pricing fray

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 25, 2011 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Pricing to stay until 2013.

Low-cost internet service provider Exetel has become the latest to reveal its planned prices for services over the National Br…

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Tax office blocks 22,000 returns

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 25, 2011 at 4:04 AM Comments comments (0)

Risk models flag potentially fraudulent claims.

Data matching models at the Australian Taxation Office have flagged almost five percent of this year’…

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Feds to rethink cyber crisis management

 Posted by Caspertwin on July 25, 2011 at 4:02 AM Comments comments (0)

International Cyber Storm wargame prompts changes.

The Australian Government will reassess its interim cyber security crisis management plan in light of f…

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