13-8-2011 – 7-8-2011

Users try to snare NZ Govt with own three strikes law

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
An anonymous activist claimed to be downloading copyright material through a ‘Government ISP’ less than an hour after an anti filesharing law came into effect in New Zealand. The claim was posted on social bookmarking site Reddit by user ?drunkonthepopesblood? at 12.55am New Zealand time this morning. The law, passed in April, held internet account holders liable for infringement instead of the filesharers themselves. If an account holder received three infringement notices, rights ho… Read Full Post »

Britain may disrupt social networks during unrest

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Britain is considering disrupting online social networking such as Blackberry Messenger and Twitter during civil unrest, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday, a move widely condemned as repressive when used by other countries. Egyptian authorities shut down mobile and Internet services in January during mass protests against then-President Hosni Mubarak, while China is quick to shut down online communication it sees as subversive. Police and politicians have said online social net… Read Full Post »

Two charged over ‘stolen’ iPhone 4 prototype

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
German beer, an engineer and one lost prototype. Two men have been charged with allegedly ?misappropriating? an Apple iPhone 4 prototype after the device wound up in the hands of a technology publication who leaked details before its official launch. The district attorney?s office for the Californian jurisdiction of San Mateo on Wednesday filed ?misdemeanor charges? against 22-year-old Brian Hogan and 28-year-old Sage Wallower. They were charged with misappropriation of lost prop… Read Full Post »

China cyberwar topic raised in Republican presidential debate

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
At last week?s Black Hat 2011 conference, the Central Intelligence Agency?s former director of operations, Cofer Black, made the claim that the security community has a unique opportunity to influence and educate government decision makers about cybersecurity because awareness of the issue among power players in Washington has never been higher. Proof of Black?s point has perhaps never been more evident than it was Thursday night during the Republican presidential debate. During the lively… Read Full Post »

Hackers disrupt Hong Kong stock exchange

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
The Hong Kong stock exchange suspended trading in stocks Wednesday after hackers broke into its website which prevented investors from accessing company midday break announcements. Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx) cheif executive Charles Li said the hacking was localised and did not affect other systems at the exchange. The company will revert back to a bulletin board system to distribute stock information if the systems remain affected, but trading will not be suspended, the exchange… Read Full Post »

Trojan update fingered for massive South Korean breach

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Software company ESTsoft was responsible for a massive compromise of some 35 million South Koreans last month after it pushed out malware to some of the country?s largest web companies. Unidentified hackers uploaded malware to an EFTsoft server through a common, vulnerable DLL module that the company used to send updates to its 25 million subscribers. The malware and was subsequently uploaded to websites owned by SK Communications, including social networking site Cyworld. Public not… Read Full Post »

Hackers steal, sell 92,000 Citigroup accounts

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
More than 92,000 accounts held by Citigroup’s Citi Cards Japan have been stolen and sold illegally to a third party. Lost customer details include account numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, gender and account opening dates. Citi Cards Japan (CCJ) said PIN numbers and card security codes (CVVs) were not compromised. “CCJ immediately reported the inappropriate sale to the relevant authorities and the police and has been cooperating fully with the investigation,” it s… Read Full Post »

Adobe patches critical holes in Flash, Shockwave and Photoshop

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Adobe announced security updates for five products with four rated as a critical severity. Shockwave Player, Flash Media Server, Flash Player and Photoshop CS5 all contained patches for “critical severities”, while an update rated “important” was released for RoboHelp. The holes could allow attackers to run malicious code via Shockwave, cause a denial of service through Flash Media Server, trigger a crash and potential exploit using Flash Player, and hijack a system through a malicious .G… Read Full Post »

Stealing the Census

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Over the next month an army of 29,000 workers will swarm across Australia to collect the 2011 Census. But how do you know the person knocking on your door is a collector and not an identity thief? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, you can tell by the yellow satchel slung over their shoulder and their ID badge. But that’s about it. The agency in charge of collecting, safeguarding and processing the Census also said that to date, no attempt as been detected to steal the … Read Full Post »

Earth escapes massive solar flare

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)
THE sun has unleashed a powerful solar flare, the largest in nearly five years. Scientists say the eruption took place on the side of the sun that was not facing Earth, so there’ll be little impact to satellites and communication systems. US Space scientist Joe Kunches at the government’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado says there were reports of brief short-wave radio disruptions in Asia, but little else. The sun is transitioning from a quiet period into a busier cycle. Sci… Read Full Post »

RIM blog hacked in warning over London unrest

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Research In Motion’s official BlackBerry blog was defaced earlier today in retaliation for the company’s apparent decision to assist the London police. Tottenham riots lead to 160 arrests View the full gallery It’s still unclear what assistance, if any, RIM has extended to the London police, who are combating widespread street unrest that has wracked England’s capital for the last several days. A spokesman for RIM did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But yesterday, RIM twe… Read Full Post »

iPhone, Android apps store sensitive user info

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Mobile apps are still not secure when it comes to storing certain personal information, according to a new study from security firm ViaForensics. Dissecting a variety of apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, ViaForensics found that 76 percent of them store user names in cleartext without encryption, while 10 percent store passwords in the same way, making such data more vulnerable. Running a series of tests from November 2010 through June 2011, the security firm checked out apps from sever… Read Full Post »

Anonymous: Facebook’s going down November 5

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 10, 2011 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)
The more Facebook seems to dominate the world, the closer it seems to be to its end. Earlier this year, there was dastardly nonsense being peddled that Facebook would shut down March 15. However, now we have news of an apparently credible threat. It comes from Anonymous, the interesting group of people who express their principles in an activist way by infiltrating the systems of the unsuspecting or the merely complacent. The Village Voice has pointed me to an Anonymous press release that sta… Read Full Post »

BlackBerry maker assists London riot police

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Messaging service used to communicate violence hotspots, say reports. BlackBerry maker RIM has raised eyebrows with a statement saying it was helping police following reports rioters used its messaging system to communicate. Riots across London over the past two days were sparked after police allegedly shot a man during an arrest attempt. The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service was popular among teenagers in Britain, with a recent report by Ofcom saying BlackBerry handsets were most comm… Read Full Post »

Telstra to launch LTE broadband service this month

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne get CBD coverage. Telstra has revealed plans to launch its first commercial Long Term Evolution services this month, with the first compatible devices to be sold from 29 August. The upgraded network, announced in February, would initially provide LTE coverage in a five-kilometre radius of the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane central business districts. It followed ongoing testing of the network since the first active services became internally available at the … Read Full Post »

McAfee reveals sustained state-run hacking campaign

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)
McAfee has unveiled evidence of a sustained series of hacks carried out by a single ?state actor? against a wide range of companies worldwide. The attacks, which stretched over a span of five years, hit 72 organisations worldwide including governments of the US, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada; the Association of South-east Asian Nations, the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti Doping Agency, and companies across a range of sectors. Thirteen companies in ICT secto… Read Full Post »

Black Screen of Death for Microsoft

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Microsoft’s marketing people must have had a unpleasant week, after a UK security company reported that Windows-based PCs were suffering from *shock!* a ‘Black Screen of Death’ possibly caused by Microsoft’s own security updates. The story turned out to be not true, and although the actual incidence of Black Screens of Death – PCs locking up on login, displaying just a blank screen – seems to be very limited, the headlines screaming about BSODs were not good news for Microsoft, given the wo… Read Full Post »

Anonymous creating more sophisticated DoS tools

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Hacker collective Anonymous is developing, new, more potent tools to attack websites, it has revealed on a blog. The group is developing a more sophisticated tool for use in its denial of service attacks to take down websites, according to a post on the AnonOps Communications blog. The new tool, currently called RefRef, is intended as an alternative to the LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) DDoS utility that is currently promoted by Anonymous as an attack tool. While the LOIC attempts to flood… Read Full Post »

Anonymous hacks Syrian government website

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Hacker group Anonymous broke into the Syrian Ministry of Defence’s website, mod.gov.sy on Sunday night and left a screen with a mock up of the Syrian flag with the Anonymous logo of a faceless man in the middle, in place of normal website content. A message to the Syrian people from Anonymous is revealed in English and Arabic on the screen, the message reads: “To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on you… Read Full Post »

Spam King turns himself in

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)
Sanford Wallace, a US man accused of breaching Facebook spam filters and sending out over 27 million spam messages to Facebook users has turned himself in to the FBI, according to the BBC. Prosecutors have alleged that Wallace, known as the Spam King, developed a programme that lured users to submit their account details to a website controlled by him. Wallace has denied the charges and has been released on $100,000 bail. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail. According to … Read Full Post »

Lose your laptop? Change all passwords, pronto

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
LAS VEGAS–If your Windows laptop is stolen, be warned: new research shows how a thief can gain access to the passwords used by your Amazon.com, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and other Web accounts. The passwords for accounts in the cloud are supposed to be protected by Windows’ built-in encryption. But a team of security researchers demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference here how last week to bypass the operating system’s security. A thief–or someone unconcerned with the finer points o… Read Full Post »

Hacker launches volunteer program for security professionals

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
LAS VEGAS–Johnny Long used to be known for Google hacking–finding vulnerable servers on the Internet using specific search terms. Now he’s helping humanitarian groups, street kids, and police in Uganda learn how to use computers and keep malicious hackers out of their systems, as well as matching other information security professionals to charities that need help. Long, who started the Hackers for Charity nonprofit in 2008, launched a new program at the DefCon hacker conference here this wee… Read Full Post »

Lavasoft owners ran dodgy websites

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
The new owners of anti-spyware company Lavasoft also own companies linked to deceptive websites and online porn. Michael Dadoun and Daniel Assouline, owners of Montréal-based affiliate online marketing company Upclick, have also operated companies in the past that sold free software to unsuspecting users under the guise of providing technical support. At least one of the software products was Lavasoft’s own Ad-Aware. There are many links between Lavasoft and the Assouline/Dadoun partne… Read Full Post »

DIY cable to build better iOS exploits

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
An Aussie network engineer has developed a serial cable connector that can give access to a secret kernel debugger hidden within Apple iOS. The debugger revealed by researcher Stefan Esser at the Black Hat conference last week was a dormant iOS function in Apple iPhones and iPads, carried over from Apple OS. Esser told The Register that the debugger slashed exploit development time because it gave control over the operating system when it crashes, including read/write access to memory and … Read Full Post »

Firefox addon lets you choose certificate authorities

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
The SSL certificate authority system is broken and it’s time to move on, security researcher Moxie MarinSpike told the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Certificate authorities (CAs), which issue the digital SSL certificates used by websites to validate their identity to visitors, suffer from a myriad of problems, Marlinspike, co-founder and CTO of security and management solutions provider Whisper Systems, said during his presentation titled ?SSL and the Future of Authenticity.? For st… Read Full Post »

Cisco discs link to malware

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Cisco has admitted that warranty CDs shipped out to customers over the past six months contained links to a known malware site. According to a Cisco security advisory, warranty discs shipped between December last year and this month contained the links, which could have led to malware installation, although the company said it believes no customers were infected. ?Cisco shipped warranty CDs that contain a reference to a third-party website known to be a malware repository,? the company s… Read Full Post »

Amazon launches new cloud identity management functionality

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Amazon Web Services on Thursday announced new capabilities that aim to meet enterprise needs, including identity federation support and a new service that allows companies to connect directly to its data centers. AWS? new cloud identity management functionality allows enterprises to use their existing corporate identities to provide users with access to AWS resources without having to create a new AWS identity for them. ?This capability enables enterprises to programmatically request sec… Read Full Post »

Black Hat 2011: Special conference coverage

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Most recent news coverage: Sophos software design, implementation critically flawed, says researcher LAS VEGAS ? Critical components of endpoint security vendor Sophos LLC?s antivirus engine recently underwent an intense review from a security researcher, and the results ? revealed today at Black Hat 2011 ? were not kind to the product. Vulnerability hunter Tavis Ormandy, who by day is an information security engineer at Google Inc., was expected to release his findings in a paper fol… Read Full Post »

Android could allow mobile ad or phishing pop-ups

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)
LAS VEGAS–Researchers have discovered what they say is a design flaw in Android that could be used by criminals to steal data via phishing or by advertisers to bring annoying pop-up ads to phones. Developers can create apps that appear to be innocuous but which can display a fake bank app log-in page, for instance, when the user is using the legitimate bank app, Nicholas Percoco, senior vice president and head of SpiderLabs at Trustwave, said ahead of his presentation on the research at the De… Read Full Post »

Data From 56 Law Enforcement Agencies Stolen By Antisec, 10GBs Of Emails From 300 Accounts Posted Online

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Hackers associated with Anonymous? Operation Antisec have leaked a massive cache of personal records, email messages and confidential documents belonging to law enforcement agencies. The data was obtained recently when the group hacked into a server housing 77 websites belonging to county sheriff offices and other local law enforcement organizations. The leak has been posted on ThePirateBay and also mirrored on a website accessible only over the Tor anonymity network. It consists of 10GBs… Read Full Post »

AntiSec hackers post stolen police data as revenge for arrests

 Posted by Caspertwin on August 8, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)
AntiSec released data on U.S. law enforcement officers in retaliation for arrests related to hacking attacks. (Credit: AntiSec) LAS VEGAS–In retaliation for arrests, the AntiSec hackers say they’ve released their “largest cache yet” of data stolen from law enforcement agencies in the U.S., including personal information, private e-mails, passwords, training files, data from informants, Social Security Numbers, and stolen credit card information from an online sheriff’s store. The news of t… Read Full Post »

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