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Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Posted: March 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Get Your Freak OnAs Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.

Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.

Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy –  to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! Claims LulzSec Leader Arrested In Australia Might Be Dodgey

Posted: April 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! Claims LulzSec Leader Arrested In Australia Might Be Dodgey

STANDOUT! LulzSec Leader Arrested in AustraliaThe self-proclaimed leader of international hacking group Lulz Security has been arrested by AFP – Australian Federal Police – on the New South Wales central coast. The AFP says the 24-year-old man was arrested in the Gosford suburb of Point Clare yesterday.

He has been charged with two counts of unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment and one count of unauthorised access to a restricted computer system. The AFP says he claims to be in charge of Lulz Security, or LulzSec, which has previously claimed responsibility for high-profile hacking attacks, includinga DDS attack that took the CIA website offline, and a hack which caused some serious headaches for Sony Corp.

UPDATE! 24 April 2013: Aush0k has been named as Mathew Flannery – aush0k@live.com – The hacking community is in serious doubt at claims that the man is the leader of the now defunct online activist group LulzSec.

Concerns have also been raised by IT security experts over the Flannery’s employment at Content Security, a business that specialises in online security. The company denied that Flannery had access to any sensitive customer data, in a statement Content Security’s managing director Phil Wurth said ” Flannery was a low level support tech.”

To Date there doesn’t seem to be any evidence at all to suggest that Flannery was even affiliated with LulzSec, or is a leader of the group. Infact the group was disbanded in 2011 because it’s members were arrested.

Flannery seems so far to be all bluster, his Facebook page declares he works for the FBI as a “Special Agent, cybercrime intelligence unit.”

His LinkedIn page has him working for Tenable Network Security – the company denies this emphatically – he also claims to work in Network Security, Penetration Testing and Computer Forensics, though his [confirmed] employer say he works in a Call Centre as low level support.

Perhaps more telling is that the hacktivist community has almost unanimously ditched any notion that Flannery had anything to do with LulzSec :: Read the full article »»»»


Millions of Linkedin User Passwords Hacked

Posted: June 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: HACK! | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Millions of Linkedin User Passwords Hacked

Millions of Linkedin User Passwords HackedThat hub of corporate social networking, LinkedIn is investigating claims that over 6 million of its users’ passwords were leaked onto the internet. Linkedin, which has over 150 million users, is designed to allow professionals to share resume details and network with one like minded corporates.

Hackers have reportedly posted a file containing encrypted passwords onto a Russian web forum. The company has confirmed the leak and says it is currently looking into the reports.

Linkedin Statement: We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts :: Read the full article »»»»


World of the News: Hard Pill to Swallow

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on World of the News: Hard Pill to Swallow

“We live in strange times” a quote that has truly lived through the test of time, each generation seems to have blurted this almost useless phrase since pelt clad artists scribbled on the walls of caves in Lascaux.

What’s changed, clearly quite a lot, but not so much! “News travels fast” now there’s a quote we can stick with, that along with Hard Pill to Swallow and you’ve pretty much got a round-up on what news is . . .

Week 1, November 2011

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Hacking Blipverts, now with built-in hologram to combat forgery, don't accept any imitations

Posted: July 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Blipvert | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hacking Blipverts, now with built-in hologram to combat forgery, don't accept any imitations

This weeks Black Hat and Defcon convention in Las Vegas is generating a lot of buzz in the build up, what are the odds of the FBI turning up and getting hacked for their efforts. This may or may not be connected with LulSec and Anonymous being extra busy this week , making the headlines for many reasons but we at highpants are starting to think they’re in the headlines because that’s the way they like it. We’re just a little chuffed at our scoop on Anonymous, first to publish the Anonymous brag isn’t a shabby thing! With a headline like F_ck FB! Friday though, who could resist.

Clicking fingers at the ready.….

  • South Korean mobile phone giant SK Communications has been hacked exposing the details of up to 35 million customers
  • Hackers have found a way to unlock BMW, Hyundai and GM cars via SMS, the weaknesses is in the remote control and telemetry systems
  • WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform) a hacker with wings, this bad boy can sniff out your wi-fi, crack passwords and pose as a cell phone tower to listen in on calls. The unforseen back-lash against yellow remote control planes could be HUGE
  • Here are five good reasons hacking will never be stopped
  • Lulsec and Anonymous have been making headlines for themselves again this week, have the three stooges of the hacking world gone too far this time. All good hackers know if you lift your chin up too high it will be taken of at the neck. Anonymous announcing it was responsible for the E-Bay stock price drop is a little self-indulgent but still not as funny as the english police chasing their tales trying to figure out if the person they have arrested is the real anonymous
  • PayPal hands 1000 IP address of suspected Anonymous accounts to the FBI, FBI asks PayPal to repeat everything after ‘listen closely max’

Buddha’s Brother out…


Anonymous Hacks FBI Contractor in F_ck FBI Friday Attack

Posted: July 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Kiss My . . ., Love and Other Drugs, Michael Courtenay, Shut the F_ck Up!, Socially Engineered, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Anonymous Hacks FBI Contractor in F_ck FBI Friday Attack

ManTech NATO PRPOSAL

 

In a tweet posted just hours ago, hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed to have “owned” the defense contractor, ManTech International. Anonymous has promised a data release within 24hours. If true, this will be the latest hack in the group’s AntiSec campaign, and in particular its series of – F*ck FBI Friday –  attacks :: Read the full article »»»»