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Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | 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 »»»»


‘Pickled Russian Potato’ Hacks 100 Million Credit Cards via POS Machines

Posted: January 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Pickled Russian Potato’ Hacks 100 Million Credit Cards via POS Machines

'Pickled Russian Potato' Hacks 100 Million Credit Cards via POSThe virus that was used to steal 40 million people’s credit-card details from giant American retailer Target was, it was recently revealed, called ‘Kaptoxa’ which, as English-language news outlets are helpfully explaining, is Russian slang for “potato.”

The hack is likely to affect more than 110 million credit card users in the US.

And as banks and retailers point fingers – mostly at one-another – speculation over who was behind the Target hack goes on, doubtless it was the work of a very sophisticated crime ring – бушель большевистских картофеля – A Bushel of Bolshoviks!?

The breach was clearly a real black eye for the retailer, the aftermath is however getting much, much darker.

How hackers broke into Target and installed malware on point-of-sale – POS – terminals, then harvested some 40 million card details is still sketchy, what is more more interesting is that almost all-trace of the hack is very quickly being erased, redacted, not by hackers, but by security companies linked to the breach.

At least three security companies so far have scrubbed information related to Target from the internet, highlighting a serious sensitivity to one of the largest ever data breaches :: Read the full article »»»»


Millions of Linkedin User Passwords Hacked

Posted: June 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Business News, 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 »»»»


REVOLUTE SPAIN: Anonymous Hackers Arrested

Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on REVOLUTE SPAIN: Anonymous Hackers Arrested

SPAIN Anonymous Hackers ArrestedSpain and three South American countries have arrested 25 suspected hackers associated with the Anonymous activist group on accusations of defacing government and corporate websites, officials said. Spanish police also accused one of four suspects picked up in the cities of Madrid and Malaga of releasing personal data about police officers and bodyguards protecting Spain’s royal family and the prime minister.Other arrests were in Argentina, Chile and Colombia, and 250 items of computer equipment and mobile phones were seized across 15 cities, Interpol said.

It said Colombia’s Ministry of Defence and presidential websites as well as Chile’s Endesa electricity company were among the targets of the hackers. The loosely organised group Anonymous is suspected of being behind coordinated computer hacking against institutions, multinationals and government organisations across the world. Read the full article »»»»


World of the News: Hard Pill to Swallow

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Socially Engineerd | 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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