Archive for October 2nd, 2007

Scan This Guy’s E-Passport and Watch Your System Crash

October 2, 2007

RFID expert Lukas Grunwald says e-passport readers are vulnerable to sabotage. photo: Courtesy of Kim Zetter A German security researcher who demonstrated last year that he could clone the computer chip in an electronic passport has revealed additional vulnerabilities in the design of the new documents and the inspection systems used to read them.

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Australia hands over man to US courts for pirating software

October 2, 2007

Hew Griffiths, from NSW in Australia, is in a Virginia cell, facing up to 10 years in an American prison after being extradited with the co-operation of the Australian Government for criminal copyright infringement offences (i.e. providing “cracked” copy-protected software).

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Wall Street Journal Called Out On Ridiculous IT Security Article

October 2, 2007

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article looking at security on network systems and, more precisely, how to get around it so that the average employee can do the things they want that the network idoesn’t allow. Is the tabloid ethos of Murdoch and News Corp. already rubbing off?

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Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006

October 2, 2007

Five hackers who contributed critical work in 2006. From uncovering the Sony rootkit, to pointing out security flaws Apple tried to hide.

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The Twenty Minute Guide to PC Security: 20 Tips to Secure your Box

October 2, 2007

“In this article we cover 20 of the most basic PC security steps, from installing essential safeguards to tailoring your own Internet behavior, which will together help you dramatically reduce the odds of your computer being infected by malware.” Even your Mom can follow this guide.

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The FBI is inside every recent phone sold in US: can track and listen in

October 2, 2007

This is a shocking report that says “every recent phone sold in the US has a built-in tracking device that, once activated remotely, can be set to keep the microphone powered on even when the phone itself is switched off.” Time to buy imports and unlock them.

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Point, Click … Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates

October 2, 2007

The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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The FBI lied to get ISPs to turn over data

October 2, 2007

The FBI’s counter terrorism unit sent a large number of fake emergency letters to phone companies, asking them to turn over phone records immediately.

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The Chinese want to buy Seagate, and the U.S. Govt is worried for a reason

October 2, 2007

A Chinese technology company has expressed interest in buying a maker of computer disk drives in the United States, raising concerns among American government officials about the risks to national security in transferring high technology to China.

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Giving your passwords the finger: a review of fingerprint scanners

October 2, 2007

Tired of trying to keep all of those passwords straight without resorting to pen and paper (or passwords.txt)? Ars reviews four fingerprint scanners with an eye towards ease of use, reliability, and the ability to be fooled by a finger made of Jello.

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