Archive for October 11th, 2007

Skype reads out BIOS data

October 11, 2007

The Windows version of the video and telephony software Skype reads and stores the BIOS data of a users computer. As a hacker with the pseudonym Myria reports in a blog entry, once the software is launched it saves an executable file called 1.com in the user’s temporary folder. This file contains code that transmits the data found in the BIOS.

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How to Hack a Tiger Admin Account

October 11, 2007

Here is exactly how to hack a Tiger Admin account and not get caught. Have fun.

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New Firefox 3.0 alpha blocks malware, secures plug-in updates

October 11, 2007

Security features debut in latest preview, as Firefox 3.0 heads down the stretch

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Mac OS X with 100 bugs still safer than Windows?

October 11, 2007

Apple has plugged around 100 vulnerabilities in OS X so far this year but the malware threat to Mac customers is “insignificant” compared to users of Microsoft Windows, according to several antivirus industry experts.

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Hi-def DVD fight set to continue

October 11, 2007

Looks like this one could run and run…

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Google Searches Web’s Dark Side

October 11, 2007

One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user’s PC.

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Monitor Your IP Space for Naughty Behavior

October 11, 2007

Project Honey Pot released today the last of its 5 days of major announcements. Today’s new service allows you to monitor your IP space for any spammers, harvesters, comment spammers, or other internet bad guys. This allows ISPs and hosting providers to kick off bad actors or help customers shut down zombie machines. Helps clean the net for us all!

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Tor (The Onion Router) Open To Attack

October 11, 2007

A group of researchers have written a paper that lays out an attack against Tor in detail. If the attacker controls the entry and exit node and has decent clocks, then the attacker can link these together and trace someone through the network. Link is to PDF research paper.

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FBI Visits PhD student A 2nd Time About NWA Ticket Ordeal

October 11, 2007

Chris, the PhD Student that created the NWA Ticket Generator has been visited by the FBI a second time. This time he found his home ransacked and all of his equipment completely absent on the eve of an upcoming conference. They carried out a search warrant at 2:00AM Indianapolis time, taking all of his electronic posessions. Copy of warrant posted.

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EFF sues the DOJ for withholding records of telecom surveillance immunity l

October 11, 2007

The EFF has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice demanding that the government agency fulfill the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act by processing a request for documentation pertaining to telecommunications industry lobbying efforts.

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