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Most Tor Keys May Be Vulnerable To NSA Cracking

hypnosec Guess who is funding Tor? (236 comments)

According to consolidated financial statements and reports of the Tor Project for the year ending December 2012, US Federal agencies are responsible for nearly sixty percent of funds received by the project. Tor has taken a defensive stand against this, but who knows?

about a year ago
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Oracle To Stop Developing Sun Virtualization Technologies

hypnosec Oracle makes it official (145 comments)

For those who don't have an Oracle support login here is the official announcement through a blog post.

1 year,9 days
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Wii U Won't Run Battlefield 4 Engine Frostbite 3

hypnosec Vicious circle (1 comments)

It seems that Nintendo is stuck between convincing developers to build titles for the Wii U and wooing customers to buy the console even if famous titles r missing. Up until the company manages to get gaming companies port their famous titles onto Wii U gamers wouldn't be interested to buy the console and on the other hand up until the company manages to sell a descent amount of consoles it won't probably be able to convince game developers to develop games for the Wii U.

about a year ago
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Dice Holdings buys Slashdot and other Geeknet websites for $20M

hypnosec The /. way (3 comments)

Hope this doesn't change the way /. functions!!! Dice Holdings is best known for its career sites. I don't know if they would be able to maintain the way /. functions!! Fingers crossed!

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 tells Microsoft about every application that you install.

hypnosec Exposing the OS to hackers? Well not really (2 comments)

It seems that the Nadim Kobeissi, the researcher behind this particular discovery, has gone a little too far in assuming that every tom, dick and harry is able to crack his way through SSLv2 and intercept the communication between the SmartScreen Server and Windows 8 laptop or desktop. The issue is probably not of exposing the OS to hackers as much as it is about the privacy of users. Microsoft does give the option of not installing the SmartScreen feature but, it actually doesn't disclose the privacy implication if this feature is not turned off.

about 2 years ago
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Do blind people use smartphones?

hypnosec Usage of Smartphones as alternative increasing (5 comments)

Feature phones or the button based phones are used because of the simple reason that they provide a means for identifying the keys through embossed markings. But, many have been working towards and with the advent in voice controlled smartphones and touch phones designed with special interfaces like bigger buttons with high color contrasts may have accelerated the use touch phones as well.

about 2 years ago
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Russia, CIS Coutries Hit by 'Lurid' Attacks

hypnosec Apologies for the typo in the title (1 comments)

Sorry for the typo in the title guys! Posted the story in a hurry I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Voice Goes Live Globally

hypnosec The service will start gradually... (3 comments)

Just saw this on the official blog, "We’re rolling out this feature over the next few days, so if it’s available in your country you’ll see a little green phone icon show up at the top of your chat list and you’ll be ready to make calls"

more than 2 years ago
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Google Voice Goes Live Globally

hypnosec Re:Except it doesn't (3 comments)

Yeah seems that they have goofed up on this. Highly surprising that they have released a post but haven't actually made the service live for non-us users.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Confirms Pass System Implementation

hypnosec Sony finally learning now... I guess (1 comments)

Sony, I guess, has learnt the lesson out of the security breach. Walking on the footsteps of EA and HTQ might help them to recover a bit from the disastrous consequences of the security breach. May be a little though. Let us wait and watch what happens here. :)

about 3 years ago
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Student suspended for posting on YouTube

hypnosec Reaction to video not appropriate (2 comments)

I guess, now even students are now allowed to express their minds. Having such an extreme reaction to something I would deem as creative is not the way to go. Education teaches students to express and when harsh actions like these are taken, it doesn't go down well. Hope the authorities in the developed world too doesn't follow the footsteps of the middle-eastern countries.

more than 3 years ago

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Top 10 worst reasons Brits gave for stopping on a hard shoulder on motoway

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  3 days ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Motorists stop on hard shoulders mainly for either of the following two reasons: breakdowns or crashes – however, these are not the only two reasons as Highway Agency has revealed that motorists give out a range of bizarre reasons for stopping on hard shoulders.
  • One motorist pulled over because they saw fire” on their dashboard display, it later turned out it was the name of the Adele track they were listening to.
  • One motorist parked up and fell asleep on the M6.
  • People stopping to read a map or check their sat-navs.
  • Traffic officers stopped with two cars on the hard shoulder – the owners were half way through the selling and buying process for one of the cars.
  • One driver realised their car insurance policy was up for renewal – they were ringing around for quotes to renew.
  • Parents feeding children.
  • Taxi drivers waiting on the hard shoulder around Heathrow airport for their client’s flights to arrive.
  • A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in their private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder.
  • A driver who stopped to pick flowers.
  • Have you broken down Sir? No, came the reply, we are taking pictures of our new born grandchild (in their open top sports car) as it is a lovely day.
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Young Chinese couple sells 2 newborns to buy in-game items

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about two weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "With several controversies arising about in-app purchases, a Chinese couple has done the most unthinkable by selling their sons to buy in-app items. An unmarried couple, A Hui and A Mei, severely addicted to online games were accused of selling their sons and were arrested. In an interview to the Guangdong TV, they revealed that they chose to sell their sons to child traffickers to be relieved of the financial burden of supporting their children. A Hui said A Mei is fond of playing online games and likes to buy game items. As he could not give up his in-app purchases, he was not able to support his first son and they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers. When the wife A Mei bore another son, they felt they would not be able to support their second child too. As they were both more interested in buying in-app items, they again sold him to the traffickers."
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Scottish Snake Venom is world's strongest beer with 68% proof

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about three weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "With a staggering 68% proof, a Scottish concoction that costs just £50 a 275ml bottle, has been named as the world’s strongest beer by the Trading Standards officials. Snake Venom from the Brewmeister Brewery in Keith Scotland is produced using special ingredients like smoked peat malt and two different yeast strains – champagne and beer – and is freeze-concentrated to boost its alcohol content."
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UK Data Protection watchdog reminds Brits about Google Glass & privacy

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The ICO has issued a mildly toned reminder about how people and organisations need to be mindful about privacy laws in the UK while they are using Google Glass. Andrew Paterson, Senior Technology Officer at ICO notes that the primary issue with Google Glass is whether people have been given notice if they are filmed. Citing instances of Google Glass bans in some bars in the US, Paterson notes that companies in the UK will also be considering their own responses and we anticipate that there will be quite a few businesses which may ban Google Glass. Paterson reminds users that use of such wearable devices should be in compliance with the law and that they should be operated in line with the requirements with the country’s Data Protection Act."
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Cisco's FNR cipher claims to protect protect privacy in cloud

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Cisco has released a new experimental block cipher dubbed FNR or Flexible Naor and Reingold, which it claims is suitable for data with less than 128 bits or where preservation of input length is a must. Sashank Dara, software engineer at Cisco, explains that traditional block ciphers including AES work well with data of sizes greater than 128, 192 or 256 bits, but in cases wherein data transmission involves small chunks of data like IP addresses and MAC addresses and AES is used, the small blocks of data get bloated because of the padding requirement. This is where FNR comes in handy as it proposes “invertible matrices to provide a neat and generic way to achieve pair-wise independence for any arbitrary length”. Cisco has offered the code at github under the LPGLv2 and has also provided an application demoing IPV4 address encryption."
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EFF to unveil Open Wireless Router for Open Wireless Movement

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "A new movement dubbed the Open Wireless Movement is asking users to open up their private Wi-Fi networks for total strangers – a random act of kindness – with an aim of better securing networks and facilitating better use of finite broadband resources. The movement is supported by non-profit and pro-internet rights organisations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Mozilla, Open Rights Group, and Free Press among others. EFF is planning to unveil one such innovation – Open Wireless Router – at the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference to be held next month on New York. This firmware will allow individuals to share their private Wi-Fi to total strangers to anyone without a password."
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Google forks OpenSSL to create its own BoringSSL

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Google has forked OpenSSL to create its own cryptography library dubbed BoringSSL – something that Mountain View reveals was done because maintaining the different patches Google created over years was getting difficult to manage over different code bases. Adam Langley, a widely respected cryptography engineer and Google employee, revealed that he started tidying up the OpenSSL code long before Heartbleed was discovered. Google had been busy applying a series of patches on top of OpenSSL, few of which have already been into main OpenSSL repository, but as multiple Google products including Chrome and Android have been dependent on the patches they had built, it was becoming complex to handle these patches “across multiple code bases is getting to be too much”. For this reason they decided to switch to a model where they import changes from OpenSSL instead of the other way around."
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Thousands of servers with Supermicro motherboards store admin passwords in clear

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Security researcher over at CARI.net has revealed that thousands of servers fitted with Supermicro motherboards are just waiting there, storing admin passwords in clear text, to be probed by hackers and attackers. The plain text password threat is to do with the baseboard management controller (BMC) – a motherboard component – using which administrators can monitor physical status of servers including their temperatures, disk and memory performance, and fan speeds. Wikholm notes that it’s not just the password file that you download via the port, but the entire /nv directory is up for grabs and anyone can download “server.pem file, the wsman admin password and the netconfig files”."
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Britain gets national .uk web address

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Starting today businesses and individuals in the UK will be able to register a new national web address ‘.uk’ and drop their existing ‘.co.uk’ or ‘.com’ suffix in favour of a shorter and snappier domain name. The entire process along with the transition is being overseen by private yet not-for-profit organisation Nominet, which has already started notifying existing customers with a ‘.co.uk’ domain of their chance to adopt a ‘.uk’ domain. Nominet will reserve all ‘.uk’ domain names, which already have a ‘.co.uk’ counterparts, for the next five years offering registrants the chance to adopt the new domain and to keep cyber squatters at bay."
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Google dragged to court over AdSense account bans

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "A consumer rights firm, Hagens Berman, has filed a national class-action lawsuit against Google on behalf of Free Range Content, the California-based owner of Repost.us, claiming that the search engine giant unlawfully denies payments to thousands of website owners and operators under its AdSense programme.

The lawsuit partly relies on the recent accusations that Google is engaged in AdSense fraud and through a scheme developed in 2009 denies payments to thousands of publishers just close to the payout dates without providing a valid reason.

Further the lawsuit also cites the case of Free Range Content whose account was also disabled. In February 2014, Free Range Content noticed an unusual spike in their AdSense earnings – something in tune of $40,000.

Free Range Content scheduled a call with a Google AdSense representative on March 6, but just two days before the call Google disabled its account. Google refused to talk with Free Range Content after this, claims the lawsuit."

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Mozilla ditches Firefox's new-tab monetization plans

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla has ditched its Firefox’s new-tab monetization plans as they ‘didn’t go over well’ with the community finding it hard to understand the scheme. Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla’s VP of Firefox said that a lot of Firefox’s community was worried that Mozilla was “going to turn Firefox into a mess of logos sold to the highest bidder” and that users wouldn’t have either control over this or any actual benefit. “That’s not going to happen. That’s not who we are at Mozilla.”"
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Mozilla announces $10K bug bounty for certificate verification in Firefox 31

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla has announced a special $10,000 bug bounty for anyone who breaks its certification verification in upcoming Firefox 31 slated for a July 31 launch. Mozilla revealed its work on a new certification verification library for its products which it claims is more robust and maintainable. To ensure that its new code doesn’t meet with the same fate as Heartbleed and Apple’s #gotofail bug, Mozilla announced the special bug bounty to “make sure this code is rock solid before it ships to millions of Firefox users”. The non-profit organisation is interested in bugs through which the browser accepts fake untrustworthy certificate chains which otherwise should be rejected or something in the code that may lead to exploitable memory corruption. Mozilla also adds that a bug that causes Firefox to accept forged signed OCSP responses would also qualify as a bounty worthy bug under this program."
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NIST removes Dual_EC_DRBG from random number generator recommendations

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has removed the much criticized Dual_EC_DRBG aka Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator from its draft guidance on random number generators following a period of public comment period and review. The revised document retains three of the four previously available options for generating pseudorandom bits required to create secure cryptographic keys for encrypting data. NIST recommends that users using Dual_EC_DRBG should transition to one of the other three recommended algorithms as quickly as possible."
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Scammers with a conscience emerge

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "A new Ransomcrypt Trojan, detected recently, lets users request a decryption key without paying – that is if they wait for a month. The ransomware is no different from any other Trojan in the same family, but the authors of the Trojan claim that if users don’t wish to pay the ransom to get the unlock key they are entitled to a free unlock if they wait for a month from the day their personal files were encrypted. “P.S. Remember, we are not scammers. We don’t need your files” reads the ‘how to get data.txt’ file that comes along with the Trojan. "If you want, you can get a decryptor for free after a month. Just send a request immediately after infection. All data will be restored absolutely. Your warranty – decrypted samples and positive feedbacks from previous users.""
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Microsoft to continue supporting Windows XP in China

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has decided to continue supporting Windows XP in China unlike rest of the world where it will be pulling the plug on 14-year old operating system on April 8, 2014. Microsoft announced its decision through a post on its official Sina Weibo account on Sunday. Redmond will be partnering with local security vendors to continue supporting Windows XP. It is not yet clear how Microsoft will be chalking out the support strategy. It is not entirely clear why Microsoft is extending support for Windows XP in China as itself has noted that 70 percent of users in the country haven't updated their systems in the last 13 years."
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Hard-coded root password found in Synology DiskStation Manager VPN module

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Synology DiskStation Manager has a critical vulnerability wherein VPN module has a hard-coded password for root, which attackers can use to connect to Synology device and possibly other devices on the shared network. The hard-coded root password is ‘synopass’. Users will not be able to logon to the web interface of the device using the root:synopass combination; however, “when enabling the VPN server, root:synopass will get you authenticated and connected!”"
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The Raspberry Pi celebrates 2 years with open source graphics driver competition

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Raspberry Pi, which was first put up for sale on February 29, 2012, has completed two years and has sold over 2.5 million units during the period. Announcing the milestone and commemorating the two years, Founder and former trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton announced a $10,000 competition wherein developers will be required to demonstrate a satisfactory Quake III gameplay at a playable framerate on the credit card sized computer using open source drivers."
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In-app purchases in free-to-play games on European Commission's radar

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "European Commission is meeting with consumer protection authorities in the UK, Belgium, France, Italy and members of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) network responsible for enforcing consumer rights across the EU to discuss concerns raised by consumers of free-to-pay games. The Commissions notes that more than 50 percent of the games in the EU’s online marketplace are advertised as ‘free’; however, they often include costly in-app purchases. Some of the concerns raised by consumers about free-to-play games will include misleading tactics about 'free' games and the cost involved; exhortations or persuasion tactics to make in-app purchases; explicit authorisation during in-app purchases; and contact information in case consumers want to contact vendors or register complaints."
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Github rolls out new text editor Atom

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Github has introduced Atom, its new text editor that allows developers to write and edit code and which has been in development for more than six years. Atom will be available as a part of an invite-only beta program. GitHub revealed that through Atom it aims to create an editor "that will be welcoming to an elementary school student on their first day learning to code, but also a tool they won’t outgrow as they develop into seasoned hackers.""
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Kickass.to linking blocked by Twitter

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Twitter isn't allowing users to post a link to Kickass.to stating that the URL in the tweet 'appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.' I tried clicking on one of the URLs sent to me by one of our publishers who wanted to share with us a draft copy of the soon to be published book and as soon as I clicked on it I was greeted with a rather unfamiliar message on Twitter. 'The site you were trying to visit may be unsafe! This link has been flagged as potentially harmful.' This led me to try out a little test of linking a random Kickass.to link and Twitter blocked the request with a message: 'Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.'"
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How To Upgrade Your iPhone 4 or iPad 2 To iOS 5 Now

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  more than 3 years ago

What could well be the simplest ever way of upgrading your iOS device to a new beta firmware has been published by a reader from Gizmodo, the website which attracted much attention when it published pictures of the iPhone 4 last year.

Apple is likely to be unappreciative of the publication of this article as well, given that it has already attracted more than 150,000 views since its publication a few hours ago.

Kudos first to Mert Erdir who wants to be a pro developer and says that he just wants to get the attention of Apple, the company he's in love with.

The method he published exploits a security vulnerability related to the Voice Over System, and while it might just be a rather straight forward process, be warned that users will be proceeding at their own risk. http://www.itproportal.com/2011/06/08/how-upgrade-your-iphone-4-or-ipad-2-ios-5-now/#ixzz1Ogf9rh1r

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