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U2 manager wants ISPs to cut off illegal downloads

mask.of.sanity Moral arbiter (1 comments)

Long live TPB!

But I sympathise with Boner; he must have spent all his millions on free shows dictating what's right for everyone else.

more than 6 years ago

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The next time a phone tech support scammer calls DO THIS

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about three weeks ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A security pro has released a Metasploit module that can take over computers running the Ammyy Admin remote control software popular among "Hi this is Microsoft, there's a problem with your computer" tech support scammers.

The hack detailed in Matthew Weeks' technical post works from the end-user, meaning victims can send scammers the hijacking exploit when they request access to their machines. Victims should provide scammers with their external IP addresses rather than their Ammyy identity numbers as the exploit was not yet built to run over the Ammyy cloud, according to the exploit readme."

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Security precogs divine web vulnerabilities before they exist

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about a month ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Three million webpages are set to become hacker fodder according to research that could predict what websites will become vulnerable ahead of time.

The research by Kyle Soska and Nicolas Christin of Carnegie Mellon University used an engine which divined the future by looking at the past — more specifically, by trawling the Way Back Machine with its 391 billion stored pages for sites that had become malicious.

It determined [PDF] that of 4,916,203 current benign webpages (tied to 444,519 websites) about 3 million would become vulnerable within a year."

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Boffins find hundreds of thousands of woefully insecure IoT devices

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "More than 140,000 internet-of-things devices, from routers to CCTV systems contain zero-day vulnerabilities, backdoors, hard coded crackable passwords and blurted private keys, according to the first large scale analysis of firmware in embedded devices. Four researchers from EURECOM France found the flaws when conducting a simple but systematic, automated, and large-scale analysis of 32,356 firmware images running on embedded systems within thousands of different devices.

Of these, 693 had at least one vulnerability while 38 contained active (or possibly recently patched) zero day flaws."

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Leaked docs offer Win 8 Pro tip: FinFisher spyware can't tap Skype's Metro app

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 2 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A string of documents detailing the operations and effectiveness of the FinFisher suite of surveillance platforms appears to have been leaked. The documents, some dated 4 April this year, detail the anti-virus detection rates of the FinFisher spyware which German based Gamma Group sold to governments and law enforcement agencies. The dump also reveals Windows 8 users should opt for the Metro version of Skype rather than the desktop client because it cannot be tapped by FinFisher."
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Reciepe for building a cheap Raspberry Pi honeypot network

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 2 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now a guide has been published to build a dirt cheap battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. "By running honeypots on our internal network, we are able to detect anomalous events. We gain awareness and insight into our network when network hosts interact with a Raspberry Pi honeypot sensor," the author explained."
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NSA man says agency can track you through power lines

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 3 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Forensics and industry experts have cast doubt on an alleged National Security Agency capability to locate whistle blowers appearing in televised interviews based on how the captured background hum of electrical devices affects energy grids. Divining information from electrified wires is a known technique: Network Frequency Analysis (ENF) is used to prove video and audio streams have not been tampered with, but experts weren't sure if the technology could be used to locate individuals."
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Redmond is 'patching' Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 4 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Microsoft has left Windows 7 exposed by only applying security upgrades to its newest operating systems. Researchers found the gaps after they scanned 900 Windows libraries using a custom diffing tool and uncovered a variety of security functions that were updated in Windows 8 but not in 7. They said the shortcoming could lead to the discovery of zero day vulnerabilities. The missing safe functions were part of Microsoft's dedicated libraries intsafe.h and strsafe.h that help developers combat various attacks. (Video, slides)."
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Spotty solar power management platform could crash the grid

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 5 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Criminals could potentially cause black-outs and mess with power grid configurations by exploiting flaws in a popular solar panel management system used by thousands of homes and businesses. The threat is substantial because, as the company boasts, its eponymous management system runs globally on roughly 229,300 solar plants that typically pump out 566TWh of electrical energy, or so we're told."
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Silly sysadmins ADDING Heartbleed to servers

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 5 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "At least 2500 website administrators have made their previously secure sites vulnerable to Heartbleed more than a month after the bug sent the world into a hacker-fearing frenzy.

Opera Software developer Yngve Pettersen discovered the bungle while probing for Heartbleed vulnerable systems in the weeks after the bug was disclosed on April 7. He pinged half a million separate servers of sites rated as popular by Alexa and found hapless admins had, presumably in a panic, updated their then-unaffected-or-possibly-new boxes to the latest offering and in doing so introduced the Heartbleed bug."

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McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 5 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Intel security subsidiary McAfee may be in hot water after it allegedly scraped thousands of records from the Open Source Vulnerability Database instead of paying for them. The slurp was said to be conducted using fast scripts that rapidly changed the user agent, and was launched after McAfee formally inquired about purchasing a license to the data. Law experts say site's copyright could be breached by individuals merely downloading the information in contravention to the site's policies, and did not require the data to be subsequently disseminated."
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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 5 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "4chan's Moot has launched a bug bounty for the site after it was hacked, but is offering a meagre $20 in "self-serve ad spend" for all bugs. The bounty programme was launched after the website and Moot's Amazon accounts were hacked. The intrusion spelled the end for DrawQuest which was closed after Moot decided it was not worth spending money to ensure the unprofitable but popular drawing platform was secure."
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iPhone factory reset strikes dead forensic investigations

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 5 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Felons wanting to thwart forensic investigators need only perform a factory reset of any current model iPhone including the 4s, 5c and 5s.
Apple's decision to encrypt data on the iPhone is responsible for this state of affairs because a factory reset not only wipes data but also erases the decryption key required to reveal the handset's contents. Forensic investigators will need to wait until the release of a jailbreak for the devices in order to image the phones."

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Ubuntu 14.04 lock screen bypass: just hold enter

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 5 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A user has discovered an embarrassingly simple security security vulnerability affecting the latest version of Ubuntu, which allows snoops to bypass the lock screen. Password protection on machines running Ubuntu 14.04 could be bypassed by simply holding the enter key for about 30 seconds, crashing Unity. Developers worked quickly to issue a fix for the flaw described as 'critical'."
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Hacker holds key to free flights

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 6 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A security researcher says he has developed a method to score free flights across Europe by generating fake boarding passes designed for Apple's Passbook app. The 18 year-old computer science undergrad didn't reveal the 'bypass' which gets the holder of the fraudulent ticket past the last scanner and onto the jetway; he's saving that for his talk at Hack in the Box in Amsterdam next month."
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World's largest DDoS strikes US, Europe

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 8 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "CloudFlare has been hit by what appears to be the world's largest denial of service attack, in an assault that exploits an emerging and frightening threat vector. The Network Time Protocol Reflection attack exploits a timing mechanism that underpins a way the internet works to greatly amplify the power of what would otherwise be a small and ineffective assault. CloudFlare said the attack tipped 400Gbps, 100Gbps larger than the previous record DDoS attack which used DNS reflective amplification."
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Russia bans Bitcoin

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 8 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Russia has banned digital currency Bitcoin under existing laws and dubbed use of the crypto-currency as "suspicious". The Central Bank of Russia considers Bitcoin as a form of "money substitute" or "money surrogate" (statement in Russian) which is restricted under Russian law. However, unlike use of restricted foreign currencies, Bitcoin has been outright banned. The US Library of Congress has issued a report examining the regulatory approaches national financial authorities have taken to the currency."
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Hacker gets Facebook's 'keys to the kingdom'

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 8 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Facebook has paid out its largest bug bounty of $33,500 for a serious remote code execution vulnerability which also returned Facebook's etc/passwd. The researcher could change Facebook's use of Gmail as an OpenID provider to a URL he controlled, and then sent a request carrying malicious XML code. The Facebook response included its etc/passwd which contained essential login information such as system administrator data and user IDs. The company quickly patched the flaw and awarded him for the proof of concept remote code execution which he quietly disclosed to them."
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Microsoft researchers slash Skype fraud by 68%

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 8 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Life could become more difficult for fraudsters on Skype thanks to new research by Microsoft boffins that promises to cut down on fake accounts across the platform.

The research (PDF) combined information from diverse sources including a user's profile, activities and social connections into a supervised machine learning environment that could automate the presently manual tasks of fraud detection.

The results show the framework boosted fraud detection rates for particular account types by 68 per cent with a 5 per cent false positive rate."

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Hackers gain 'full control' of critical SCADA systems

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about 9 months ago

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Researchers have found holes in industrial control systems that they say grant full control of systems running energy, chemical and transportation systems. They also identified more than 150 zero day vulnerabilities of varying degrees of severity affecting the control systems and some 60,000 industrial control system devices exposed to the public internet."
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