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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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Hacker holds key to free flights

mask.of.sanity mask.of.sanity writes  |  about two weeks 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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Flaws found in mandated aircraft safety system

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Aircraft flying to the world's most popular airports could be placed in danger by accurate yet inexpensive attacks targeting the ADS-B widespread aviation safety system.

Researchers proved in a paper [PDF] that attackers with control over a wireless network and possessing off-the-shelf equipment could with off the shelf technology flood air traffic control monitors with images of fake aircraft, an attack previously identified but thought laregly theoretical. They also discovered a new attack in which attackers could modify the trajectory of those in the sky which undermined the object of the system to provide pilots with information on the location and direction of aircraft.

The system is required for flights cruising above 29,000 feet in the US and Australia."

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Google's plan to kill the corporate network

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Google has revealed details on its Beyond Corp project to scrap the notion of a corporate network and move to a zero-trust model.

The company perhaps unsurprisingly considers the traditional notion of perimeter defences and its respective gadgetry as a dead duck, and has moved to authenticate and authorise its 42,000 staff so they can access Google HQ from anywhere (video).

Google also revealed it was perhaps the biggest Apple shop in the world with 43,000 devices deployed and staff only allowed to use Windows with a supporting business case."

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Aussie spies raid lawyer office seeking Timor wiretap documents

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A lawyer says Australian spy agents have raided his office in search of documentary evidence he has taken to the Hague that Australia planted listening devices in East Timor offices to secure lucrative gas revenue.

The documents were apparent proof that Australia planted bugs in the walls of Timor offices in 2004 by sending in spies acting as aid workers.

A possible whistleblower was also arrested in separate but concurrent raids.

Two years later Australia secured a 50 percent stake in the $40 billion gas field that was located 100 kilometres from the then new nation and 400 kilometres from Australia."

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Devs plan open source hardware-software router to beat government snooping

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Four security researchers have designed a router based on open source components they say will make security and privacy verifiable and more accessible to users.

The Open Router Project router would be built on open source hardware and software and run a custom Linux Yocto distribution with a Freescale QorIQ P1010 processor. A list of secure features planned is here.

The devs have opened a $200,000 crowdfunding goal they say will bring the router up to the first manufacturing run."

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Users ID'ed through typing, mouse movements

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Users can be identified with a half percent margin of error based on the way they type. The research work has been spun into an application that could continuously authenticate users, rather than just relying on passwords, and could lock accounts if another person jumped on the computer. Researchers are now integrating mouse movements and clicks, and mobile touch patterns into the work."
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Shoot down drones by turning your microwave into a gun

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "A New Zealand researcher has detailed ways that UAVs can be crashed using cheap tools like Herf guns and GPS jammers, and could even be downed by flying drones with more powerful radio. The attacks (podcast) interfere with the navigation systems used by flying drones and are possible because security was not designed into the architecture of some machines."
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Critical flaws found in Aussie traffic systems ahead of G20 Summit

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Two critical networks managing traffic systems of a major Australian capital city contain gaping holes that render it vulnerable to attack.

The flaws were found during penetration tests by the government a year ahead of the G20 Summit, the most significant gathering of world leaders ever held in Australia.

The tests found the agencies messed up security zoning, didn't remove staff logins as they resigned, and had inconsistent patching."

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Australia spied on Indonesian President

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Australia tracked calls by Indonesia's president, documents leaked by defence contractor Edward Snowden reveal. The nation's top spy agency the Australian Signals Directorate tracked phone calls made and received on the mobile phone of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for 15 days in August 2009, and also tracked his wife and inner political circle. Indonesia was Australia's nearest and most important regional neighbour."
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Holes disclosed in laundry list of enterprise software

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "New Zealand researchers have notified operators of the world's biggest tech platforms of critical vulnerabilities in their wares and found some were barely motivated to fix the flaws. The customers of the affected vendors included the US Air Force, Deloitte and Raytheon.

The researchers gave a talk (podcast) explaining how they found dangerous bugs — some trivial to exploit — in software including Solarwinds, Kaseya and NCentral. A few vendors eventually patched the holes but some refused meaning zero-day was dropped."

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New Zealand's hackable transport card grants free bus rides

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Kiwis could have their names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers exposed by flaws in the Christchurch public transport system that could also allow locals to travel on buses for free.

The flaws in the MiFare Classic system allow anyone to add limitless funds to their transport cards and also buy cheap grey market cards and add them to the system (VIDEO).

The website fails to check users meaning attackers could look up details of residents and opens the potential for someone to write a script and erase all cards in existence. The flaws have been known to the operator since 2009."

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Hacker spoofs track plays to top music charts

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Stand aside P!nk, Niki Minaj; you've just been beaten by a music generator. One Aussie security expert curious about the fraud mechanisms at play on streaming services like Spotify uploaded garbage music tracks and directed three Amazon virtual machines to click the play button 24/7 for a month, earning him top spot in online music charts and $1000 in royalties."
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Car hackers mess with speedos, odometers, alarms and locks

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Researchers have demonstrated how controller area networks in cars can make vehicles appear to drive slower than their actual speed, manipulate brakes, wind back odometers and set off all kinds of alarms and lights from random fuzzing.
The network weaknesses stem from a lack of authentication which they say is absent to improve performance. The researchers have also built a $25 open-source fuzzing tool to help others enter the field."

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Hardware hack grants remote persistent password bypassing

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

mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Attackers could gain persistent access to machines by hacking hardware controllers. In a demonstration on a previously compromised web server, a researcher showed that it was possible to remotely set an authentication password and flush a cached shadow file. But the same technical hack can be used for harmless purposes including creating storage that cannot be copied in a linear fashion."
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