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Celebrity Twitter Accounts Hacked

Celebrity Twitter Accounts Hacked

My guess is this has nothing to do with the phishing attacks that started on Twitter a couple of days ago. But a few minutes ago the official Fox News Twitter account posted “Breaking: Bill O Riley is gay” (referring to the host of the popular Fox show O’Reilly Factor), right after a legitimate message about making turkey lettuce [...]

25C3: Hackers completely break SSL using 200 PS3s

25C3: Hackers completely break SSL using 200 PS3s

A team of security researchers and academics has broken a core piece of internet technology. They made their work public at the 25th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin today. The team was able to create a rogue certificate authority and use it to issue valid SSL certificates for any site they want. The user would have no indication that their [...]

Popular Home DSL Routers At Risk Of CSRF Attack

Popular Home DSL Routers At Risk Of CSRF Attack

A deadly attack typically associated with Websites can also be used on LAN/WAN devices, such as DSL routers, according to a researcher who this week demonstrated cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in devices used for AT&T's DSL service. Nathan Hamiel, a consultant and founder of security think-tank Hexagon Security Group, [...]

How Dan Kaminsky broke and fixed DNS

How Dan Kaminsky broke and fixed DNS

Wired's Joshua A Davis has a great profile of Dan Kaminsky's work on discovering and then helping to fix a net-crashing DNS bug earlier this year. Davis really captures the excitement of discovering a major security flaw and the complex web of personal, professional and technical complications that come to bear when you're trying to disclose the [...]

Wikiscanner Creator: Internet Man of Mystery

Wikiscanner Creator: Internet Man of Mystery

Here's a clip from Virginia Heffernan's New York Times profile of Virgil Griffith, the creator of Wikiscanner, whom Pesco and I had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks ago at the Webby Connect conference. BTW, when we met, there were no hot girls clinging to him. But that was at lunchtime, surrounded by sandwiches, and the day was young. Also that [...]

Free “Trojan-Proof” Password Tool Released for Windows

Free “Trojan-Proof” Password Tool Released for Windows

A trio of German software firms claims to have developed a password system that prevents Trojans and viruses from stealing passwords from a Windows machine. The “Trojan-proof” virtual keyboard software, which was developed by Global IP Telecommunications, PMC Ciphers, and CyProtect AG, is available in a free beta version for [...]

Today’s Script kiddies have awesome tools

Today’s Script kiddies have awesome tools

Interesting writeup from an Admin that found an exploit installed in a Wordpress blog installation. I have found these before, but beware - a lot of experienced crackers will upload this kind of stuff into an install folder of Phpmyadmin or Wordpress so that you become convinced the culprit of your attack was a flaw in the popular software when, [...]

West Virginia “Vote Flipping” Caught on Tape

Video the Vote went to Jackson County, WV, in response to numerous reports of machine vote flipping. The local county clerk showed us the machines in question, but the demonstration left us with serious questions, as the machine continued to malfunction even after it was calibrated. (more…)

Nintendo’s Homebrew-Blocking Update Hacked

Nintendo’s Homebrew-Blocking Update Hacked

Team Twiizers, the group behind almost all of the Wii Homebrew scene, has released an update to the Homebrew Channel (and installer) that allows for installation on a Wii with the most recent update installed. While the team still recommends against installing the Nintendo update, those who accidentally updated or purchase games that require the [...]

Hacking Car Security Systems and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)

Hacking Car Security Systems and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)

Yet another hack for RKE? We, as the designers for secure systems, should keep developing our systems and protect the Achilles' heel (security weakness) relatively. The modern vehicles are equipped with various access control systems to prevent being stolen. The manufacturers promote many products such as immobilizer, RKE (Remote Keyless Entry), [...]

Hackers working on cracking the Googlephone’s firmware

Hackers working on cracking the Googlephone’s firmware

T-Mobile's new Google Android phone, the G1, is not as open as you'd hope -- all the good hardware is sandboxed off from the development environment and requires a signature to run. But hackers are already working to crack open the firmware. From the #android channel on Freenode: I hacked my camera's firmware manually by using an exploit to cause [...]

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank

Cyberintruders used the Internet to crack into at least 18 computer servers at the World Bank Group last July. The intrusion, revealed Friday in a FoxNews.com story by veteran investigative reporter Richard Behar, underscores how relentlessly criminals probe corporate IT systems, especially banks, say tech-security experts. "The [...]

Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved

Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved

In Alaska, a legislative panel investigating vice-presidential Sarah Palin has issued a report finding the governor unlawfully abused her authority by firing the state’s public safety commissioner. Also, remember that hacked Yahoo Mail account she used to hide correspondence from subpoenas? Snip from NYT: In another setback for Ms. Palin, [...]

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury has indicted the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker in connection with the hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate [...]

Inside Obama’s Emails

Inside Obama’s Emails

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McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

(CNN) — John McCain's campaign said Wednesday it has contacted "appropriate authorities" over a report that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail had been hacked. "This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. "The matter has been turned over [...]

Anon hacks Palin’s yahoo email account

Anon hacks Palin’s yahoo email account

The images below were posted to a Photobucket account owned by a user named “anoncrack.” They include a message to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, a message of encouragement from Amy McCorkell (a member of Palin’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Alaska), general screen shots of Palin’s inbox, a message [...]

University Brings Charges Against White Hat Hacker

University Brings Charges Against White Hat Hacker

A university student at Carleton University is learning that no good deed goes unpunished. After hacking into what was probably a not-so-secure university network, this guy took the time to write a 16-page paper on his methods and sent it to the system admins. Sounds like White Hat behavior to me. Yes, he should have asked permission before [...]

CERT: Linux servers under “Phalanx” attack

CERT: Linux servers under “Phalanx” attack

Attacks in the wild are under way against Linux systems with compromised SSH keys, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning. The attacks appear to use stolen SSH keys to take hold of a targeted machine and then gain root access by exploiting weaknesses in the kernel. The attacks then install a rootkit known as Phalanx2, which scours [...]

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat has warned that hackers were able to commandeer its systems and tamper with code - but said that since its content distribution was not hit, it is confident that polluted code has not served up to users. The first hint that something was wrong came last week when Fedora rebuilt its systems, a reconstruction that was accompanied by [...]

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