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Report: Obama Administration to Spy on Citizens Online to Fight "Terror"
Security
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 27 September 2010 18:20

From Daily Tech

Big brother soon will soon have an easy window to watch you online, so don't step out of line

These days there's plenty of signs of slipping privacy and freedoms in the U.S.  Citizens in many areas are no longer allowed to photograph police officers on duty, to help prevent law enforcement officials from being exposed perpetrating malfeasance.  And a recent federal court ruling concluded that if you weren't wealthy enough to afford a fence, a gate, and other trappings, police can invade your property without warrant.

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4chan tries to change life "OUTSIDE the basement" via DDoS attacks
Security
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 20 September 2010 18:35

From Ars Technica

The Internet—or rather, that subsection of it called "Anonymous" that organizes through 4chan—has had it with the RIAA, MPAA, and other antipiracy outfits. This weekend, the angry masses staged a distributed denial of service attack on the sites, bringing them down for a few hours.

"Didn't realize this was so easy to do with a big enough crowd. Power to the people," wrote one Twitter user.

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High-Def. DRM Master Key Crack Confirmed by Intel
Security
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 20 September 2010 18:26



Release of working key opens gate to new hardware, software ripping solutions

When Intel Corporation devised High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) it delighted the entertainment industry.  At a time when the industry was cooking up high definition television and Blu-ray movies, they now had the perfect scheme to lock customers in and prevent pesky activities they hated -- like piracy or creating backup copies (HDCP worked alongside AACS to lock Blu-Ray movies in common hardware/media pairings).

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Is Stuxnet the 'best' malware ever?
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 16 September 2010 17:22

From Computer World

'Groundbreaking' worm points to a state-backed effort, say experts

The Stuxnet worm is a "groundbreaking" piece of malware so devious in its use of unpatched vulnerabilities, so sophisticated in its multipronged approach, that the security researchers who tore it apart believe it may be the work of state-backed professionals.

"It's amazing, really, the resources that went into this worm," said Liam O Murchu, manager of operations with Symantec's security response team.

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Crypto weakness leaves online banking apps open to attack
Security
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 19:51

The Register:

Flaws in the way web applications handle encrypted session cookies might leave online banking accounts open to attack.

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Microsoft's Antipiracy Raids Help Russian Government Crack Down on Critics
Security
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 13 September 2010 18:24

From Daily Tech

The Baikal Environmental Wave had its offices raided by Russian police, claiming to be searching for pirate Microsoft products. The group says all its licenses were legitimate, but police refuse to give its computers back.  (Source: Valeri Nistratov for The New York Times)

Microsoft remained unappologetic about the incident, saying it had to cooperate with local authorities. It did however release a new set of suggestions for the antipiracy program, and discuss ways to more clearly define its limitations.  (Source: Microsoft via Engadget)
Is Microsoft the victim caught up in this mess, or aiding gov't malfeasance

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Cyber-Jihad Group Could Be Behind Worm Clogging Email Servers Worldwide, Researcher Says
Security
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 10 September 2010 18:32

From Dark Reading


Name of hacker known for Web defacements, recruiting cyberjihadists to infiltrate military found in code

A new old-school email worm spotted spreading rapidly yesterday and choking email servers worldwide could be the handiwork of a hacker group known for waging cyber-jihad, a security researcher said today.

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Microsoft legal punch may change botnet battles forever
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 18:05


Senior Microsoft attorney Richard Boscovich says the company is expected to get a big win in its legal case against the operators of the Waledac botnet.

With court backing and a novel use of a civil procedure, Microsoft appears to be close to obliterating the Waledac spam botnet, changing the way online criminal operations are defeated.

A magistrate judge in federal court in Virginia is expected to recommend within days that the judge hearing Microsoft's case grant a default judgment, Richard Boscovich, a senior Microsoft attorney told CNET on Wednesday.

This would mean that the 276 Web domains deployed as Waledac command-and-control servers to provide instructions to thousands of infected computers would be forfeited to Microsoft, effectively shutting down the botnet for good, he said.

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Mozilla fixes Firefox's DLL load hijacking bug
Security
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 18:04

From ComputerWorld

Mozilla on Tuesday patched 15 vulnerabilities in Firefox, 11 of them labeled critical.                                           

One of yesterday's patches addressed a problem found in scores of Windows applications, making Firefox one of the first browsers to be patched against the DLL load hijacking bug that went public three weeks ago.

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Tech Insight: Retooling Vulnerability Scanning, Penetration Testing For IPv6
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 18:07

From Dark Reading

Traditional host discovery via network scanning won't work with IPv6, but alternative methods are available

IPv6 brings some welcome security and other features, but there are some 'gotchas' for IP professionals that may not be immediately apparent.

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