Posts Tagged ‘hack’

PlayStation 3 Hack Released

January 27, 2010

It seems that the recently revealed hack for Sony’s PlayStation 3 has now been released to the web at large through the medium of the hacker, George “Geohot” Hotz’, blog.

With many questioning the veracity of Hotz’ claim that he had managed to hack the PlayStation 3, or simply to what extent that hack might be useful, it seems that the most sensible move would be to simply release the hack into the wild and see just what the community at large can do with it. Still, it’s well worth keeping in mind that this is the same man who originally managed to hack the iPhone.

Perhaps the most detailed (without being so complex as to be practically incomprehensible) writeup on the first exploit to hit the PS3 has come from Eurogamer.net, which quickly points out that,

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Top 20 Easy-to-Guess Passwords

January 25, 2010

Security firm Imperva has been taking a look at just what kinds of passwords people use for web-based service RockYou, and found that there is a disturbing trend towards easily hacked options.

Surprising, 'QWERTY' is very low on the top twenty...

Indeed, according to Imperva’s data, taken from a hack towards the end of last year that saw somewhere in the region of 32 million passwords. Because of the fact that these passwords were all stored in plain text, it seems to have been fairly simple for the folks at Imperva to sit down and crunch the numbers to put together a list of the top twenty most-used (and consequently, least secure) passwords. Some are interesting and to be expected, but there are a few strange ones in there as well.

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Microsoft Questions Firefox’s Security

January 19, 2010

Microsoft seems to be having a hard time lately, with government bodies in both France and Germany now having advised their relative web-based populations against the use the company’s web browser, Internet Explorer.

The criticisms of Internet Explorer from both France and Germany seem to stem from the revelation that a vulnerability in Internet Explorer was used during last week’s Chinese attack on Google, revealed during security firm McAfee’s investigation of the attack. Initially, Microsoft had responded to the criticism by pointing out that the security issue is easily solved by users changing their security settings to “High,” which should see them protected from the exploit in question.

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German Government Condemns Internet Explorer

January 18, 2010

The German government has warned against its web-browsing population using Internet Explorer, for security reasons.

According to the BBC, the warning comes from the Federal Office for Information Security. Microsoft has responded to the statement, pointing out that the risk to general users is actually quite slim, recommending that users, once again, enable the “high” security option that Internet Explorer offers. Still, with the warning having been issued the likelihood is that there are plenty of Germans on the lookout for a new browser.

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US Government not Interfering with Google/China

January 18, 2010

The US government is to stay well out of Google’s ongoing spat with China after the company reported a massive cyber attack on its Chinese operation last week.

The initial response from the White House came from spokesman Robert Gibbs, who said that, “The president and this administration have beliefs about the freedom of the internet… The right to a free internet is what many of you heard the president talk about in China.” Now though, it seems as though there’s been a bit of a backtrack, and the US government doesn’t want too much to do with the whole kafuffle.

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Internet Explorer Exploited in China Hack

January 15, 2010

It seems that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser was one of the platforms exploited during the by now infamous attack on Google and a number of other companies doing business in China.

It’s certainly an interesting case, but it would be a touch unfair to say that Microsoft’s software is to blame for the attack. Indeed, it seems that Microsoft itself has been fairly quick to admit that a portion of the attacks came from IE, but even that admission points out that its browser was only one part of a complicated attack.

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Android App Steals Bank Details

January 11, 2010

It seems that a rogue android application, downloadable from the Android Market, has been doing the rounds, gaining access to people’s internet banking.

It may not have aged too well, but the Android is still pretty cute 🙂

According to the security warning from First Tech Credit Union, the app, developed by Droid09, ‘creates a shell of mobile banking apps that tries to gain access to a consumer’s financial information.’ It’s scary stuff, but it seems that users who have downloaded the app could well have had their details harvested, which is dodgy territory indeed.

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Teen Imprisoned After Scientology Attack

November 20, 2009

Nineteen-year-old Dmititr Guzner is to serve a year and a day in a federal penitentiary for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the official website for the Church of Scientology.

You have to hand it to them, they have a knack for imagery...

According to New Jersey Online, the teen has been described as “an intelligent young man” who has “obviously lost his way.” Indeed, the judge ruling on the case expressed his own opinion before handing down the sentence, saying that, “This is not just the goofy endeavour of a teenager. I don’t believe this is something that just came upon Mr. Guzner… I don’t believe a young person gets involved in this act on a lark just because he’s surfing the internet.”

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Banned Xbox 360s Modded to Reconnect to Live

November 16, 2009

Microsoft’s recent wave of bans is said to have hit somewhere between 600,000 and one million Xbox owners, leaving them unable to use the Xbox Live service from their machines… now though, it looks as though there’s a fix for those banned.

Xbox 360 Elite

For any who haven’t heard of this situation until now, Microsoft has issued bans to users who have been found to be playing copies of games before release or whose Xbox 360s have been modified to do so. The issue, for modded console users at least, is that the modified firmware’s installed were often touted as being “undetectable” by Microsoft, a claim that’s now been revealed to be fairly inadequate.

The latest news is that there is a fix available for those who have had their consoles banned from Xbox Live, though it’s a fairly involved process. Still, given the fact that those Microsoft banned are already, by definition, people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty with the innards of their console, that might not deter too many.

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Hundreds of Facebook Groups Hacked

November 10, 2009

Due to a particularly strange Facebook design issue, hundreds of Facebook groups have effectively been “hacked,” with new users taking control of the groups as administrators.

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According to a report from social media news site Mashable, the issue stems from the way in which Facebook handles groups that the original administrator has left. Essentially, once a group has been created, the creator is the administrator by default. If that administrator later leaves, then any new user can register to become an administrator… and you can imagine the trouble that gets some groups into.

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