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Archive for November, 2011

Columbia researchers show remote HP printer hijack

 

Columbia University’s Intrusion Detection Systems Lab has found a significant core vulnerability in certain networked HP printers that lets a remote system infiltrate print jobs, remotely inject malware into the printer’s firmware that takes control of the machine.

Columbia researchers show remote HP printer hijack

United Nations hacked! Passwords posted!

 

The United Nations finds itself resecuring its network Wednesday following a hack that resulted in the login details of the employees of several divisions being posted to the Internet. Calling itself TeaMp0isoN, the group calls the UN "a Senate for global corruption" and "sits to facilitate the introduction of a New World Order and a One World Government".

United Nations hacked! Passwords posted!

Google Online Security Blog: Protecting data for the long term with forward secrecy

 

Most major sites supporting HTTPS operate in a non-forward secret fashion, which runs the risk of retrospective decryption. In other words, an encrypted, unreadable email could be recorded while being delivered to your computer today. In ten years time, when computers are much faster, an adversary could break the server private key and retrospectively decrypt today’s email traffic.

Google Online Security Blog: Protecting data for the long term with forward secrecy

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Malware on Android begins to spiral out of control

 

Malware aimed at the Android platform has increased five-fold since July, raising questions on the open-door policy Android has in installing apps. IT company Juniper Networks says the reason for this is the Mountain View, Calif. company’s own lax attitude when it comes to oversight.

Malware on Android begins to spiral out of control

The Stop Online Piracy Act Goes Too Far & Could Hurt Consumers – The Consumerist

 

In advance of Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, a coalition of national consumer groups has reached out to the committee to urge them to stop this legislation, which they believe is too far-reaching and could end up hurting the consumers it intends to protect.

The Stop Online Piracy Act Goes Too Far & Could Hurt Consumers – The Consumerist

Were Lavasoft’s buyers once on its hit list? • The Register

 

Anti-spyware company Lavasoft AB is now owned by a set of online entrepreneurs who have been linked with misleading websites.

The Montreal-based entrepreneurs, who purchased the company’s assets in January, have previously been accused of selling the free versions of Lavasoft products to unwitting internet users as recently as 2007 via cyber-squatting sites.

Were Lavasoft’s buyers once on its hit list? • The Register

Microsoft working on $250 PC for low-income families | WinBeta

 

As part of a new program run by the Federal Communications Commission to expand the number of Americans with broadband internet access, Microsoft and its hardware partners will team up in 2012 to deliver new $250 computers to low-income families.

Microsoft working on $250 PC for low-income families | WinBeta

Windows kernel ‘zero-day’ found in Duqu attack | ZDNet

 

Summary: One version of the attack was triggered by a rigged Microsoft Word .doc that probably included some social engineering and required the target to open the booby-trapped file.

The mysterious Duqu malware attack exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the Windows kernel, according to security researchers tracking the Stuxnet-like cyber-surveillance Trojan.

Windows kernel ‘zero-day’ found in Duqu attack | ZDNet