Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Apple Hack, Freak, Google, Hack, Microsoft | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’
As Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.
Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.
Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.
Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy – to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Bloatware, Computers, Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Mining, Culture, EpicScale, Malware, Torrenting, µTorrent | Comments Off on Malware Bundled in Popular µTorrent WILL Destroy Your Computer
According to those in the know – Motherboard – you shouldn’t hesitate, UNINSTALL µTorrent NOW!
More than 100 million users of the trusted torrent platform are at serious risk of having their laptops and PCs literally destroyed. T
Bundled with the latest install of the free software is a program called Epic Scale leeching your laptop’s resources in secret.
Epic Scale is a currency miner that generates revenue for its creators, though it publicly sells itself on being a completely philanthropic venture :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Australian Online Security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, Hack, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code, Telstra | Comments Off on Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers
Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has sounded a warning about the Government’s mandatory metadata retention scheme.
Telstra said an unintended consequence of the plan would be the creation of many highly attractive targets for hackers.
The Federal Government has cited national security as one of the reasons for its plan to force telcos and internet companies to store customer metadata for two years.
A parliamentary committee investigating the bills also heard concerns from Australia’s intelligence agency watchdog that ASIO could keep metadata indefinitely.
Under the metadata retention scheme, Telstra, and all other national telcos and internet companies, would be forced to store customer metadata for two years.
Telstra said the data would be kept in a database, ready to be given to law enforcement on request :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Facebook, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Facebook Scam, Malaysia Airlines MH370, Online Scam, Yahoo News, Youtube Scam | Comments Off on Scammers Use Malaysia Airlines MH370 As Bait
Scammers are a lowly bunch, they’ll use almost anything as bait to lure in the unsuspecting, the latest scam doing the rounds is targeting people searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, steering them to a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.
According to a blog-post by Websense’s Carl Leonard, the faux Facebook page looks completely legitimate at first glance. “The lure websites have been configured to appear like a legitimate Facebook page, complete with sharing button, suitable graphics, and relevant links.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, News From the web, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: ACMA, Australian Online Security, Google Search, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code, Telstra | Comments Off on Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach
Australia’s largest telecomunications company ‘Telstra’ has been fined $10,200 and warned about privacy after a data breach saw the information of more than 15,000 customers made available online.
Last year a Fairfax journalist discovered that the telco had published the names, phone numbers and addresses of customers. The journalist alerted the telco to the breach, and also informed the – OAIC – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
The OAIC launched a year-long investigation with the Australian Communications and Media Authority – ACMA – and the agencies have now handed down their reports.
They have found Telstra made the information of 15,775 customers available for 15 months during 2012 and 2013. The information included more than 1,257 customers with silent line numbers, and related to customer data from 2009 and earlier. There were at least 166 unique downloads of the records :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 23rd, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Apple, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple Computer Inc, Apple Hack, Apple Security Flaw, Apple Security Vulnerability, Macintosh Computer | Comments Off on Apple Races to Patch Security Flaw
Apple says it is about to issue a software update “very soon” to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial data and other sensitive information from Mac computers and mobile devices.
The consumer electronics giant confirmed findings that a major security flaw in it’s mobile devices – iPhones and iPads – also appears in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.
Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller says “We’re aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon.”
Apple released a fix on Friday afternoon for the mobile devices running iOS, most devices will update automatically. \However, when the fix went live, experts dissected it finding the same fundamental issues in the operating system for Apple’s Macintosh machines.
Apple is apparently racing to push out the fix before intelligence agencies and crooks get to write programs to take advantage of the flaw. Many analysts are questioning the accidental nature of the flaw :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Standout | Tags: Australian Copyright Act, Australian Copyright Law, Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, Australian Screen Association, BitTorrent, iiNet, Internet Piracy, ISP Graduated Response, Law, Malcolm Turnbull | Comments Off on Australia’s Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright Enforcement
Australia’s Attorney General, Senator George Brandis has foreshadowed serious changes to the nations copyright laws.
Senator Brandis says one move he’s considering is asking internet service providers – ISPs – to issue warnings to customers.
Australians are among the worst offenders when it comes to illegal downloads, Senator Brandis is also apparently considering asking ISPs to block sites where content can be illegally downloaded.
Copyright holders like film, television and music studios have long argued that it is ISPs role to prevent internet users from illegally downloading their content.
The glitch in the plan might be a landmark High Court ruling in 2012, where the court found service provider iiNet wasn’t responsible for its customers’ illegal activities :: Read the full article »»»»