Archive | 2014


02 September 2014 | 1,747 views

Massive Celeb Leak Brings iCloud Security Into Question

So this leak has caused quite a furore, normally I don’t pay attention to this stuff – but hey it’s JLaw and it’s a LOT of celebs at the same time – which indicates some kind of underlying problem. The massive list of over 100 celebs was posted originally on 4chan (of course) by an [...]

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29 August 2014 | 2,137 views

IronWASP – Open Source Web Security Testing Platform

IronWASP (Iron Web application Advanced Security testing Platform) is an open source system for web application vulnerability testing. It is designed to be customizable to the extent where users can create their own custom security scanners using it. Though an advanced user with Python/Ruby scripting expertise would be able to make full use of the [...]

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27 August 2014 | 638 views

Twitter Patents Technique To Detect Mobile Malware

So it was discovered that Twitter has been granted a patent which covers detection of mobile malware on websites to protect its user base. The patent was filed back in 2012, but well – as we know these things take time. The method is something like the technology Google uses in Chrome to warn you [...]

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23 August 2014 | 1,484 views

Garmr – Automate Web Application Security Tests

Garmr is a tool to inspect the responses from websites for basic security requirements. It includes a set of core test cases implemented in corechecks that are derived from the Mozilla Secure Coding Guidelines which can be found here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAppSec/Secure_Coding_Guidelines The purpose of this page is to establish a concise and consistent approach to secure [...]

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20 August 2014 | 948 views

Heartbleed Implicated In US Hospital Leak

If you’ve been up on your news consumption in the past week or so, you’ll have read about the Chinese hackers who managed to access 4.5 million patient records in a huge US Hospital Leak. Community Health Systems hacked, records of nearly 4.5 million patients stolen Now it turns out, the first entry for this [...]

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18 August 2014 | 2,830 views

Passera – Generate A Unique Strong Password For Every Website

We’ve discussed password storage/generation solutions quite often, especially in the news stories about hacks and plain text password leaks, here’s a tool for the more paranoid who don’t want to store their passwords locally or in the cloud. Passera is a simple tool written in Go that allows users to generate a unique strong password [...]

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15 August 2014 | 1,870 views

Hiding A Bitcoin Mining Botnet In The Cloud

This is a pretty interesting story, and an interesting use (or mis-use) of cloud resources. We’ve covered similar stuff before like the case when Yahoo! was Spreading Bitcoin Mining Botnet Malware Via Ads, and then more recently when the Pirated ‘Watch Dogs’ Game Made A Bitcoin Mining Botnet. But this time it’s not malware based, [...]

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13 August 2014 | 2,605 views

ParanoiDF – PDF Analysis & Password Cracking Tool

ParanoiDF is a PDF Analysis Suite based on PeePDF by Jose Miguel Esparza. The tools/features that have been added are – Password cracking, redaction recovery, DRM removal, malicious JavaScript extraction, and more. We have posted about a few PDF related tools before, including the one this tool is based on: – peepdf – Analyze & [...]

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11 August 2014 | 1,938 views

XML Quadratic Blowup Attack Blows Up WordPress & Drupal

This was a pretty interesting piece of news for me last week as I was actually affected by it (I think?). It’s an XML Quadratic Blowup Attack that affects both WordPress and Drupal and is quite serious as rather than just crashing the software, it can take down the whole server. It didn’t completely take [...]

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06 August 2014 | 2,355 views

HoneyDrive 3 Released – The Premier Honeypot Bundle Distro

A new version of HoneyDrive, HoneyDrive 3 has been released codenamed Royal Jelly, Honeypots in a box is a great concept if you want to deploy a honeypot quickly without too much hassle. HoneyDrive is the premier honeypot Linux distro. It is a virtual appliance (OVA) with Xubuntu Desktop 12.04.4 LTS edition installed. It contains [...]

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