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New German Hacking Law 202(c) – Sites Close & Possible Backfire

This has been floating around for a while and you might have noticed a warning on some German based security sites that they’ve had to move their tools due to this new legislation known as 202(c) – a couple of examples are KisMAC and Phenoelit. Basically the new law prohibits manufacturing, programming, installing, or spreading […]

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TJX (T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s) Largest Breach of Customer Data in U.S. History

This case has been going on for a while but obviously hush hush, being that it is the largest breach of customer data in U.S. History. The details of the case have only started emerging in the last couple of months. Information Week published a good article covering what has been going on recently. Amazing […]

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Voting Machines Lose to Hackers Again

I’m sure everyone remembers the Diebold voting fiasco with their system getting pwned multiple times. Back in May 2006 it was announced from multiple sources that the Diebold system was critically flawed. Then more recently Hackers in the Philippines were Invited to Crack Internet Voting, which is definitely positive step to increase security in voting […]

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France Complaining of China Hacks Too

After the recent fiasco about the Pentagon being Hacked by Chinese Military another few governments have piped up with information about cyber surveillance by China. The latest is France. It seems like right now china has it’s fingers in many pies. France has become the fourth country to speak out against hackers in China following […]

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Caller ID Spoofing to be Made Illegal in the USA

The US Congress recently approved a bill that will make it illegal to spoof Caller ID in the USA. A while back the FCC announced the wanted to crack down on Caller ID spoofing as it was still too easy. The amount of the forfeiture penalty (…) shall not exceed $10,000 for each violation, or […]

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German Hacker Successfully Clones E-Passports

So the latest news is that the RFID chips in electronically enabled passports are NOT encrypted, which bright spark came up with that idea? Ok so you implement ‘more secure’ RFID passports, and leave all the data in plain text for anyone to tamper with – nice! So what do you think they are gonna […]

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NASA Hacker Gary McKinnon Wins Right to Lords Appeal Extradition Hearing

As we followed the Gary McKinnon case quite closely whilst it was happening, here’s the latest update. At least he seems to be getting a break in the case as he’s won the right to have his extradition case heard by the House of Lords. Gary McKinnon, the ex-systems administrator accused of conducting the biggest […]

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Michigan Man Fined $400 for Using Coffee Shop’s Wi-Fi Network

Well this is a harsh turn of events, a while back an ‘ethics expert’ said Wifi Jacking is OK, now this poor guy has got pretty harshly screwed for using an open wireless connection from a nearby coffeeshop. A Michigan man has been fined $400 and given 40 hours of community service for accessing an […]

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Legal to Unlock Cell Phones Since November 2006

As with the UK, many phones in the US are sold under contract and are given at very discounted rates or even free in some cases if you sign a contract for year withe service provider. Before that it was illegal to unlock your phone but finally in November 2006 it came out in court […]

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