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24 May 2006 | 3,796 views

Security Researchers Afraid to Reveal Vulnerabilities

Well it happened a while back, remember? The French researcher Guillaume Tena who got in trouble for breaching French copywrite laws by decompiling some software. Now people are generally starting to worry about disclosing vulnerabilities through any channels, does there need to be some kind of anonymous PGP key based system for vulnerability disclosure? So [...]

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09 May 2006 | 10,208 views

UK hackers condemn McKinnon trial

It is a little over the top, this guy used over the counter kiddy tool and ‘hacked’ into systems because of blank passwords. Not rocket science, and apparently the machines he had access to were air-gapped, or segregated from the networks containing sensitive information, so the charges are greatly trumped up and are NOT relative [...]

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30 April 2006 | 8,772 views

Gary McKinnon Busted Because he Forgot the Time Difference

It turns out Gary McKinnon got sloppy, that’s why he got busted. He forgot the computers he was comprimising were in a completely different time zone, and as he was using remote control software, the person in the office saw their mouse moving around. We have reported about this guy before, when he was fearing [...]

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13 April 2006 | 12,720 views

British Hacker Gary McKinnon Fears Guantanamo

I don’t know what he was thinking really, tampering with US military or governmental systems without some SERIOUS protection. A British man accused of being behind the largest ever hack of US government computer networks could end up at Guantanamo Bay, his lawyer has claimed. Gary McKinnon, from London, denies causing $700,000 (£400,000) damage to [...]

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30 March 2006 | 5,091 views

US Investigates Snort Sale as a Security Risk

Basically the Americans are saying a lot of their sensitive govermental organisations are using Snort and they don’t want the software to be controlled by an Israeli company, they see it as a threat. The same Bush administration review panel that approved a ports deal involving the United Arab Emirates has notified a leading Israeli [...]

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20 March 2006 | 8,902 views

FrSIRT Starts Charging for OTHER Peoples Work (Exploits)

Is it ethical or even legal to charge for other peoples work? As far as I know France seems have some pretty strong (and weird) copyright laws. And yes, they are blaming French Laws prohibiting full disclosure. In conformity with applicable French laws prohibiting Full-disclosure, the FrSIRT will no longer distribute exploits and PoCs on [...]

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13 March 2006 | 9,526 views

Donations Flood in for Guilty Security Researcher Guillaume Tena

This could be the end of reverse engineering in France sadly, I hope it doesn’t have repucussions in other parts of the world. I think it’s the end of using reverse engineering tools to find flaws in France. Maybe the next step will be to forbid the possession of debuggers and disassemblers. It’s a valid [...]

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