Archive | Legal Issues


09 November 2011 | 8,973 views

Apple Bans Security Researcher Charlie Miller For Exposing iOS Exploit

The latest wave in the infosec world is that Apple has banned the well known security researcher – Charlie Miller – from it’s developer program for exposing a new iOS exploit. It’s not really the smartest move as I’m pretty sure anyone as smart as Charlie Miller still has plenty of options – use another [...]

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20 October 2011 | 12,650 views

German Federal Trojan (0zapftis/Bundestrojaner) Eavesdrops On Skype, IE, Firefox, MSN Messenger & More

It’s always good to have some news about government conspiracy theories, or in this case government propagated malware. The last case I remember reporting on was – Tunisia Running Country Wide Facebook, Gmail & Yahoo! Password Capture. Now whilst we wouldn’t quite expect that kind of oppressive behaviour from a country like Germany, they do [...]

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17 October 2011 | 11,686 views

The U.S. Department of Defense Hit With $4.9B Lawsuit Over Data Breach

We haven’t published anything about the Defense Department for a while, the last news really was the whole RSA SecurID thing which affected some of the US DoD sub-contractors. The latest news is they’ve been hit with a colossal lawsuit of almost $5 Billion! The lawsuit is regarding a recent breach involving a healthcare system [...]

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12 October 2011 | 9,853 views

VeriSign Demands The Power To Take Down Websites/Domains

I was scanning the news today, and nothing much was going on. There were some half-arsed stories about Anonymous and LulzSec – but nothing really worth writing about. And then, and then I spotted this, which quite frankly scares the shit out of me. As much as it may well have a use in law [...]

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13 September 2011 | 9,387 views

Script Kiddies Lay Claim To NBC News Twitter Account Hack

There was a bit of a buzz on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 when the NBC News Twitter account was hacking and started posting updates regarding a repeated terrorist attack against ground zero. It only lasted a few minutes but as the account has 120,000 followers – it caused quite a stir. It’s not known [...]

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30 August 2011 | 16,656 views

Hackers Get Hold Of Wildcard Google SSL Certificate – Could Hijack Gmail Accounts

One of the big discussions points this week is about a wildcard cert for Google that has leaked out from a Dutch company called DigiNotar. The certificate is good for all Google domains – it’s a *.google.com cert. This is bad news and apparently has been in the wild for a while, some people are [...]

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18 August 2011 | 13,107 views

Collar Bomber Gets Owned By Word Metadata & USB Drive

There were other more technical and probably relevant stories to report on today, but for some reason I just found this story very odd and strangely fascinating. Now here a strange case, a man climbs into a young girls bedroom in the middle of the night, threatens her with a baseball bat and then chains [...]

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29 June 2011 | 12,095 views

Groupon India Subsidiary Leaks 300,000 Plain Text User Passwords

Oh look! Another data-leak, this was was pretty bad as it contained plain-text passwords (who on earth doesn’t hash their passwords in the DB in 2011?!). Anyway this time it was a Groupon subsidary – Sosata.com which managed to leak the e-mail addresses and plain-text passwords for 300,000 users AND on top of that, Google [...]

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16 June 2011 | 10,197 views

Malaysia Government Sites Under Attack From Anonymous

The big news in Asia this week is that Anonymous has found a new target – the Malaysian government. Recently the Internet regulator in Malaysia (SKMM) issued a notice to all the ISPs in the South-East Asian country to block 10 domains associated with copyright infringement. Following that, Anonymous released a manifesto against the Malaysian [...]

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13 June 2011 | 7,271 views

IMF (International Monetary Fund) Suffer Major Breach In Sophisticated Cyberattack

Oh dear, another big organization has fallen foul to the whole RSA SecurID hack – it seems that way anyway. In combination with a Spear Phishing attack (similar to the one carried out on high level US officials via Gmail recently) hackers have busted the IMF wide open. It seems to be a very targeted [...]

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