Tag Archive | "data-security"


29 June 2011 | 12,076 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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24 March 2010 | 7,400 views

Website Auto-complete Leaks Data Even Over Encrypted Link

I’m always fascinated by side-channel attacks where the attack is focused on the underlying architecture of the cryptosystem and the data echos it creates rather than the algorithm or implementation itself. Similar somewhat to the recent breaking of OpenSSL using power fluctuations. This time some researcher type fellas focused on the digital noise autocomplete webforms [...]

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10 February 2010 | 8,179 views

GreenSQL – Open Source Database Firewall Software

GreenSQL is an Open Source database firewall used to protect databases from SQL injection attacks. GreenSQL works as a proxy for SQL commands and has built in support for MySQL & PostgreSQL . The logic is based on evaluation of SQL commands using a risk scoring matrix as well as blocking known db administrative commands [...]

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18 January 2010 | 8,731 views

Microsoft SQL Server Fingerprint Tool – BETA4

This is a tool that performs version fingerprinting on Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008, using well known techniques based on several public tools that identifies the SQL Version. The strength of this tool is that it uses probabilistic algorithm to identify the version of the Microsoft SQL Server. The “Microsoft SQL Server Fingerprint [...]

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10 December 2009 | 16,025 views

Facebook Pushes Out New Privacy Settings

There have been plenty of stories about Facebook in the past and the latest is about their new privacy system. From what I understand they have abandoned the previous concept of “Networks” and now everyone is open to everyone else. The network system was initially relevant when the site was targeted at only US college [...]

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07 September 2009 | 8,135 views

UK Has The Worst Internet Security In Europe

Interesting story for our British readers, seems like back in Old Blighty people are a bit lax when it comes to keeping their security software up to date. Not only that, from the other aspects of the survey it seems UK is generally lacking in cybersecurity awareness and education with people not deleting dodgy files [...]

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25 August 2009 | 6,960 views

TJX Hacker Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

We’ve been following the whole TJX saga for quite some time now since way back in September 2007 when the hack became public as the Largest Breach of Customer Data in U.S. History and in August 2008 when the TJX Credit Card Hackers Got Busted. The legal system has ticked along and now they have [...]

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22 June 2009 | 6,221 views

IT Managers Under-Estimate Impact Of Data Loss

I find it a little surprising in this day and age that such a low percentage of IT managers believe data loss is a low impact issue. Don’t they read the news? Don’t they understand how losing customer trust can really effect your bottom-line? I would have thought 30% of respondents thinking data loss was [...]

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12 May 2009 | 4,716 views

Ensuring Data Security During Hardware Disposal

After our recent story about the trading of BlackBerries for data theft the issue has emerged again this time more towards the secure disposal of data stored on PC hard disks. If a company or organisation has a decent data/information security policy in place (Like ISO27001 for example) they should have a secure destruction/disposal policy [...]

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09 December 2008 | 4,927 views

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 1.0

To continue with some software targeted towards security and self-protection after posting about Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) and Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) we continue with one more – Secunia Personal Software Inspector. We did write about this software way back when Secunia first came out with their Secunia Software Inspector. There’s now 3 [...]

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