Archive | February, 2006

UK Wants Backdoor in Next Version of Microsoft Windows

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Yes that’s right, big brother wants a backdoor in your operating system even MORE of a reason to use Open Source alternatives that we can audit ourselves eh?

There has been talk of such things in the past, US government backdoors in common cryptography algorithms and now talks of backdoors in the most popular OS in the world.

Windows Vista is due to be rolled out later this year. Cambridge academic Ross Anderson told MPs it would mean more computer files being encrypted.

He urged the government to look at establishing “back door” ways of getting around encryptions.

The Home Office later told the BBC News website it is in talks with Microsoft.

Yes, it bothers me.

Professor Anderson said people were discussing the idea of making computer vendors ensure “back door keys” to encrypted material were made available.

The Home Office should enter talks with Microsoft now rather than when the system is introduced, he said.

He said encryption tools generally were either good or useless.

“If they are good, you either guess the password or give up,” he said.

Source: BBC News

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Passwords Passe at RSA

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SAN JOSE, California — Identity theft and online bank fraud were the unofficial themes of the 2006 RSA Conference, a massive security confab where Bill Gates came to announce the imminent death of the password and vendors filled the exhibition halls with iPod giveaways and promises that their product could stop everything from spam and malware to hackers and typos.

Thanks to a California law known as SB 1386 that requires companies to disclose sensitive data leaks to California consumers, companies like ChoicePoint and shoe retailer DSW became poster children for corporate negligence last year after mishandling sensitive data.

As mentioned previously, Phishing is getting to be a big issue now, and password only measures are failing.

Perhaps the biggest change this year will be in online banking, as financial institutions move to comply with federal oversight agencies that are directing banks (.pdf) to secure their sites with more than just user logins and passwords.

These extra fraud profiling and authentication measures are necessary, according to Callas, since the threats on the internet have changed.

“Now we are not dealing with kids having fun,” Callas said. “We are dealing with criminals — the Russian mafia. And online banking risks are there if your bank offers it, even if you don’t use it.”

E-trade, for instance, already offers free RSA security tokens to its most active users. Those battery-powered devices work by using a using a seed number and the current time to cryptographically generate a secure one-time code to complement the normal user login and password.

Source: Wired News

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Google Desktop 3 Enterprise

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Google Enterprise has reacted to privacy concerns and released Google Desktop 3 Enterprise.

It responds to security concerns allowing full administrator control, letting them use the standard group policy settings to completely disable features, including the controversial Search Across Computers feature which you can read about in our original article.

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The new Macbook Pro 15″ 2.0Ghz taken apart

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OWC (Other World Computing) is a great site for buying parts for the mac. Their prices are quite cheap if you compare prices with stores in asia. Two days back (21/2/06) they got their hands on a Macbook Pro, which they received at 10:30pm and managed to take it all apart by 1.30pm. Pictures are posted here.

Check out the stuff they have on mac related items and accessories. They now also have upgrade parts for the new Macbook Pro.

For a first timer, taking apart a mac notebook is not an easy task. They are alot of ways you can damage your mac if you’re not careful.

For a complete step-by-step procedure on how to dis-assemble any mac, check out ifixit.com guide for a complete how-to complete with pictures and the number of screws you need to take out before you can actually take something apart on a mac.

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Advertisers may face public humiliation over adware

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Companies could find themselves put up for public humiliation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if they continue to advertise through insidious ad-serving software.

Such a move might help in the battle against adware, FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said Thursday at an event here hosted by the Anti-Spyware Coalition. Adware is software that displays pop-up ads on PCs, often after Internet searches.

Anti-spyware software is a requirement just like Anti-virus software. Common vulnerabilities in browsers make it very easy for malicious software to infect your machine through Internet Explorer for example.

“I think that could have a beneficial effect,” Leibowitz said in an interview. “In this context, maybe shaming a company on how they are spending money might inure to the benefit of consumer’s privacy.”

Viruses, spyware, trojans and adware are big problems now with solutions for all of them (firewalls and intrusion detection help massively of course).

The FTC would publicly announce and publish the name of a company that advertises using adware that installs itself surreptitiously on consumer PCs or using spyware, Leibowitz said. He would recommend publicly shaming advertisers to the other FTC commissioners if the adware problem doesn’t decrease, he said.

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who is backbone?

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This is just an introductory article about myself, nothing interesting (for the most of you) will be revealed in this article, I re-edited it because it had to meet the EU standards (you know Romania will be part of it on 1st of January 2007).

A long time ago…

…I was a big game addict, computers had no sense to me without games, this was the only use I had for them (apart from listening to music and watching movies), till the internet came into my life. I started playing on the internet as many of you I think did, chating on IRC.
The first time I got into hacking was when I first downloaded WarMaster, a quite 31337 mIRC script with many trojans included.

And then I opened my eyes…

…and realized that I couldn’t do anything, was just another lam3r showing off on IRC. At that point I started to make my own mIRC scripts, still think that metalfish was a big success, towards my scripting knowlege that is. But it was not enough…
I started to read many tutorials, white papers and so on but really couldn’t understand a big part of them so I’ve changed my orientation towards webdevelopment, this way have learned JavaScript & PHP which later become useful towards XSS.

Darknet, again?

Being in the mailinglist of darknet for quite a long beriod I was really happy to see it again on-line and up to date, so I joined it to share my knowledge, hopefully someone will apreciate this… and here I am.

In my articles…

I’m going to talk about viruses, web technologies, win related articles and so on… and why not some IRC stuff to, just to get you started, and teach you a couple of things I know, thill then make the final step and join the dark side of the internet.

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