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Mon
04
Jul
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Al Qaeda Forum Knocked Out by Hacker

A 'jihadist' Internet forum known as al-Shamukh has been disabled by an unknown hacker, counter-terrorism experts report. These same experts report that the group's website and its server appear to have been knocked out by the attack. Flashpoint ... Partners counter-terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann recently described the al-Shamukh site as a pro-Al Qaeda propaganda forum. He's not sure why the site has been allowed to continue operating, but suspects it might give Western governments a window into terrorist movements. "These sites can be like spy satellites, they're great ways of gathering ... (view more)

Tue
21
Jun
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Superficial Dating Site Rejects Ugly Applicants

One of the most controversial dating sites on the web has been hit by a supposed malware attack. Critics, however, suggest that the attack is nothing more than a media stunt to garner attention to the site. 35,000 Ugly People Rejected from ... Superficial Dating Site BeautifulPeople.com, which allows only visually attractive people to join, has reportedly suffered an online 'virus attack,' allowing 35,000 ugly people to sign on in search of love. BeautifulPeople.com operates in a seemingly disturbing, yet straightforward fashion: members vote on whether or not new applicants to the dating site ... (view more)

Mon
09
May
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Microsoft to Offer More Detail on Security Warnings

Microsoft has announced an overhaul of the way it assess and publicizes the risk security problems pose to users of its products. The new technique will give added detail as well as highlighting the benefits of upgrading to the latest version of ... Windows. The changes will affect Microsoft's monthly security update, which includes ratings for the potential damage that could be caused by a particular security flaw if the relevant patch is not applied. As well as giving an overall idea of the range and scale of problems, the ratings are also aimed at business users for whom applying updates ... (view more)

Wed
20
Apr
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Embarrassed Hacker Gets Two Years Behind Bars

A computer programmer will spend two years behind bars after bringing down several high-profile websites. But unlike most modern hackers, Bruce Raisley was motivated by embarrassment rather than greed. Raisley had formerly worked for an online ... vigilante group known as Perverted Justice, which has members pose as youngsters online in order to catch and expose adults seeking an illicit meeting. The group works with television show To Catch A Predator. Eventually, Raisley quit the group following an argument with its founder, Xavier Von Erck, who then carried out a quite spectacular and ironic ... (view more)

Thu
24
Feb
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Grad Students Theorize on How to Crash Internet

A computer science graduate student and his friends claim to have found a way to use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to take down large gateways of the Internet -- an act never before thought possible. The method, referred to as the ... "Coordinated Cross Plane Session Termination (CXPST) Attack," would require approximately 250,000 personal computers to target the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) network routers in the attack. This style of coordinated denial of service attack is referred to as utilizing botnet , or a virtual "robot" network of computers under the control of ... (view more)

Fri
11
Feb
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Hackers offered Big Payout to Poison Web Browsers

Elite hackers and ethical computer security enthusiasts are preparing themselves for the Pwn2Own competition, which challenges participants to break through security of popular software programs (such as web browsers). Once software is breached, it ... is referred to as an "exploit", in which hackers are then able to gain access to other areas of the computer's operating system without restrictions. It's these types of attacks which occur on web sites frequently, where visitors become instantly infected just by visiting a malicious website containing an unknown exploit (also referred to ... (view more)

Tue
25
Jan
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Cyber War Apocalypse Highly Unlikely, Study Says

An international report says that the term "cyber war" overstates the genuine security risks that national governments face in the online age. It goes on to note that officials need to plan for accidental incidents as well as attacks. The report, ... from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, says that comparing online attacks to an armed military conflict exaggerates the potential effects. It also argues that a financial crisis or a health pandemic would also be much more serious than cyber attacks. The key finding of the report is that most forms of attack against ... (view more)

Thu
20
Jan
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'GreenBrowser 5.8.0119' and 'Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer 5.1.3.0 Beta'

GreenBrowser 5.8.0119 GreenBrowser is an alternative web browser to Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, which offers tabbed browsing, security features, and plenty of configuration options. http://www.morequick.com Microsoft Attack Surface ... Analyzer 5.1.3.0 Beta Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Security Engineering group, building on the work of our Security Science team. It is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. http://www.microsoft.com This freeware ... (view more)

Mon
15
Nov
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New Firefox Plug-in Detects Browser Hijack Attacks

Cloud-based security company "Zscaler" has launched a new Firefox web browser plug-in called "BlackSheep" designed to protect users against a recent browser hijacking tool that allows just about anyone to potentially hijack your web browser session. ... Firesheep: A 'Peculiar' Extension In order to explain the details of how "Blacksheep" came to be, we need to take a few steps back. In October of this year, a Firefox plug-in dubbed "Firesheep" was created. It was an extension put together by developer Eric Butler and demonstrated at the Toorcon security conference. ... (view more)

Fri
05
Nov
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Hackers Target IE6 and 7; MS Recommends Upgrade

Microsoft has announced a temporary workaround for users of older editions of Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerable to a new bug. The situation yet again highlights the importance of upgrading to the more secure, recent editions (IE8 and IE9) of the ... browser. The bug's dynamics are all-too-familiar: if a hacker persuades a user to visit a specially-crafted webpage, they'll be able to install and run malicious software on the user's computer. It's another zero day attack , meaning the problem is currently being exploited by hackers before Microsoft has a working fix. Browser Check First, Virus ... (view more)

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