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  • China’s Cyber-Militia

    05/30/2008 3:42:43 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 25 replies · 166+ views
    National Journal Magazine ^ | 5/31/08 | Shane Harris
    Computer hackers in China, including those working on behalf of the Chinese government and military, have penetrated deeply into the information systems of U.S. companies and government agencies, stolen proprietary information from American executives in advance of their business meetings in China, and, in a few cases, gained access to electric power plants in the United States, possibly triggering two recent and widespread blackouts in Florida and the Northeast, according to U.S. government officials and computer-security experts. One prominent expert told National Journal he believes that China’s People’s Liberation Army played a role in the power outages. Tim Bennett, the...
  • Get your German interior minister's fingerprint here[Nice Political Biometric/Hack]

    04/03/2008 2:29:10 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 130+ views
    The Register ^ | 30 Mar 2008 | Dan Goodin
    Hacktivists collect fingerprint of fingerprint collector A hacker club has published what it says is the fingerprint of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany's interior minister and a staunch supporter of the collection of citizens' unique physical characteristics as a means of preventing terrorism. In the most recent issue of Die Datenschleuder, the Chaos Computer Club printed the image on a plastic foil that leaves fingerprints when it is pressed against biometric readers. No-one from the Germany-based group has been able to test the foil to see if it can fool a computer into believing it came from Schauble. But the technique has...
  • Vista, MacBook Out--Only Linux Left in Hacking Contest

    03/29/2008 6:16:24 AM PDT · by militem · 19 replies · 659+ views
    PC World ^ | 3/29/2008 | Robert McMillan
    The MacBook Air went first; a tiny Fujitsu laptop running Vista was hacked on the last day of the contest; but it was Linux, running on a Sony Vaio, that remained undefeated as conference organizers ended a three-way computer hacking challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference. Earlier this week, contest sponsors had put three laptops up for grabs to anyone who could hack into one of the systems and run their own software. A US$20,000 cash prize sweetened the deal, but the payout was halved each day as contest rules were relaxed and it became easier to penetrate the computers.
  • Contrite Don Imus: 'I'm a good person'

    04/09/2007 5:45:14 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 127 replies · 3,711+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/09/07 | MARCUS FRANKLIN
    Calling himself "a good person" who made a bad mistake, radio host Don Imus said Monday he would check his acid tongue after being lambasted for making racially charged comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. "Here's what I've learned: that you can't make fun of everybody, because some people don't deserve it," he said on his nationally syndicated radio show Monday morning. "And because the climate on this program has been what it's been for 30 years doesn't mean it's going to be what it's been for the next five years or whatever." Imus said he was "embarrassed"...
  • "Coupe" Deval: ‘I really screwed up’ Admits gaffe on Caddy, furniture but defends $72G for wife

    02/22/2007 6:19:25 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 72 replies · 2,642+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 22 Feb 2007 | Casey Ross
    Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday admitted he “really screwed up” by spending tax dollars on a leased Cadillac and high-end office furniture, but he strongly defended the hiring of a $72,000-a-year chief of staff for his wife. “Every governor has had staff to help support the work of the office, including the work of the first lady,” Patrick said during an impromptu press conference. “It’s official business.” However, a Patrick aide could recall only two events Diane Patrick has attended this year, one to promote early education initiatives in the State House and a second to appear at a reading event...
  • Another good reason to stop using telnet (Major hack against Solaris)

    02/12/2007 10:35:07 PM PST · by zeugma · 22 replies · 549+ views
    SANS ^ | 2007-02-12 | donald smith
    There is a major zero day bug announced in solaris 10 and 11 with the telnet and login combination. It has been verified. In my opinion NOBODY be should running telnet open to the internet. Versions of Solaris 9 and lower do not appear to have this vulnerability. The issue: The telnet daemon passes switches directly to the login process which looks for a switch that allows root to login to any account without a password. If your telnet daemon is running as root it allows unauthenticated remote logins. Telnet should be disabled. Since 1994 the cert.org team has recommended...
  • Maine Governor Nominates Lawyer With No Court Experience to District Court Bench

    01/18/2007 6:02:14 PM PST · by bogeybob · 11 replies · 589+ views
    Maine Senate Republican Press Release | January 18, 2007 | bogeybob
    This is incredible. Maine Governor John Baldacci (D) has nominated a flack from the Maine Attorney General's Office as a District Court judge. The staffer, Mr. Chuck Dow, has negligible trial experience. The legislature's Judiciary Committee (8 D, 5 R, 1 Native American) voter 9-3 (8 D's and 1 R) to recommend confirmation by the full State Senate. The GOP Senate Minority Leader issued a press release, vowing to oppose Mr. Dow's confirmation. A snippet of her press release appears below: According to a questionnaire completed by the nominee, Dow earned his law degree in 1997 then worked at a...
  • Matthews Brushes Off 'Brouhaha': 'I Think Kerry Meant To Go After President'

    10/31/2006 2:43:56 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 151 replies · 3,604+ views
    MSNBC/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The MSM troops have begun to rally around their man.Interviewing Ted Kennedy on MSNBC, Chris Matthews referred to the controversy over Kerry's comments as a 'brouhaha' and a 'rhubarb. Kennedy was of course only too happy to agree, calling the controversy a "diversion" and even casting Kerry as the victim, claiming he is the "target of Republicans" reacting to his criticism of the war.A bit later in the hour, Matthews flatly claimed that Kerry only meant to say that Bush hadn't studied enough before he became president and thus got us into a mess in Iraq, and later still:"I think...
  • Hotel minibar key opens Diebold voting machine!!!!

    09/18/2006 6:28:50 PM PDT · by dickmc · 86 replies · 2,548+ views
    Freedom-to-Tinker ^ | Monday September 18, 2006 | Ed Felten
    Like other computer scientists who have studied Diebold voting machines, we were surprised at the apparent carelessness of Diebold’s security design. It can be hard to convey this to nonexperts, because the examples are technical. To security practitioners, the use of a fixed, unchangeable encryption key and the blind acceptance of every software update offered on removable storage are rookie mistakes; but nonexperts have trouble appreciating this. Here is an example that anybody, expert or not, can appreciate: The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine — the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes,...
  • ZOT! Liberals are Planning to Hack Voting Machines

    09/14/2006 5:41:45 PM PDT · by Pandit · 42 replies · 1,048+ views
    Some professors at Princeton University have posted a video on YouTube showing how to hack into the Diebold voting machines that are supposed to be used in 40% of the elections this fall. On Democratic Underground they're talking about how to steal cards just like the voting machines use from Diebold laundry machines used in laundromats, and then reprogram them to change the votes on the voting machines.
  • AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities

    08/30/2006 8:54:07 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 2 replies · 405+ views
    news.com ^ | August 29, 2006
    AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of customers who used its online store. The information that was illegally accessed includes credit card numbers, AT&T said in a statement. The cyberattack affects about 19,000 customers who purchased equipment for high-speed DSL Internet connections through AT&T's Web site, the company said. "We deeply regret this incident," Priscilla Hill-Ardoin, chief privacy officer for AT&T, said in the statement. "We will work closely with law enforcement to bring these data thieves to account." The break-in occurred over the weekend and was discovered...
  • Windows Genuine Advantage: What it is, how to ditch it

    08/01/2006 8:47:10 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 106 replies · 2,342+ views
    Computerworld.com ^ | 7/30/2006 | Scot Finnie
    It's not easy to remove Microsoft's anti-piracy program, but it can be done Scot Finnie Today’s Top Stories or Other Windows Stories July 30, 2006 (Computerworld) -- Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software is installed on computers running Windows XP via Microsoft's online update services. For most XP users, that means Automatic Updates, which Microsoft has worked very hard since Windows XP SP2 to make us run in full-automatic mode. WGA has already appeared in several beta versions, with slightly different behaviors, and Microsoft appears to be still actively developing this tool. For many people, the fact that the software giant...
  • Big Dig roof section falls, killing woman

    07/11/2006 8:36:42 AM PDT · by NHThompson · 97 replies · 2,916+ views
    Mitt Romney's political future ended at 11:00 p.m. last night...
  • Hacker Invades FBI Computers

    07/06/2006 7:02:41 AM PDT · by bd476 · 16 replies · 3,939+ views
    Hacker Invades FBI Computers WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2006(CBS) A U.S. government consultant used software programs found on the Internet to break into the FBI's computer system, where he gained access to the passwords of 38,000 employees, including that of FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reports. The newspaper said Joseph Thomas Colon broke into the computer system four times in 2004 in hacks that gave him access to files on the Witness Protection Program and counterintelligence. As a result, the bureau was forced to temporarily shut down the system and conduct a lengthy investigation to determine whether any...
  • Zombie builders send out phone texts

    06/23/2006 2:24:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 866+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | June 23, 2006 | Tom Espiner
    Hackers are trying to lure people to a malicious Web site using cell phone text messages, a security company has warned. The blended attack uses social engineering techniques in its attempt to trick people to the site, security vendor Websense said in an advisory. An SMS text message is sent to the targets' cell phones, thanking them for subscribing to a fictitious dating service. The message states that they will be automatically charged a fee of $2.00 per day via their phone bill, unless their subscription is cancelled online. The same message has also been sent multiple times to the...
  • Hacked bank server hosts phishing sites

    03/13/2006 9:16:55 AM PST · by holymoly · 11 replies · 1,228+ views
    Computerworld ^ | MARCH 13, 2006 | Jeremy Kirk
    China Construction Bank may not know that a security vulnerability on its server has been exploited Criminals appear to have hacked a Chinese bank's server and are using it to host phishing sites to steal personal data from customers of eBay Inc. and a major U.S. bank., according to Internet services company Netcraft Ltd. It may be the first scheme that uses one bank's infrastructure to exploit another bank, said Paul Mutton, an Internet services developer for Netcraft, based in Bath, England. A user of Netcraft's free phishing toolbar reported receiving a suspicious e-mail, Mutton said. The e-mail led to...
  • Murtha says he wouldn't join military now

    01/03/2006 1:39:13 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 68 replies · 1,941+ views
    drudgereport ^ | Jan. 3, 2006 | Reuters, unknown
    WASHINGTON Rep. John Murtha, a key Democratic voice who favors pulling U.S. troops from Iraq, said in remarks airing on Monday that he would not join the U.S. military today. A decorated Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a colonel after 37 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Murtha told ABC News' "Nightline" program that Iraq "absolutely" was a wrong war for President George W. Bush to have launched. "Would you join (the military) today?," he was asked in an interview taped on Friday. "No," replied Murtha of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees...
  • Information Warfare: StrategyPage Server Stormed [by Chinese Hackers]

    12/17/2005 6:19:48 AM PST · by Wiz · 11 replies · 691+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2005 Dec 17
    December 17, 2005: StrategyPage doesn’t just report on Cyber War, sometimes we get caught in the middle of it. We got an electronic nastygram from China recently when, as we were installing a new server, at a hosting site (to improve response time, and lessen the workload on the volunteer staffers who maintain the server). There was a gap of a few days between the time the new server went online, and the hardware firewall (which is a bear to configure) got installed. Into that opening, some Chinese hackers got onto the server and tried to take it over. Actually,...
  • Rainbow warriors crack password hashes (Is it safe? Nope)

    11/19/2005 9:18:37 AM PST · by cloud8 · 26 replies · 1,375+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 11/10/05 | Robert Lemos
    A trio of entrepreneurial hackers hope to do for the business of password cracking what Google did for search and, in the process, may remove the last vestiges of security from many password systems. Over the past two years, three security enthusiasts from the United States and Europe set a host of computers to the task of creating eleven enormous tables of data that can be used to look up common passwords. The tables - totaling 500GB - form the core data of a technique known as rainbow cracking, which uses vast dictionaries of data to let anyone reverse the...
  • Site was HACKED by turkish islamo hackers read the message - death for all

    11/06/2005 4:31:33 AM PST · by bill1952 · 19 replies · 1,119+ views
    web ^ | 11/06/05 | Turkish Impact
    For The Peace Among All The Countries In The World... NO WAR... We have conquered the world for ages...However we never hurt,rape our Captives. We never made them suffer.Today the world is changing.ýn the lands that are suffering from unfair invasion and exploitation,brutality and grief is reigning...we are calling out to you out there..america russia canada france and Israel are gonna pay for what they have done to this world one day,however sometimes we make those days closer and rampage without a blink... Forum.TR Devilish baseness from the English who are jealous of 'Forum TR ' that has lately become...