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eHarmony hacked, usernames and emails stolen

eHarmony, the massive online dating site whose late-night TV ads you just can't avoid, has unwittingly given away something much more significant that another weekend of free communication for singles. As reported by security watchdog Brian Krebs, eHarmony has been hacked. The worst part: Krebs and another researcher alerted eHarmony administrators about the flaws which allowed the hack to...

News flash: everything on the Internet is hackable

This weekend, Gawker Media had its primary database compromised. In this monstrous breach, not only did 1.5 million users have their privacy breached and email address stolen, but they also had their passwords cracked. In a day and age where the currency of our email address and password -- and thus our identity -- is only superseded by our bank details, it's fair to label the Gawker breach as...

Russian firm successfully unlocks encrypted BlackBerry backups

256-bit encryption certainly sounds like it's secure. But depending on how a company implements that encryption, it may not provide quite the level of protection you'd think. That appears to be the case with BlackBerry backup files, if reports from Russian security firm Elcomsoft turn out to be true. Using systems running an Intel Core i7 CPU, they were able to break the 7-character unlock...

Windows 7 RTM "improved" activation bypassed by hackers

Earlier this year, Microsoft and Lenovo teamed up to tackle the first Windows 7 activation workaround. It was based upon a leaked OEM volume activation key, and was neutralized fairly quickly. Things have been fairly quiet for a while. Microsoft's anti-piracy team had cooked up WAT - Windows Activation Technology - in hopes that it would prove more successful at thwarting unlicensed Windows...

Microsoft and Lenovo quickly swashbuckle Windows 7 pirates

First you got your hands on a leaked copy of the Windows 7 RTM. Bad idea, says Microsoft. Then you tracked down 7loader, which took advantage of a leaked Lenovo product key. We know it's out there, came the nonchalant reply from Redmond. And now, thanks to a cooperative effort, the workaround has already been defeated. The official blog post touts improvements in Windows 7, which "already...

Windows 7 activation already cracked with OEM volume license key

Getting your hands on the WIndows 7 RTM build isn't really that hard at this point. It's all over torrent trackers and other file sharing networks (including the meatspace "can you burn me a copy" network). That's only step one, of course. Without a valid key to activate your copy, you're dead in the water eventually. However, just as it happened with Windows Vista, there's already been a Windows...

Microsoft admits Vista OEM hack works

Despite proud boasts that Vista was the most hack-proof version of Windows to date, Microsoft Senior Product Manager Alex Kochis has written on a developers' blog that Microsoft has recognized two ways that hackers have cracked Vista's product activation. Basically the hacks affect OEM copies of Vista that are meant to run on a specific piece of hardware. The first hack changes some code in a...

A 1 second reminder why you should use better passwords

Ever wonder how secure your passwords are? Odds are the answer is not very secure at all. One Man's Blog has an article showing just how easy it is to crack most passwords. And since the vast majority of users use the same password for everything from their email to their bank accounts, all you really need to do is find one password. And with some passwords, that can take less than a second....

Vista brute force hack update: it might work, if you let it run for a year

The author of the program that allegedly generates activation keys for Windows Vista (if you let it run long enough) is back. And now he says the key generator "is a joke, I never intended for it to work." Further, he never actually got the program to work himself, and he says anyone who claims they have is either mistaken or lying. Here's the thing. In theory, the brute force kegyen could work....

Superbowl stadium site hacked to infect PCs

Mega-events are high-security animals. When something like the Super Bowl goes on in a city, everyone from the local Sheriff to the FBI and Homeland Security are involved in keeping the visitors and fans safe from any real or perceived threat imaginable but, the digital world isn't quite as safe. Someone forgot to lock up the website belonging to Dolphin Stadium, this year's Superbowl host....

How to pwn PDF password protection

Ever had a PDF document that you needed to read, but was protected by a pesky password? Digital Inspiration has you covered. Now none of us endorse breaking passwords in ways that violate copyrights and so on, DI posits a plausible scenario: "Say one of your former colleague created some critical sales reports in PDF format but he is not working with the company anymore. In his absence, you have...

iPod cracked, so what

I know it is incredibly difficult to crack DRM in some cases. Now that DVD Jon has cracked the iPod, but it doesn't matter to me that much. Many times a poorly executed DRM system can be bypassed with almost no effort, but some of the well-coded ones can be hard (i.e. the iPod and iTunes "FairPlay" DRM). It is isn't that I don't appreciate the effort of it, but I really don't see the point of it....

MusicForMe cracks AllOfMP3's MusicForMasses DRM

Last week I reported on MusicForMasses, a new program from questionable Russian online music retailer AllOfMP3 that lets you download and listen to every song in their expansive library for free, provide you use their very limited Windows player that requires a net connection. Well, as I predicted in that post, it didn't take long for someone to figure out how to get around MusicForMasses' DRM....

FairUse4WM cracks Windows Media DRM

Critics of online music stores like the new Napster and Yahoo! Music Unlimited say by giving them you're money you're really just renting your music, since if you stop paying their fees, you lost the ability to listen to the tracks you've downloaded. But if the makers of FairUse4M have anything to say about it, that's no longer the case. Engadget has the scoop on this new, probably-illegal...

Crack Windows passwords with Ophcrack

Locked out of Windows? Try Ophcrack. It's a Windows password cracker that claims to be able to crack 99.9% of alphanumeric passwords in seconds. Ophcrack is available for Windows and Linux, and the Linux version comes in a handy bootable LiveCD version for when you don't have access to any account. It's also open source software, so you can get cracking for free. [Via Digg]...