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BlackSheep add-on detects Firesheep on your network

With all the hype about Firesheep, the Firefox add-on that snatches up social network login credentials over open wireless networks, security companies are starting to make anti-Firesheep measures available to the average user. BlackSheep, developed by "cloud security" firm Zscaler, is a Firefox add-on that detects the presence of Firesheep on your network. If someone is using Firesheep, Black...

Adobe acts quickly to patch latest Flash vulnerability

Thanks to F-Secure, we have just learned that Adobe has responded quickly to the most recent critical security flaw in Flash, which Lee reported on a week ago. According to Adobe: Chrome users are already protected! Versions above 6.0.472.62 are patched. This version number refers to the Stable channel, but the latest Beta channel update also has the same update (with a different version number...

Actual damage from iTunes App Store hacks: only 400 accounts affected

A couple of days ago, we found out that a number of iTunes user accounts had been compromised and used to buy and promote bogus apps. We just didn't know what that number was. Now, Apple has confirmed that 400 accounts were affected. The iTunes servers themselves weren't compromised, says Apple. The question of how much money was lost in this scam is still open, as is the question of how many r...

Get Facebook alerts when someone uses your account from an unknown computer

Facebook has added a new security feature that will send you an email or SMS when someone logs in to your account from a computer that Facebook doesn't recognize. It takes a little bit of work to set up, but it could be a very clever line of defense against Facebook hackers or "friends" who might have gotten your password somehow. To turn this feature on, go to Account Settings and find Accoun...

Reigning Pwn2Own champion: "The main thing is not to install Flash!"

With the Pwn2Own hacking contest coming up at Vancouver's CanSecWest security conference later this month, Italian computer security blog OneITSecurity took some time to interview Charlie Miller. Miller, in case you're not familiar, is a security expert who has won Pwn2Own two years running by hacking Apple's Safari browser with incredible speed. Safari isn't the only target -- this year, all maj...

Twitter down, reportedly hacked by "Iranian Cyber Army"

Twitter is currently suffering from an outage that is reportedly the work of the "Iranian Cyber Army." The hackers (whoever they are) defaced the site with a message reading: THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But THey Don't, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try ...

Hundreds of Facebook groups hacked and hijacked - to prove a point?

Facebook is under attack! Okay, maybe that's a little too dramatic. Recently, however, hundreds of Facebook groups were exploited by a group of attackers known as "Control Your Info". The hackers promise they aren't doing this for any malicious purpose though. The purpose of the mass hacking is to point out a major problem with the way Facebook handles groups management. So what's the proble...

Does software piracy hurt the open source community?

Louis Suarez-Potts, the community manager for the open-source Open Office project, says software piracy also hurts the open-source community, and though it can be argued that open-source is bad for innovation, most of us love the open source community. So does the occasional pirated piece of software really hurt our beloved open source projects? Suarez-Potts thinks it's bad for everyone including...

CAPTCHA hacks could lead to a flood of junkmail

You know those annoying "please enter the code" requests you see when signing up for online services, leaving blog posts, or otherwise trying to prove that you're human and not a machine? Yeah, it turns out that the machines are getting pretty good at reading them too. The basic idea behind the CAPTCHA (which stands for Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart is that ...

Hackers use Windows Update to download malicious code

Microsoft's Windows Update has a component called Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) that downloads updates while you're busy doing other things with your computer. If you get disconnected, the update will pick up where it left off when you get back on the network. Sounds great, right? Well, generally it is. But since BITS is part of your operating system, your firewall doesn't really ...

Most hack attacks originate in the US says report

More hack attacks originate from inside the US than from anywhere else on earth and, increasingly they're coming from more organized and focused groups. Those are the findings of a report released yesterday by security firm Symantec. The US was the source for 31 percent of attacks, with China following a distant second at 10 percent according to the report. To make matters worse, thanks to this ...

Is Windows Vista Black Hat approved?

Microsoft brought Vista to this year's Black Hat conference, which is a bold move considering their usually nefarious operating system problems in the past. Microsoft proved what they think of Vista's security and capabilities by letting the world's foremost security experts play with and pull it apart, bit by bit. Everyone has accused Microsoft of not caring enough about security, as they continu...