Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jake Davis named as suspected hacker Topiary by UK police

Jake Davis named as suspected hacker Topiary by UK police

Jake Davis, 18, from Shetland has been named as the suspected hacker Topiary by British police.

He will appear in court tomorrow.

How a Facebook blind date led to supermarket robbery

How a Facebook blind date led to supermarket robbery

Do you take enough care over who you make your Facebook friend?

A supermarket manager learnt a lesson the hard way, after he struck up a friendship with a woman on Facebook. Little did he know, that when she invited him to a dinner date at her apartment, something else entirely was planned.

Facebook killer video scam spreads between social networkers

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Is there a Facebook serial killer in your city?

Video scam spreads rapidly across social network, using GEO-IP lookup to appear more enticing.

Facebook to start paying security bug bounties

Facebook to start paying security bug bounties

Facebook is the most recent company to come to the bug-bounty party, officially announcing that "to show our appreciation for our security researchers, we offer a monetary bounty for certain qualifying security bugs."

Payouts start at US$500. Tempted?

New Trojan found - this time, interesting, important and harmless!

New Trojan found - this time, interesting, important and harmless!

The word Trojan has many meanings, and when it is used without qualification in headlines, it's hard to know which one is meant.

So here's some weekend polymathery for you. Enjoy. (Yes. There is a connection to computer security.)

SSCC 69 - Google+, Facebook facial recognition, Apple iOS SSL flaw and OS X File Vault 2

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David Schwartzberg joined Chet for this week's Chet Chat. David is a specialist in data protection and shared his thoughts on the new File Vault 2 feature in Mac OS X Lion. Dave and Chet also discussed Google+ privacy, Facebook's compromise on facial recognition and the critical vulnerability in Apple's iOS.

Bizarre Apple Safari cookie bug perplexes users

Bizarre Apple Safari cookie bug perplexes users

For the past few weeks, it looks as though Safari on OS X 10.6.8 has not been handling website cookies correctly.

This is a worrying flaw. If you're on 10.6.8, why not report the bug to Apple to get it fixed?

AntiSec movement continues to strike government security contractors

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The AntiSec movement, led by Anonymous and Lulz Security, have attacked security firm ManTech. They posted nearly 400 megabytes of stolen information in an attempt to embarrass the FBI and other government agencies that contract with ManTech for security services.

Is Daniel Akerman the LulzSec spokesman Topiary? The video evidence

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Watch videos of Anonymous spokesman Topiary and Daniel Akerman Sandberg and decide for yourself if they're the same person.

Aldi supermarkets withdraw infected hard disks

Aldi supermarkets withdraw infected hard disks

Supermarket giant Aldi joins an extensive club of companies which have shipped devices with a pre-installed virus - in Aldi's case, for the second time!

Topiary: did police arrest the wrong man in LulzSec investigation?

Topiary: Have the police arrested the right man?

Theories spread across the net that LulzSec may be having the last laugh over the arrest of the alleged hacker "Topiary" yesterday.

So, did the police arrest the right man or not?

Data stolen from 35 million South Korean social networking users

Data stolen from 35 million South Korean social networking users

Hackers have broken into the popular South Korean websites Nate and Cyworld earlier this week, and stolen information about 35 million social networking users.

Names, email addresses, phone numbers and resident registration numbers of users are said to have been compromised.

Stolen USB stick contained police investigation details

Stolen USB stick contained police investigation details

Greater Manchester Police hunt for a stolen USB stick, containing details of an ongoing criminal investigation.

LulzSec hacking suspect 'Topiary' arrested in the Shetland Islands

LulzSec hacking suspect 'Topiary' arrested in the Shetland Islands

An 18-year old man, believed to be "Topiary" of the LulzSec hacktivist gang, has been arrested by British police in the Shetland Islands, under suspicion of launching hacking attacks against a number of websites.

Is your Twitter account hacked and sending out 'Beach Body' spam?

Compromised Twitter accounts sending out 'Beach Body' spam

Thousands of Twitter users are seeing unexpected messsages from hacked online friends promoting a weight loss supplement that will, allegedly, "get the beach body you've always wanted".

Google+ misses an opportunity - Privacy is an important part of openness

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Google has created a furor online over the use of pseudonyms on their new social networking service, Google+. Is privacy a key component in providing safe and secure public spaces?

Unpatched iPhones/iPads secure connections not so secure

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All unpatched iPhone/iPads/iPod Touchs can be snooped on exposing usernames, passwords and even sensitive financial data using freely available tools. Patch now!

Toddlers and technology: a bad mix?

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Do your kids use your phone, laptop or tablet? Turns out you are not alone. A recent survey shows that 60% of little people aged six months to two years play with such devices. Question is, what are the security implications?

Credit card one week overdue? Malware disguises itself in spam attack

Credit card one week overdue? Malware disguises itself in spam attack

Have you received an unexpected email telling you that your credit card is one week overdue, and that you must pay the debt within two days or face additional charges?

Well, don't rush to open the attached file - or your computer could be struck by a malware attack.

Yet another US Government cyber tsar at US-CERT resigns

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Imagine being responsible for safeguarding the entirety of the United States against cyber attacks. I think we can all agree it would be pretty stressful. Perhaps it is no wonder that Randy Vickers just resigned from US-CERT, effective immediately.