Monthly Archives: December 2013
Are you working over the New Year?
Whatever you're up to, but especially if you're on year-end sysadmin or tech support duty, here's a bit of fun that nevertheless counts as real work. (But don't quote us on that!)
Most of the time, the spam comments submitted to Naked Security are unremittingly flattering.
But at least one festive season spammer has taken the opposite approach...
Can a bug ever be good? What's the prison sentence for DDoS criminality? How well does Snapchat protect your data? What's a Threatsaurus, and why do you want one?
Watch and find out!
Security researchers claim that Snapchat, the controversial selfie-sharing picture site, is far too liberal with the phone numbers of its users.
*If* those users are genuine - the researchers also found they could register bogus users as easily as they could look real ones up...
Outriders is a BBC Radio 5 Live programme that describes itself as "exploring the frontiers of the web."
On this week's show, host Jamillah Knowles interviewed Naked Security's Paul Ducklin about security and safety on line over the festive season...
Chet and Duck help you to learn from recent security news, both good and bad.
In this episode: the massive Target breach; Microsoft's and Apple's attitude to updates; and how to respond to Google's recent changes to image rendering for Gmail users.
We're feeling a bit festive so we're giving away an iPad Air and lots of tshirts. Make sure you're in with a chance of winning!
Two online gaming programmers from Poland have been jailed for trying to cyber-extort the owner of an online marketing company based in Manchester, UK, and the CEO of an unnamed US internet software host.
In the same spirit of research openness that led to the Web, CERN has let Google Street View into its server farm.
Now, the nuclear boffins are running a treasure hunt amid the server racks...
Bugs in pseudorandom number generators are usually cause for concern, at least in cryptographic circles.
But this story is different.
It's the curious case of the OpenSSL randomness bug with a happy ending!
What prison sentence for the man who pioneered online carding? How many credit cards did Target lose? Does your encryption software "speak" to passers-by? How to keep your kids safe online over the holidays?
Find out in 60 seconds!
If the smartphone 'kill switch' legislation is passed, the carrier can remotely send a trigger to any lost or stolen device to 'brick' itself. With the phone effectively useless, this should be a far less appealing option for would-be thieves.
It was the combination of the anonymizing service with the university's WiFi that gave investigators a short list of possible suspects, one of whom turned out to be a 20-year-old student trying to get out of a final exam.
Target confirms: Crooks may have spent holiday shopping season feasting on 40m filched payment cards
The US retail giant Target confirmed that cyber crooks may have gotten their hands on about 40 million credit and debit card accounts starting the day before Thanksgiving - 27 November - on into the heart of Christmas shopping mania, through until Sunday, 15 December.