DigiNotar Breach Notes

Some folk have asked me for more details about the DigiNotar breach after my brief appearance on Al Jazeera this morning. So here are the notes I prepared for the segment. Links at the bottom. Background web security certificates are digital IDs issued by companies entrusted with making sure they are given to the right …

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Hundreds of Facebook Groups Hacked

  (Update UTC 2100: I’ve received a reply from Erik Hjort af Ornäs, the registrar of the site itself, and have included his statement below and in the comments, as well as that of Facebook. Both deny any hacking took place) A hacker, or group of hackers, has found a back door into taking over …

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Obese Texters, Back to the Future, and Scams

I make an appearance on the excellent Breakfast Club show on Radio Australia each Friday at about 01:15 GMT and some listeners have asked me post links to the stuff I talk about, so here they are. Texting reduces obesity If your kids are getting a little overweight, then treat them to a bit of …

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Meet Veronica, Sexy Skype Spammer

Maybe this is commonplace for others, but I’ve just got my first sex-chat-spam on Skype. It’s from someone called Veronica Sexy, whose profile indicates that it’s unlikely to be someone I’ve met and just forgotten about (as if I would): Just in case you can’t read that last bit, it reads: can’t wait to get …

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Everyone Wants To Be a Player

Still the big players don’t get it. Still they drive people like me nuts, and confuse ordinary users, with their sly tactics that confound and bewilder. Above, for example, Microsoft’s Windows Media Player provides a list of files that it will play by default. All are checked automatically, including DVD video, midi files, WAV files …

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The Slashdot Report Part II: Where Does The / And The . Come From?

 This week’s column is about The Slashdot Effect, (subscription only, I’m afraid) and I’ve already started receiving mail telling me my explanation of the term Slashdot is wrong. Here’s what I wrote: Slashdot (slashdot.org, named after the slashes and dots in a Web site address) One reader commented: Hi Jeremy, The slash and dot in Slashdot …

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Recovering A Lost XP User Profile

I don’t know whether to blame Microsoft or not, but immediately after downloading their latest automatic XP updates, my reboot ended in near disaster. I found myself logged on as administrator, and my original profile nowhere in the normal User Accounts window in Control Panel. In short: I didn’t exist on my own computer, along …

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Push Comes To McAfee

I must be dumb here, but I don’t quite understand this. McAfee, Inc. , the anti-spam, anti-virus people, yesterday announced (not yet seen on corporate site. Registration possibly required) they had been granted US Patent 6,725,377 entitled “Method and System for Updating Anti-Intrusion Software.” This technology, they said in a press release, would allow them …

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What Is This Virus REALLY All About?

Further to my outburst about how network administrators and anti-virus companies may be making the whole MyDoom thing worse, here’s a similar take, albeit more detailed and informed than mine, from Attrition.org. The message: Treat all emails ‘notifying’ you that you have a virus as spam and inform the administrator/company/ISP accordingly. Thanks to the excellent …

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News: Cracking a Password is Fast

Now your Microsoft Windows password can be cracked in 13.6 seconds, a vast improvement over the slow and tedious 101 seconds it took previously. An improved cryptanalytic method uses large amounts of memory–in this case, 1.4 GB–to speed its cracking of keys, says Security Wire Digest. I won’t bore you with how they did it. …

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