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Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

With the world's eyes on the latest multimedia streaming straight from Mars, during the weekend the Phoenix Mars Mission's site got hit twice, first by an Ukrainian web site defacer who posted a message at the site's blog, and hours later, the Turkish "sql loverz crew 2008" redirected the official mission's site, as well as the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory site to a third-part location serving the defaced page.

June 2, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft's CAPTCHA successfully broken

Microsoft's CAPTCHA successfully broken

UPDATE: Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail's CAPTCHA broken by spammers. Jeff Yan and Ahmad Salah El Ahmad, at the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, England recently published a research paper entitled "A Low-cost Attack on a Microsoft CAPTCHA", demonstrating how they've managed to attack the Microsoft's CAPTCHA used on several of their online services such as Hotmail and Windows Live, with over 92% recognition rate.

May 31, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft issues Safari-to-IE blended threat warning

Microsoft issues Safari-to-IE blended threat warning

Microsoft has issued a formal security advisory with a confirmation of public warnings that the Safari "carpet bombing" vulnerability presents a remote code execution threat on all supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista.The pre-patch advisory from Redmond follows public pressure from the Google-backed StopBadware.

May 30, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

ActiveX control bug bites Creative Labs AutoUpdate engine

ActiveX control bug bites Creative Labs AutoUpdate engine

A high-severity security flaw in the Creative Software automatic update engine could put Windows computers at risk of remote code execution attacks, according to a warning from the US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team).The vulnerability affects the software used to provide updates to Creative Labs' audio/video entertainment product line, which includes the popular Zen MP3 player line.

May 30, 2008 by in Security

Attacks on NFC mobile phones demonstrated

Attacks on NFC mobile phones demonstrated

Yesterday, Collin Mulliner of the trifinite.group, a group of computer experts researching insecurities in wireless communications, has released the slides as well as the research tools he came up with in order to demonstrate various attacks and vulnerabilities in Near Field Communication mobile phones, a technology that will change the face of mobile payments, and naturally result in more innovative mobile phishing and malware attempts.

May 28, 2008 by in Security

Samba dinged by 'highly critical' flaw

Samba dinged by 'highly critical' flaw

Researchers at Secunia have flagged a "highly critical" vulnerability in Samba, the widely deployed open-source software for networked file sharing and printing.According to an advisory from Secunia, the vulnerability affects Samba versions 3.

May 28, 2008 by in Security

Botnets committing click fraud observed

Botnets committing click fraud observed

What's the current state of click fraud, and what tools and tactics do the people behind click fraud campaigns have in their arsenal? A recently analyzed affiliate based network for using botnets to commit click fraud provides a timely assessment of the situation, and provides evidential facts on the internal success rate of such a consolidated botnet.

May 28, 2008 by in Security

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