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Oracle scrambles workarounds for database zero-day

Oracle has recommended workarounds for a zero-day Oracle Database flaw that was not fixed in the company's April critical patch update.The flaw in the Transport Network Substrate (TNS) Listener database component, which Oracle has known about for at least four years, could allow a hacker to break into a database without a username or password, Oracle said in a security advisory on Monday.

May 1, 2012 by

Singapore's NUS confirms security breach

update Hacker group Team Intra breaches local institution's database and publishes information such as staff username and hashed passwords. NUS confirms attack but says data on server not confidential.

January 5, 2012 by

Hackers target military publisher database

Military- and defence-minded publications owned by publisher Gannett were hacked earlier this month, the company has admitted, leaving the names, passwords and email addresses of active and retired military personnel exposed to the attackers.

June 29, 2011 by

Repeat after me: "Reusing passwords is BAD!"

a hacker group going by the name of Gnosis compromised the Gawker Media network (made up of popular websites such as Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, Fleshbot, and Gawker itself) and liberated not only the source code for the site, but also the entire user database consisting of about 1.3 million usernames, email addresses, and password hashes. In an ideal world, this wouldn't be a problem, but we don't live in an ideal world, but this is far from an ideal world, so it has the scope to be a pretty big deal.

December 13, 2010 by

Hacker 'deletion frenzy' almost foils AFP

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) operation to rescue a hacked database of 60,000 domain names' usernames and passwords and 13,000 credit card numbers — to use as evidence — was almost foiled when the hackers were tipped off and went into a "deletion frenzy".

May 24, 2010 by

Fuzzing for Oracle database vulnerabilities

Database security vendor Sentrigo has released an open-source fuzz testing tool to help pinpoint security-related coding deficiencies in Oracle databases.The tool, called FuzzOr, runs on Oracle 8i and is aimed at PL/SQL programmers and DBAs looking to find and eliminate vulnerabilities that may be exploited via SQL injection and buffer overflow attacks -- the most common techniques used to launch hacker attacks on databases.

February 4, 2009 by

News to know: Apple patch; Fusion fun; Quantum computing; ODF; Vista galore

Notable headlines:Ryan Naraine: Hacker finds 492,000 unprotected Oracle, SQL database servers. Apple monster update fixes 41 Mac OS X, Safari vulnerabilitiesDan Farber: Michael Dell promises 'Greenprint' reference architectureLarry Ellison: First Fusion apps to arrive early in 2008Ed Burnette: D-Wave demonstrates latest quantum computer prototype at SC07.

November 14, 2007 by

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