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Tulsa World

January 30, 2009

The Tulsa Police Department asks that area residents be mindful of Valentine's Day-related e-mail viruses next month.

Police said the e-mail message usually reads "Greeting Card sent for Valentine's Day" to the targeted user. The virus file names include "youanme.exe," "onlyyou.exe," and "meandyou.exe," according to police.

February 6, 2009

Media giant CNN caused more than a few raised eyebrows in the tech community when it was revealed recently that it installs an application that lets CNN use subscribers' computers to distribute its live streaming content.

It's not a drive-by download or some insidious secret hack - more of a social engineering scam, actually. Millions of users who signed up for the live streaming feed of U.S. President Barach Obama's inauguration last month were told they couldn't get hooked in unless they first installed something called 'the Octoshape Grid Delivery enhancement' for their Flash Player. Among other things, the 'enhancement' turns subscribers' computers into relay stations, making them part of a grid to, "deliver parts of the video and audio stream to other end users of the Software," as the Octoshape end user agreement clearly states. Octoshape Grid Delivery is a peer-to-peer application that, in effect, uses the subscriber's computer and Internet connection to create an ad-hoc distribution network for CNN.

The Washington Post

by Rosalind S. Helderman

February 7, 2009

Message to the world: The Maryland General Assembly does not want to be your friend.

This week, computer gurus with the state's legislative body announced that they were blocking access to Facebook and MySpace from all General Assembly computers, including those of lawmakers and their staffs.

February 9, 2009

Celebrities web presence hacking is topping 2009 incidents list, and rappers seem to lead.

However this report in the Ampersand, like the Lil Kim story from the same week,is somewhat questionable. In both cases it seem that uncomfortable content was blamed on hacking. West's story is somewhat ironic as he used his blog to remind users of the untruthfulness of his web presence. When reviewing all the rappers incidents, my conclusion is that they are more susceptible to content spoofing because it is much easier for hackers to imitate their language and style.

February 12, 2009

SQL injection is a type of attack that is growing in popularity - and bots today attack sites regularly. When one is found, a human being will usually review the attacks for further vectors and attempt to broaden the exploit to accomplish as much as possi

During the last few days a Romanian group has been doing SQL injection attacks on several security vendor's websites and early this morning they hit F-Secure (the makers of F-Prot). I applaud F-Secure for admitting the event took place, and for publicly disclosing what happened, which will enable other security researchers to point to a visible and active site that is learning from their mistakes.

February 13, 2009

A researcher found and exploited a serious SQL injection vulnerability in US web site of Kasperski, an anti-virus software vendor, exposing the full customers database.

Apparently, the vulnerability existed for some time and the researched informed Kasperski about it to no avail before making it public. This is another example of how fatal SQL injection can be. SQL Injection is considered one of the more well understood attack vectors, easy to find during a security review, and therefore easy to get rid of.

February 13, 2009

phpBB was known for years as one of the most insecure software packages out there. It is responsible for one for one of the 1st application layer worm, Santy back in 2004.

How ironic it is that its own web site was seriously breached due to a vulnerability in another software package used... The culprit was an LFI (Local File Inclusion) vulnerability in PHPlist, an application for managing newsletters which enables the hacker to grab phpBB users list.

by Jason Kincaid

February 13, 2009

TechCrunch reports that for a short period of time, SpeedDate, an online dating service did not require a password. If you knew someone's user name you could login. Talking about "lack of sufficient authentication controls..."

Wow. Something is seriously wrong at SpeedDate , the online dating site that throws strangers into whirlwind 3 minute dates. For at least 30 minutes this evening (and possibly more), passwords were totally optional. Type in a user name (no password needed), hit 'Log In', and you had access to every private message, 'flirt', and buddy list available on the user's profile. You could modify profile photos, bios, or whatever else you could find. We've verified that the issue worked with at least five different accounts. One account didn't work, the others went though without a hitch.

February 13, 2009

Very detailed records of customers were stolen from the site. The records included name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card number, expiration date, and most notoriously, card verification number (CVV).

The interesting part is that the site had a Hacker Safe seal. The seal was revoked twice last year due to vulnerabilities, but restored after they where patched. It seems that this time the hack preceded the scan or the scan missed the vulnerability. So much for application scanning and vulnerability assessment. And don't take it lightly as a geeks site. is a $150M/year business.

Smart Company (AU)

by Patrick Stafford

March 4, 2009

A virus has swept across social networking site Facebook that sends malicious software into a user's computer, potentially stealing personal information such as addresses and telephone numbers.

The "Koobface" virus, which originally appeared last year but has returned in a new format, hides itself in links to videos supposedly sent from profiles of users' friends on the site. The new version creates a fake YouTube page when the link is opened...


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