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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 4, 2012

The Internet could someday look very different and be less open and free if a proposal for the International Telecommunications Union, an arm of the United Nations, to take over management of the Internet comes to pass, critics of the proposal say.

A growing movement led by China, Russia and some Arab states to hand more control of the Web to the United Nations has U.S. lawmakers and Internet companies warning of censorship, surveillance and taxes. The ITU and its 93 member states will meet in Dubai in December to reconsider a key 1988 communications treaty, with a number of foreign governments arguing it needs to be updated as the influence of Internet communications increases worldwide.

by United Press International, Inc.

May 25, 2012

A new threat intelligence system will help corporate and government security officials share information to fight cyberattacks, U.S. researchers say.

Scientists at Georgia Tech say their malware intelligence system will be vital as threats expand into new domains and increasingly focus on industrial espionage. Dubbed Titan, the system will anchor a security community creating "safety in numbers," as companies large and small add their threat data to a knowledge base that will be shared with all participants, a Georgia Tech release said Wednesday.

by Ultralinx

May 8, 2014

We have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised; specifically, users' email addresses, encrypted passwords, API keys and OAuth tokens.

We have no indication at this time that any accounts have been accessed without permission. We have taken steps to ensure the security of all accounts, including disconnecting all users' Facebook and Twitter accounts. All users can safely reconnect these accounts at their next login. We are recommending all Bitly users make these changes. Please take the following steps to secure your account: change your API key and OAuth token, reset your password, and reconnect your Facebook and Twitter accounts.


by Tyler Hawes

March 21, 2005

Local exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability within the Core Foundation Library included by default in Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac OS X could allow an attacker to gain root privileges.

The vulnerability specifically exists due to improper handling of the CF_CHARSET_PATH environment variable. When a string greater than 1,024 characters is passed via this variable, a stack-based overflow occurs, allowing the attacker to control program flow by overwriting the function's return address on the stack. Any application linked against the Core Foundation Library can be used as an exploit vector for this vulnerability. Some of the setuid root binaries that are vulnerable include su, pppd and login.

The Toronto Star

by Tyler Hamilton

November 29, 2003

Viruses threaten Microsoft's brand and its bottom line Security-software firms are caught in the crossfire

When the Blaster and SoBig viruses hit the Internet in August, they infected millions of Microsoft-based home and business computers, bogged down corporate networks and caused billions of dollars in direct and indirect damages.

by Tucker Whatley

August 1, 2013

A team of UT researchers took control of the GPS navigation system of a yacht in the Mediterranean Sea in June without detection, causing it to veer off-course, in the process of developing anti-spoofing technology.

A group of graduate students under the guidance of aerospace engineering professor Todd Humphreys conducted this experiment to demonstrate the danger to vessels caused by "spoofing," an electronic attack on a GPS system that tricks it into receiving a attacking signal. According to the researchers, spoofing attacks can be used to cause target ships to become lost, drift into territorial waters of an unfriendly state or even run aground in shallow waters. "What's most sinister is that the victim ship can hardly tell it's being spoofed," Humphreys said. "So it's all the dangers you would expect from being led off course without your knowing."

by Truman Jackson

December 1, 2013

It's called Operation Kill Switch, and it was actually constructed under President George W. Bush, but President Barack Hussein Obama's administration is being called to the mat to explain it.

Probably because Hussein Obama has an itchy Kill Switch finger, and is ready to push the button. Basically, Operation Kill Switch mandated that the U.S. Government make ready a plan that will cut off all internet and cell phone communications in one fell swoop. And the U.S. Government has created just such an ability. In November, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the internet and cellphone communications available to the American public. The government has until December 12 to do so, or the Department of Homeland Security can file for an extension of the date to reveal just how Kill Switch works. Knowing the U.S. Government and how much they really care about the people they are supposed to represent (yes, that was a joke) expect an extension.

by Troy Hunt

December 29, 2011

Just when you start thinking we've seen out the last of the major security breaches for 2011, Christmas day brings us one final whopper for the year: Stratfor.

Much has already been said about why they might have been hacked and who might (or might not) have done it, but the fact remains that there are now tens of thousands of customer passwords and credit card details floating around the web. Oh, and apparently about 5 million internal emails ready to be released. So what do we take from this as website builders? The benefit of hindsight gives us a good opportunity for reflection as we watch the fallout unfold from the last major breach of the year. Let me share the 5 lessons I'm taking away from this.

by Trevor Timm

September 13, 2012

FISA Amendments Act and warrant-less spying are moving through the House and Senate, and would allow NSA to continue spying on the American citizen.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to renew the dangerous FISA Amendment Act-which hands the NSA broad, warrantless surveillance powers over Americans' international communications-for another five years. Sadly, the House refused to add any new oversight powers or privacy protections, despite ample evidence the NSA has used it to unconstitutionally spy on Americans. In fact, Rep. Lamar Smith, the bill's co-sponsor, would not even allow any amendments to come up for a vote.

by Trevor Pott

August 5, 2014

'Security first' gets more NB for little guys

The recent Synology Synolocker issue should serve as a splash of cold water to any vendors in the tech industry that design and sell systems that are largely unattended or unmanaged. As described in The Reg yesterday, Synology NAS boxes are being hit by a Cryptolocker-like piece of malware dubbed Synolocker. Like Cryptolocker, the "ransomware" encrypts all your files and then demands a ransom to unlock them. How did it happen and what should be done?


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