Terrorism and the Internet: a real threat

04/05/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (halfmoon)

 The dig­i­tal fight against ter­ror­ism is get­ting more and more sophis­ti­cated. Due to the increas­ing of threats, gov­ern­ments from all over the world are enhanc­ing their efforts to detect ter­ror­ists both online and in real life, in order to stem risks.

An exam­ple come from the USA, one of the coun­tries that are most under the threat of ter­ror­ist attacks, where a high-​level task force was intro­duced to mon­i­tor, detect and wipe off ter­ror­ist cells in home­land territory.

Accord­ing to the Hart­ford Courant , this task force pre­sented yes­ter­day a 34 pages report to a Sen­ate Com­mit­tee, where they focus on the fact that “it’s not only hard to stop extrem­ists from using the Inter­net to com­mu­ni­cate and plot their next moves, but the gov­ern­ment is lag­ging badly in efforts to curb such activity”.

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Microsoft.com defaced

03/05/2007 Written by Marcelo Almeida (Vympel)

 Few days ago, the web­site Microsoft IEAK was vic­tim of a deface­ment. The web­site pro­motes the “Inter­net Explorer Admin­is­tra­tion Kit”, a toolkit that allows to “deploy and man­age Web-​based solu­tions,” and to “learn how to tai­lor a cus­tom browser to meet cus­tomers’ needs,” the web­site says.

The attacker is known by the han­dle Cyber-​Attacker (cyb3rt), he is from Saudi Ara­bia, and he is not new to such activ­i­ties. He is the one who car­ried out to a XSS attack against one of Zone-​H staff mem­bers, stole his admin­is­tra­tor pass­word and by this mean defaced Zone-​h Eng­lish web­site.

As reported by the attacker, the page con­tains a SQL Injec­tion flaw in the Login field, by which he got to exe­cute arbi­trary sql com­mands and inject the html con­tent that altered the page of Microsoft IEAK web site.…

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Digital Currency Business E-Gold Indicted for Money Laundering and Illegal Money Transmitting

30/04/2007 Written by SyS64738

justice WASH­ING­TON – A fed­eral grand jury in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. has indicted two com­pa­nies oper­at­ing a dig­i­tal cur­rency busi­ness and their own­ers on charges of money laun­der­ing, con­spir­acy, and oper­at­ing an unli­censed money trans­mit­ting busi­ness, Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­eral Alice S. Fisher of the Crim­i­nal Divi­sion and U.S. Attor­ney for the Dis­trict of Colum­bia Jef­frey A. Tay­lor announced today.

The four-​count indict­ment, handed down on April 24, 2007, and unsealed today, charges E‑Gold Ltd; Gold & Sil­ver Reserve, Inc.; and their own­ers Dr. Dou­glas L. Jack­son, of Satel­lite Beach, Fla.; Reid A. Jack­son, of Mel­bourne, Fla.; and Barry K. Downey, of Wood­bine, Md., each with one count of con­spir­acy to laun­der mon­e­tary instru­ments, one count of con­spir­acy to oper­ate an unli­censed money trans­mit­ting busi­ness, one count of oper­at­ing an unli­censed money trans­mit­ting busi­ness under fed­eral law and one count of money trans­mis­sion with­out a license under D.C. law.

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Some troubles that might happen with Linux and Mac

27/04/2007 Written by Boris Mutina (minor)

 Beware Linux and Mac users! Mac and open-​source plat­form should no longer be so secure against viruses, PC Pro informed on Tues­day.
As Mr. Eugene Kasper­sky claimed, there will be a sig­nif­i­cant rise in virus attacks on these plat­forms.

As rea­son sees Mr. Kasper­sky, that with new Microsoft OS more users will move towards alter­na­tive plat­forms, mak­ing them a tar­get for mal­ware writ­ers. “It’s not so easy to find good anti-​virus experts for non-​Windows plat­forms” Mr. Kasper­sky stated.

Open source presents more seri­ous prob­lems: “More peo­ple are watch­ing open-​source code, so they are more quick to find prob­lems. If the peo­ple who make the fix are good guys, that’s great, if they are bad guys, that’s a prob­lem”.

Other plat­forms should be affected too — con­soles and smart­phones should be also tar­get for attacks. Espe­cially smart­phones could be a tar­get for phishing…

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Tools for Password Cracking

26/04/2007 Written by Zone-H

 Have you ever for­got­ten a pass­word? Have you ever des­per­ately tried to remem­ber it to open a vitally-​important file? Appar­ently, sim­i­lar prob­lems should be over, at least accord­ing to those com­pa­nies that are pro­mot­ing tools for Pass­word Recov­ery.

There are lots of soft­ware for pass­word crack­ing… A real bless­ing for absent-​minded users!
The prob­lem is that we are not sure that only for­get­ful peo­ple will take advan­tage of them, espe­cially con­sid­er­ing those soft­ware that in addi­tion to pass­word crack­ing pro­vide “doc­u­ment pro­tec­tions removal”.

For exam­ple, on April 19th, the Russ­ian soft­ware devel­oper Intelore released a toolkit , named OpenOf­fice Pass­word Recov­ery , that allows to get back for­got­ten pass­words in OpenOf­fice doc­u­ments.

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