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”.
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.…
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.
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…
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.