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News has broken this weekend that the personal data, including bank account details, of some 2.4 million customers of the Carphone Warehouse may have been compromised following a breach that the mobile phone retail giant is calling "a sophisticated cyber-attack." The company also warns that encrypted credit card data of …
by happygeek 1,589 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Action video camera vendor GoPro has announced that it is riding into the Tour de France with a promotional ... to celebrate being named the official camera of the world's largest annual sporting event with a worldwide television audience of some 4 billion people, but not before the BBC ... …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware ()
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A couple of decades ago, in another life, I wrote a little script which would capture keystrokes and then store that data within the 'white space' of an image file. It was pretty crude, but it was also twenty years ago and to be honest nobody was really looking for …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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My van was built 15 years ago by Mazda in Japan as a multi-purpose 'people carrier' vehicle with the unlikely name of a Bongo. It has survived the years well, and I have now converted it into a camper van. Another 15 year old that travelled across the globe has …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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As any fan of the The Matrix trilogy of films will tell you, the Keymaker is a character in The Matrix Reloaded who has the keys to provide Neo access to the system mainframe and by so doing hopefully save Zion from the ongoing sentinel attack. In the movie, the …
by happygeek 1,589 in Mac OS X ()
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Werner Vogel, Amazon Web Services (AWS) CTO, speaking at the AWS Summit in London yesterday has made the rather amazing claim that security in the cloud is "much stronger" than anything you can have on-premises. As someone who has been writing about information security for more than 20 years, and …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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According to a ... dated April 10th, researchers Anton Ivanov, Andrey Khudyakov, Maxim Zhuravlev and Andrey Rubin discovered a vulnerability in the Darwin kernel back in December 2014. Why is this of interest? Well, the Darwin kernel is an open source part of both the Apple operating systems. The vulnerability …
by happygeek 1,589 in Mac OS X ()
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According to new research from Venafi, apparently some 74 percent of 'Forbes Global 2000 organizations' (or the big boys of business if you prefer) have yet to properly secure their public facing servers against the Heartbleed OpenSSL threat. That's a year after the thing broke for goodness sake! Venafi found …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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Security is, more often than not, a case of getting the basics right. This is certainly true of the cloud where the hyperbole surrounding insecurity far outweighs the actual risk in my opinion. Not that the cloud is an inherently secure place to store data, just that it poses similar …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware and Software ()
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Which 12 year old operating system which is still running on 11 million servers is about to die? Yep, that's the one: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 reaches 'end of life' status on July 14th. One of the longest running discussions on DaniWeb asks the question ... and I have my …
by happygeek 1,589 in Microsoft Windows ()
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It's that time of year again, and the latest ... has been published. This analysed anonymous data gathered from scans right across 2014 of millions of computers which have Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) installed and revealed some interesting statistics. On average, the computers used by the people running PSI …
by happygeek 1,589 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Halifax is the town in West Yorkshire where I live, and it also happens to be the name of a well known UK Bank which started life there. Best known on the this side of the pond for TV adverts featuring a friendly chap called Howard Brown, a former customer …
by happygeek 1,589 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Chinese computer manufacturer ... that it installed an adware component called Superfish on 16 million PCs shipped between September 2014 and February 2015 in order to "help customers potentially discover interesting products while shopping" according to an official statement made by the company. Although there is some argument to be …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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Adobe Flash users have been under attack from cybercriminals again, this time courtesy of ... . The exploit kit has been readily available on the dark market, and hits vulnerabilities to be found in Flash Players up to 15.0.0.223, as well as the latest release. There is some uncertainty as …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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According to ... who is a French 'Happiness Evangelist' at Google (and no, I didn't make that up), Chromebook users will soon be able to choose what operating system they want. In a publicly shared post from last week, Beaufort states that "in order to support installing and testing custom …
by happygeek 1,589 in Linux and Unix ()
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So Google has ... and is pulling the Google Glass Explorer Program with pretty much immediate effect. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In a statement, a Google Glass spokesperson said that "we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware and Software ()
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Oh the irony. In what is starting to read very much like the script to a Hollywood movie itself, the latest twist to the Sony Pictures hacking plot took an unexpected turn yesterday. It would appear that at one stage yesterday access to the web across pretty much all of …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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An increasing number of my acquaintances seem to be in the habit of buying cheap Android smartphones when in China on business and, increasingly, from online auction sites. More often than not these will be clones of flagship models but without the flagship price tag; however, cheap is not always …
by happygeek 1,589 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Ever wondered why the bad guys continue throwing malware in your direction? The obvious answer is the correct one: because they make money from doing it. On Thanksgiving Day, as all others across the year it would seem, they can be thankful for the high profit to be raked in …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has said that it has dealt a "major blow to dark web markets." In a ... issued on the 7th November the NCA says that a coordinated operation between law enforcement agencies in Europe and the US has "targeted market places for illegal commodities …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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So, today is ' ... ' apparently and I'm not sure whether it's appropriate to buy a card in the circumstances. Joking aside, what I am sure of is that such Hallmark days do provide an opportunity for press releases to be thrown in my general direction. And so it …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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Although based in New York, DaniWeb is very much a global community. I'm from England, for example, and our moderator Diafol (who will be well known to anyone who has ever browsed the ... ) is a Welshman through and through. I mention this as last week I went on …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware and Software ()
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So, Microsoft and iSIGHT uncovered another 0-day vulnerability; this time impacting all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. iSIGHT ... in the wild exploits of the vulnerability, and points the finger of suspicion at state-sponsored Russian interests. The Dallas-based cybersecurity outfit explained that the exploit …
by happygeek 1,589 in Microsoft Windows ()
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At the start of the year, ... how Snapchat, the self-destruct photo messaging service, had been hacked and information regarding 4.5 million users had been stolen. Fast forward to now, and Snapchat is again in the mire: nude images have started to appear on 4chan which have been stolen from …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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The news that JPMorgan Chase & Co, which is the largest of the US banks with a reach that extends to half of all American households, has been breached will surprise nobody. At least not in the sense that this is old news, with a disclosure of the event happening …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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A 22 year old vulnerability, yes you read that right, has been discovered which some security experts suggest could be bigger than Heartbleed. The bug, reported as ' ... ' relates to how environment variables are processed: with trailing code in function definitions being executed independently of the variable name. …
by happygeek 1,589 in Linux and Unix ()
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is something of a buzz-phrase right now, and locking down the IoT is certainly something that vendors across both security and hardware industries are talking up. The problem with the publicity surrounding stories of 'things' that have been hacked is that, well, they never really …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware ()
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Reports started circulating yesterday that Gmail had been hacked, with some 5 million logins at risk. This follows the publication, on Tuesday, of a plain text list of Gmail usernames and passwords on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Within 24 hours the 'hack hysteria' had taken hold and people were being …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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Some interesting ... from security outfit Proofpoint was published this morning which reveals that unsolicited email heading towards users in the UK is three times more likely to contain malicious URLs than that destined for users in the United States, or Germany, or France for that matter. It's not, as …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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So, a bunch of US financial institutes have been hacked. Nothing new there, if we are being brutally honest. The newsworthyness in this particular case comes courtesy of one of those organisations apparently being none other than JP Morgan Chase. USA Today reported yesterday that a federal law enforcement official …
by happygeek 1,589 in Information Security ()
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