Archive for the 'security' Category

Microsoft Is Out to Get You

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Hopefully this is something Microsoft will not continue to update and release. The idea seems good, but it is really just bad news for pirates everywhere.

The small plug-in basically is able to bypass your normal MS security techniques (password decrypting, etc.) and sends information straight to the F.B.I. so you can get V& faster.

This is also able to set a scary precedent. Say you’re suspected for terrorism or something and the partyvan breaks down your door, takes your box, plugs in their flash drive and discovers that you aren’t running Windows! Only a terrorist would keep their information in a format that doesn’t let Microsoft give data to the law, right? So as much as I dislike *nix, I’m going to have to go with them on this one.

Please, MS, don’t continue this *puppy eyes*

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Linux Kernal 2.6 Local Root Exploit

“This local root exploit (Debian, Ubuntu) seems to work everywhere I try it, as long as it’s a Linux kernel version 2.6.17 to 2.6.24.1. If you don’t trust your users (which you shouldn’t), better compile a new kernel without vmsplice.”

It’s no surprise that Linux has an exploit, I’m just a little shocked that this is getting so much attention. All OS (yes including Macs) have numerous backdoors, exploits, etc., though usually you only hear about ones for Windows.

Source: [slashdot]

Code: [milw0rm]

Cool online service

YouGetSignal.com is a pretty amazing website regarding security (and hacking =0 ).
The site is just another amazing tech-based website made by college students. The website contains an open ports tool, a network location tool, a tracing tool, and a phone number tracing tool. These are just some of the perfect tools needed for making sure areas of your website are secure and properly guarded.

Holiday Security Tips.

Figure now would be a good time to help you keep your computer safe so you can shop online without the scare of being hacked this Christmas season.

  1. Please, use common sense.
    I know, I know – this should be something everybody knows, right? Wrong. You’d be surprised as to how many people still don’t have any anti-virus, malware, or spyware programs installed on their computers. Many people that do often don’t even do even 1 scan a month. When, you visit sites, turn on your pop-up blocker, don’t click the ads, and try not to click suspicious links. If it asks you to download something, CLICK CANCEL!
  2. Surf with IE7 w/ IE7Pro
    It’s important to have a safe, up-to-date browser while you go about the ‘nets. Internet Explorer didn’t always be my browser of choice, but version 7 sure has improved a whole ton. Along with those extra tabs and new look, IE7 has a cleaner, better, and easier to use “security system.” Clearing files (online + offline), cookies, and history is important in case you’ve manage to get your browser directed towards a malicious website. IE7Pro is also a great add-on for IE7. It provides extra private history options, a flash blocker, pop-up blocker, and ad blocker. Best part is, everything is free.
    [IE7]
    [IE7Pro]
  3. Free Anti-Spyware tool.
    Is your mouse starting to move by itself? Seeing files you didn’t make? I reccomend HijackThis by Trend Micro. It’s a free anti-spyware scanner and remover that works like a charm. It can help delete files once your computer gets up and running, and destroy start-up processes too.
    [Download here.]
  4. Process Explorer
    Get that eerie feeling that what you just installed had a little more attached to it? Many times people hide hidden viruses, keyloggers, etc. inside .EXE files that run themselves behind that scenes. There are few ways you can catch them, and Process Explorer helps you find them in depth, easy, and fast. You’ll quickly be able to see what processes are running and from where, how many DLLs are up, and where the programs are (if they are) connecting to.
    [Download here]