Posts tagged ‘hacking’

January 28, 2009

Hackers ahead!

by thoughtfulconservative

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Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead

Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, “Zombies Ahead.”

Hackers Get Details of 4.5 Million Monster.com Members

The personal details of millions of job seekers have been stolen in the largest data theft in Britain, The Times has learned.

Hackers gained access to confidential details provided by 4.5 million people to Monster.co.uk, the online recruitment site.

What the Web knows about you

She had me at hello … or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security number and a digital image of my signature on the Web.

From a magazine I receive (Don’t ask me why I get it, I just do), 10 Security Predictions For 2009. Number two states the bad economy will cause an increase in security crimes and number three names social networks as a prime target.

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November 15, 2008

A Day in the Life of a Web 2.0 Hacker

by thoughtfulconservative

Here’s an article in PC Magazine that deserves wide reading. For example,

10 a.m. It’s time to unleash my new Facebook app, a cute game about putting kittens in the microwave that’s really designed to harvest your personal information. By running my app you agree to share your entire profile with me, and if you’ve posted anything even remotely useful to me (like a credit card number), then I figure you deserve to have me steal it. Here’s an similar bit of trickery I wish I’d thought of: In March 2008, the Aurigma ActiveX image uploader was used to cause buffer overflow attacks that planted malware on users’ PCs.

Read the rest of the day. Then protect yourself.

My computer savvy friends no doubt already know all this stuff. I know I’ve become very leary of Facebook aps.

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