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Hacking

Hacking iTunes Gift Cards, and an iTunes Update

by Shanmuga

"Recently, several media outlets have been running a fascinating story about hackers making oodles of money selling iTunes gift cards activation codes at online auctions, supposedly after cracking the secret algorithm Apple uses to generate voucher codes for iTunes gift cards.

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Thousands of Websites Hacked

by Shanmuga

Security vendor Kaspersky Labs warns that ""We’re estimating that in the last two days alone, between 2,000 and 10,000 servers, mainly Western European and American ones, have been hacked," Kaspersky wrote on its Web site Friday, "It’s not yet clear who’s doing this."

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Malware Alert: Antivir64 Rogue Antispyware

by Shanmuga

Antivir64, a new rogue antispyware is on the prowl, it seems to be installing from scanner.antivir64.com with an affiliate id 1050 (scanner.antivir64.com/?aff=xxxx). The victims are redirected -probably through .htaccess file hack- from certain pages of legitimate but hacked websites. A quick google search shows first reports of blog sites getting hacked to redirect visitors to

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Hacking: iGoogle gadgets a security risk, say hackers

by Shanmuga

"HACKERS turned computer security specialists have accused Google of setting users up for online disasters by letting them personalise their home pages with applications that could be tainted. Software that people can be tricked into installing on iGoogle homepages can track their activities and even be used to control their computer, SecTheory chief executive Robert

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Hacking: Hackers recently Used Facebook for Malware Attack

by Shanmuga

"Hackers, impersonating members’ friends, attacked Facebook by convincing users on Facebook’s Wall to view a video link that they said was hosted by Google. The Wall is a place were members post messages for friends.

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Hacking: Ongoing IFrame attack proving difficult to kill

by Shanmuga

"One of the factors that make an ongoing malware attack so difficult to stop is the speed with which the assault can evolve. Over the past 12 days, an IFrame injection attack that originally focused on ZDNet Asia has been spreading across the ‘Net, changing targets and payloads on an almost daily basis. An iFrame

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Hacking: Second mass hack exposed

by Shanmuga

"Researchers at McAfee estimated that the attack has been active for roughly one week, and in that time frame has managed to place itself on roughly 200,000 web pages.

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Hacking: Trend Micro Details Its Recent Failed Web Attack

by Shanmuga

"The code inserted in some Web pages of the site was meant to redirect the visitor to a malicious server that would download malware capable of stealing passwords on an infected computer, Trend Micro spokesman Michael Sweeny said. The attempt, however, failed.

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Hacking: Cyber-attack launched from 10,000 web pages

by Shanmuga

"The web pages have been modified to silently redirect visitors to sites laden with malware that attempt to break into the user’s PC. McAfee Avert Labs described the assault as "one of the largest attacks to date of this kind".

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Trend Micro website infected users with Trojan

by Shanmuga

"Antivirus vendor Trend Micro Inc. confirmed Thursday that "some portions" of its site had been hacked earlier this week, but hedged when asked if those pages had been serving up attack code to unsuspecting visitors.

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Goolag Scanner brings Google hacking to the masses

by Shanmuga

"An infamous hacking group called Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) recently released a tool called Goolag Scanner, which simplifies and automates Google hacking.

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Hacked: Researchers figure out how to crack GSM phone security

by Shanmuga

"Two enterprising researchers claim to have figured out a way to eavesdrop on calls made using GSM mobile phones, cracking open its much-vaunted encryption.

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A History of Hacking Culture

by Shanmuga

"The appearance of professional Internet criminals was predicted in fiction long before the Internet became a mass medium. During the early years of the Web, we spent a great deal of time and energy looking for ways to defeat the professional thief. The mischief maker, the prankster, and the juvenile delinquent were overlooked. Then a

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Hacking: DoS attack prevents access to WordPress.com blogs

by Shanmuga

"The WordPress.com blog-hosting service suffered a DoS (denial-of-service) attack that began Saturday and was still preventing users from logging in or posting to their blogs on Tuesday.

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Hacking: Vista’s Growing Popularity Draws Hackers’ Malice

by Shanmuga

"With more people finally switching to Windows Vista, the operating system is fast becoming a target for security researchers and–surprise!–hackers.

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Hacking: Attackers Abuse Google Blogger

by Shanmuga

"Hackers are currently littering Google’s Blogger site with phony blogs — some containing malware, pornographic images, or pure spam. "Google Blogger is being used as a malware delivery mechanism," says Ken Steinberg, CTO and president of Savant Protection, who discovered the attack while working on his own blog this morning. The attackers apparently are automatically

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Hacking: 51 Percent Of Malicious Web Sites Are Hacked

by Shanmuga

"The number of legitimate Web sites that have been hacked and seeded with code that tries to infect the visitor’s PC with malware now exceeds the number of sites specifically created by cyber criminals, according to a report released today.

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Hacking: Researcher cracks Yahoo CAPTCHA software

by Shanmuga

"A security researcher has claimed that Yahoo’s system for blocking automated access to its systems – the CAPTCHA image-recognition system – has been effectively cracked. CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) systems are used by Yahoo, as well as Google, Microsoft and others, to stop automated systems from registering

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Hacking: Hackers go after Excel

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft has warned that an unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Excel is being actively exploited by hackers. The bug, which has become the subject of targeted attacks, affects older versions of Excel. Newer versions Excel 2003 SP3 and Excel 2007 are said to be immune. Details of the vulnerability beyond what packages might be

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Hacking: Hijacking Printers For Spamming

by Shanmuga

"Building on the concept of cross-site scripting, whereby an attacker can inject malicious code in Web pages viewed by others, security researcher Aaron Weaver has demonstrated how an attacker can inject spam messages into a Web site visitor’s printer.

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