Tape vs Biometrics - tape wins!!

Japan passed a measure back in 2006 to fingerprint and photograph all foreigners coming into the country.  They implemented a biometric system at airports that will compare fingerprints to a database containing the fingerprints of...

MD5 CA hack and the PS3

If you haven't heard, a security research group has created a hack using a weakness in the MD5 hash algorithm to create "valid" certificates that will be trusted by your browser (here is a site with some good demos of the process). ...

McCain campaign sells info-laden Blackberrys

Just as every losing political camp usually does, the defunct McCain / Palin campaign has been holding a fire sale to get rid of all its assets.  An investigative reporter saw some possible meat for a story and showed up to see what...

Bugging Blago

ABC News posted an article and some court records from the FBI Special Agent in charge of the investigation of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Some details are revealed that show how the evidence was gathered, and the article is a...

Stolen laptop leads to drug bust

Somewhere in central Kansas there is a drug dealer sitting in jail wishing he had never stolen a laptop.  Well, I guess someone else could have stolen it, but the lesson is the same.  Because as soon as he used that laptop on the...

Kiwi hacker trying to clear image

Back in July I wrote a post about Owen Thor Walker (still a cool middle name), the 19-year old bot herder who got caught and admitted to his crimes and was subsequently LET GO.  He had to pay some cash and give up his computing...

Sandwich, Mass. treasurer's office hacked

According to an article in the Boston Globe, the treasurer of the town of Sandwich, Mass, is reporting that almost $50,000 was stolen from bank accounts using usernames and passwords acquired through a keylogger.  The malware...

Compliance equals no risk?

I picked on SC Magazine a little bit over at my personal blog yesterday, so I figured I would do it again here.  But actually, this post is not really about SC Magazine.  It is about a quote from an article written by Rob Tourt, who...

How do you define FUD?

A security product sales person walks into your business for a meeting.  You sit down at the meeting room table, and he proceeds to give you statistics from a magazine article, passes some quotes from an expert, and a tells you a...

Inflight credit card fraud

I always read the SkyMall Magazine when I am flying anywhere because they typically have a lot of cool stuff (including some nice geek toys), but I have never purchased anything inflight. But it looks like several Asian airlines are...

College of Dentistry at UF breached

University of Florida college IT staff were upgrading a server on October 3, 2008, when they discovered some unauthorized installed software that was apparently some sort of malware.  The server contained "patient names, addresses,...

Former inmate hacks prison network

Francis G. Janosko is a former inmate at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts, but it looks like he is back in jail after being arrested for allegedly hacking into the prison network while he was incarcerated. ...

Physical security is also important

I went to see a potential client yesterday to pitch my company's security wares.  I drove up to the very expansive facility, all the time fully expecting a pretty strong physical security presence since this was a large manufacturing...

Busted for "stealing pixels"

Runescape is one of the many popular online games out there today, and like many of those games, it has virtual items that can sold and traded in the real world (though Runescape's rules forbid this). And this practice has led to...

Another stupid credit card thief

The owner of a car in New Orleans reported that her purse had been taken from her unlocked car. She also reported that her credit card company said the card had been used to buy a ticket to the Saints / Vikings football game. So...

World Bank hacked??

I am generally not a gloom and doom person. Selling with FUD is effective, but it has never been my style. I say that because I'm about to write a post that makes this global economic meltdown look even that much worse. So here it...

My first NoScript clickjacking warning

So if you haven't heard of it, it looks like a variant of the clickjacking vulnerability was outed before Rsnake and Jeremiah Grossman could present it publicly (brings up bad memories of the situation with Dan Kaminsky and the DNS...

MI6 camera for auction on Ebay

A 28-year old deliveryman living in Hertfordshire, UK, bought a used Nikon Coolpix camera on Ebay for about $31 because he was about to go on vacation. After he got back from vacation and started downloading his pictures, he...

TSA screeners bypassing security in Denver

The local NBC affiliate in Denver has uncovered a policy at the Denver International Airport that "allows airport screeners at Denver International Airport to bypass the same security screening checkpoints that passengers have to go...

Porn! It's on the airplane!

American Airlines (along with others) has been testing in-flight Wi-Fi Internet access on its planes for a while now to see if it attracts more passengers.  And the Association of Professional Flight Attendants is asking American...

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