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More Microsoft accounts hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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It appears more Microsoft accounts have been hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, the hacking group that are supporters of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group were able to successfully take over the Microsoft News Twitter account and the Official Microsoft Blog. @Official_SEA16 This post took 154 Retweets :) pic.twitter.com/0PJ4RnlrGL — ♥Dove Syrienne♥ (@DoveSyrienne) January 11, 2014 The Official Microsoft Blog: Syrian Electronic Army Was Here #SEA pic.twitter.com/CzYH5jMrY8 — […]

Syrian Electronic Army takes over Xbox social media accounts

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A group purporting to be the Syrian Electronic Army – a hacking collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – has said taken over the social media profiles belonging to Xbox. This comes after another Microsoft-owned property, Skype, also had their social media profiles hijacked by the group. Images posted by the Syrian Electronic Army on Twitter show that they have, or had, control of the main Twitter and Instagram accounts. […]

Dropbox “partial leak” from Anonymous-linked group is a fake, designed to troll tech press

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The Anonymous-linked hacking group 1775 Sec has now confirmed that their attack on Dropbox is a fake. While the group claims that the DDOS attack was real, the data breach claim was designed to troll the tech press. “That was some serious Lulz. We DDoS attack DropBox! After it’s down we say data base compromise! And the media is all over it! #Lulz #fail,” the group said in a tweet. […]

Schoolkid finds a security flaw on govt website, and now he might be charged

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Public Transport Victoria is now seeking to have a schoolkid charged for cybercrime, despite said schoolkid alerted them to a security vulnerability that would allow someone to access the personal information of nearly 600,000 public transport users. The database was for the old Metcard store – which was shut down as part of the transition from Metlink to Public Transport Victoria – and contained, according to The Age, full names, addresses, phone […]

Edward Snowden delivers ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ in UK

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Edward Snowden – the former NSA contractor who leaked documents of mass surveillance by intelligence agencies – has been chosen to present this year’s ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ on Channel 4 in the UK. “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all” Snowden uses the Alternative Christmas Message – which is now available online (you will need to login to watch it) – to talk about the erosion […]

Yahoo Mail to have HTTPS encryption by default – finally

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Yahoo has finally announced that it will turn on HTTPS encryption by default for Yahoo Mail next year – four years after Google announced the same thing for Gmail, and two years for Microsoft during the transition between Hotmail and Outlook (it was an option in Hotmail in 2010). Yahoo may still lag behind its rivals security-wise Incidentally, the switchover – scheduled for January 8, 2014 – falls exactly one year […]

D-Link router backdoor vulnerability discovered

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A rather worrying security vulnerability has been discovered which is affecting several D-Link branded modem routers. Posted on a website dedicated to Embedded Device Hacking, /dev/ttyS0, the vulnerability was discovered when one of its writers reverse engineered a firmware update from D-Link. The security vulnerability will allow full access into the configuration page of the router without knowing the username and password. According to the blog post, when you set your […]

WhatsApp CEO: Encryption flaw story is “sensationalised and overblown”

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WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum has told TechGeek that a Dutch computer science student’s claims that all messages should be considered compromised are “inaccurate”, and that the entire story has been “sensationalised and overblown”. The Dutch computer science student – Thijs Alkemade from Utrecht University – this week found several flaws in WhatsApp encryption. In his blog post, he explained that the app was reusing RC4 keys, which could potentially mean that […]

WhatsApp chats should be considered “compromised”, says Dutch student after finding encryption flaws

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A Dutch computer science student has said that all users on WhatsApp, a popular messaging alternative to SMS, should consider their chats compromised after he has found flaws in the encryption used in the app. “You should assume that anyone who is able to eavesdrop on your WhatsApp connection is capable of decrypting your messages, given enough effort. You should consider all your previous WhatsApp conversations compromised.” Thijs Alkemade, a Computer […]

MacTalk hacked and defaced with message purported from Syria

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A hacker claiming to be from Syria has defaced Australia’s largest Mac community website MacTalk, posting a message supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. First spotted early this morning by former editor of MacTalk Peter Wells, it appears the site’s defacement only works on mobile devices. Man, Syrians don’t fuck about when they hack your site. Poor lil @mactalk http://t.co/mnAZlEErFj — Peter Wells (@fulltimecasual) September 12, 2013 The message also appears on […]

ACCC investigating ‘Freemium’ apps on Mobiles

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have today announced that they, and with 50 agencies globally, have started investigating free applications on mobile markets which offer in-app purchases. The joint effort has been undertaken to improve the education and protection of consumers when using ‘Freemium’ apps. Currently, many app developers are making their apps free to download. However, the apps will have limited functionality without an in-app purchase to enable certain […]

Liberals announce they will implement UK-style internet filter, say it was an “error” (despite selling it hours ago)

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UPDATE: Just less than 72 hours before the election, the Coalition quietly announced that they plan to bring in a UK-style internet filtering program – meaning that ISPs will turn on internet filters by default, though users can opt-out of the program by calling their ISPs. However, communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has said that this was apparently posted in error. “The Coalition will work with internet service providers (which provide fixed […]

Google: Gmail users have no ‘legitimate expectation’ of privacy

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Those who fear the Google machine, get ready to be more scared at the search engine. In a recent filing unearthed by a California-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google has said that users should never expect that their communications should be kept private – ever. The comments were made in a brief by Google in its application to dismiss a class action lawsuit against them. According to the filing: […]

Crytek pulls four sites – including its official site – after noticing “suspicious activity”

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Crytek – developers of Crysis and Ryse: Son of Rome – has taken down four websites for “security reasons” after the development company noticed some “suspicious activity”. Crytek has not outlined what has happened, but we can assume some players’ personal information may have been accessed. According to Blue’s News, Crytek pulled Crytek.com, Mycryengine.com, Crydev.net and MyCrysis.com. Three other sites – GFACE.com, Crysis.com and Warface.com – are reportedly unaffected by […]

Viber app description: “We created this app to spy on you”

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Remnants of the widely-reported hack by the Syrian Electronic Army, or just some disgruntled employee in Viber leaving his mark? We’re not entirely sure. All we know is that the description of the Viber app should not be that. Spotted by our fellow editor Chris Southcott (he should be writing this, but he’s sort of busy at the moment), the Viber description on the iOS app says, “We created this app […]