New Vulnerability Blog
Got a nice note from the admins of Vulns.com a new blog for security vulnerabilities. Very cool idea. And they have an RSS feed, which is fantastic for these types of updates. Exciting news to see RSS finally trickling down to the security community, Security Focus is adding it soon.
Hacker Gets Acxion
The NYTimes on a consumer database hack. Never heard of the company, but evidently they are a major player with banks and credit card companies. Scary quote follows:
``The data on the servers was a wide variety of information, some of which was personal, some of which was not,'' Jennifer Barrett, the company's chief privacy officer, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. The AP was notified of the intrusion by an anonymous caller who would not identify himself or his connection with the company.
The Kinko's Caper
The NYTimes has a story on a identity hacker who might have 450 victims.
After a few minutes, he realized that software does not make the sort of noise he was hearing. Curious, he walked over to the computer and watched as the mouse moved around the screen, opening up files and searching, as if they were dresser drawers that might harbor cash.
News.com has a nice page summarizing their Defcon coverage.
Robot wifi guard
Neat wifi idea debuts at Defcon. While impractical now, is this something we could see in the future?
In its prototype version, the robot weighs about 40 pounds, can reach a speed equal to that of a fast walk and can roll around for three hours at a stretch before using up its power supply. It uses one 802.11b card to eavesdrop on a wireless network and a second card as a control channel to communicate with its owner.
Betting on Malware
George Smith wonders how last week's DARPA debacle (the terrorist futures market) could be applied to the computer security world.
Those who might do well would be the people willing to hedge their predictions, or who went for small bets on cybertrouble at the grass roots level -- like picking the top three computer viruses for the next quarter, or the growth percentage for spam in the next six months. You couldn't go wrong on the near term prospects for Klez, Bugbear and Sobig.
The Washington Times reports on a story that has it all - industrial espionage, hacking and national security. Definitely worth a look.
The Terfenol-D data were stolen within the past three years in a computer hacking incident, the FBI official said.
Hack the Vote
Slate discusses the future of elections - and security.