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Google just don't stop, they've just announced that they're using their own data to detect viruses and will (as of today) be using Google Search results pages to warn users if their computers are infected with a specific form of malware. If a user has the virus, which is reportedly rerouting traffic to Google and other sites through a proxy will see the warning shown below.
A Google blog post titled "Using data to protect people from malware" says:
Recently, we found some unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance on one of our data centers. After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending this modified traffic, we determined that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software, or "malware." As a result of this discovery, today some people will see a prominent notification at the top of their Google web search results.
Anonymous is inviting all, Anonymous and non-anons to join OpESR in demanding Federal Reserve accountability. Instead of just hacking random companies and websites like other Lulz-orientated hacking groups, Anonymous are grabbing the Fed by the balls and asking "why?". Obviously this might not end up in any serious court, or even reach the mainstream media, but we're finally seeing a group large enough to make a difference, try.
Trying is better than nothing and we'll see how this one goes. For those who don't want to watch the video and would like the TL;DR, look below or click into the news story for a full read.
LulzSec and Anonymous have joined forces in an open declaration of war against the "freedom-snatching moderators of 2011." The attack is called Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec), LulzSec called for like-minded individuals to open fire against any government or agency that crosses their path. The group have encouraged users to vandalize the opposition by plastering the word ""AntiSec" on any government website or through physical graffiti.
The groups top priority is to steal and publicize any classified government information including email spools and documentation, with prime targets being banks and other high-profile establishments. LulzSec messages concludes with "It's now or never. Come aboard, we're expecting you... History begins today."
There are those who fear that LulzSec and Anonymous will bring on the "PROTECT IP Act" with US officials hot on the heels of any hacking attempts. But, on the other hand, if no one stands up for our freedoms, then what will change? The world is spiralling out of control with corruption and teetering on the edge of world wide economic collapse due to corruption from the upper echelons of finance and banking. LulzSec, Anonymous - whatever you do, do it for the people, not the Lulz.
Sega have been the next target in a non-stop assault on virtually all companies. Personal information of close to 1.3 million users of it's online service from a company database has been hacked. Sega said that the names, birthdays, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords registered with users of SegaPass, a newsletter and online game service operated by Sega's European subsidiary, were hacked or "accessed without permission."
Sega said they discovered the breach on Friday and immediately halted the service, following this by launching an investigation on the source of the information leak.
LulzSec have struck again with the hacking of Bethesda, Bethesda resulting in encouraging users to reser their passwords following a hack on their servers. In their latest blog post they advise that no personal financial information or credit card data was stolen, but hackers had access to usernames, email addresses and passwords for all of the company's websites including community forums and Brink statistics site.
Strangely, Bethesda did not blame one party for the hack, only saying a "hacker group" was responsible. LulzSec have stepped forward fresh from their Sony hacking to claim responsibility for the attack. Through their Twitter account saying that they had set their sets on Bethesda and admitting they had been probing in Bethesda's network for over two months.
I don't believe I'm writing about this again, but it appears Sony has been hacked, again. Just after they were getting full restoration of their PSN network up, LulzSec has hit Sony again with an SQL injection tactic which gave them access to Sony Pictures account database. This hack let LulzSec obtain 1 million user accounts (inclusive of passwords, email and home addresses as well as DOB), all admin account details and passwords, 75,000 music codes and 3.5 million music coupons.
On top of this, opt-in data was accessible which gives even more information about Sony's customers and their preferences. One of the shocking things to come from this hack is that Sony stored all 1 million user passwords in a simple plain text file, with no encryption at all. LulzSec have said "It's just a matter of taking it, this is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it."
The White House announced Thursday that President Obama will be appointing Dick Costolo, former COO and current CEO of Twitter to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Costolo, who replaced founder Evan Williams when the latter stepped down this past October, will join Scott Charney and David Dewalt, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group and President of McAfee, respectively.
The Blackberry-sporting President Obama has made numerous forays into the tech-world lately, including name-dropping both Google and Facebook in his State of the Union address and in February dining at Silicon Valley VC John Doerr's home with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and everyone's "favorite" Social Media icon, Mark Zuckerberg.
The US Government has been historically ignorant of technology in the telecomm space, so it's refreshing that the Obama administration is making an effort to integrate the luminaries of the tech space into policy and logistics debates. Even so, do you not feel a cold chill run down your back when you hear Twitter and National Security used in the same breath?
This is something I just don't understand, these hackers are targeting Sony - for whatever reason I don't care, that is not my business and I'm not employed by Sony. But, another hack has just happened and it appears Sony BMG Greece was hacked on Sunday using an SQL injection attack and lost more than 8000 customer records. LulzSecurity, known for hacking fox.com's login database are responsible and it seems that Sony just aren't really caring about the amount of attacks happening to them.
Now the question is, what are Sony doing? The message is clear, customers can't trust Sony anymore. Sophos Security researcher Chester Wisniewski wrote about the Greece intrusion, saying:
Sophos Security researcher Chester Wisniewski , who yesterday took a gentler tone when covering the Greece intrusion, this time firmly admonished Sony, writing:
While there is an enormous target on Sony's back as a result of these very public attacks it is unclear why this is happening. Is Sony taking security seriously or are there simply so many flaws from the past that exist in their public facing sites that it will take them a long time to patch them all?
I hope this is the last time I have to report on a flaw at Sony. Sony has announced they are working with several professional organizations to get their security house in order and for their sake I hope this happens sooner rather than later.
On the heels of a massive PR shitstorm, Facebook announced this morning that they have partnered with the Web of Trust to ensure that your profile stays shiny and clean.
Though Facebook already has a system that automatically checks for malware and spam-ridden links, the partnership with Web of Trust with add to their databases with the identities of many more bad links and massively increase the extent of their security coverage. Clement Genzmer, one of the Facebook security engineers, posted this morning that Facebook has updated a slew of security features, including added protection from link and "like" button "clickjacking", notifications for malicious code pasted in address bars, and more sensitive login approvals from third-party sites, including security codes to confirm your cell phone number when prompted. Facebook is also working with browsers like IE 9 to fix bugs and loopholes that allow spammers to take advantage of Facebook users.
Not entirely surprised that this news, and the downloadable profile option break today.
Anonymous has stepped up to the plate and has targeted Sony's PlayStation Store today by using a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which temporarily took down playstation.com - Anonymous strikes again.
Sony is being attacked by Anonymous because of the lawsuits Sony have against PS3 jailbreakers George Hotz (GeoHot) and Graf_Chokolo. This time Anonymous aren't just attacking online, they're also asking gamers to support them by gathering at their local Sony stores to complain in person.