Browsers Race to Update Security as PWN2OWN Event Nears

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
For the first time this year, Mozilla has updated its open-source Firefox web browser in anticipation for the upcoming PWN2OWN event, which awards cash and prizes to “security researchers” (read: hackers) who can successfully demonstrate vulnerabilities of fully-patched browsers. In the recently released Firefox 3.6.14 update, at least 10 security flaws found in the popular browser has been fixed by M

Twitter Users at Risk With Spam Hiding Under Tiny URLs

Monday, July 20th, 2009
The conciseness of micro-blogging as well as its ability to provide updates in real time has made it quite popular today. And it’s no wonder that sites like Twitter have become quite a popular service that more and more people have turned to as a means of social networking online. And along with this popularity, certain issues have cropped up like spamming that might just turn people off. One of the recent o

Gmail Hack Was a Phishing Scheme

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Last week, there were reports of a Gmail security issue wherein a certain hack could get into a users account, manipulate some GoDaddy password reset script and ultimately steal that user’s GoDaddy account.  The reason for stealing somebody’s GoDaddy information is quite obvious, domain names are a commodity and worth a lot of money. So if a hacker can take atop level domain name from somebody wh

Nigerian Scammers Hit Facebook

Monday, November 10th, 2008
Remember those emails from Africa saying that you inherited some money and that you should send over a deposit to claim it? Well, they’re back although in a different form now, Facebook. Back when the scammers used email, they did succeed a couple of times but when the public grew aware and spam filters got better, the scam slowed down significantly.  Now however, them Nigerian scammers are hacking int Takes the Heat in Palin E-mail Hack

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
For those who do not know, 4chan /b/ is a message board with no rules, anything and everything makes it there, porn, gore, violence, illegal activities, terrorism, hack and anything else shady.  Let’s just say that if there’s a place on the web where  you could find anything despicable, slimy and scummy, 4chan /b/ would be it. 4chan /b/  is run by Anonymous, nobody but they know if they

Twitter Targeted by Malware Attacks

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
How did viruses and malwares spread?  Way before the internet it was physically transferred from machine to machine via floppy disks.  Then when the internet came, e-mail became the first choice especially with under the cover of spam.  Other hackers would also put their software on dedicated web sites as a starting point to wreak havoc.  Today, the Web 2.0 environment has provided criminals a

Travelers Laptops May Be Detained At Border

Friday, August 1st, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security in the US recently disclosed that they have the jurisdiction to confiscate, detain and prod through any laptop coming into US borders.  This policy disregards any suspicion of wrongdoing, meaning they could take a laptop whenever and for whatever reason they please. Of course that’s assuming that their intentions are purely for homeland security, technically it means

Hackers Go Nuclear

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
And you thought they were going to launch a bomb.  Well not exactly. Russian nuclear power websites were attacked last week by hackers.  The intent was to spread false rumors of a nuclear leak at the plant in forums and while doing that, make the official websites inaccessible to the public.  For example, spread panic and shut down 9-1-1. A spokesman for the Rosatom state nuclear corporation said

Yahoo Sues Spammers

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
Yahoo has filed a lawsuit against a, well, there’s the rub, unknown group of scammers/spammers.  The accused is a group of spammers who used Yahoo’s name in a phising scam through email. The scam was pretty simple.  Victims would receive an email with a seemingly credible sender (somebody maybe from Yahoo) informing them that they have won a lottery and must claim the cash prize.  The em

Hacker Steals 6 Million Chileans Information

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Some interesting peice of news from South America, a hacker calling himself "Anonymous Coward" managed to steal personal information of 6 million Chileans from the Educatin Ministry, the Electoral Services, and the Military servers. The hacking happened sometime Friday and was discovered and removed from public access Saturday. Police Chief Jaime Jara confirmed that authorities were investigating the th