Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Secure your Future - Caffeine and Exercise Can Prevent Skin Cancer

Regular exercise and little or no caffeine has become a popular lifestyle choice for many Americans. But a new Rutgers study has found that it may not be the best formula for preventing sun-induced skin damage that could lead to cancer. Low to moderate amounts of caffeine, in fact, along with exercise can be good for your health.

According to the National Cancer Institute, sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States with more than 1 million new cases each year. A research team at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, showed that a combination of exercise and some caffeine protected against the destructive effects of the sun’s ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, known to induce skin cancer. The caffeine and exercise seemingly conspire in killing off precancerous cells whose DNA has been damaged by UVB-rays.

Get the full story here. Get your caffeine here.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Google Fun - Phone # to map...

Google has implemented a nice little feature where you can type a telephone number into the search bar and if found, you will be given the option to map the related results... If you want to block Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your phone number. Removal takes 48-hours.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Fun - Filled 1,000 gallon pool stolen

Not that big a surprise considering it was NJ. Capt Sullo perhaps or Aliens?

Someone stole 1,000 gallons of water from Daisy Valdivia's backyard. And they didn't spill a drop.

Valdivia woke Wednesday morning to find that her family's inflatable pool, hip high and 10 feet in diameter and filled with water, was stolen from her backyard in the middle of the night. There is no evidence that the water was poured out, pumped out, evaporated or drunk.

Or drunk?

Full story here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

One Laptop Per Child machines for sale this Xmas?

How about one for every one of our deployed military for their own use and let them distribute systems to the kids in the areas that they are in...

The non-profit group that designs low-cost computers for poor children hopes to start selling multimedia laptops to consumers by Christmas, a foundation executive reported on Monday.

The One Laptop Per Child Foundation's rugged XO laptop could initially sell for just $350, or twice its production cost, although the group is also considering a $525 price tag, said OLPC chief technology officer Mary Lou Jepsen.

Exploiting the iPhone

Researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators, a company that tests its clients’ computer security by hacking it, said that they could take control of iPhones through a WiFi connection or by tricking users into going to a Web site that contains malicious code. The hack, the first reported, allowed them to tap the wealth of personal information the phones contain.

Details here.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Silver Bullet Security Podcast - Show 016

On the 16th episode of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary talks with Greg Hoglund, who runs the popular rootkit.com, CEO of HB Gary, and co-author of Rootkits: Subverting the Windows Kernel and Exploiting Software. In addition to shameless self-promotion of their new book, Exploiting Online Games, Gary and Greg discuss the natural tendency of certain types of code to allow exploits, how disclosure is a good thing when it comes to revealing exploits, and the use of rootkits by the “good guys.” Greg also makes us concerned that his 11-year-old daughter may 0wn our box.

Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2.0

This very large graphic, is an attempt to map the Internet onto a map of the London Underground rail system (the series of Tubes as a tube-map). There is a ton of info here and some very interesting stuff.

Details and more here.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Adult Film industry fights piracy

Gee, I guess piracy does hurt everyone... According to sources, the adult industry is losing $2 billion a year because of file sharing, pirate servers, hackers, and illegal duplication of its movies.
Incorporated in June 2007, Global Anti-Piracy Agency (GAPA) is an independent, non-profit trade organization with the singular mission of working on behalf of the adult entertainment industry to fight piracy of intellectual property.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Security History for Sale on eBay - Enigma Machine

The Enigma encryption machine was introduced in 1923 by the Chiffriermaschinen Aktien-Gesellschaft (Cipher Machines Stock Corporation). It was used by the Germans to encrypt messages during World War II. With just over eight days left, the current bid is $12,276.99 and the reserve has not been met...

Bid here.

Wikipedia entry.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Athens Affair

How some extremely smart hackers pulled off the most audacious cell-network break-in ever.

Story here.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Deal of the Day - Dragon Fire 500,000 Volt Stun Gun

Surplus Computers has the Dragon Fire 500,000 Volt Stun Gun (500-K) for $33 with free shipping. It takes two 9V batteries (not included).

Buy here.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday Fun - Fake Officer Stops Real One

There were flashing lights atop his SUV and what appeared to be a police badge in his hand, but it was the man he tried to pull over who was the real police detective.

Robert Lane, 25, was arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal impersonation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Suffolk County police said.

More here.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Feds use key logger to thwart PGP, Hushmail

A recent court case provides a rare glimpse into how some federal agents deal with encryption: by breaking into a suspect's home or office, implanting keystroke-logging software, and spying on what happens from afar.

cnet story here.

"I've Got Nothing to Hide" and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the "nothing to hide" argument. When asked about government surveillance and data mining, many people respond by declaring: "I've got nothing to hide." According to the "nothing to hide" argument, there is no threat to privacy unless the government uncovers unlawful activity, in which case a person has no legitimate justification to claim that it remain private. The "nothing to hide" argument and its variants are quite prevalent, and thus are worth addressing. In this essay, Solove critiques the "nothing to hide" argument and exposes its faulty underpinnings.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

F-Secure On Cyber Crime

Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of F-Secure talks about the various aspects of Crimeware in this YouTube video.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Financial Institutions - the right to conduct a forensic analysis?

What if the user accessed his or her bank account using more than one computer, what if it was a company issued computer?

"However, under New Zealand's new banking code of practice, which came into effect on Sunday, financial institutions will reserve the right to conduct a forensic analysis of fraud victims' computers. If the system lacks operating system updates and security software, they may deny reimbursement claims."

More here.

Bank branch bandit wears tree disguise

Just as the Citizen Bank branch opened Saturday morning, a man walked in with leafy boughs duct-taped to his head and torso, and robbed the place.

CNN video here.

Secure your stuff (Ikea ads)

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Nothing like another 12 or 16 nuclear ballistic missiles added to the planet.

A shiny new ballistic-missile submarine docked at a naval base in China has been spied publicly for the first time using Google Earth.

The new class of nuclear sub, called the Jin-class, had been rumoured to exist for some time, but the image recently uploaded to Google Earth is the first public glimpse of the vessel.

More here.

Secure Earth - 7.7.07

Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday "Fun" - WabiSabiLabi

Companies such as 3Com's TippingPoint division and VeriSign's iDefense Labs have offered cash for this type of research before, but..

Now a Swiss security firm called WabiSabiLabi has opened a web marketplace for zero-day security vulnerabilities.

According to Herman Zampariolo, CEO of WSLabi, We decided to set up this portal for selling security research because although there are many researchers out there who discover vulnerabilities very few of them are able or willing to report it to the right people due to the fear of being exploited. Recently it was reported that although researchers had analyzed a little more than 7,000 publicly disclosed vulnerabilities last year, the number of new vulnerabilities found in code could be as high as 139,362 per year. Our intention is that the marketplace facility on WSLabi will enable security researchers to get a fair price for their findings and ensure that they will no longer be forced to give them away for free or sell them to cyber-criminals.

Researchers can submit their findings to the exchange once they have registered. WSLabi will then verify the research by analyzing and replicating it at their independent testing laboratories. They will eventually then package the findings with a Proof of Concept; this can then be sold to the marketplace via three methods from the marketplace platform:

- Starting an auction, predefined starting price
- Selling to as many buyers as possible at a fixed price
- Selling it exclusively to one buyer

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July 4th

U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD: 3583
Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 3
Total: 3586

Full list.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Weekend Warriors - Reverse Engineering

Old, but good...


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