Disclosing a flaw in a widely used system without making someone at least a little angry requires a delicate touch. But Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. “Weev,” a 26-year-old finder of security vulnerabilities, is anything but delicate.Two years ago, Auernheimer and a friend made a surprising discovery about the way AT&T was protecting its web database of iPad cellular data accounts: That is, AT&T wasn’t protecting it at all. Any customer could access his or her account data by going to an AT&T URL containing their iPad’s unique numerical identifier. No password, cookie, or login procedure was required to bring up a user’s private information. Auernheimer
RunningShoes.com CEO Chad Weinman lost more than $10,000 when GoDaddy went offline Monday. Photo: RunningShoes.comThese days when there’s trouble on the internet, there’s usually someone at the ready to jump up and take (or assign) blame for whatever went wrong, nevermind the facts. It can mean free publicity for your cause — whether it’s killing laws like SOPA or beefing up the federal budget for cyber security.Sometimes it doesn’t much more than a tweet and a Pastebin post to get a serious amount of free publicity. So in the spirit of yesterday’s GoDaddy incident where a random Twitter handle claimed to have downed the hosting giant, here
A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from Iran. It was sent by an analyst from the Iranian Computer Emergency Response Team, and it was informing me about a piece of malware their team had found infecting a variety of Iranian computers. This turned out to be Flame: the malware that has now been front-page news worldwide.
When we went digging through our archive for related samples of malware, we were surprised to find that we already had samples of Flame, dating back to 2010 and 2011, that we were unaware we possessed. They had come through automated reporting mechanisms,
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