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Gentoo Analysis & Cleanup Completed  24 August 2007 
Source: tuxMachine - Posted by Bill Keys   
The Gentoo Infrastructure team has completed its analysis of the recent exploitation attempts as well as the majority of the cleanup. The forensic analysis has revealed that while attempts were made, none were successful in compromising the machine nor in disclosing private information. I applaud Gentoo from researching the attack in the detail they seem to be doing. However, does the recent attack cause concern of their operating system? If so I hope they take what they learned and put it in their OS to improve it's security.

 
Wi-Fi Hotspots Continue To Pose E-Mail Security Risk  13 August 2007 
Source: NewsFactor - Posted by Bill Keys   
Following news that security experts at the Black Hat conference demonstrated another method to compromise e-mail accounts when accessed over Wi-Fi, Symantec's Javier Santoyo said the issue continues to remain a problem. "And I would expect most, if not all, of the e-mail vendors will soon start offering secure logins," Santoyo said. What was interesting was the hack grabs the cookies which the e-mail provider puts on authorized user's computer. So, it seems there are two solutions either turn off cookies on your browser or for emails provides to stop placing them on users computers. What do you think is the best way?
 
Hacking Tool Preys on Vulnerable Wireless Networks  09 August 2007 
Source: New Scientist Tech - Posted by Eckie Silapaswang   
Take the meteoric rise of wireless hotspots, the inability for people to change default passwords or encrypt their traffic, and the need for an easy tool to point and click your way through insecure wireless networks. Put them all together and you have WiCrawl, a tool presented recently at DEFCON which sniffs out wireless access points and automatically probes them for weaknesses. I'm all in favor of these types of "simple tools" - insecure wireless spots are a very common problem in this day and age, and any attempt to help make the process of auditing these hotspots easier for security researchers is a plus in my book.

 
Essential Bluetooth Hacking Tools  26 May 2007 
Source: Security-Hacks - Posted by Bill Keys   
Bluetooth technology is great. No doubt. It provides an easy way for a wide range of mobile devices to communicate with each other without the need for cables or wires. However, despite its obvious benefits, it can also be a potential threat for the privacy and security of Bluetooth user.

If you are planning to gain a deeper understanding of Bluetooth security, you will need a good set of tools with which to work. By familiarizing yourself with the following tools, you will not only gain a knowledge of the vulnerabilities inherent in Bluetooth-enabled devices, but you will also get a glimpse at how an attacker might exploit them.

 
Cracking Down on Wireless Credit Card Security  15 May 2007 
Source: NetworkWorld - Posted by Bill Keys   
Recent reports of massive credit card theft from retailers that haven’t adequately secured their Wi-Fi networks are unsettling, to say the least.

Organized gang members have been grabbing customer card data out of the air, where it has been unconscionably unencrypted, en route to a banking processing company for authorization. Other breaches are thought to have occurred when hackers tapped into Wi-Fi data streams generated by weakly encrypted wireless barcode scanners, broke the encryption code, and eavesdropped on user sessions to steal their network access credentials.

 
Hackers Target Wi-Fi Hotspots in New Phishing Attacks  07 May 2007 
Source: FoxNews - Posted by Bill Keys   
Computer users have been warned of the dangers of using Wi-Fi hotspots after it emerged that cyber-criminals are targeting the networks in café chains, including Starbucks.

Times Online has uncovered evidence that criminals are using a technique known as an "evil twin attack," where victims think that they are logging on to the genuine network in a café but are in fact being diverted to a "rogue" connection.

 
NIST Guidelines for Securing RFID Systems  01 May 2007 
Source: NIST - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed this document in furtherance of its statutory responsibilities under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002, Public Law 107-347.

This document presents information that is independent of particular hardware platforms, operating systems, and applications. The emphasis is on RFID systems that are based on industry and international standards, although the existence of proprietary approaches is noted when they offer relevant security features not found in current standards.

 
How to Keep Your Wi-Fi Network Safe  28 April 2007 
Source: BBC - Posted by Bill Keys   
With growing numbers using wi-fi in their homes, Paul Rubens looks at how good security is on these networks.

In less than two minutes hackers can defeat the security measures protecting many home wireless internet connections.

 
Infosec: Hackers use fake Wi-Fi Hotspots to Launch Attacks  26 April 2007 
Source: computerworlduk - Posted by Bill Keys   
The next time you splurge on a double latte and sip it while browsing the internet via the cafe's Wi-Fi, beware of the "evil twin."

That is the term for a Wi-Fi access point that appears to be a legitimate one offered on the premises, but actually has been set up by a hacker to eavesdrop on wireless communications among internet surfers

 
Wireless kit must be secure 'out of the box', say experts  17 April 2007 
IT departments should put pressure on suppliers to step up the security of wireless access technology devices.

This will enable the technology to take off in the corporate world, delegates at the Infosecurity Europe conference will hear next week.

 
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