Hydro Makes Changes After Security Plans Stolen

It would appear that there will shortly be a job vacancy at Hydro Quebec. A file folder containing security plans and passwords was found sitting on a Metro platform in Montreal. Now, for the uninitiated this is bad. Hydro Quebec is one of many companies that make up critical infrastructure for North America. The documents had been in a briefcase belonging to a Hydro-Quebec security adviser, who placed it at ...

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German Bank Uses e-signatures to Curb Phishing

Well at least one bank gets it. German bank, Postbank, with roughly 12 million customers gets it. They have introduced digitally signed emails for their communications with customers. However, I'm sure it will be a matter a moments before the phishing lot discover how to work around this one. At least they're trying. Hell, it could be worse, it could be Citibank. But, to add to this is an interesting survey ...

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Crossplatform Virus Proof of Concept

This is kinda freaky. The Viruslist has posted that someone out there has managed to cookup a crossplatform virus. This is no small feat though not impossible. It's written in assembler and has the ability to infecct files on both Linux (ELF files) and Windows (PE). To infect ELF files, the virus uses INT 80 system calls and injects its body into the file immediately after the ELF file header and ...

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Libby: Bush Authorized Plamegate Leak

OK, not like this was anything I didn't expect. Former aide to Vice Prez Dick Cheney, Lewis "Scooter" Libby testified at a grand jury that George W. Bush authorized the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Libby, 55, testified in 2003 that he provided reporter Judith Miller with information from a classified National Intelligence Estimate after being told by Cheney that Bush "specifically had authorized" him to "disclose certain information in the ...

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Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song

This is too stoopid. British anti-terrorism cops apprehended a man who was riding in a taxi and singing along to a Clash tune. Yes, I said it a Clash tune. While listening to the tune on a pair of headphones he sang aloud some of the lines "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected." The man taken into custody, Harraj ...

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CNN Videos? Um…er…okay

In a strange twist that must have the folks at CNN hanging their heads, the news monster had a posting for their "Watch Free Video" section on the Technology page. The first..."Self-produced kiddie porn" and the other "Underage Internet porn victims". Um, did anyone in Atlanta think this one through? Link to CNN screen capture

China wants U.S. tech firm to block Internet calls

In a never ending bid to crush dreams of freedom and democracy, China has requested California based Narus Inc. (a la Google and Cisco) to help them accomplish this end. Shanghai Telecom has placed an order with Narus for a system to detect and block VoIP calls. If they fill this order they will be joining a rogues gallery of companies that are more interested in entry into the Chinese ...

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Virus writers at war

Great this is exactly what we all need (insert heavy sarcasm). Apparently rival gangs of virus writers are at war with each other. What does that mean for us? Well, make damn sure that your antivirus solutions are up to date. These furry toothed cellar dwelling ne'er do well VXers are fighting for cash. VXers are no longer satisfied with the profits to be made from infecting consumers, so they've ...

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DHS Official Charged In Sex Sting

From the holy sh!t files we have this one. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security is being held without bail on felony charges of attempting to solicit sex from a 14 year old. The catch was the "14 year old" was a detective trolling for these sub-human fungus. Brian J. Doyle, 55, has managed to cast a lonnnnnnng shadow on the DHS and it's ability to have a clue ensure ...

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E-filing? Beware of ‘phishing’ scams

It's that time of year again. The US and Canadian tax payers are bending over to grab their ankles as it's time to pay the tax man. This year more people than ever before are going to be filing their returns electronically in both countries. Be sure to be on your guard for phishers this year as they will no doubt be going out of their way to relieve you ...

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