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Articles tagged with: database

Anonymous Crosshairs NATO!

It’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) this time that the Online ‘Hacktivist’ gathering, Anonymous, targeted and breached their database successfully, claiming a Gigabit of data.

Anon admitted that on Twitter, saying that they gained a huge amount of restricted data and might make it public in few days.

MORIS iPhone App Uses Facial Recognition To Catch Suspects

The next time you think about doing something you should be doing, keep in mind that cops now have an app that integrates facial recognition technology while pulling up a person’s criminal record, all with the tap of a button.

The accessory is currently exclusively available for the iPhone and simply requires a photo of the persons phase or iris for identification purposes. Obviously, this app would only be helpful to catch criminals dumb enough not to wear a mask (but you’d be surprised of how many of those, there are).

FlashSoft Raises $3 Million In Funding

Flashsoft, a company founded in November 2009, provides software that allows data center administrators to direct data from a server, to a flash-based solid state drive. The transition to solid state drives allow the data to move closer to the processor, and with the Flashsoft software, applications are able to run faster.

The software is similar to what memcached does for web servers. Flashsoft has recently raised $3 million in funding led by Thomvest Ventures.

LulzSec Brazil Takes Down Brazilian Government

It seems like LulzSec is a group of hackers that are spread all over the world, and not just in the previously suspected U.S., Spain, and U.K, but also Brazil. A branch of LulzSec called LulzSec Brazil has taken down the Brazilian government portal and the homepage of the President of Brazil.

It appears that both websites under a packet flood as neither can be reached at the time of this blog. The LulzSec Brazil group started on June 19th, and promised to attack the government of Brazil if they had reached 1,000 followers on Twitter. The group currently has 1,200 followers on Twitter

Dropbox- 25 Million Accounts Left Unprotected

We’ve covered Dropbox a number of times, from the critical flaw discovered to Dropbox employees having access to your files, there’s no question that Dropbox is a bit of a sketchy place to trust cloud storage.

Well, it seems like the cloud-storage system continues to have major security issues. Dropbox “accidentally” turned off password authentication for 25 million users for four hours on Monday evening. Of the unprotected accounts, about 100,000 were accessed, or less than 1% of total affected accounts.

Where Are My Google Answers?

I came across Google Answers yesterday while I was searching for something, although I don’t remember what. I was really surprised when I came across the site. It wasn’t the ‘1998 look’, nor was it the unattractive purple colors Google decided to choose for the layout, I just never knew the site existed! I’ve heard of Yahoo answers and Wiki answers, but never Google.

It turns out that Google Answers was launched in April 2002 and was closed in December of 2006. Supposedly Google just didn’t do it right when it launched the service. For one, question askers did not receive an e-mail that their question had been answered, which resulted in user dissatisfaction. Google claims that one of the biggest reasons they shut down the service was…

United States Army Launches Own App Store

Less than a week after announcing Android as a test phone, the US Army has just announced that they will launch a service called Army Marketplace, that will be fully operational in August of this year. The store is currently a restricted website but the army is working a storefront app for smartphones.

The Army Marketplace currently hosts 17 Android Apps and 16 iPhone Apps, and we can’t wait till they hit their 100th app mark. Soldiers can even put in requests for apps they’d like (uh oh) in hopes that their wishes get put into production.

iPhone And iPad Records Locations And Timestamps In Unencrypted File

According to Radar.Oreilly, the new iOS software installed on your iPhone or 3G iPad, regularly records the position of your device into a hidden file. This data stores a comprehensive list of locations and time stamps in a database. To add to the mystery, the file lacks any sort of encryption or protection, leaving the sensitive data at risk to be seen by other individuals. It is unclear what Apple is doing with the information or whether they even know about it. I believe it may be used in the event of a theft, but this is just a guess.

Skilled Romanian Hacker Breaches The European Space Agency

The European Space Agency experienced an interesting way of celebrating it’s anniversary of Apollo 13’s safe return to Earth, by having it’s website hacked. The skilled Romanian hacker, also known as a grey hat hacker goes by the alias, TinKode. TinKode hacked into www.esa.int and leaked a list of FTP accounts, email addresses and passwords for administrators and editors. Exactly thirteen FTP accounts were leaked to coincide with Apollo 13’s mission number.

The hacker also posted a full disclosure of the attack on his security blog, and mentioned some specifics of his target such as the staff number, composition of states, and the ESA’s 2011 budget of 5.65 billion dollars. TinKode didn’t mention how he managed to hack the website, but he was sure to include the ESA’s main server information as well as root, database, admin, editor and FTP accounts.

Skype Vulnerability Exposed On Android Devices

There are over ten million users for Skype, that’s quite a large number. Android Police recently dismantled the application and discovered how easy it was to extract data from the application. Android Police discovered that one’s username, profile, contacts, as well as chat logs could easily be extracted due to Skype’s use of an unprotected database.

Although there are currently no malicious apps that exploit this vulnerability, Skype has been made aware of the problem and are working to solve the matter before trouble arises.For users with Skype installed on their Android phones, it is recommended that you “watch” what apps you install. Installing unknown apps could prove to be dangerous by stealing information from Skype’s unprotected database.