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Articles tagged with: Password

LinkedIn Confirms Intrusion, Password Database Leaked

LinkedIn suffered a serious blow in terms of security. Hackers claim to have leaked over 6.5 million passwords from the networking site. LinkedIn protected user passwords with SHA-1 encryption but did not salt user passwords.The company informed users that an investigation is underway; however, some users on Twitter are claiming they found their password’s hash in the text file (236578.txt).

Save Time When Buying Apps With Password Pilot

Since buying stuff online is a risky process, online stores usually have your account setup with a password with which you can access the online material and save you the peril of losing important information or data. Apple also followed the same procedure where you only had to put in your password once, saving the trouble of punching the password again for next 15 minutes.

This was only until some lawsuits were filed against Apple. Apple, fearing an FCC investigation changed the method leaving users to enter password for every download. This sometimes becomes very troublesome for frequent downloaders who get lots of stuff.

Skype Vulnerability Allows Intruders, Fix Coming Soon

The popular Voice Over IP service, Skype, has a serious security issue that can allow a hacker to gain access into a contact’s account. The guy who discovered the serious flaw is Levent Kayan, and he claims that the vulnerability can even make the computer itself prone to a cyber attack.

The problem is based off a cross-site scripting vulnerability that enables hackers to embed JavaScript in the mobile phone field of the victims profile description.

Anonymous Released Universal Music And Viacom Data

Anonymous hacking group that absorbed the notorious Lulz Security cybergang on Tuesday released a cache of files purportedly stolen from Universal Music Group and Viacom Inc. , raising the stakes in a nearly two-month-old string of attacks that has compromised corporate and government websites around the world.

Anonymous, a loosely affiliated group of cyberactivists, released passwords and user data stolen from a Universal Music affiliated website, as well as details on Viacom’s computer networks.

New Cloudbox From Lacie Keeps Your Data Safe

LaCie now has a new cloud storage system called the CloudBox that is essentially a hard drive that backs up your files both locally and wireless to a cloud-based platform. When it comes to data protection, you’re always going to want to have a backup in case there are technical difficulties over the cloud (on the web).

For $200 a year, users will get 100GB of cloud data storage. The device itself costs $200 and the first year of storage is free. Users can then opt to either renew the contract or drop the cloud service.

LulzSec Hacks The NHS

The hacker LulzSec has targeted the NHS, shortly after hacking into Sony Pictures and Nintendo. LulzSec published an e-mail to the health organization that exposed security holes in its system. LulzSec claimed that it did not mean any harm to the organization but just wanted to them a service.

As proof, LulzSec posted the administrator passwords to the NHS, and but blanked them out when it published the e-mail on Twitter.

Microsoft’s IE Threat: Cookie Jacking

A computer security firm has found a flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser that allows hackers to steal credentials to access Facebook, Twitter, and other websites. The technique is called cookiejacking, an abbreviated form of cookie-hijacking. Once the hacker has the cookie, he or she can use it to gain access to the same website.

The vulnerability currently affects all versions of Internet Explorer on every version of Windows operating system. Hackers can exploit the flaw to access a data file, called a cookie, that holds the login name and password to a web account.

LastPass Gives Breakdown On Possible Hack

A popular third-party password manager, LastPass had recently revealed that it may have been hacked and that some e-mail usernames and passwords were probably stolen. Seth Rosenblatt from Cnet discusses the recent situation with LastPass. Rosenblatt states that people use third-party password managers is because the 256-bit AES encryption it offers is sufficient to keep passwords safe and it makes computing a whole lot easier for some of us who have more difficult and more varied passwords for our different applications and websites.

Windows 8 Online ID Through Cloud Sync -LEAK

Even though Windows 8 is set to launch in 2013 or 2014, we have already seen a large number of leaks. While it is cool to see what Microsoft is working on next, all these leaks are sure to take the entire novelty aspect away from consumers. Maybe this is a secret strategy on Microsoft’s part, educating us over a span of a few years about the next Windows so we all hop on it like a German Shepard lunges at a slab of steak. If this isn’t Microsoft’s strategy, well, then they are complete newbs, which I have to leave open as a possibility given the relatively recent release of Windows Vista.

How To Make An Un-Hackable Password That’s Easy To Remember

Researchers from the Max-Planck-Institute fur Physik komplexer Systeme and from Axioma Research have devised a new method that allows users to create passwords that are harder to hack but easier to remember. To achieve this, the researchers combine nonlinear dynamics and chaos to create encrypted p-CAPTCHAs, or password-CAPTCHAs. The best part of these passwords is that you only have to remember a portion of your password and the Java applet does the rest!