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[ | 1 Aug 2009 | 39 Comments | ]

Apple keyboard hacked and possessedIf the bad news about all the new critical iPhone and Mac OS X vulnerabilities announced at BlackHat 2009 weren’t bad enough, there now appears to be a new vulnerability in Apple’s hardware. This type of a hack however isn’t something where you can go into an Apple store and have an Apple “genius” exorcise because once the Apple keyboard is infected and locked; there is no practical way of undoing the damage.

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[ | 30 Jul 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

Moxie MarlinspikeSecurity researcher Moxie Marlinspike gave one of the more interesting and terrifying presentations at BlackHat 2009 in Las Vegas yesterday. Marlinspike demonstrated how the X.509 digital certificates used by Secure Socket Layer to secure online communications such as eCommerce and online banking were was completely broken. This allowed Marlinspike to pose as the Mozilla update server which allows him to distribute malware in the guise of of a Mozilla Firefox update.

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[ | 28 Jul 2009 | 8 Comments | ]

AT&T and other ISPs stops DDoS attack from 4chanMass media and blogosphere hysteria ensued after several ISPs (including AT&T) responded to customer complaints and blocked an IP address that was transmitting massive amounts of Denial of Service (DoS) traffic. For something as routine and essential as blocking a malicious attack from a computer on the Internet, all hell broke loose because the IP address belonged to a popular image sharing site called 4chan whose members are infamous for perpetrating porn flooding pranks on YouTube as well as organizing DoS attacks against other websites.

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[ | 20 Jul 2009 | Comments Off on Taking security seriously at DigitalSociety.org | ]

Information SecurityHere at DigitalSociety.org, we believe that cyber security should be everyone’s priority. So what better way to prove our sincerity by eating our own dog food and implementing Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security on our own website. Digitalsociety.org does not use unencrypted communication protocols such as standard Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and we use encrypted HTTPS and Secure Shell FTP (SFTP) for all sensitive communications.