Archive for April 22nd, 2009

TROOPERS09 – are you with hackers or what?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

If you added this blog to your news feeder, then you prefer getting skilled rather than getting owned – as in Troopers’ motto.

Troopers09 is an international IT-Security Conference held in Munich, Germany. This event is created for CISOs, ISOs, IT-Auditors, IT-Sec-Admins, IT-Sec Consultants and everyone who is involved with IT-Security on a professional basis. The goal is to share in-depth knowledge about the aspects of attacking and defending information technology infrastructure and applications. The featured presentations and demonstrations represent the latest discoveries and developments of the global hacking scene and will provide the audience with valuable practical know-how.

Andrey Belenko ( ElcomSoft’s Lead IT Security Analyst) will enjoy the conference and give a talk tomorrow (on 23rd April 2009) at 16:00 – 16:45, here is an abstract of his speech: http://troopers09.org/content/e3/e282/index_eng.html 

 

Adobe Reader [in]security

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

From F-Secure advises against using Adobe Reader article:

Of the targeted attacks on managers, politicians and other high-ranking individuals registered this year, almost 50 per cent have exploited six security vulnerabilities in Adobe’s PDF products. In 2008 it was Microsoft Word which proved the most popular target – with 35 per cent – for such attacks, although the number of vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader (19) was already exceeding the number in Word (15) by four. Hypponen notes that while the number of infected PDF files observed between January and April 2008 was just 128, over the same period this year it rose to more than 2300.

So, you have been warned ;). And just to remind you (though you’re probably aware of that):

Wireless Security Survey

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The key findings of the survey of the 35860 wireless networks (in 12 Indian cities) are:

  • 37% appeared to be unprotected.
  • 49% were using WEP encryption.
  • Balance 14% were using the more secure WPA/WPA2.

The authors say that this makes around 86% of the observed wireless networks vulnerable, but we’d add that remaining 14% are not totally secure. Why? Check our Wireless Security Auditor :)

Six-Core Opterons (Istanbul)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

According to Tweak Down, AMD will start shipping them next month. We’ll see how do they compare with Intel Gulftown.