Posts Tagged ‘hacking’
Now would be a happy times to refresh your Twitter password. The social network has actually exposed that there was at least one attack on its servers today that might have accumulated e-mail addresses, passwords (fortunately encrypted) and session tokens for about 250,000 individuals. The real threat to individuals is unidentified, but Twitter raises our eyebrows when it recommends that this was more than simply a laid-back scripting hack: it claims the intrusion effort was “extremely high-end,” and that various other companies may have gone through a similar breach. You’ll understand that you were right away affected just if you see Twitter send out a notice of a forced password reset, like what you see visualized above. We ‘d be cautious, all the same– when such efforts apparently increase in frequency by the day, it’s not a bad idea to remain on guard.
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Iran declares to have been hit by ‘hefty’ cyber attack, pins slowdowns on coordinated hacking campaign
Whatever you think of Iran’s politics, it’s difficult to deny that the nation has actually regularly been the target of internet-based attacks that sometimes go past the originator’s plans. If you believe High Council of The online world assistant Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi, the pressure is just worsening. He informs Iranian media that the nation is under “continual” digital bombardment and was simply hit with a major attack on Tuesday that bogged down neighborhood net access. Behabadi unsurprisingly contends that the attacks are deliberate efforts to undermine Iran’s information, nuclear and oil facilities, with a finger implicitly pointed westward. While it’s no formula that the country’s enemies wish to reduce what they see as a rush to nuclear weapons, it’s challenging to know just how much of the accusation is severe versus bluster: we’ve seen specific smartphone users who consume more than the “a number of gigabytes” of traffic that supposedly caused national turmoil in the most current occurrence. No matter the exact nature, it’s likely that residents stand to lose as Iran fences off the internet to keep outside influences, hostile and otherwise, from getting in.
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Question by Esme W: In a year I am hoping to do a robotics degree, I need to know where to start with “C” and hacking…?
Basically I am a PC user at the moment and I would like to learn C and how to hack. I am a complete beginner and have never used code, however I am fairly competent with my computer on a general use level but I struggle to find where to start and how on the most basic level possible… Any advice? I am about to borrow my brother’s “teach yourself C” but would like to find some good web tutorials etc. Thanks!
Answer by Metaphysical Anomaly
I think that book should be sufficient.Also check out some robotics projects making use of c, because it isn’t immediately apparent how to interface with hardware from c code. Good luck!
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The behind-the-lens drama between camera makers Red Digital Cinema and Arri has taken yet another step recently, as Red filed suit December 21st against Arri alleging corporate espionage. Former Arri executive Michael Bravin has already plead guilty to criminal charges that he illegally accessed emails at his previous employer, camera distributor Band Pro Film & Digital. At the time Red founder Jim Jannard also revealed his personal account had been compromised, and now The Wrap reports the company is accusing Arri of “unfair competition based on email hacking, invasion of privacy, conversion, misappropriation of trade secrets and unlawful trade practices, among other charges”. The extra charges come as a result of information it has indicating other Arri executives were aware of the hacking. Other than listening in on conversations between Red and Band Pro, Arri also stands accused of launching a false advertising campaign ahead of the launch of the Alexa, while Bravin posted with a pseudonym on RedUser.net. Hit the source link for additional details on the sordid affair, we’ll find out what can be proven if / when Red gets the jury trial it’s seeking.
Upstart digital cinema company RED, which has been the bane of many established camera companies for several years now, has filed suit against Arri, a leading camera manufacturer. They allege that Arri employed one Michael Bravin, a former employee of camera kit maker Band Pro, who hacked the email account of his former employee and stole confidential information relating to RED — and astroturfed for Arri on the official forums to boot. They also take exception to some claims Arri made in advertising disparaging RED’s cameras.
You can read the specifics below in the court filing, but the gist is that Bravin continually accessed the email of Amnon Band, founder of Band Pro, and was aware of acquisition talks in 2009 and 2010. He was hired by Arri in 2010 and allegedly provided them details of business and R&D at RED. He also posted on RedUser about how great Arri’s new camera, the Alexa, is. And there’s no question that it’s a great camera — but he posted under a fake name, and there were other circumstances. It’s questionably legal (and questionably illegal), but they are taking him to task for it anyway.
RED also says Arri made some claims in advertising regarding how their camera, sensor, and format were superior to others. Again, generally what advertising is for — but there is a little bit of untruth mixed in there, apparently. I like this little zinger:
Burn! Who doesn’t like a little camera drama?
RED is seeking unspecified damages, but if the allegations turn out to be true, shelling out some cash would be the least of Arri’s worries. Photographers and cinematographers are very brand-loyal in general, but if they don’t feel they can trust that brand, they’ll leave like rats from a sinking ship. No indication of when the trial will be.
Like extreme stunts, hacking can be rather thrilling. Still, there will always be freak accidents when things don’t go as planned, and thankfully, Google has released a safety net for you Galaxy Nexus adrenaline junkies. Specific to the HSPA+ model, the recovery images include the bootloader, radio, and full set of system files. No word yet about whether Google will perform a similar act of generosity for the LTE version that’s coming to Verizon Wireless. Naturally, hacking your device is likely to void the warranty, but hey, there needs to be at least some risk involved, right?
which is the best option for a software engineer..whether to learn about ethical hacking or robotics?
Question by div: which is the best option for a software engineer..whether to learn about ethical hacking or robotics?
i am an information technology student interested in both robotics and hacking. which should i choose for a better career? shall i go for both?
Answer by Rorschach
Given that security issues won’t be going away any time soon, it would behoove you to learn how the black hats do it and how the white hats try to stop it.
What do you think? Answer below!
If you pay even a small bit of attention to the iPhone jailbreaking scene, you’ve probably heard by now: one of its golden boys is heading for greener pastures. Nicholas Allegra — perhaps known better as comex (the brain behind the one-click, web-based jailbreaking tool, JailbreakMe) — is hangin’ up his hacker hat and heading for Cupertino, having been offered an internship at Apple.
Before settling down in his new seat, though, comex took a bit of time to answer some questions from the community on his future, his thoughts on the jailbreak scene, and regrets.
To be clear: the text excerpts below are highlights pulled from an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Reddit. The AMA occured in the iPhone sub-reddit rather than the dedicated AMA sub-reddit. Each question’s original asker follows in parentheses.
After your internship with Apple and after iOS 5 is officially released, will you continue to support the jailbreak community by providing exploits? (nishnasty)
Comex: No. (But I’ll want to jailbreak my phone, so I hope someone finds them :p)
(Of course, it’s worth noting that he probably can’t continue, even once the internship is over. Once you’ve signed up for an official tour on the mothership and have potentially mucked with source code [though Apple interns are generally kept at a distance from the source], activities like this are a no-go.)
Why an intern position though? It seems like you could carry a regular position at apple. (AstroZombie138)
Comex: I don’t know if I’d want to do that- I’ve never had a job before and I don’t know what it’s like- and I intend to go back to college soon.
How has the core jailbreak dev teams responded to you going to work for apple? (AstroZombie138)
Comex: Mostly with congratulations.
Have you made any money from the [jailbreak] scene? (jamesvdm)
Comex: I’ve made a good amount of money through donations, which is mostly being used to help pay for college. JailbreakMe 2.0 was like $ 40,000; 3.0 was $ 15,000 (not quite sure why it decreased).
The jailbreak community took a huge hit when you left. Do you think the active players can outsmart you now that you’re playing for the other team, or are you Apple’s final solution to their jailbreak problem? (bitterorca)
Comex: There are a lot of smart people working for Apple already; maybe I can help, but I doubt I can stop people from finding exploits.
Paraphased – On Apple “stealing” ideas from the jailbreak community (as many concepts that have found their way into iOS, such as multitasking, improved notifications, and even the App Store were implemented by jailbreakers first):
Comex: I certainly don’t mind. Jailbreak community puts an idea in front of people with a crappy implementation; Apple polishes it to the point where it can be an OS feature. I don’t know whether Apple actually pays attention to jailbreak apps, but see App Store, copy and paste, multitasking, etc…
Why did you choose to get involved in specifically the iPhone jailbreaking scene, what was it attracted you to the iPhone? (Colonel_Ham_Sandwich)
Comex: I had one… and it was a device that (a) had a lot of functionality, (b) had a nice and flexible UNIX OS, (c) already had an active homebrew community, and (d) was really cool. :p
Did you always set out to be a hacker or was it just something that interested you and found you had a [knack] for? (Colonel_Ham_Sandwich)
Comex: I never wanted to be a black hat hacker, but I did enjoy hacking (originally SQL injection and crap) as a natural extension of programming.
Finally, in regards to the PDF bug used for the JailbreakMe.com jailbreak, where on earth did you get the brilliant idea for it? (Colonel_Ham_Sandwich)
Comex: FreeType was one of the less studied open source components of iOS.
Are you optimistic about the future of the iOS platform? What features are you looking forward to next? (iconoclaus)
Comex: My personal opinion: it will probably continue to beat the pants off its competitors in performance for a while yet, and Apple’s “take your time but do it right” policy on features will probably continue to make it a pleasure to use. But I’m impatient: other platforms (WebOS) have a lot of fun stuff with no real equivalent in iOS.
Do you have any regrets? (bitterorca)
Comex: I should have worked on these jailbreaks more consistently, and released them more quickly; I’ve had several exploits fixed on me that could have been used in a jailbreak if I was quicker at packaging.
Will the current jailbreaks and/or the site disappear? (UntilWeLand)
Comex: No, I’ll hand them over to MuscleNerd or chpwn or whoever will take care of them.
Your thoughts on Steve Jobs’ departure? (MDevonL)
Comex: Really a shame; I was hoping to meet him some day, and, company direction aside, keynotes won’t be as entertaining without him.
What, besides money, made you flip to the other side? (Clavis_Apocalypticae)
Comex: It’s not about money. A large part of my motivation to jailbreak was always the challenge; the internship will be a new sort of challenge.
Again, these are just the highlights — for a deeper dive and a good bit of interesting conversation, be sure to check out the full AMA thread.