Week in Geek: Anonymous Vows Revenge After Arrests

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By Akemi Iwaya on July 10th, 2011


This week we learned how to setup Rsync backups on Linux the easy way, “always keep app windows on top, pin a custom library to the Windows 7 start menu, & fixing the IE user agent”, learned what a Virtual Machine Hypervisor is, found out your thoughts on monitoring bandwidth usage, got our hands on some great Geek Deals, and more.

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Weekly News Links


  • Anonymous vows revenge after 15 arrested; AntiSec hacks continue
    After 32 raids across Italy (and one in Switzerland), 15 alleged members of Anonymous have been arrested. The detainees, aged between 15 and 28 with five under 18, have been accused of performing denial of service attacks on Italian Web sites belonging to the government, and on both state and private broadcasters.
  • Anonymous, LulzSec spawn ‘one of worst’ quarters
    Cyberattacks from Anonymous and LulzSec and breaches against everyone from Sony to Lockheed Martin turned the second quarter into “one of the worst on record,” according to a new report from Panda Security.
  • Kevin Mitnick shows how easy it is to hack a phone
    British tabloid News of the World is closing down over a phone hacking scandal in which workers for the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper allegedly snooped on voice mail messages left on the mobile phones of murder victims, as well as celebrities, politicians, and the British royal family. If unethical journalists can do it chances are anyone can, right?
  • Many PCs still infected after Rustock botnet shutdown
    According to Microsoft’s latest analysis, based on “sinkholes”, only just over half of the 1.6 million PCs once infected with the Rustock bot are now clean.
  • Search engine most popular malware vector
    “Shnakule” has been identified as the top malware delivery network for the first half of this year, which also saw 40 percent of malware incidents being introduced by search engines, according to a new report released this past Wednesday by Blue Coat.
  • Free Apple iTunes Giftcard scam spreads on Facebook
    Facebook users are being tricked into helping scammers earn money, in the mistaken belief that they will receive a free $25 Apple iTunes Giftcard.
  • New Facebook scam takes advantage of video calling
    Facebook scams and viruses grow by the day, so it’s no surprise that scammers are taking advantage of the new video calling feature.
  • Public exploit puts iPhone users at risk
    This past Wednesday, the Jailbreakme.com web site once again made it possible to jailbreak iOS devices. But what seems to be a convenient way of getting around Apple’s strict control turns out to be a definite security problem and one that is yet to be properly addressed.
  • Even more Siemens industry control systems vulnerable
    The US ICS-CERT has issued a warning explaining that the recently reported replay attacks on control systems (Programmable Logic Controllers or PLCs) sold by Siemens affect more models than previously believed.
  • Cracking DES faster with John the Ripper
    Version 1.7.8 of John the Ripper, a free password cracker, promises to be up to 20 per cent faster when cracking the Data Encryption Standard (DES) algorithm.
  • No more Googling for .co.cc domains
    Google has followed through on a previously announced plan to block “bulk subdomain services”; the entire .co.cc subdomain has been removed from Google’s search index.
  • Firefox PDF reader passes ‘pixel-perfect’ test
    Mozilla programmers have achieved a goal to build a PDF reader out of Web programming technology, the “pixel-perfect” rendering of a particular file.
  • Oracle and Microsoft could cash in big on Android
    With allegations that Google infringed on several patents in its Android operating system, two of the biggest beneficiaries of sales of mobile devices that use the technology could well be Oracle and Microsoft.
  • More switching on IPv6
    More content providers have switched to IPv6 following the success of the World IPv6 Day test flight which went by smoothly and affected but a small number of users, said participants.
  • British tabloid to shutter in wake of phone hacking scandal
    British tabloid News of the World is shutting down as a result of allegations that representatives of the newspaper hacked into phone accounts of news subjects, including celebrities, politicians, and a murder victim, and made payments to police.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/10/11
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