Monthly Archives: December 2013

SD Card exploit used by security researchers to steal data

A pair of security researchers have figured out how to subvert tiny controller chips in flash-memory storage devices, an approach that could expose people’s private data. cNet

Chromebook sales beat Macs for educators

“Google’s Chromebook computers have surpassed Apple’s Macbooks in commercial sales growth as educators opt for the lower-cost Chromebook in classrooms instead of the Mac”  WorldNews

Top Security Breaches of 2013

A list of the top scams and breaches for this year.  SiliconRepublic

UTC Windows Offline Updater

The WSUS offline updater allows for “batch patching” of a Windows OS and Microsoft Office.  If you need to patch a fresh install of Windows, or update an PC that has been offline for a while, please review this document.

BBC computer server was controlled by Russian hacker

“A Russian hacker took control of a BBC computer server and attempted to sell access to it to other cybercriminals, according to reports.”  BBC

OpenSSL.org defaced

Code source has been verified, all is well.  Details to follow. Hacking News

Defcon 21 Videos

A variety of computer security subjects.  Youtube

The NSA’s TAO hacking unit

The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.  Sp.de  

Will Mod be the new Metro for Windows 8?

“In August 2012, just before launching Windows 8, Microsoft officials conceded that the company would no longer be using “Metro” to describe the tiled interface”  ZDNet

Target says stolen debit card data still “safe”

Earlier this month approximately the data contained on 40 million credit cards and debit cards was stolen from Target.  The card data is from users who purchased in-store goods, not via Target’s web site.  Target “is confident” that the PIN numbers required to access the affected debit cards is “still safe.”  ThreatPost