Monthly Archives: December 2013

Play classic console games at the Internet Archive

No sound, but that will be coming.  Internet Archive.

The top 10 major hacks of 2013

“The retailer urged consumers to keep a close eye on their statements and credit scores, but this is certainly not the first time that shoppers and web users have had to double check their accounts for fraud, or change an Internet password, in 2013.”   ITPortal

Building a MacPro equivalent Windows PC.

“A top-of-the-line Mac Pro costs $9,599 and includes a 2.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 12-core processor, 64GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB SSD, and dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics cards.”   Digital Trends

Snapchat Security Hole

Snapchat’s previously undocumented API and code for two exploits have been published, allowing mass name/phone number matching, and mass creation of bogus accounts.  ZDNet

RSA Denies Knowingly Building NSA ‘Back Door’ Into Security Software

“Recent press coverage has asserted that RSA entered into a ‘secret contract’ with the NSA to incorporate a known flawed random number generator into its BSAFE encryption libraries. We categorically deny this allegation”  Link

What To Expect After the Target Card Data Breach

“If you braved the crowds and went shopping at Target on Black Friday this year, or bought something from the retailer in the weeks since, you need to check your credit card statements. You may be among the 40 million customers affected by what may turn out to be the largest financial breach of 2013.”  Link

NSA paid RSA for back door into its security products

“Reuters later reported that RSA became the most important distributor of that formula by rolling it into a software tool called Bsafe that is used to enhance security in personal computers and many other products.”  Link

Cryptolocker ransom Trojan infected 250,000 PCs, Dell SecureWorks estimates

“Dell Secureworks estimates that between September and December the sums extorted were between $380,000 and $980,000 in value”   Link

Apple releases OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks Update

“the OS X 10.9.1 update is narrowly focused on Apple’s Safari Web browser. OS X 10.9 originally shipped with Safari 7.0, which is now being updated to a patched Safari 7.0.1 release. In total, the Safari 7.0.1 update includes nine security updates for vulnerabilities found within Safari and its core WebKit rendering engine” Link

Target Chain Suffers In Store Credit Card Breach.

“The company early Thursday confirmed a data breach may have affected about 40 million credit card and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.” This did not affect online purchases, just store purchases. Link