Archive for May, 2011


Google: Android security fix to roll out over next few days

Google on Wednesday began fixing a security flaw that affects some 97% of Android smartphones. The fix, which addresses a hole allowing hackers to access the contacts, calendars and photos on an Android phone connected to an open Wi-Fi network, will take a few days to cover every phone, a Google spokesman said.

Additionally, owners of Android smartphones are being warned to avoid public WiFi networks after researchers found a security flaw that could affect the vast majority of devices based on Google’s software.

Full Article Here.


Facebook Setting you should change as quickly as possible – HTTPS

By default, Facebook sends your access credentials in the clear, with no encryption whatsoever. Switching to HTTPS is important because a browser extension called Firesheep has made it especially easy for anyone sharing your open wireless network—at cafe or conference, for example—to sniff your credentials and freely access your account. One blogger sitting in a random New York Starbucks was able to steal 20-40 Facebook identities in half an hour. HTTPS solves this longstanding problem by encrypting your login cookies and other data; in fact the inventor of Firesheep made the software to encourage companies like Facebook to finally lock down their systems.

You can sign up for Facebook HTTPS by going to Account Settings and then selecting “Account Security,” third from the bottom. Then click under “Secure Browsing” — if it’s there. Facebook says everyone should have this by the end of the day, but in the meantime you might be missing the relevant option toggle.

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Massive Government Interest in Sony PlayStation Network Hac

Governments and government agencies across the country and the world are now seeking answers from Sony about the PlayStation Network outage and the potential loss of personal information.

Interested parties include the Connecticut state attorney general, the FBI, government privacy officials from Australia, Canada and the U.K., and even the city of Taipei.

Sony’s online network has been down since April 20, when the company took down the PlayStation Network and the related Qriocity cloud music service due to a external intrusion, or hack into the network.

That may have been on Sony’s mind on Friday, when the company’s latest blog post addressed the issue of compensation, and what will happen to customer’s saved games, data, and other aspects of game play.

Customers, meanwhile, have complained that their credit-card information that was given to Sony has been compromised, perhaps by a hacker group. “There have been charges at retail stores, restaurants, parking garages, and hotels in TN [Tennessee] and MD [Maryland],” Thomas O’Brien wrote in an email to “There have also been charges in AZ [Arizona], but those may be online, and not a physical retail location.”

Sony has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Diego, and its cybercrimes unit is investigating.

“The situation also raises questions about the effectiveness of Sony’s measures to protect the confidentiality and security of private information it receives from consumers,” Jepsen wrote. “I am particularly concerned that breaches of this sort do not reoccur and that affected individuals, many of which may be children, are provided sufficient protections to safeguard their information from further disclosures.”

Full Article Here

Note: Full Timeline Here – Friday, April 29 – Hackers claim to have access to PSN customers’ credit card numbers and reportedly try to hold the data for ransom, demanding payment from Sony, which refuses and declares that the data is encrypted.

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