Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore

Mat Honan, who’s digital life was destroyed this summer, on passwords The age of the password has come to an end; we just haven’t realized it yet. And no one has figured out what will take its place. What we can say for sure is this: Access to our data can no longer hinge on […]

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

Mat Honan’s digital life was destroyed: His Google account, Twitter Account, Apple account, … all were gone. Along with that all of his iDevices were remotely wiped by the hackers. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter. Information […]

Facebook flaw allows access to private photos

Looks like the newly appointed Facebook Chief Privacy Officers have some explaining to do: Users are able to report “inappropriate profile photos” on a user’s profile. By checking the box “nudity or pornography”, the user is granted an opportunity to help Facebook “take action by selecting additional photos to include with your report”. Facebook will […]

BozoCrack MD5 Password Hash Cracker

BozoCrack is a depressingly effective MD5 password hash cracker with almost zero CPU/GPU load. Instead of rainbow tables, dictionaries, or brute force, BozoCrack simply finds the plaintext password … via Google. Specifically, it Googles the MD5 hash and hopes the plaintext appears somewhere on the first page of results. It works way better than it […]

Security Vulnerability of the day: Skype

Security researchers discovered several serious security and privacy flaws in Skype that even a ‘high school-age hacker’ could use to track not only users’ locations over time but also their P2P file-sharing activity. The security team warned that this information could easily be used for “stalking, blackmail or fraud.” And For example, they tracked one […]