Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Blu-ray's BD+ Encryption Cracked

Unsurprisingly, it is SlySoft who have had a hand in the cracking, so a new version of AnyDVD HD should be available before the new year. Said software will allow the backing up of Blu-ray movies to a hard drive or the direct copy of discs and other similarly nefarious activities.
Of course the $30 software does require a rather more expensive Blu-ray drive to be of any use and if you copy a film you'll pay more for a blank disc than for a 'real' version anyway. On that basis, this will probably stand more as an example of "we told you so" than a real threat to Blu-ray anti-piracy fanatics.

TrustedReviews - Blu-ray's BD+ Encryption Cracked

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Storm worm strikes back at security pros

The Storm worm is fighting back against security researchers that seek to destroy it and has them running scared, Interop New York show attendees heard this week.

The worm can figure out which users are trying to probe its command-and-control servers, and it retaliates by launching DDoS attacks against them, shutting down their internet access for days, says Josh Korman, host-protection architect for IBM ISS, who led a session on network threats.

"As you try to investigate [Storm], it knows, and it punishes," he says. "It fights back."

New Zealand PC World Magazine > Storm worm strikes back at security pros

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Trojan imitates Skype, steals login credentials

Security analysts are warning of another malicious software program masquerading as an installer file for Skype.

The program sends the victim's Skype credentials, as well as any other logins or passwords stored in Internet Explorer, to another server, writes Villu Arak, a Skype spokesman based in Tallinn, Estonia, on a Skype blog.

Skype, the VoIP (voice over internet protocol) program owned by eBay, is frequently targeted by malware writers because it is widely used. Other attacks have focused on sending links to malware via Skype's chat function as well as worms.
Computerworld > Trojan imitates Skype, steals login credentials

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Secret Windows command line tools can boost security

There's a much under-hyped and overlooked set of Windows security tools that you should be taking advantage of as a Windows administrator. You've already paid for them but may not realize that you have them. I'm talking about a handful of nifty command-line tools that are extremely powerful in practically any information security context. If your experience goes back to the good old DOS days, you'll feel right at home. And if the command line is a little outside your comfort zone, relax -- what you need to know is really straightforward.

Secret Windows command line tools can boost security

Friday, October 12, 2007

Mother of 14-Year-Old Suspected of Plotting School Attack Charged

The mother of a 14-year-old home-schooled student who had a cache of guns, knives and explosive devices in his bedroom was charged Friday with six counts for buying him three weapons.

Michele Cossey bought her son a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9 mm semiautomatic rifle, authorities said.

The teenager felt bullied and tried to recruit another boy for the possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, authorities said.

Police on Wednesday found the rifle, about 30 air-powered guns, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hackers Could Shut Down Car Engines!

I had mentioned this a while ago in a conversation with a friend that these computerized cars would eventually be the subject of some potentially serious problems Wink

Hackers Could Shut Down Car Engines!

Some people just have no idea what they are doing. Here we go again – this is another case of overzealous security that can seriously end up in hurting the ones who should be protected!
General Motors is going to come up with a system to make car thefts history…
TAZForum 2 :: Security Zone :: View topic - Hackers Could Shut Down Car Engines!

Monday, October 8, 2007

YouTube hijacked for Storm worm spam

Spammers are exploiting YouTube's "Invite your Friends" facility to send spam containing a Storm Trojan from the video sharing site. Bradley Anstis, director of product management at security firm Marshal, said that YouTube users can invite their friends to view videos that they are looking at or have posted. Using the facility gives them the opportunity to e-mail any address from their account -- a feature the spammers are now exploiting.

MSFN - YouTube hijacked for Storm worm spam

Monday, October 1, 2007

Torrent Sites Blacklist North American Users

Citing increased pressure from piracy enforcers, operators call it quits

Within the last week, two popular BitTorrent sites began blocking users located in North America:’s trackers now block users in the United States; and blocks users located in Canada.

Starting last week, Canada-based Isohunt posted a notice on its front page, stating that it has disabled access from users in the U.S. to the BitTorrent trackers at and, which are operated by Isohunt. Isohunt elaborates, “This is due to the U.S.'s hostility towards P2P technologies, and we feel with our current lawsuit brought by the MPAA, we can no longer ensure your security and privacy in the U.S.” Isohunt, which only indexes the torrents posted at other trackers like The Pirate Bay or TorrentBox, then asked U.S.-based users to add and use other, unrestricted trackers in its search results.

DailyTech - Torrent Sites Blacklist North American Users