Gottfrid Svartholm Warg isn't the only foudning member of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay to find himself on the wrong side of international law. Expected to speak at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur this week, Warg's cohorts Peter "brokep" Sunde nor Fredrik "tiamo" Neij failed to attend the event, despite being billed as keynote speakers. Following a short and frantic search it emerged that neither man had been arrested or gone off the grid but a combination of illness and legal advice had prevented them from leaving their native Sweden.
Researcher Felix "FX" Lindner has just revealed to attendees of his talk at security conference Hack In The Box how easy it is to gain access to Huawei routers and telco equipment, spelling out how backdoor access is not necessary if an attacker wants to get in and access traffic that runs through them.
He told the packed room in Kuala Lumpur, "I don't know if there are backdoors - but it doesn't matter since there are so many vulnerabilities."
Google has fixed a hole in its Chrome browser that earned a white hat hacker $60,000 at the recent Pwnium 2 hacking contest.
The company released the fix for the vulnerability on Wednesday, around 10 hours after it was revealed at the Pwnium competition at 'Hack in the Box 2012' contest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. The hacker — who goes by the name of 'pinkie pie' — found the vulnerability in the browser by combining two separate exploits, and netted a cool $60,000 for his discovery, as well as a free Chromebook.
Hack in the Box will host its 10th security conference this week in Kuala Lumpur featuring an all-star cast of hacking luminaries and a cutting-edge program.
The lengthy speakers list includes John Draper aka "Captain Crunch," who famously used a whistle from a cereal box to access long-distance switching networks in the early 1970s, as well as Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, two founders of the torrent search engine The Pirate Bay.
CHARLIE Miller, a principal research consultant for Accuvant Labs set a lot of tongues wagging at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference earlier this year.
His presentation involved demonstrating how Near Field Communications (NFC) features in mobile phones opened up new venues for hackers to gain control over the device.