Microsoft quietly put a new test site online last Saturday to let hackers attempt to breach Windows XP's security. Microsoft placed a version of Windows XP Home Edition online in a configuration that resembles a typical user's home setup. The Web site will help Microsoft determine configuration settings that it can recommend to potential users of the new OS.
If you own an Alcatel DSL modem, you will be interrested to know that virtually anybody on the planet is probably able to reconfigure your modem, steal your passwords, sniff your data, install a custom firmware into it, or just break it for fun. Lack of proper authentification, and various back-doors have been pointed out amongst various design flaws.
The problem, according to PGP Security, is caused by a flaw in the technology that many FTP servers use to handle searches for files. This flaw can allow an attacker to take full control of the vulnerable system. Once an attacker has taken control, he can do anything on the system that the system administrator can do, including reading, replacing or deleting data, and altering the contents of websites. He can also replace downloadable files with malicious files containing viruses or other malevolent programs.
The home page of a Navy Web site was hijacked Thursday, apparently
by supporters or agents of the People’s Republic of China, which holds
the United States responsible for the recent collision of a surveillance
plane with a Chinese F-8 fighter.
The site, at www.peoarbs.navy.mil, was shut down immediately, and the
Navy is reviewing the incident.
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