It appears our affiliates TechFocus, are suffering a pretty major DoS attack. Why do script kiddies waste time with stuff like this? It's trivial to pull off and really does nothing but waste bandwidth, time and most importantly money... Sites like TF, are mainly self funded, non-profit initiatives (very similar to that of HITB), and its sad to see them have to go waste even more resources unneccessarily. *sigh*.
This is the second part of a silicon.com interview with two UK hackers dryice and frixion who were implicated in testimony during a recent trial over a denial of service attack on one of the largest ports in the United States. Here they reveal how businesses are still leaving themselves woefully exposed to even the most inexperienced script kiddies.
Police have arrested a 17-year-old Brazilian teen, living in Japan's Tochigi Prefecture on suspicion of violating the Unauthorized Computer Access Law, the police said Friday. The boy is a member of an international group of hackers responsible for hacking into more than 1,000 Web sites in 33 countries. The Metropolitan Police Department arrested the boy on suspicion of violating the Unauthorized Computer Access Law.
Hackers who crossover into virus writing territory present the biggest danger to corporate computer systems as they perfect the 'blended threat' seen in recent virus outbreaks such as Sobig. That's the assertion of Sarah Gordon, senior research fellow at Symantec Security Response, who has worked with the White House and the FBI to research the psychological profile of hackers and virus writers.
Gordon told silicon.com that hackers are driven by the motivation to complete a technology challenge and are usually not interested in the basic task of writing viruses and worms.
Security consulting firm, @Stake issued three security advisories for Apple's Mac OS X operating system this week. The advisories affect Mac OS X 10.2.8 and lower and do not appear to affect the company's recently released Panther operating system. In fact, @Stake is recommending users upgrade to Panther as a fix for the problems.
The three advisories are Long argv Buffer Overflow; Systemic Insecure File Permissions; and Arbitrary File Overwrite via Core Files. @Stake lists the severity of the advisories as being "high."