Well folks, its been a crazy week online this week. Is it part of the holidays, or simply that more vulnerabilities are going ‘unfixed’ and the hackers are finding more? You be the judge. We definitely think that there is a ‘retribution’ slant to most of the major issues this week, specifically with Rockyou!
Rockyou.com Falls Victim to simple hack, Major exposure!
One of the more interesting facets of the story is RockYou’s failure to appropriately protect user’s login credentials. The hacker showed us an image containing the last few lines of a 32,603,388-line, seven-column dataset weighing in at 276 MB. All the data we saw was in plain text; any grade schooler could have used this information to log in to users’ accounts. Link to Original Story
If you are interested, the most easterly point of North America
Long a fan of the ‘virtual google traveler’, I have found an interesting article using google maps to ‘visit’ locales. In this case, its the most easterly point of North America! Link to Story
I came across and interesting question in LinkedIn that asked what was SEO poisoning. We recently had a customer that came to us with this nasty, nasty infection. Its ugly, and it hurts. Read all about it here.
US and Russia being cyber-SALT talks
This reminds me of the good old days of the SALT talks. Remember those? When we had nukes pointing at each other for MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) needs? Well, now we’re in the Web 2.0 world, and the conversation has changed. Full Story here
All in all, a very busy week! I hope your preparations for the holidays are not too crazy for you, and wish you and yours a safe and joyous holiday (however you may celebrate it!)