Yahoo! CAPTCHA Cracked

By PatB Contributing Writer, [GAS] According to experts, one of the strongest implementations of CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) out there is owned by Yahoo!.  Last week, Russian hackers cracked the CAPTCHA by achieving a 35% recognition rate of CAPTCHA images by an automated system. According to the […]

Anonymous Versus the Church of Scientology

In the past, I have been a vocal critic of the Church of Scientology. Like many of you, I saw the video of Tom Cruise, wide-eyed and cackling, talking about how only Scientologists know what to do when they pass a car wreck. It made me pray to God that, should I actually be involved […]

College students: The MPAA still hates you

Last year, the MPAA released a study claiming that 44% of all illegal movie downloads via P2P networks could be directly linked to college students with high-speed network access. Using that report, the MPAA then coerced many college campuses into installing a P2P-monitoring toolkit on their networks. This program reports back to the MPAA directly, […]

Botnets: When your computer falls in the wrong hands

What is a botnet, how do botnets work, and how can you protect yourself against them? If more people asked themselves these questions, botnets wouldn’t be a problem in the first place. Interested in seeing first-hand what kind of attacks botnets can perpetrate, and want to know how to defend against them? Here is a […]

PayPal accused of blocking funds meant for NH Recount – unknown if recount will occur in Rep. race.

BREAKING By Brian Boyko Contributor, [GAS] UPDATE: Op-Ed News reports that the N.H. Sec. of State has recieved a check for $55,600 from a single anonymous doner to the Howard campaign, and the both the Democratic and Republican N.H. primary recount will proceed. [GAS] has not yet independently verified this information. The future of a […]

MySpace Malware Cocktails

If you are in charge of enforcing web surfing policies for your enterprise and you are not already blocking mega-popular social networking sites like MySpace for your users, here is yet another reason to do so: Fake Microsoft updates that deliver a machine-killing Kevorkian cocktail. Your user thinks he’s adding a new friend and helpfully […]

Polish teenager derails trams using TV remote

Maybe you thought we were being paranoid about security in our post last Thursday about Boeing’s unholy union of user Internet access with networks for control and navigation aboard the new 787 Dreamliner.  Nobody could really hack one of these networks, now could they? As if presaging things to come, a teenager in ?ód?, Poland managed to […]

Boeing throws down cracker gauntlet, FAA makes them pick it up

Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, due to enter service in November 2008, packs a load of innovations in an attempt to fend off competition from its rival, Airbus. Touting exceptional fuel efficiency as its main draw for buyers, the 787 also includes numerous new features to improve passenger experience: larger seats, windows, and luggage bins; better […]