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Mobiles susceptible to radio hacks

Podcast Deep inside your mobe is the “baseband chipset”, a slab of silicon that handles all radio communications. Baseband systems have plenty of processing grunt and, according to renowned Jailbreaker Eric "Musclenerd" McDonald, are deeply integrated with the rest of a mobe’s hardware. That makes them a great place to run a virus, …
Patrick Gray, 06 Nov 2012
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Android, heal thyself

Podcast Google's Android mobile operating system is now on a par with others when it comes to security, says Accuvant security researcher Joshua Drake, aka jduck. But there are still problems in the operating system, not least a staggered update process. Then there's webkit, which permeates the operating system but is developed …
Patrick Gray, 28 Oct 2012
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Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack

Pacemakers and implanted defibrillators are vulnerable to wireless attacks that could kill tens of thousands, says the security researcher best known for "jackpotting" an ATM on stage at the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas in 2010. The researcher in question, Barnaby Jack, today told the Ruxcon Breakpoint security …
Patrick Gray, 17 Oct 2012

Kernel crimps make Windows 8 a hacker hassle

Windows 8 will make hackers' lives hard, says Windows internals expert, security researcher and co-author of Apple's iOS and the open source Windows XP clone ReactOS, Alex Ionescu. Now chief architect at CrowdStrike, a security company focused on nation-state adversaries, Ionescu says Windows 8 builds on the usermode exploit …
Patrick Gray, 09 Oct 2012
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Gates defends Microsoft patch efforts

Sydney Microsoft chairman Bill Gates defended the company's handling of security patches Monday following widespread attacks on the Internet by suspected Russian organized crime gangs. Last week's attacks used unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer to deploy a Trojan horse program on the victim's machine, which could capture …
Patrick Gray, 28 Jun 2004
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New flaw takes Wi-Fi off the air

A newly-discovered vulnerability in the 802.11 wireless standard allows attackers to jam wireless networks within a radius of one kilometre using off-the-shelf equipment. Affecting various hardware implementations of the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard - including widely used 802.11b devices - the flaw was found in the …
Patrick Gray, 13 May 2004
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DRM 'will be cracked' says iTunes hacker

According to the Australian researcher who cracked the authentication used by Apple's iTunes software, current-generation Digital Rights Management (DRM) will never work. David Hammerton, a 20-year-old Arts-Science student, reverse-engineered iTunes' authentication measures last week, allowing non-iTunes clients to connect to …
Patrick Gray, 05 May 2004