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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

Privacy advocates, journalists and a representative from GCHQ squared off in a debate on surveillance in Cambridge today. The heavyweight exchange of ideas between Cambridge security engineering professor Ross Anderson and Ian Levy, technical director of the National Cyber Security Centre, the assurance arm of GCHQ, took place …
John Leyden, 29 May 2018
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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

Updated The developers of Replicant, a pure free-software version of Android, claim to have discovered a security hole in certain Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets – one so serious that it could potentially grant an attacker remote access to the device's file system. Among the devices said to be vulnerable are the Nexus S, Galaxy S, …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014
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Microsemi rebuts silicon backdoor claim

Microsemi, manufacturer of the ProASIC3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) that researchers Sergei Skorobogatov and Christopher Woods claim has a highly hackable backdoor, has issued a statement (PDF) about the attack. The statement also casts doubt on the experimental method used to detect the backdoor, as it says the …

Researchers find backdoor in milspec silicon

A pair of security researchers claim to have found a back door in a commercial field-programmable gate array (FPGA) marketed as a secure tool for military applications. The FPGA in question is the Actel ProASIC3, a device manufacturer MicroSEMI recommends for use in “portable, consumer, industrial, communications and medical …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2012
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SourceForge pulls off fake, 'Trojan-wrapped' Anonymous OS tool

Prominent members of Anonymous have said that a open-source distro bearing the hacktivist group's moniker is nothing to do with them and is likely to be riddled with Trojans. Anonymous OS Live – supposedly an Ubuntu-based OS, which advertises itself as being pre-loaded with various hacking tools and utilities (Tor, John the …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2012

SourceForge applies global password reset after hack attack

Open-source code repository SourceForge has advised users to change their passwords following a concerted hacking attack. The attack, launched last Wednesday, targeted developer infrastructure and involved the compromise of servers. SourceForge detected the attack and quickly disabled CVS, ishell, file uploads …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2011

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