BOL 1030: SSL is SOL Video
Among the news of new URL shorteners and Australian Internet filters comes one of the darkest moments in microblogging. Microsoft has pulled down their new Twitter-like site in China because it turns out it wasn't Twitter-like at all. It was in fact more like Plurk. In fact it looked like maybe they stole Plurk's code. We also get morally outraged at good business plans. Or stupid people. Or something. Just watch. Or listen.
A new scanner developed by Kaminsky and friends can help find Conficker-infected machines. We're so drenched in Conficker news at this point that I think the Girl Scouts have started selling Confickerdoodles. We also analyze Netflix's Blu-ray-rate hike, and try to decide why they're fighting over toilets in space.
As AT&T tries to accuse Google of violating Net neutrality, Molly wonders if the company really just wants to be seen as a villain. Also, while you should never call anything unhackable, the Netbooks being given to students in Australia are pretty tight. Physical-layer BIOS protection is unusual in an educational situation like that. And we also get a little frustrated with people who don't listen. So please. Listen. Thanks.
It turns out that no matter how technologically savvy we get in the world, we could always be betrayed by the "meat puppets behind the servers." Thanks for that one, Donald. And human error does appear to be what happened to Amazon, and also the Yankees. DSLReports, on the other hand, just plain got hacked. And it would also appear there's no one equipped to help us with our little data leakage issues, since the FBI's own cyber-security agents admit they're not up to the task. But there's even worse news than that: the white iPhone is 0.2mm thicker than the black one. THE HUMANITY! --Molly
A month-and-a-half ago, Apple Computer dismissed claims that MacBooks could be hijacked via Wi-Fi. This week, however, the Cupertino, Calif., company released security updates for a trio of flaws in Mac OS X that could be exploited to do just that. CNET News.com's Joris Evers and CNET.com's Robert Vamosi chime in.
A vulnerability has been discovered in the Safari browser of the iPhone, and this video is a brief demonstration of how it works. More details are set to be announced at this year's Black Hat security conference.
A month-and-a-half ago, Apple Computer dismissed claims that MacBooks could be hijacked via Wi-Fi. This week, however, the Cupertino, Calif., company released security updates for a trio of flaws in Mac OS X that could be exploited to do just that. CNET N
In this video from Black Hat, two security researchers show that they can break into a laptop, an Apple Computer MacBook in this case, by exploiting a vulnerability in Wi-Fi drivers. Video courtesy of David Maynor and Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch.
It's official: we can't take anymore winter. We need a pick-me-up. Actually, we just discovered that the only thing worse than winter is a glowing blue beam of death designed to act like the sun. Also, shocking news about Rafe Needleman!
Microsoft can't swat new bugs as fast as they pop up. The software giant has rushed out a "critical" fix for Windows, but attacks continue via other known, yet-to-be-plugged holes. Moreover, exploit code for two new flaws has surfaced. CNET News.com's Joris Evers and CNET.com's Robert Vamosi give their take on this week's Security Bites.