Re: Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

Wednesday’s report is concerning because routers and NAS devices typically receive no antivirus or firewall protection and are directly connected to the Internet. While the researchers still don’t know precisely how the devices are getting infected, almost all of those targeted have known public exploits or default credentials that make compromise straightforward. Antivirus provider Symantec […]

Boston Marathon: What if all personnel had gps enabled, personal dvrs?

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon I’ve been listening to the radio and reading about the bombings. One of the early reports described how one of the bombs was pretty close to a security guard who was scanning the crowd. If the bomber didn’t look suspicious  then there’s no reason for the […]

Two great articles on password security

Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger (Ars) The average Web user maintains 25 separate accounts but uses just 6.5 passwords to protect them, according to a landmark study (PDF) from 2007. As the Gawker breach demonstrated, such password reuse, combined with the frequent use of e-mail addresses as user names, means that […]

Apple and Amazon security flaws, changes I made to protect myself

Update: Amazon Quietly Closes Security Hole After Journalist’s Devastating Hack Last night, I read in horror Mat Honan’s account of how he got hacked and how a large part of his digital existence ceased to exist. The scarest part of this “hack” was that it didn’t take advantage of any sort of software bug or security vulnerability. It wasn’t even […]