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Mobile Phone Botnets:  Is Your Refrigerator Next?

Mobile Phone Botnets: Is Your Refrigerator Next?

For some time now, experts in the information security community have been concerned about the possibility of  mobile phone botnets: now it appears these fears may have been well-grounded, as suggested in the article below.   While there are billions of desktop and portable computers in the world, there are billions more mobile phones.  As...
Hacking Airport X-Ray Machines: Terrorist Implications

Hacking Airport X-Ray Machines: Terrorist Implications

(Part 2 of a 2 part series) In part one of this series, we examined the latest generation airport full-body scanners and explored the privacy concerns raised by many regarding potential abuses of this technology, to include the unauthorized preservation and sharing of nude images of passengers passing through the devices.   In this second...
Hacking Airport X-Ray Machines for Fun and Porn

Hacking Airport X-Ray Machines for Fun and Porn

(Part 1 of a 2 part series) Ever since the unsuccessful bombing attempt against Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit  on Christmas day 2009, there has been renewed scrutiny of airport security measures.  Given that the suspected bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to easily pass through security with mixture of explosive materials,...
100 Cars Remotely Hacked: The Back-Door in Your Vehicle May Not Be the One You Think

100 Cars Remotely Hacked: The Back-Door in Your Vehicle May Not Be the One You Think

Recently in Austin, Texas (United States), over 100 cars  were rendered entirely unusable after a hacker gained access to a previously undisclosed “black box” hidden inside the vehicle by the automobile dealership that sold the cars.  The purpose of the black box was to remotely disable vehicles for automobile owners who failed to make payments...
New Non-Latin Alphabet Internet Domains May Offer New Criminal Opportunities

New Non-Latin Alphabet Internet Domains May Offer New Criminal Opportunities

Paypal Cyrillic Example In what some are calling one of the biggest changes in Internet’s history, the board of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) recently approved the use of Web addresses written in non-Latin Alphabets, including Chinese, Arabic and Russian.  Thus as of mid-2010, it will be possible to type an...