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2006.11.20 Daily Security Reading

by on Nov.20, 2006, under Security

PCI cards the next haven for rootkits? [pdf]

An interesting article about a paper published on the possibility of hiding a rootkit in different PCI cards and have the rootkit survive a reboot or cleansing of the hard disk. It seems though that the author of the article doesn’t think this would be abused.

A New Vulnerability In RSA Cryptography

Branch Prediction Analysis is a recent attack vector against RSA public-key cryptography on personal computers that relies on timing measurements.

Cracked it!

Three million Britons have been issued with the new hi-tech passport… So why did Steve Boggan and a friendly computer expert find it so easy to break the security codes?

Honeypot Mirroring .edu domains under .eu / Active Threat

What is appears, for the moment, is that this machine is running a honeypot to capture passwords for people who typo .edu as .eu

Malware goes to the movies

Online attackers have started to experiment with embedding malicious code or links to such code in different video formats.

Deconstructing a Pump-and-Dump Spam Botnet

Shows the inner working of a massive botnet that is responsible for the recent surge of ‘pump and dump’ spam. It’s a detailed picture of how these sleazy operations work and why they’re so hard to shut down. Sobering numbers: 70,000 infected machines capable of pumping out a billion messages a day, virtually all of them for penis enlargement and stock scams. Excellent graphics, too, including one chart that shows that Windows XP Service Pack 2 is hosting nearly half the attacked machines.

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