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Shodan: The scariest search engine on the Internet

“It’s stunning what can be found with a simple search on Shodan. Countless traffic lights, security cameras, home automation devices and heating systems are connected to the Internet and easy to spot. Shodan searchers have found control systems for a water park, a gas station, a hotel wine cooler and a crematorium. Cybersecurity researchers have even located command and control systems for nuclear power plants and a particle-accelerating cyclotron by using Shodan.

What’s really noteworthy about Shodan’s ability to find all of this — and what makes Shodan so scary — is that very few of those devices have any kind of security built into them. “You can log into just about half of the Internet with a default password,” said HD Moore, chief security officer of Rapid 7, who operates a private version of a Shodan-like database for his own research purposes. “It’s a massive security failure.”" Read more…

RELATED STORY: Hackers take aim at key U.S. infrastructure

Posted 1566 days ago in Geek

Super Interesting > The DDoS that almost broke the Internet

Posted 1577 days ago in Geek

Antigua Government To Launch Pirate Website To Punish United States

“The Government of Antigua is planning to launch a website selling movies, music and software, without paying U.S. copyright holders. The Caribbean island is taking the unprecedented step because the United States refuses to lift a trade “blockade” preventing the island from offering Internet gambling services, despite several WTO decisions in Antigua’s favor. The country now hopes to recoup some of the lost income through a WTO approved “warez” site.”..

Posted 1640 days ago in Geek

You’re not anonymous. I know your name, email, and company.

“For example, if [a visitor] went to XYZ.com and filled out a web form and then [the visitor] later visited 42floors.com, [42Floors] would be able to identify [the visitor] by name/email as well as company details even though [the visitor] never filled out a web form on [42Floors.com].”

Seriously creepy.. apparently the answer to the author’s question “When a user visits a site without ever having voluntarily supplied information to that site, should the user have an expectation that their identity is private until they chose to reveal it?” is that the developers think not…

Posted 1683 days ago in Geek

How Syria Turned Off the Internet

Super interesting read. From the article > The Syrian Minister of Information is being reported as saying that the government did not disable the Internet, but instead the outage was caused by a cable being cut. Specifically: “It is not true that the state cut the Internet. The terrorists targeted the Internet lines, resulting in some regions being cut off.” From our investigation, that appears unlikely to be the case….. Syria has 4 physical cables that connect it to the rest of the Internet. Three are undersea cables that land in the city of Tartous, Syria. The fourth is an over-land cable through Turkey. In order for a whole-country outage, all four of these cables would have had to been cut simultaneously. That is unlikely to have happened.

Posted 1696 days ago in Geek

Understanding TPP (ACTA’s Nastier, Secret Little Brother)

TPP effectively tidies up all the lose ends that ACTA left dangling — generally imposing far harsher penalties, adding back patents, and making everything compulsory rather than optional. It also provides us with a clear sense of what ACTA 2.0 will be like unless it is negotiated with real transparency that allows all parties, including civil groups and the general public, to have their voices heard…

Posted 1932 days ago in Geek

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

A top-down, centralized, international regulatory overlay is antithetical to the architecture of the Net, which is a global network of networks without borders. No government, let alone an intergovernmental body, can make engineering and economic decisions in lightning-fast Internet time. Productivity, rising living standards and the spread of freedom everywhere, but especially in the developing world, would grind to a halt as engineering and business decisions become politically paralyzed within a global regulatory body…

Posted 1978 days ago in Geek

If You Want to Stay Safe on Facebook, Don’t Use It

I was once at Facebook headquarters at Palo Alto, and I saw on one of the network engineer’s tables a Narus pamphlet. Narus is the company that did interception with the NSA and AT&T in the US. Those two companies and Narus did the analysis of the illegal wiretapping of the entire American population’s phone calls and data travelling through AT&T data centres. Facebook’s looking at the same solution. It should give you some idea about what Facebook is…

Posted 1987 days ago in Geek

I Hope SOPA Passes

Protest schemes that don’t cost the participants any inconvenience, hardship or money remain the most popular, despite their ineffectiveness..

Posted 2011 days ago in Geek

White House Official Response to SOPA/PIPA

The White House comes out against SOPA/PIPA (in it’s current form) in an official response to an online petition.. completely rejecting ANY form of DNS blocking, etc…

Posted 2016 days ago in Geek

Reddit to go Dark on Jan 18 to Protest SOPA

We’ve seen some amazing activism organized by redditors at /r/sopa and across the reddit community at large. You have made a difference in this fight; and as we near the next stage, and after much thought, talking with experts, and hearing the overwhelming voices from the reddit community, we have decided that we will be blacking out reddit on January 18th from 8am–8pm EST…

Posted 2020 days ago in Geek

Hackers to Put Their Own Internet into Space

There’s more than one way to stick it to The Man… a team of German hackers are building a hacker-owned-and-operated space program, complete with a constellation of communications satellites beaming uncensored Internet to users on the ground…

Posted 2024 days ago in Geek

The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish…

Posted 2033 days ago in Geek

Google Won’t Let RIAA Program It’s Search Algorithm

Now that’s interesting. I didn’t realize that “free” and “download” were illegal terms. Especially since Lady Gaga and her manager have both expressed interest in giving away her music for free. It seems that the RIAA’s real complaint is that the end result of the searches still points people to some sites that offer infringing works. But that’s a totally different complaint. Google could censor the words “free” and “download” and within hours people involved in infringement would come up with alternative words…

Posted 2039 days ago in Audio, Geek

Anonymous on #OpBlackOut

(the 99%):  We all have a reason and the power to fight this..lets replace the face of the internet with a clear message about how we feel about censorship…

Posted 2040 days ago in Geek

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