Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Microsoft flings Office for iPad into App Store – but there’s a catch

Now Ballmer’s gone, it’s time for big biz to get touchy feely with an Apple fondleslab

After months of rumor, Microsoft has at last released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than lobotomized form.

Read More by Iain Thomson

 

Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

Wi-Fi cred-baring vuln lets attackers take full control

A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers’ wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers.

The vulnerability, identified by IT consultant Paul Moore, means Virgin Media Superhub router/modem combo devices leak users’ passwords every time they reboot. The issue arises because the Netgear-manufactured device initially brings up the wireless network without any form of encryption, allowing it to accidentally leak its Wi-Fi password in the clear to anyone nearby.

 “After the seven-second window, the router takes the Wi-Fi card offline, enables encryption and brings the card back up,” Moore explains. “That’d be great, if we hadn’t already broadcast the encryption key to everyone nearby.”

Moore added:  That’s akin to reading your password aloud while you change it.

Moore warns that hackers can take advantage of the vulnerability by forcing a device within range to reboot before snaffling the password. He wrote a proof-of-concept script that could automate this task while acting as a worm going from one router to another.

Read More By John Leyden,

Dropbox outage was caused by ‘buggy’ upgrade: DDoS us? You hardly know us…

1775Sec: Um, we were trolling for, er, Aaron Swartz…

Pranksters latched onto an outage at Dropbox on Friday to push false rumours of a politically motivated hack.

A group calling itself 1775Sec claimed that it had taken advantage of a vulnerability to knock out the widely used sync-and-share service. These claims were reported by sections of the media over the weekend.

Dropbox denied the claim on Sunday, stating that the outage had happened after routine maintenance went awry and apologising for the resulting problems.

Read More By John Leyden,

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