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Google password cracker

Probably one use of its search engine Google never envisioned. Steven Murdoch, a security researcher who runs the Light Blue Touchpaper blog, discovered that when he inputted an MD5 password hash into Google he got several hits with one thing in common. In this case the name 'Anthony'. Sure enough, 'Anthony' was the password he was searching for. "Because of this technique, Google is acting as a hash pre-image finder, and more importantly finding hashes of things that people have hashed before," said Murdoch.

November 25, 2007 | | Comments (0)

Email leakage a growing concern

Businesses are getting nervous about the amount of sensitive company information being leaked via email. Hardly surprising given that half of all employees have admitted to sending an embarrassing or sensitive email to the wrong person.
Of course, it might even be a deliberate mistake on occasion.

November 19, 2007 | | Comments (0)

Data breaches are "everyday incidents"

Data breaches caused by lost laptops and unsecured USB memory sticks are " everyday incidents", according to memory vendor SanDisk.

"There are endless examples of data breaches," Dror Todress, head of marketing at SanDisk's Enterprise Division, told vnunet.com.

November 16, 2007 | | Comments (0)

Salesforce owns up

It's been the subject of rumour for weeks, but Salesforce.com has finally admitted that one of its staff fell for  a phishing scam. Now it's customers are being hit by targeted phishing attacks. Salesforce has over 1 million customers and if you're one of them, you best be on your guard.

November 11, 2007 | | Comments (1)


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