Posts Tagged ‘hack’

Password Use Study – Massive Reuse of Passwords

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The only surprise here is that someone thought that a study was needed in order to prove that people reuse passwords … heck, I could have told them that without a study.

A recent password use study by the German Hasso-Plattner-Institute of roughly 1 billion user accounts concluded that 20% of users were reusing passwords. Additionally, 27% of users used password that were nearly identical with other account passwords. User accounts and passwords are still the dominating method of authentication both locally and online.

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Open Source Typeface Hack Designed Specifically for Code

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The most amazing part of this story is that it’s taken this long for somebody to come up with a font that makes it easier for the user to tell the difference between a zero and the capital letter O.

The days of confusing 0 and O, l and 1, or Z and 2 while reading through pages of code late at night are finally over with the release of Hack, an open source typeface designed specifically for code. While it is code that Hack has been designed for, its open source free for all nature enables you to use it in any program or web application that supports custom fonts. Hack has been designed with legibility in mind, and it shows when you look at the supported characters.

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Mozilla Updates Firefox to 19.0.2 in Response to Pwn2own Issue

Friday, March 8th, 2013

If you’re wondering what motivated the latest Firefox update, here’s the story …

The Pwn2own security challenge is an annual competition in which hackers and security experts from all over the world try to beat the protection of software and mobile devices. Winners of the contest not only get prize money for their efforts, but can also keep the devices they successfully exploited.

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Facebook Hacking Scripts On UserScript.org are Fake, Or Worse

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Script sites are often kind of risky, security-wise, so it’s should be no surprise when a script ends up backfiring like this one.

Over the past two months or so I have seen a number of Facebook hacking scripts posted on the userscripts.org website that supposedly hack into a user’s Facebook account. These scripts – sorry no links – are fake, they won’t work, and are maybe even malicious in nature.

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Researchers Successfully Hack HDCP High-Def Copy Protection

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

More evidence that there’s really no such thing as “uncrackable” security …

Ever since the Blu-Ray video format was first announced, it has been claimed that the copy-protection on the system was uncrackable.  This is because is uses technology in your HDMI port to determine the authenticity of the video source.  Without this technology built into the port’s circuitry Blu-Ray video simply won’t work, which caused problems with some early HDMI-equipped computer monitors.

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Lifehacker Hack – What You Need to Do Right Now

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I don’t use Lifehacker or Gawker, but if you do, then you might want to read this …

You may have already read it on other sites that Lifehacker and other Gawker Media properties were compromised. That’s bad enough for the company and web properties they own, but also for users of the sites. You see, users needed to create an account at Lifehacker and other sites before they were able to comment. Those who were using Facebook Connect were not affected by the hack, for every other user there is a chance that their login information were indeed compromised.

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