Tuesday, February 19, 2013

US Gov urged to pardon Gary McKinnon and recruit more hackers

Pardon Gary McKinnon and recruit more hackers, US government urged | World news | guardian.co.uk: " . . . A leading military thinker has urged President Barack Obama to pardon the British computer hacker Gary McKinnon as part of a wider bid to recruit "master hackers" to US Cyber Command. John Arquilla, a professor of defence analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School, said forgiving McKinnon – who faced extradition for hacking into Pentagon and Nasa systems – could encourage other hackers to become government cyber warriors. "If the notion of trying to attract master hackers to our cause is ever to take hold, this might be just the right case in which President Obama should consider using his power to pardon," Arquilla wrote in the journal Foreign Policy. "One presidential act of mercy, such as in the case of McKinnon, won't entirely repair relations or build trust between hackers and the government, but it would be a strong signal of officialdom's growing awareness of the wisdom of embracing and employing the skills of these masters of their virtual domain. . . ."

Crowdsourcing Continues to Aid in Solving Crimes - Daily Crowdsource: " . . . When the site was launched in April 2011, the FBI received countless tips from the crowd. Some believed that the notes have something to do with driving directions which the victim wrote on the paper (e.g. “tun-se” = turn south east, “rne” = right north east). Many think that Rick McCornick dealt drugs and that the codes were his customer’s addresses. One amateur code-cracker guessed that the code was an unfinished song, since it contained rhythmic elements as well as traces of rhymes . Another one guessed that the author of the code could be dyslexic, since people suffering from the disorder often omit certain letters. Still, others were able to decode the word “place”. Standard routes of cryptanalysis seem to have hit brick walls. Maybe someone with a fresh set of eyes might come up with a brilliant new idea. . . . McCornick´s murder still ranks among the top unsolved murder cases in the US. In the meantime, the FBI created its own crowdsourcing website where you can read about victims and follow investigations. Anyone with an Internet connection can get cryptography tips and make an attempt at cracking the code. . . . "

Protect your laptop from theft and hackers - CBS News: " . . . there are some fairly painless things you can do to dramatically enhance security. Secure it. There's no better way to keep your laptop from disappearing than to lock it down using an ordinary Kensington-style lock. They come in both key and combo varieties, and you can use a lock to secure your laptop in the office, in a hotel room or even at the coffee shop. Password-protect Windows . . . ." Read full article at link above.

Google's Chrome Browser Issues Malware Warnings For Major Sites: "Those trying to reach major web sites ranging from The Huffington Post to CNET and using Google’s Chrome browser may be getting blocked, as Chrome puts up a “Danger: Malware Ahead” warning."

After Evasi0n, iOS Hackers Have More Exploits In Store For Apple - Forbes: "But in the end, the evad3rs didn’t replace just one component of their jailbreak before releasing it. According to David Wang, one of the four hackers who worked on evasi0n, the team was able to swap out all of it with lower-value exploits except one element targeting a bug used for executing code in an iOS device’s kernel, the deepest, most protected part of the operating system. All the other bugs used in evasi0n are “redundant,” he says, meaning the hackers have found similar, backup bugs they can use even if the newly exposed ones are patched by Apple."

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