Today, December 10th, Anonymous, an Internet gathering, released a press release which you can read below. In it, a description is provided of what Anonymous is about, what Operation Payback is, and where the media is getting it wrong. Also in it, its author forgot to remove his name in the pdf’s Meta information.
Bad actors have taken advantage by engaging in search engine poisoning including taking over existing web sites, using techniques that boost search ranking, and installing malicious software using scareware tactics on user’s PC’s. They also set up fake donation web sites. Finally, they employ Spam e-mail, Twitter messages, and related electronic communication methods in order to direct users to these web sites.
A report has been received from Juniper at 4:25pm under bulletin PSN-2010-01-623 that a crafted malformed TCP field option in the TCP header of a packet will cause the JUNOS kernel to core (crash).
In November, Microsoft’s forensics tool called COFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) was leaked on torrents for download. The news coverage was much hype about nothing, as many free tools already out there exceed COFEE in features and functionality.
A Romanian hacker has on December 6th identified input validation deficiencies in URL parameter handling leading to security vulnerabilities on a section of the official site of the Pentagon, http://pentagon.afis.osd.mil, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. The hacker who identifies himself as Ne0h has posted images of the vulnerabilities, which are still active at the time of this blog post, on his blog.