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27 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007

Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

vahid

@bsquared

I am unsure the extent of interbindings from a given advert. Unsure if your read that entire article on the top ofy first post.

So far as I understand to the ss an android is a gold mine.

I presume using the adverts combined with other meta data from your other running applications helps trace you where ever you go.

The game maker's have totally denied working with nsa etc.

Personally I think there is a wide gaping hole in app policing on androids. Why does a game require privlalages to all aspects of my phone? If their not using those privalges are the third party adverts inheriting same privileges and doibg their dirty deeds using the cunning loophole.

Personally google needs to be policing android apps and ensuring its os restricts wild access rights

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vahid

looks like i missed the top portion of the paragraph which explains that their money is not being made by genuine advertisement but simply by helping track you through innocent adverts back to nsa:

In December, The Washington Post, citing the Snowden documents, reported that the N.S.A. was using metadata to track cellphone locations outside the United States and was using ad cookies to connect Internet addresses with physical locations.)

In another example, a secret 20-page British report dated 2012 includes the computer code needed for plucking the profiles generated when Android users play Angry Birds. The app was created by Rovio Entertainment, of Finland, and has been downloaded more than a billion times, the company has said.

so yes none of it is really funny its all serious shit designed to snoop on all of us in innocent ways and that has truely got to be the darkest part of it all, knowing that those oblivious objects on your screen are actually part of a bigger thing

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vahid

@bronek

unsure what is funny these guys are serious about making money from our misfortune of ads being shown..

https://www.propublica.org/article/spy-agencies-probe-angry-birds-and-other-apps-for-personal-data

Rovio drew public criticism in 2012 when researchers claimed that the app was tracking users’ locations and gathering other data and passing it to mobile ad companies. In a statement on its website, Rovio says that it may collect its users’ personal data, but that it abides by some restrictions. For example, the statement says, “Rovio does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age.”

The secret report noted that the profiles vary depending on which of the ad companies — which include Burstly and Google’s ad services, two of the largest online advertising businesses — compiles them. Most profiles contain a string of characters that identifies the phone, along with basic data on the user like age, sex and location. One profile notes whether the user is currently listening to music or making a call, and another has an entry for household income.

Google declined to comment for this article, and Burstly did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Saara Bergstrom, a Rovio spokeswoman, said that the company had no knowledge of the intelligence programs. “Nor do we have any involvement with the organizations you mentioned,” Ms. Bergstrom said, referring to the N.S.A. and the British spy agency.

Another ad company creates far more intrusive profiles that the agencies can retrieve, the report says. The apps that generate those profiles are not identified, but the company is named as Millennial Media, which has its headquarters in Baltimore.

In securities filings, Millennial documented how it began working with Rovio in 2011 to embed ad services in Angry Birds apps running on iPhones, Android phones and other devices.

According to the report, the Millennial profiles contain much of the same information as the others, but several categories listed as “optional,” including ethnicity, marital status and sexual orientation, suggest that much wider sweeps of personal data may take place.

A portion of the computer code in Burstly’s Software Development Kit — used by Angry Birds. This software was studied by GCHQ for intelligence value.

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Possible categories for marital status, the report says, include single, married, divorced, engaged and “swinger”; those for sexual orientation are straight, gay, bisexual and “not sure.” It is unclear whether the “not sure” category exists because so many phone apps are used by children, or because insufficient data may be available.

There is no explanation of precisely how the ad company defined the categories or how accurate the information is. Nor is there any discussion of why all that information would be useful for marketing — or intelligence.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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@ Don Jefe

Very well put

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

vahid

send in inspector cludeo

ye a few of the possibilities outlined above, its worth trying to work out what the end users systems are, what browsers they are using. How many devices are used to interact with santander.

This at least may help identify if its specific to end users i.e. windows users using firefox/chrome/IE - then it be worth drilling into plugins used etc to see if some specific add on is causing this.......

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

vahid

This is all old news

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44edsh6_LUc remember seeing all this 4 years ago and not one media company paying the slightest bit of attention to it

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vahid

Re: prism-break.org

nice but

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-06/nsa-att-and-secrets-room-641a

What if the NSA has black boxes in all ISP's

what would changing from a source with a black box to a new source, whilst ISP has it achieve ?

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UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats

vahid

chickens come home for roosting

Sorry this needs to be pointed out - wasn't it a few years ago there were threats made that any person in the uk found attempting to use tools such as port scanners etc - would be locked up ?

I mean you can not tell people not to do something then a few years later turn around and say we don't have any one with skills that can do such things....

Middle management will be able to hold meetings and discuss the way forward

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Ruby off the Rails: Enormo security hole puts 240k sites at risk

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@ Daniel B. Re: Ye gods

The Java 0 day exploit is related to user's PC running Java, this means if you are developing java applications that require the end user to run Java Virtual Machine then there could be issues.

If you are developing Java applications that run through tomcat/jboss etc that require the user to simply have a browser then this is not as bad as you think and certainly nothing like the ROR 0 day exploit

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Daft list names Firefox, Adobe and VMWare as top threats

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Gates Horns

eh reg where is the edit feature

ok it was fulish of me since this could be on any or either platform, I admit I like insulting windows :) since it is trash take it from me

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Ahem what OS

Very good report with no mention of the shafter of all Microsoft from the s/w list i presume they mean Firefox running on windows ?

as I have always said its not the software but the underlying OS thats most at fault here. keep on trolling

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Byron Review's internet enforcer goes into action

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ahem correction of myself

You know what why am I re-inventing the wheel here ?

Why should any ISP or infact any content provider change their ways?

Why do we even need another fat cat minister yet again to overlook and be the overseer of yet another thing?

Its quite simple and the solution is already out there its called AOL - They do parental control with kids accounts who go through content filters.

Rather than having a minister surely it makes sense giving parents the initiative to sign up and use aol (evil muhahahahaha)

I mean I for one as an adult with no kids have no use for their service but hey it look there is market its the whole of the UK with kids lol

Seriously if this is what they want nothing negative for the kids it would make more sense rather than trying to wipe out the internet slowly invest that money in companies such as BT muhahahahahaha to have this service.

Kids are now safe you can put out the light and go down the tappas bar......

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vahid

@ Matt

Lets not forget what we are talking of here !

we are talking of kids searching on youtube and google for things like suecide..

If there was a dual network 1 for kids which filters for bad things then in theory no need to worry /touch the adult side of things.

I am going to be honest here - this as per usual is nothing to do with root cause if it was my solution would work 100% its more to do with monitoring and knowing your every move

so roll on phorm and all the imaginary middle management positions created to monitor the internet PFFFT (only in the UK)

once you have finished please ensure you tell us all I will be a planning a flight plan ticket = 1 way

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vahid
Flame

Nonsense

Yep UK heads showing its understanding of the internet lol

The issue here is the internet is a large database full of good and bad, the UK wants to rewrite the internet (lets assume its oxford dictionary) and take out all the things that mean bad things (sex, drugs, gun ) so kids are safe... hmmmmm lots of points to argue about here but its not the issue

The issue is what the UK needs is two internets

Internet for adults and internet for kids

What you UK bods need to figure is really simple

Rather than harrasing adults and contents on the internet

1. You need to approach ISP's making two layer accounts

1.1 adult accounts

1.2 kids from the adults that will be adults soon

1.3 Define IP ranges for 1.1 and 1.2

2. Send these IP ranges to all the market hoggers Yahoo and rest of them

3, Get them to block normal internet from the kid ips

4, Get Yahoo and msn and youtube and rest to create new websites KID FRIENDLY (like youtube) i.e.

kidstube.com so when a kid from ip 10.0.0.1 hits youtube.com - they are redirected via policies to kidstube..

5. Leave us adults alone and rather than harrasing adults try to THINK.. OPEN YOUR MINDS

If you can not open you mind offer people with a more technical understand the jobs

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Blank robbers swipe 3,000 'fraud-proof' UK passports

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@ joe

goto http://www.rfidiot.org

You have to be an idiot to use insecure RF technology on something as important as passports.

Yep its like using your credit card on http (without the s)

Hacker could potentialy read all your Passport/Creditcard info just by sitting on the same train carriage as you ! (anything with RFID)

You do not need to plug it into anything its Radio Frequency ID....

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Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes

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@ all over 65

sorry no offense was made. It was just an example for people who think on a professional level and comment on this level rather than looking at the problem from someone who has basic knowledge :)

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@ By Nuno trancoso & @ AC about windows install

You do not need a licencse to use a computer

You do no sit a test of compitency to use a computer

You do not break any rules by getting hacked .

AC about windows install when making your own Partition for documents and settings

What if you purchase pc from a shop with windows? does it come with seperate partitions ?

or how about when you do an install does it come up with clear consise questions about partetions etc a sepearte slot for boot seperate for swap seperate for home etc ? last time i installed windows this was not the case but then it was donkey years ago....

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@ AC about my comment

"The risk is even less if you run your box as an ordinary user not as an admin, i've been running like this for three years with few issues (non secuity related), "

my experience from a windowsinstall the initial user is admin ! there is no requirement to put in a root password to install anything...

"ALL of them caused by poor software not Windows."

Ahem thats why ubuntu debian and all the rest of them have central repositories so there is no need to go to http and download 3rd party software which is the source of a lot of the issues...

Two main flaws in windows if you ask me.. This is not evident in Linux

Also 1 last issue - FS partitions Linux install ok if your a noob all goes in one but for me its always been things like home get own parition - so sure format OS partition as much and as often as you like - your data is safe unlike c:\Documents and Settings\Blah

"spaces in folder names is not clever either by the way"

lol

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Old windows techies backing windows again i see

I would like all of you techies to step back with all your advices comments on without firewall and NAT and all that nonsense.

Just imagine you are 65 computer illiterate and want to go online with you new pc.

Obvously it requires patching ? whats a patching asks the 65 year old ?

you the 65 year old phones provider gets on broadband and in the post is your USB dongle (since none of them are going to send you a broadband router unless you ar paying extra)

so the 65 year old goes online and in 4 minutes he is infected he spends another few months spreading infection deeper and further in OS.

MS should have done better than this by now.

for a start with all that profit (that don't go into no MS fanboys pockets) they could have created CD for online access so all people using the OS at all levels who sign up with a provider get this CD sent to them........

Secondly do they actually test any of their products before going live surely all thes excess open ports there should be a hardening package or go online utlitiy ? go through lock down ports not required..

No more advice for the bull of all OS's MicroShaft... sign up with us and we will shaft your day with lots of time spent on analysing why our OS sucks.

I have a dream and in this dream microsoft no longer exists. :)

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Scareware runs amok on PlayStation site

vahid

Format the HDD?

Yep if you backup your game data to a usb stick you can safely format ;)

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Microsoft and HP tackle SQL-injection scourge

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Heart

Easy fix for SQL Injection

Ok, I admit to writing bad code not fully verified and I have so many fields all over the place that it will be a really long winded thing to walk through all compiled code/perl code etc and lock it all down.

Easy fix is Run Apache with mod security enabled - mod security will catch out SQL injection and not return anything back to user.

I have made some docs on how to enable it here

http://www.pro.org.uk/servlets/pro?a=web-security/howto

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Vista security credentials tarnished in malware survey

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Problem is now fixed get XP and SP3 now !

yep install XP and make sure you have SP3 now this will fix all your issues, since you will be constantly rebooting your hacker wont get a chance to run anything

All fixed

get a proper OS you windows bible bashers.

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DNS lords expose netizens to 'poisoning'

vahid

DTLSL ... SSL UDP ?

Just a thought

(DTLS) is a protocol based on TLS that is capable of securing datagram transport (UDP for instance).

http://crypto.stanford.edu/~nagendra/projects/dtls/dtls.html

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Pentagon attackers stole 'amazing amount' of sensitive data

vahid
Gates Horns

sure microsite is to blame

I never been a fan of billy goates and his fake software that he tries to enforce costs on you for running dodgy software in the first place..

but here is the thing.. if you go buy a car that ends up damaging your drive or the roads you would be up for compensation since its not doing what its supposed to be doing ie running on the roads and driving u from a to b..

If you move into a house and get broken into its not your fault that you moved into that house - insurance would pay back for costs and police would investigate the break in

so why is when microsoft produces badly written software that they have the cheeck to charge end users for it why cant they be held responisble for producing utter rubbish that should have been sent to recycle bin rather than production line.

Microsoft and its badly written system should ensure a badly patched PC can not do anything besides get the latest patches and get them installed prior to clicking on anything else !!

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ISPs turn blind eye to million-machine malware monster

vahid

not flaming pointing out obvious here

David Eddleman I dont mean to start a flame war but FYI again

When you had Sobig and Swen (I presume unix spyware)

had you hardened your linux servers or was you running all ports and running as a server

you heard of lsof ? backtrack what app is using what port ? does windows have these nice utilities ?

further more did you try Se-Linux ? is there an equivalent on Windows ahh yes the new windows which will be MSDOS lol hahahhahahaha

Also Mr Eddleman and who ever else thinks its to with popularity

Lets take a step back lets look at an application

IIS Vs Apache

I know Apache is more used according to netcraft and yet most issues and site hacks are done on IIS even though apache is open source? (how is that rule apply here then ???)

Reality is you all make assumptions since oh windows gets attacked cos most people use it absolute rubbish - windows gets hacked cos microsoft produces absolute rubbish that they try to sell to you on a yearly basis if you dont buy it oh we dont support old version.

This is why they get hacked its their campaign of making money and their campaign to get the last pennies out of poorer people like the indians and chinese etc etc .. same goes for iphones etc

Its the hate they make for themselves

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Google: Our data retention is not data protection watchdogs' business

vahid

once upon a time

Google has lived out the good times its going down the evil route of MS and government..

Tracking what we all do

Easy solution :

1. clear all cookies and cache every closure or exit of gmail and use TOR to browse net

2. Stop using Gmail and google.

3. Use webcrawler metacrawler astavista the old search engines its time to revert lol

4. Let google loose its user so it can snoop the air that flies past their network

All snoopers are loosers and these so called amature terrorists gives the government and these organisations more reason power to snoop

So if you ask me yes the war is being won by the terrorist cos we have a little bit of freedom left and this is slowly erroding day by day

It might be soon to go and live in some caves afghanstan have no mobiles or electronic devices for them to snoop

Hey we might meet up with laden and all those billions of dollars he has in the caves and have lamb burgers for the rest of our lives lol

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