Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Tools Bypass Wireless Router Security

December 29, 2011

Security researchers have released new tools that can bypass the encryption used to protect many types of wireless routers. Ironically, the tools take advantage of design flaws in a technology pushed by the wireless industry that was intended to make the security features of modern routers easier to use.

At issue is a technology that ships with most modern consumer wireless routers, called “Wi-Fi Protected Setup” (WPS). According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group, WPS is “designed to ease the task of setting up and configuring security on wireless local area networks. WPS enables typical users who possess little understanding of traditional Wi-Fi configuration and security settings to automatically configure new wireless networks, add new devices and enable security.”

Amnesty International Site Serving Java Exploit

December 22, 2011

Amnesty International’s homepage in the United Kingdom is hacked and is currently serving malware that exploits a recently-patched vulnerability in Java. Security experts say the attack may be opportunistic, or it may be part of a more nefarious scheme to target human rights workers.

NY ID Theft Ring Used Insiders, Gang Members

December 16, 2011

Authorities in Manhattan today unsealed indictments against 55 people suspected of operating an identity theft and financial fraud ring, including a number of insiders at banks and companies throughout New York who allegedly helped to steal more than $2 million… Read More »