Review Category : Security News

Andy Roddick Speaks Out Against Twitter Ban at US Open

twittennisRecently the US Open made the decision that the players who participate in the tournament are not allowed to tweet on twitter. They fear that it may become a security issue if certain information becomes known to the public. Andy Roddick, however, feels that this new rule is completely unnecessary.

According to the Associated Press, Roddick has been using Twitter to express his frustration with signs posted around the US Open facilities warning players that tweeting may be in violation of the Anti-Corruption Program Rules. The US Open fears that if information such as the weather, conditions of the court, or even the conditions of the player, were to be leaked, it could create gambling for the sport.

Roddick responded to this by tweeting “you would seriously have to be a moron to send ‘inside info’ through a tweet.”

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A Virus in Snow Leopard's Clothing

snow-leopard1Mac users are all in a buzz about the latest Mac operating system release, Snow Leopard. However there are already growing compatibility and security concerns. According to Trend Micro, one of their researchers have discovered several websites advertising free versions of the new Mac operating system that actually download malware viruses into the users computer. Specifically the virus is a DNS changing Trojan called OSX_JAHLAV.K. According to Trend Micro, the virus  may also be downloaded without the user’s knowledge following a visit to a malicious Web site.

Trend Micro’s Bernadette Irinco stated,”Once executed, OSX_JAHLAV.K decrypts codes, which include a script that downloads other malicious scripts…the said script then alters the DNS configuration and includes two additional IP addresses in its DNS server. Users are thus possibly redirected to phishing sites and other fraudulent sites. In fact, some of these bogus sites are reportedly hosting FAKEAV (rogue antivirus) variants and components.”

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NYC Department of Buildings to Track Inspectors Via GPS

crane-collapseNew York City’s Department of Buildings will begin tracking their inspectors using GPS technology embedded in the workers company issued cell phones. The tracking systems will take effect on Monday, by monitoring ten inspectors at first and by the end of the month they plan to be monitoring all  379 inspectors.

The GPS systems are being installed because of an incident concerning an inspector named Edward J. Marquette. Marquette filed a false inspection report on a crane. That crane toppled 11 days later killing seven people.

Buildings Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri said “This new GPS tracking system is a simple, innovative way to ensure inspectors reach their assigned locations and are held accountable for their important work.”

Many of the inspectors are not happy with the news changes. Joseph M. Corso, the president of Local 211 of the Allied Building Inspectors Union has reacted by saying, “Just like the Justice Department monitors parolees and those under house arrest, they’ll have a tracking device,” he said of the inspectors. “We’re going to do all we can to ensure the rights of the membership are covered.”

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Skype Spyware Records Conversations to Send to Eavesdroppers

skype4beta_videochatA programmer named Ruben Unteregger has released the source code behind a malware program that he created specifically to record Skype voice conversations on the sly.

Unteregger, who used to work for a company called ERA IT solutions, created MiniPanzer and MegaPanzer. Both of these programs were originally created and sold to Swiss authorities to be used as surveillance tools. The programs were designed to hook into the Window XP’s audio drivers to record victims VoIP calls as MP3s. Afterward, these MP3 records are automatically sent to a remote server for an eavesdropper to collect.

Unteregger stated that he had retained copyright for the programs and has decided to release the source code and two compiled binaries so that signatures to detect the malware could be created. Just days after Unteregger released his code, Symantec and TrendMicro stated that their anti-virus programs had already detected Trojans in the wild similar to that of Unteregger’s.

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Pike County Turns to Sprint's GPS System to Track School Buses

Mothers who send their children to school on the school bus system are often concerned with the safety of their child. Well parents in the Pike County School system can breathe even easier than most. Park County School have partnered up with Sprint Nextel and Telenav Track to install GPS cell phones on all of the county school buses.

Tom Hicks of the PCS transportation department stated “Over the past few years, buses have been hijacked in other places. this system helps protect our buses.”

According to Hicks, Sprint provided the equipment and it was all installed right before school started. Through this system county officials have the ability to see the exact mileage of the buses as well as their exact location and speeds.

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Law & Order SVU Fan Helps Catch a Crook

svuEvery day hundreds of people watch their favorite TV shows and say to themselves I wish I could be like that, well Justine Faeth made that a reality. The New York native took after her favorite show “Law & Order Special Victims Unit” and used some skills she had learned to catch a crook.

Faeth was at work when she saw a suspicious man walk into the office. She saw the man steal an employee’s purse, an iPod and a wallet. She also saw the man drink a cup of water and blow his nose before he left. Using the skills she had learned from Law & Order, she quickly collected and kept the items as evidence for police. Sure enough, the police were able to use the DNA samples taken from the cup and tissue to help track down the perpetrator.

Faeth has recently been seen on NBC’s today show along side Actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays a Law & Order detective. Faeth was praised for her quick thinking and there were even talks of her having a walk on roll in the show.

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iPhone's GPS System Leads to Capture of iPhone Bandits

iphone_gps_using_cell_tower_triangulationA man was robbed at Shady Side on Saturday. He was approached by three men, who demanded that the victim turn over his phone his wallet and his pin number. The man complied and later contacted police while looking up the location of his iPhone through its GPS system.

Through the use of GPS technology the police were able to determine the last few stops of the criminals as well as determine their exact location. The police were then able to arrest the three suspects at a local gas station. The suspects were identified as: Bryant Rather, Brent Ray Potter, Myron Knox Jr.,  all age 22. The men are currently being held in police custody after being found in a gray SUV with all of the victims items.

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Citizens Taking Law Into Their Own Hands Using YouTube

koop-burglaryLindsay Lohan did it, Audrina Patridge did it, and now a couple from Atlanta is turning to YouTube to help find the criminals involved in the recent break-in of their home.

When the Koops were robbed last October, they posted the surveillance video detailing the crime on YouTube. The video shows three men kicking in the Koop’s front door and running out with the couple’s flat screen TV. Thanks to the surveillance video, the police were able to locate and arrests the burglars involved.

When the Koop’s home was broken into for a second time, they once again turned to YouTube for help. The newest video shows some men breaking into their home, grabbing an assortment of items, and making a fast getaway in a black SUV. The men were unaware of the fact that they were being watched and broadcasting to the Internet community.

Apparently YouTube is more than just silly homemade tapes and music videos, and has started to serve a serious security purpose. Only time will tell if YouTube will locate the criminals involved in the Koop’s home invasion.

(Via CBS Atlanta)



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Baghdad Looks to Improve CCTV System to Prevent More Attacks

iraq-surveillanceThe men and women employed by the Baghdad Security Surveillance Center are paid to help detect suspicious activity and prevent catastrophe. But more often, the cameras simply provide a way to look at the carnage from a distance. The center, which was started about a year ago, uses different stations to monitor 113 cameras spread throughout the city of Baghdad, as well as officers with radio scanners to help prevent disaster. Yet even with all this only five percent of the city is actually being monitored.

The Director of the security center acknowledged that the center still has a long way to go. As of right now the center is understaffed and not open around the clock. Besides that even though they have 113 cameras in use not all of them are functional at all times. Each work station is responsible for monitoring 10 of the active cameras. Last Wednesday they were able to detect suspicious activity but within 20 seconds of noticing it a bomb exploded killing nearly 100 people.

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Home Security System Catches Murderers On Tape

billings-pic2When a murder takes place, investigators are usually left with few clues. There is much speculation on how the murder could have occurred and who could have done it. Sadly, Byrd and Melanie Billings faced a similar fate when they were found murdered in their Pensacola, Florida home. Thankfully the Billings took precautions that left investigators with a crucial piece of evidence: a home security system video.

The video shows almost every detail of the crime, from the time the intruders broke into the home, to the murder, and the eventual removal of the family’s safe.

The police have used the surveillance video to help determine a list of suspects: Leonard Gonzalez, Jr., the alleged mastermind behind the crime, as well as Wayne Coldiron, Donnie Stallworth, Gary Sumner, Frederick Thornton, and 16-year-old Rakeem Florence, who are all considered accomplices in the robbery and murder.

With the help of the hard evidence provided by the Billings’ home security camera, the six men in this case will be help accountable for their actions. If convicted, the five adults involed are facing the death penalty, while Florence (still a minor) potentially faces life in prison.

(Via Fox10TV.com)

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