Tuesday, December 19, 2006
rsytarai.biz, another one
Now, try searching the entire .biz space for "Bank Austria Creditanstalt". The good news is that even the average anti-phishing toolbar is capable of detecting these. The bad news is that customers aren't currently using such toolbars as much as they should. And with phishing toolkits lowering the entry barriers in this space by making it easy for wannabe phishers to "make an impact", we've got an efficient problem to deal with.
"The New York City Pension Fund wants shareholders to force Google and Yahoo to refuse Internet censorship requests by governments. The fund, which owns nearly $280 million worth of Google shares and $110 million in Yahoo shares, filed resolutions for shareholders at the two Internet companies to vote on at the next shareholder meetings. The resolution states that U.S.-based technology companies "that operate in countries controlled by authoritarian governments have an obligation to comply with the principles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights."
Go, go, go, shareholders. So that by the time censorship ends up where it's most aggressive for the time being, we can feel proud of ourselves living in a World 2.0, a world in which we all have universal access to the collective wisdom of everyone. Wait, that used to be part of both, Google's and Yahoo's mission statements once. From another perspective, the companies themselves have their hands tied by the overal Western world's revenues generation greed, and outsourcing inspirations in China's booming economy. But pretending it isn't happening is like ignoring the existence of the thought police these days.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
01. Fake Lottery Scam
ConsumerAffairs.com reported on one case in which an elderly Kansas man lost over $300,000. You should have Asked Merrill to point you to the "tickets" with the highest probability of success, but it's too late for you now. Baby booming gullibility in action.
02. Phishing-Vishing Scams
I'm very surprised it's the second and not the first complain, but how come? Consumers aren't even aware they got scammed at the first place. Do yourself a favour, and don't discuss your financial details with automated systems. Think before you act, it's like deciding whether to enter a singles bar or not.
03. Phony Job Scam
"Any employment offered online without a formal interview, no matter where it originates, should be treated with skepticism," said Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe, who investigated one of these scams in 2006. Thank you, you've just ruined the entire virtual telecommuting concept. I'm aware of another type of scam where fake job postings seek to harvest as much personal information from applications as possible. Other practices are also used.
04. Negative Option Scams
Look for the ASTERISKS, it should be somewhere around the FREE proposal.
05. Nigerian 419 Scams
People falling into this one, are the type of people suffering from the "rich-uncle complex". You don't know his exact wealth, but you secretly hope that on a sunny day a handsome, and of course charging by the minute laywer will bring the news you've been subconsciously expecting your entire life. Think for real and forget about the Internet. Would a complete stranger offer you millions of dollars because he has no one else to give the money to, or cannot open up a bank account for themselves?
06. Pump & Dump Scam
Rainer Böhme and Thorsten Holz evaluated the situation.
07. Bogus Fuel Saving Devices
Make an analogy with washing powder/tablets/liquid who's actively advertised as an "energy saver" due to its sophisticated technology that doesn't require hot water, when it happens to be a commodity and if you're going to be saving energy from it, then you've either watched a movie about the Third World, or are very desperate.
08. Grandparents Scam
An elderly person is targeted by the scammer who calls and says something like, "It's me, grandpa." The elderly person will respond, thinking it's one of their grandchildren. Unbelieavable, and perhaps another reason to keep in touch with your grand-parents more often, so they could at least recognize your voice.
09. Oprah Ticket Scam
In case you fall victim into this one, you're not just bored to the bottom of your brain, but a potential guest at Oprah's show with the unique ability to explain how this scam ruined your life, but later on helped your meet the person of your life, where else if not in an online scam discussion group. I feel you.
10. craigslist Scam
It's like the Yellow Pages, some postings are so automatically generated that they happen to be a waste of time, but hopefully not money, so be aware.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
- Linuxsecurity.com - "Analysis of the Technical Mujahid - Issue One" ; "Current State of Internet Jihad"
- Informit.com - "How do terrorists spell rootkit in Farsi?"
- Defensetech.org - "Rapid fire 1" ; "Rapid fire 2"
- Net-security.org - "Analysis of the Technical Mujahid - Issue One"
Interested in knowing how was Al Qaeda using the Internet before 9/11 with all the multimedia released back then? Moreover, have you ever wanted to take a peek at some of the most recent tools-of-the-trade malware authors use on a daily basis? Stay tuned for the Christmas Full Disclosure Series summarizing some of my recent findings, and beyond!
Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality. Dalai Lama
Monday, December 11, 2006
According to the official release, the magazine's download locations seem to be slowly becoming useless, besides the Rapidshare link which seems to be still fully working -- the Internet Haganah reasonably points out that owning a copy of it might get you in trouble in some countries, so don't.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Here's a list of the URLs mentioned :
And the IPs for your network reconnaissance pleasure :
Analysis of the Technical Mujahid Magazine - Issue One
Hezbollah's DNS Service Providers from 1998 to 2006
Hezbollah's use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - UAVs
Here's a little something for everyone thinking cyberterrorism is surreal. Considering for a while that even primitive forms of existence such as street gangs utilize the Internet for propaganda, wouldn't a much better financed terrorist organization be compelled to participate? In fact they've been doing so even before 9/11, but I feel it's the good guys' cavalier attitude that ended up in the now, mature cyberterrorism platform.
A great source for open source intelligence to anyone interested in, here's a summary :
"This sixth and newest version of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's annual report of problematic websites exposes the growing use of the Internet as a key propaganda weapon, marketing tool and fundraising engine by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and Hamas, in addition to its continuing assessment of traditional extremist groups such as the KKK and neo-Nazis. "Although they swear to destroy the West, extremists and terrorists have taken to using Western technology to recruit, finance and plan their insidious actions," said Mark Weitzman, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Task Force Against Hate."
Now what would an intelligence agency do when knowing exactly where to look? Shut them down and prosecute someone, or adapt deep within the community to gather as much OSINT as possible. Whatever the outcome, keep in mind on the possibility of indirect intelligence engineering, as the way you're watching them, the same way they're watching you, watching them.
"Some of the techniques of evasion are disarmingly simple. Rather than send emails, some jihadists simply write and save draft emails, storing them in an account with a password that's known to other members of the cell. Because they are never actually sent, they can't be detected by intelligence agencies."
Can you intercept an email that's never been sent? And what if a legitimate user's account end up as a dead box? Moreover, the article points out to the recently released Technical Mujahid magazine :
"Raisman points to a recent publication by the al-Fajr group, another communications arm of al-Qaeda and its fellow travellers. He said it contained a very sophisticated manual on internet security, how to avoid hackers, secure personal files and ensure any computer that is captured is of little value to Western authorities."
Going through the magazine itself as I indeed obtained a copy and will publish a summary of it anytime now, there's nothing really that very sophisticated to be afraid of, unless you know nothing about installing a virtual machine, or what triangulation is all about.
A handy summary of the article and things to keep in mind :
- There are over 5000 militant Islamic websites, up from less than a dozen in 1998 -- these are only the static ones compared to hundreds more temporary campaign ones
- They are an extremely effective way for terrorist groups to plan operations, recruit followers, raise funds and distribute propaganda -- centralization of forces and services is exactly what a terrorist organization isn't into. Diversification and autonomous management for the sake of improving the continuity of the site in operation is what really matter, namely you'll have the propaganda platform spreading online details on how to donate cash on a site that's been set up for this purpose only. By the time there's been a leak in the "good guys" covert competitive intelligence efforts, the donation site will dissapear and reappear somewhere else, while the central propaganda platform remains fully active. Take the other perspective, if the "bad guys" are aware the "good guys" are reading, they may logically leave a decoy to later on analyze how it's being processed and disinform on what may seem a very decent first-hand information gathered through open source intelligence.
- Their mastery of the web could extend to cyber-terrorism, such as disabling the communication systems that underpin key sectors such as banking and energy -- any government's single biggest mistake is stereotyping about cyberterrorism, namely that it's the offensive use of cyberterrorism to worry about, whereas the defensive, or passive concepts are already maturing.
- Western agencies are almost powerless to stop the jihadists' internet activities -- of course they aren't, and stopping compared to monitoring is totally wrong, the enemy's location you know is better than the enemy's location you don't know.
- Western governments have been very slow to respond and are only now turning their attention to combating the potent "story" promulgated over the internet -- they wouldn't be that very slow in responding if they actually knew how many people read and got brainwashed by it, thus what conversion rate can we talk about from a reader, to collaborator, to wannabe terrorist, come up with metrics and raise eyebrows.
Friday, December 08, 2006
"Covert pedophilia in the Victorian society". Is that a good line, or is that a good line? Censorship as a matter of viewpoint - as of recently Globe and Mail want you to purchase the article without realizing the click-through rates for both, Doubleclick serving the ads at their site and them, if it were distributing it for free, but anyway guess they should have told Google either :
"The Legards' central thesis is that the debate over children and sexual imagery has been dominated and distorted by two opposing myths: one is "the quasi-religious conception of childhood innocence," which involves "the irrational denial of childhood sexuality"; the other is "the ideology" of the artist as someone "possessing mystical abilities and unique rights" that should not be constrained by the state."
After thoughtcrime and intention-crime policing, it's about time behaviour-policing starts taking place, now wouldn't that be truly outrageous? Something no one is again going to do anything about, thinking he's either the only one seeing it, or perhaps prefers to keep playing in his own corner?
Anyway, discussions like these should only happen after the real problem, with real child porn online gets solved. And that wouldn't happen by fighting the distribution channels as they're too many to control and police, but by making sure the production stage never happens at the first place.
Another article on the topic "Clothed Child Porn Online?". By the way, are you finally seduced now? A rocket scientist doesn't seem to be, throughout the "decade of dedicating downloading". Such a collection can now definitely acts as a new digitally fingerprinted database to keep track of.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Try the infamous Airport security flash game too, and search everyone for exploding toothpastes, and other dangerous substances as they become dangerous throughout the game.