Friday, January 21, 2011

Got $500? You Can Buy a Hacked U.S. Military Website

Robert McMillan writes on ComputerWorld:

If you're a criminal looking for full control of the Web used by the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), you can get it for just under US$500.

At least that's what one hacker is offering in underground forums. Security vendor Imperva found the black market sales pitch Thursday and posted details of the incident on Friday.

The hacker says he has control over a number of websites, including other military sites, government sites, and those belonging to universities, said Noa Bar-Yosef, Imperva senior security strategist. Prices range from $33 to $499, depending on how important or widely used the website is. "You can actually buy the capability of being the administrator of the website," she said.

The hacker is also selling databases of personal information he's stolen from the websites for $20 per thousand records, she said. That data could be used by spammers, or by fraudsters to break into online accounts.

More here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Parting Shot: Living Life, Even in Death

This shot taken up in San Francisco sometime around April 2009.

We will miss you, Lori. I'll miss you.

Life is so precious, even as it passes us by.

- ferg

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lori Jensen's Obituary

Please note: "In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home."


- ferg

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In Passing: Lori Jensen

Lori Jensen
28 June 1965 - 15 January 2011

Lori was my partner for about seven years -- we split up in late October 2010, and she moved back to Green Bay, Wisconsin -- her hometown, where she had friends and family.

Lori died tragically yesterday in a single-car crash outside of Green Bay.

I am deeply, deeply saddened by this news.

Although Lori and I had decided to go separate ways, we spent many years together.

My thoughts and prayers are with Lori's family. I am still trying to personally grapple with this tragedy in my own way.

- ferg