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09 October 2009, 14:49

Lost+Found: Botnets, Rescue CD, Calculators, Flickr and Online Banking

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Too short for news, too good to lose; lost+found is a round up of useful security information. Today, Botnets, Rescue CD, calculators, Flickr and online banking

Size doesn't always matter: In recent months, according to MessageLabs, smaller botnets such as Maazben have seen the largest amount of growth in sending sending spam.

F-Secure released version 3.11 of its Linux-based Rescue CD. New utilities include PhotoRec, TestDisk and smartmontools.

The RSA digital signatures used by Texas Instruments' calculators to authenticate firmware updates are apparently too short: 512-bits. The private keys have now been hacked and published online. TI responded by using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to try have the keys removed.

Flickr's 8-byte API Key used to authenticate API requests from applications has been crackedPDF and posted online. Due to a vulnerability in the signing process, attackers can generate valid signatures.

FBI Director Robert Mueller has been banned from using online banking by his wife after he almost fell for a phishing scam.


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